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 parlor 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 really wanted to like this story more than I wound up being able to. The premise was intriguing and had me excited to read the book. Right from the beginning Xander and Troy got on my nerves. They both went into a relationship for different reasons that didn’t inspire faith in them actually working out. Sadly, that impression didn’t change. By the end I didn’t really believe their feelings for each other or much care if they stayed together.
Troy harped on Shane and his role in his current situation entire too much. Then for him to use Shane as reason to be with Xander and as a reason to not be with Xander was a jerk move and really turned me off. It got to the point I wanted to grab Troy and yell “Get over it!” about Shane and he was a low down jerk. Yes, what Shane did was horrible and left Troy in a terrible situation. But pull up your bootstraps and move on. Plus he was judging Xander by his past that Xander didn’t realize Troy knew and was actively working to change. Plus he was also judging Xander based on who he previously associated with one time.
Xander confused me in the beginning. He kept doing the same thing that was obviously not working and expecting different results. Especially if it had been going on for months. Then how he wouldn’t talk to Troy about it the entire month they were together really grated. If he had just talked with Try and said “hey, I really like you and want to take it slowly but if we work up to it, I totally find you hot enough to get in bed together and do all manners of sexy things with you” pretty much their relationship would have gone more smoothly and there wouldn’t have been this whole big blow up. Xander’s feelings I kind of got. But he wasn’t honest or upfront with Troy and contributed to their overall problems.
Troy and Xander’s relationship could at best be described as rocky. I never got the sense they wanted to get to know each other. It just happened because they were both waiting to jump in bed together and THEN build a relationship. The end of the story felt like the true beginning of the relationship since they were finally open and honest with each other about everything. From that point I wanted to see how they make a relationship work. The one thing in the story that I truly enjoyed was Eric and Lorcan, Xander and Troy’s respective best friends. They were great friends, had sound advice and good heads on their shoulders. They also have a slowly blossoming relationship that I desperately want to read. There’s more going on between these two and I want to know what it is. When their story comes out I will gladly read it.
Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.
The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.
Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.
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