Friday, April 26, 2013

Review - Playing Patience by Tabatha Vargo

Title: Playing Patients
Author: Tabatha Vargo
Release date: April 25, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
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Sometimes all you need is Patience.

Life’s been hard for Zeke. Being a punching bag for his alcoholic father has turned him into stone. Not even the dodgy trailer park he lives in can scare him. Fighting is his release and sex, drugs, and his guitar bring him peace, but deep down Zeke isn't quite as hard as he makes himself out to be. When he meets Patience, she finds all his broken pieces and puts him back together, but she’s a ray of light in his shadowed life and the last thing he wants to do is bring her into his dark world. Playing careless is easy, playing the bad guy can be fun, but playing Patience is impossible, especially when she can see right through him. 

Zeke isn't the only one who’s broken, and for the first time, in a long time, Patience feels alive. Her black and white world gets a shot of color when she meets Zeke. He’s unlike anyone she’s ever met with his tattoos, piercings, and blunt honesty. She wants nothing more than to let go and ride the wild side with him, but some wounds never heal and the broken pieces of Patience aren't so easy to find.

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers.***

Alpha's Authors & Book Oh My was provided an ARC for an honest review.

My Thoughts: 

Rating - 4.5 
Cover - 4.5 - sexy and I love the red contrast with the B&W photo
Character Development - 4.5
Steam Factor - 3.5 - HOT sexual buildup, sexy scenes toward end 
Favorite Character - Zeke of course 
Audience - It skirts the line of YA/NA so 18+
Ending - HEA & no cliffhangers YAY!!

This book was a really great read. It was full of sadness, heartache, tension, passion, & growth. On the surface you have the stereotypical rich good girl and sexy bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. But underneath you have two people more alike than they realize through secrets they keep buried within. 

Zeke is a cocky, asshatish, partyboy rocker. He goes to school enough to slide by, practices with his band and then parties until he can't stand up. He doesn't plan to change because he thinks that is all he is made of. Patience is sweet, strong, and fiercely loyal but broken soccer star. She goes to school and then wears her self out with sports to keep her mind off her problems. 

As soon as the two meet you start seeing the subtle changes in both of them. I loved seeing both of them grow and change during the book. Even though they didn't know it they helped each other overcome their past so they could move on to the future and start healing. 

I don't want to say much more and give anything away. Just trust me when I say it was a great book and that you need to read And the best part about it is it had an HEA!! The only thing I could complain about is I would have liked a longer epilogue but that is it.

Kelli's Thoughts: 

Whew!I definitely needed to fan myself several times while reading Playing Patience. It's filled with intensity, tension, and passion. 

The formula for this book isn't new, but it still works and keeps you absorbed in the lives of Patience and Zeke. I admit her name drove me crazy at first, but as the story goes on, it seems very fitting. She's the rich girl, the governor's daughter and she's hiding some big secrets. He's the tattooed, rocker, bad boy who's literally from the trailer park with secrets of his own. The meeting between them was accidental and less than perfect and that's what made it memorable. She comes across as having the perfect life and initially makes their relationship strained and rocky. Through several encounters we watch them struggle with their emotions, secrets, and feelings for each other. Neither know the other is broken. Neither realize for some time that they fit together perfectly.

I really enjoyed Playing Patience. I am a sucker for bad boys and Zeke is no different. Gimme the tattooed, rocker with a sweet side and I swoon! The sexual tension between him and Patience is off the charts, scorching hot. There is a lot going on in this book and I wasn't sure how things were going to play out since it's quite a short read. The build up is fabulous and once they "reveal" their secrets, things really start to take off toward the insane. The big moment left me stunned. I honestly didn't see it coming! If I had any complaints, they'd be that Patience's "issue" was resolved pretty easily considering what she went through. The other was the super short epilogue. Is it so wrong to want more??

I'd actually rate this 4.5 stars, deducting half stars for the two issues I mentioned above. It's a really fun and adorable story.

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