Author: Helena Stone
Series: Dublin Virtues
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: 2/28/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 170
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Patience is a virtue. But what if you wait too long?
While Xander Ekman’s dream of becoming a successful artist has come true, his love life has gone from bad to worse. Sick of the endless string of one-night-stands, he accepts the challenge when his best friend, Erik, bets him that he can’t be celibate for a month. Now all he needs is a reminder to keep his distance in the heat of the moment.
Troy Moriarty doesn’t have time for love. He’s too busy trying to keep his recently opened tattoo parlour afloat. Besides, ever since the man who was supposed to be his business partner abandoned him to run the shop on his own, he has a hard time trusting others.
When Xander turns to Troy for a tattoo that will remind him to be patient, the attraction is instant. But faced with Xander’s month of celibacy, Troy’s trust issues, and a nemesis lurking in the background, their relationship may be doomed before it has a chance to begin.
I’m a sucker for a romance placed around a bet. Add in the abstinence plot line, and I snapped this one up. This was a pretty good read!
Xander was a much more vulnerable character than I anticipated. He’s been on a bender taking guys home, but he wants a relationship. No one seems to want the same thing. It’s after a round of these one night stands that his best friend and roommate makes Xander a bet. One that means Xander remains abstinent for a month.
I like how Xander focuses on fixing himself first. He’s willing to do the work to find a guy who will appreciate him for him. Xander’s an artist and uses art in the form of a tattoo to remind himself of his goals. It added another layer, and he made a better partner after he meets Troy. Once Xander makes up his mind, the man doesn’t let up.
Troy has been burned too. He’s a tattoo artist and his business is struggling. He fell under the charm of a guy he trusted only for the guy to up and leave. And not return his affections. The story moves full circle in how it connects Troy to Xander. I won’t give it away and though some parts were a bit too coincidental to be believed, it was amusing how everything worked out. Both of these guys just want more. Very refreshing!
I will say that some of the events didn’t quite add up. The story was jumpy in places, and I was looking for some more action. The language was almost too formal in places as well. Especially in Xander’s story line. It almost felt like a therapy session when Xander would analyze his own behavior. Intriguing, sure, but not entirely realistic.
The ending was sweet with just the right amount of steam. I enjoyed the last quarter of the book where the action kicks in. Overall, Patience was a fast and satisfying read!