Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Playing Patience by Tabatha Vargo

Playing Patience buy links
Kindle US - http://amzn.com/B00CIYSEUO
Kindle UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CIYSEUO
Kindle CA - http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00CIYSEUO
Kindle AU - http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00CIYSEUO
Nook - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/playing-patience-tabatha-vargo/1115197721?ean=2940016552019&itm=1&usri=playing+patience+by+tabatha+vargo
Kobo - http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/Search?Query=Playing+Patience+by+Tabatha+Vargo
iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/playing-patience/id672124747?mt=11

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.***

Playing Patience is book 1 in Blow Hole Boys.  I love this book.  I've read it more than once.  It is one of two books that stays on my kindle permanently.  Zeke is one of my favorite book boyfriends.  Often my favorite book boyfriends don't correspond with my favorite books.  This is one of those that matches both categories.

There's a place you land right before you hit rock bottom, a sort of cushion before the blow.  It's full of fresh air that fills your deprived lungs and so much light that even in its darkest corners it warms your skin.  This place prepares you for your plunge, holds you in its calming presence and rocks you softly.

Patience is from high society.  She lives in a fancy house.  Goes to a fancy school school.  Etc etc.  

On the outside her life looks like this.

Zeke is white trash.  He lives in a single wide trailer with rotten floors.  His life is full of parties and fights.  

On the outside his life looks like this.

Patience appears to be the perfect good girl.

I was a broken porcelain doll, cracked beyond repair and tossed in the back of a closet.

(My original fan pic of Zeke)
Zeke is a total bad boy.
It wasn't in my nature to give a shit, so it made me angry that I kind of did.

Although, from two different worlds, they keep crossing each other's paths.  Inside behind closed doors, they both have secrets.  Their lives really aren't that different.

Abuse was abuse no matter its form.  One wasn't easier than the other; either way it hurt.  Either way it scarred the person on the receiving end.  It scarred them and broke them into tiny pieces.

I'm not going to say anymore about this book because I couldn't do it justice.  It's one of those books you must read.  So please, please dig in if you haven't experience it yet.

Blow Hole Boys Books Current Books Out Reading Order
Playing Patience #1
Perfecting Patience #1.5
Finding Faith #2

FYI- Blow Hole is the name of the band Zeke is in.  He's the guitar player.
{we called it the Blow Hole since you could walk in and score a line of coke at any given moment}

Tabatha Vargo Author links

About the Author
Tabatha's been writing since she could pick up a pencil. Her first publication was a little poem in her elementary school paper, from that point on she was hooked. When she was a teenager, she traded in her girly magazines for personalized writing notebooks.

At nineteen, she met her own personal prince charming and writing took a back burner for a while. She's now married to that prince and the mother of a beautiful seven-year-old princess/rock star. Once her daughter was born, writing came back into her life, and she finished her very first novel, Wicked Fate, in May of 2009. 

She's now pursuing her English degree and she hopes to one day teach while continuing to write.