Tuesday, April 16, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Playing Patience by Tabatha Vargo

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.***

She reached up, tucked her hair behind her ear, and bit at her lip like she knew what I was thinking. She closed her eyes and sighed when I ran my thumb across her bottom lip.

“I think I want to kiss you.”

There. I’d said it. It was out there and there was no taking it back. I hadn’t kissed a girl since I was fourteen. Mainly because it felt entirely too personal, but with Patience I wanted to be personal. I wanted to taste her in ways I hadn’t tasted other women, and kissing was the only way I could do that.

Her eyes widened, and her throat bobbed up and down as she swallowed hard. Her breathing accelerated as I gave her a minute to let my words sink it. If she wasn’t okay with being kissed good and hard, I was giving her plenty of time to say so. I had a feeling that once my mouth connected with hers it would take a lot for me to stop.

“I think I want you to kiss me,” she whispered.

I looked down at her sweet mouth and bit at my lip ring. I tilted her head up to meet mine and moved in. I let my lips skim hers and they were every bit as soft as they looked. A tiny noise escaped her mouth and I lost it.

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.

HOLY FREAKING CRAP!!!! This book has ROCKED my world... (pun intended)
Needless to say, I FREAKIN' LOVED it...I was captured the minute I read the first page...
Tabatha Vargo knows how to write a story that twists my insides in to all kinds of knots and keeps them like that ALL THE WAY TIL THE END!!! She is a pure GENIUS!! She mesmerizes me with how deep you fall in to her stories and that once you come to that final page...your heart sinks because it is over.
And Playing Patience is no different...in fact, I would say that it is my favorite of her works so far. And believe me, that is saying A LOT!! I love all that Tabatha Vargo has done, but she completely enraptured me with this one...

Playing Patience takes you in to the dark and twisted world of Zeke, fighting to make it as a musician, fighting to get out of the hellhole life that he has been dealt.  He has a hard, tough exterior, with so many walls erected that no one will be able to reach his heart...
And this is just the way he wants it.  All that matters in his life is his guitar and the music he creates....UNTIL....Patience crawls under his skin and slowly causes those walls to crumble, causing him to open his heart, and ultimately feel what he thought he would never be able to have...BUT...Within these pages, Tabatha broaches some tough subjects and then, Patience and Zeke, they are such dynamic, well developed, piercing, screwed up, hopeful characters...I was captivated by them. I felt their pain, their joy, their fear, but most of all I could feel their hope...*sighs* 
I sit here now and I am still reeling from what I have read...
I have read some great books this year...Playing Patience is a top read...in fact..forget about just this year....It falls in to my Top 10 reads period!!
I don't want to go any further b/c I don't want to spoil anything. It is a book that you will need to get...it is a book that you will need to experience...it is a book that you will not be able to put down...

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