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Playing Patience (The Blow Hole Boys Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tabatha Vargo , Cassie McCown , Regina Wamba
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)

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Book Description

USA TODAY Bestseller!

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.

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


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  • File Size: 1740 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 148276895X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIYSEUO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! April 26, 2013
By Jamie B
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating - 4.5
Cover - 4.5 - HOT and I love the red contrast with the B&W photo
Character Development - 4.5
Steam Factor - 3.5 - HOT sensual buildup, smexy 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, butheaded, 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 it..lol 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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!!!!! May 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been waiting for a book like this for a while! If you read any of my previous reviews you will see that I like my reviews short, sweet and right to the point. You may also notice that I always comment on the sex scenes. Personally I like to know if the book has the sex appeal in the story that represents the fine cover......and I will say for this book YES! But, I can't start there so, I will start with this.......
The way the book started out I automatically thought there is no way the author can write about a very heavy subject manner and still have hot, sexy love scenes between the two main characters and boy, I was wrong. The author took such a serious almost too painful topic and addressed it with such a well manner, I truly applaud her. These are two very damaged character who endure a great deal in life. What I love the most is the author did not spend page after page having the characters over analyze each and every thought, feeling, and movement. They dealt with what life gave them and moved on. I don't understand when people write reviews about a books not being realistic? Isn't that what fiction is all about?
In a nut shell, a book at this length, I am usually skimming through it to get to the good parts,(sluty I know) but not in this book. The story was so well developed and the writing was wonderful. I will agree that the ending was a little rushed but that would never steer me to rate this book low.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly beautiful May 1, 2013
By bsmith
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a story! Dark, painful and beautiful.This one kept me up until about 4am.

"You want to know what I am? I am shattered, that's what I am. There are tiny pieces of Patience scattered all over."
"I'd like a piece of Patience."

It has been days since I have finished Patience and Zeke's, and my emotions are still all over the place. There are parts of this book that had me gasping for air, wide eyed in shock, and desperately wishing I could unread those sentences. I felt ripped apart, angry and devastated, but I could not stop reading, I had to know that Patience and Zeke were going to be okay. This is a very difficult read, at times I wanted to reach through my kindle and intervene, to comfort, to listen, to murder - believe me, you will understand. Patience and Zeke are both very tortured characters, she is the governor's daughter suffering in silence behind a fake smile, and he is the bad boy from the wrong side of town. Once their paths cross, they find themselves constantly thrown together.

"I was starting to think she was a gift from the devil himself. She was a pretty box of temptation wrapped in a forcefield of police officers waiting to arrest me, or a box of sweets with a big ass invisible mousetrap sitting on the cover."

Their relationship is far from easy, the odds stacked against them in more ways than one. The self hate and brokenness these two feel broke my heart.

"I'd die before I trapped her and made her a prisoner of my world. Patience would give me one hundred percent of herself and I knew she'd run full force into hell without a thought for consequences. I knew this because I wanted to do the same when it came to her, but one of us had to be smart.

These two characters will always hold a special place in my heart. I definitely recommend this read.

"The broken parts of me were on the mend and his soul was the glue that would hold them all together."
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Surpasses 5 Stars May 1, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Just finished this book last night. Words cannot express the awesomeness of this book! I've never cried reading a book, and this book brought me close to tears so many times. It had everything that I crave for - love, passion, romance, sex, angst and major turmoil. I actually thought my heart was going to fall out in certain points. It broke for the characters.

The writing is spectacular and flows perfectly. I think the only draw back was the epilogue. A little short, but I heard she is writing a Novella, so that's a quick fix.

Looking forward to reading other books by this author. A must read....pick this up and give it a chance!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What an thrilling book.
To tell you the truth this book was hard to read in some parts of the book. This was an emotional rollercoaster ride with the characters and their story line. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Tracy c
5.0 out of 5 stars wow great book
Gosh this book make me dislike politician more, that sick bastard made my stomach turn I felt for pay and her pain. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Meek
5.0 out of 5 stars So much pain
I adored Patience from the start. Her pain and circumstances were devastating and to hide behind the mask of perfection. I love her heart and her love for her sister. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DGood1
5.0 out of 5 stars so far my favorite in the series
This one made a little more sense. I wasn't rolling my eyes in the back of my head reading about a Governor who had time to molest his step daughter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Striking
At first glance you would never think that Zeke and Patience would not have a thing in common. They grew up on the total opposites of the spectrum. Read more
Published 1 month ago by liezelsbookblog
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
I started this book yesterday and only finished it today because I had to stop reading as real life got in my way. I loved it! I loved both Zeke and Patience. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my gosh!
This a wonderful book. I just couldn't put it down. I had to read it every minute I could. Didn't want to go to work it had me hooked. Never knew what was going to happen next. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bonnie J Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Love me some Zeke
I got this book at Indie Girl Con in Charleston SC of this year, I had never heard of Tabatha Vargo but let me say I am so glad that I found her. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shawna
5.0 out of 5 stars Good page turner with very likable main characters
The subject matter is a little dark and I don't typically like to read about characters in HS but the story is so well written and the plot is not at all immature so you don't... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MommaLuvs2Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story
The subject matter is a little dark and I don't typically like to read about characters in HS but the story is so well written and the plot is not at all immature so you don't... Read more
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Tabatha is a USA TODAY bestselling author, but mostly she's a sweet tea sippin', front porch sittin' kind of girl from South Carolina. She loves old, historical anything, wind chimes, and all things romantic. She's the mother of an 8 y/o rockstar/princess and the wife of her very own Prince Charming.
When she isn't writing, she's texting book ideas to herself.
Tabatha is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Check out Tabatha's blog: www.tabathavargo.blogspot.com
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