Title: Perfecting Patience
Author: Tabatha Vargo
Series: Blow Hole Boys #1.5
Release Date: January 1, 2014
Sometimes happy endings are just the beginning of an even harder road.
Although her aunt and sister believe she should get help to deal with her past demons, Patience believes the only thing she needs is Zeke. When he comes back into her world, her life couldn’t be more perfect. Except old demons pick the worst time to surface, and once again their happiness is threatened. Help was never a necessity, but Patience finds out that love isn’t always all you need.
Zeke’s dealt with a lot in his life, but nothing could prepare him for watching the person he loves fall apart. Patience is different, she’s not the girl he came to love. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her back, but a budding music career and his own demons seem to keep getting in the way. How can you help someone else when you can barely help yourself? Once again Zeke is faced with deciding between his future and the future of Patience.
Tabatha Vargo continues the story of Zeke and Patience in this emotionally tumultuous novella. Perfecting Patience is intense, heartbreaking, and full of feels. The inexplicable connection between Zeke and Patience is as powerful as ever, making this novella equal parts beautiful and devastating. Navigating life after the events of Playing Patience, this couple is faced with the exhilaration of living their lives free and in pursuit of their dreams while also dealing with the lingering emotional scars of the nightmare they endured. The sharp contrast between their newfound triumphs and enduring trials made this novella one heck of an emotional rollercoaster. Tabatha Vargo broke my heart and put it back together repeatedly before finally giving Zeke and Patience the happily ever after they unquestionably deserved in this short, sexy, and sweet story.
“Some scars never heal. Some get bigger as you grow. They reflect a past that’s branded on your soul and no matter what good comes your way, nothing can soothe the pain they inflict.”
Perfecting Patience was a quick read, immediately pulling me back into the world of the Blow Hole Boys and reminding me why I fell so easily for Zeke and Patience to begin with. Tabatha Vargo packed a ton of heartache into this novella, detailing the haunting after effects of the trauma this couple faced. While the angst and self-destruction was very much true to the nature of the characters, I would have liked a bit more balance of the dark with the light. Patience and Zeke had already been through so much and I felt as if this novella was slightly too weighted towards the dark parts of their relationship only to abruptly end in the light. I especially would have liked to see further development of both characters and their outside relationships, including how Patience’s relationship with her sister had changed in the aftermath of their ordeal.
“I didn’t even know I was capable of being the man I am when I’m with you. I was dark and broken, and you lit up my world and put me back together piece by piece.”
Despite the gut-wrenching and painful journey Zeke and Patience had to take in this novella, their story was gritty and raw and real in a way that sticks with you. Tabatha Vargo has done an incredible job addressing some serious issues, taking on Zeke and Patience’s demons and giving hope to anyone who might find pieces of themselves in these beautifully broken characters. Tabatha Vargo’s writing is touching, capturing the intense emotions of this novella and making her readers feel it all the way through. Filled with vibrant imagery, stirring narration, and dialogue that will make you want to both laugh and cry, this story will steal your breath and make you think. Perfecting Patience is a heavy and yet absolutely satisfying conclusion to this couple’s incredible story and I can’t wait to see what Tabatha Vargo has in store for the rest of the Blow Hole Boys.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Blow Hole Boys series:
Playing Patience (Blow Hole Boys #1)
Finding Faith (Blow Hole Boys #2)
Convincing Constance (Blow Hole Boys #3)
Having Hope (Blow Hole Boys #4)