Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Patience by Helena Stone

(Dublin Virtues #1)
by Helena Stone
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Genre: M/M Romance

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 like the slow burn aspect of this book and as Xander made a promise to stay celibate for a month to stop himself from indulging in a long strings of meaningless hook up, things bound to get interesting with some great sexual tension on the way. 

Xander and Troy are as rare as they come. Xander longed for a steady partner, someone to build a life with. But when he constantly went out in search of the special someone at a bar, he ended up being used and thrown away like a used tissue paper. Up until his best friend, Eric step in for an intervention and ask him to stay celibate for a month. While Troy had been having a serious crush on his co-worker for the longest time until the man betray his trust and left him stranded with a new tattoo shop. 

When Xander entered Troy's tattoo shop on a impulse, Xander finally realize that when he take out the option of bedding someone, he might find the chance to actually get to know the person on a deeper level than lust.

Honestly, I feel that Troy is kind of a prude, but a cute prude nonetheless especially when he was wary of Xander's past with a certain someone. 

Throughout the story, there are a lot of unspoken feelings and things left unsaid, the secrets they held to their hearts. But is understandable since they are still practically strangers, so I don't begrudge them for not telling each other anything although I knew it bound to blow up on their faces. The simple misunderstanding is a long time coming, but things get resolves quite easily seeing that this is a pretty short read. Although I like the slow burn aspect of the book, I wish this book goes a bit longer to let us explore more on Xander and Troy's relationship development after they clear the air. 

Their wingmen, Eric and Lorcan are a constant present on this book and I find their double dates together simply adorable. I can't wait to read about Eric and Lorcan next. I'm sure the next book, we get to see all four of them together again.