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Playing Patience (Blow Hole Boys #1)

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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 h
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Published April 22nd 2013 by Tabatha Vargo
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Carrie Mcrae
May 04, 2013 Carrie Mcrae rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Carrie by: Author

I've spent a while thinking about this review, and there are a lot of strong feelings attached to it. I feel burnt by the author for several things that went down before I even finished reading, but this review is not of the author; only her work, and I'll remain both subjective and polite in writing this. Also, this review will contain spoilers. Consider yourself warned. :)

Playing Patience is labeled new adult, though I can't understand why since both the m
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Apr 27, 2013 Jenny - TotallybookedBlog rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars

Gitte: I actually have tears sat here thinking what to write as my emotions are all over the place thinking about this story. It’s one of those that hits you immediately and you gasp out loud, put your kindle down and say out loud “I did NOT just read that sentence” the few little words that immediately release tears and
Reading In The Dark Blog

Okay, with this book for the first time ever I noticed stuff that usually makes me hate a book but here I just casually looked the other way.

I seriously loved it, which was weird since I had alarm bells constantly going off like "Men don't talk like this" and "Stop with the crap descriptions" and "Oh dear god, PLEASE check your sentences!!". I don't want to say any of this because I reaalllyyyyy loved it, so so so much but I just can't not say it. Anyway....will detail t
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Apr 25, 2013 Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog rated it it was amazing
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Gitte: I actually have tears sat here thinking what to write as my emotions are all over the place thinking about this story. It’s one of those that hits you immediately and you gasp out loud, put your kindle down and say out loud “I did NOT just read that sentence” the few little words that immediately release tears and get your hackles up. You know it’s going to be a hard read and you continue, unable to stop because you want reassur
Apr 07, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
I may not give a FULL review...but I am going to go ahead and tell you my initial thoughts...


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 kind 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 c
Jennifer Kyle
Apr 27, 2013 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it

3 Snowflake Stars


Playing Patience is the story of two broken teens. Patience and Zeeke are from different sides of the tracks but both are living in abusive homes and find comfort in each other. Both characters fight feelings of being underserving, unlovable and plan out broken.

”There’s a place you land, right before you hit rock bottom, a sort of cushion before the blow…Zeke was that place for me. He was like a rainbow in my black and white movie, a soothing touch against jagged scars.” –~Pat
Nicole Tetrev
Aug 16, 2013 Nicole Tetrev rated it it was amazing




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

Patience and Zeke are both broken

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but there is something about the them together that helps them feel almost normal. I was not expecting a story that had such dark depths to it. I guess i don't always listen when someone says Oh just so you know this isn't like my other books... I thought I was in for a hot and steamy rock star romance.. now don't
Jun 28, 2013 ✿Alyssa✿ rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star, take-me
This review was posted at My Secret Romance

To sum it up: 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 ligh
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 an
DNF @ 29%

I'm sorry to quit so early.
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I just couldn't get into the author's writing style.
May 08, 2013 Meagan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Goodwill
PLAYING PATIENCE is the age old story of the "good girl" and the "bad boy" who find a connection and blossom into having an intense relationship. The obstacles come from their emotions and also from the people around them. Zeke is a "bad boy" with tattoos and piercings who plays in a band, and Patience is the sweet daughter of the governor. In this book, they come up against the families and themselves and who their respective environments turned them into.

PLAYING PATIENCE is also a complete and
Jul 19, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing

Zeke and Patience were both two shattered souls, both broken and unsure if they could ever be fixed or made whole.

But that all changes when they find the light they need to guide them through their own darkness.

Zeke was the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Tattoos, piercings, drugs and lots of one night stands; but there was a part of him that was good. It was a part that had been buried deep inside after years of abuse at the hands of his father. He had his band, his friends - they we
Jamie ~ Bad Boy Inspector
Rating - 4.5
Cover - 4.5 - sexy and I love the red contrast with the B&W photo
Character Development - 4.5
Steam Factor - 3.5 - HOT sexual buildup, sexy scenes toward end
Favorite Character - Zeke of course
Audience - It skirts the line of YA/NA so 17+
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 tra
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4.5 :)

Esta es una historia que quizás no es la más original. Las primeras páginas me hicieron dudar de continuarlo, pero a la vez, me invitaron a seguir adelante.

Pero definitivamente Playing Patience tiene el ritmo perfecto que me gusta. No amor-instantáneo. No chico malo-inmediatamente bueno. Nada If You Stay-loco.

Patience es una chica abusada sexualment Y aunque nunca he conocido ninguna persona cercana que haya pasado por esta terrible situación, se por testimonios que leído y visto en t.v.
Disappointing. The story was engaging and the main characters were likeable. However, there was too much story. Without giving away spoilers every trope that the NA category has was thrown in. There was just too much that my brain overloaded. I couldn't connect with any of the characters because their issues were too deep to really explore in just one book. I did finish it because it engaged me enough that I wanted to see what happened. Unfortunately the ending was rushed and predictable. With a ...more
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
3.5 stars.

The first 97% of this book was great. Really. I loved Zeke. He was a genuine asshole. Anger problems, intimacy issues, drinking, drugs - you name he, he did it. But he melted for Patience. She brought out the best in him, and he colored her world. I thought the author did a good job painting a realistically picture of abuse. I don't have any first hand knowledge, but the characters actions and reactions seemed reasonable. Neither were perfect, but I loved them both. I loved how their r
Apr 18, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
efore I start my review I want to tell you a story. Tabatha and I meet each other through Facebook. She was a fantastic person, very funny and we hit off right away. I was so excited when she asked me to beta read her first book Wicked Fate. When I finished that book I told Tabatha (and this is true you can ask her) she would be a household name. She laughed at the statement, but I totally believed it in my heart. Then she told me about On Plus Side and I flipped with excitement. I could not wai ...more
May 28, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it
Touching story of two young people drawn together

It tells the story of Zeke and Patience.... his Snowflake
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Zeke lives in a run down trailer just with his abusive drunk father.
He makes a promise to his mother before she passed away, a promise he will keep no matter what...
The girls love him but Zeke doesn't do relationships nor does he kiss. One night stands is what hes about.
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Patience lives the other side of town. In a beautiful home with her father who is the town Governor, her sister and her m
May 05, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Another book that I bought on a whim because Amazon told me I should. And holy Mary mother of Jesus, I cannot even begin to explain how much of a great decision that was. I finished it in a few hours, and every time I told myself 'Okay, time for a break', I'd put down my Kindle...and pick it up 5 seconds later. I could not tear myself away from it.

I don't even know why, to tell you the truth. There was just something about the characters and their relationship and their stories that sucked me i
Melissa Andrea
Apr 18, 2013 Melissa Andrea rated it it was amazing
Wish I could give a million stars!!!!! Can not wait for this release so everyone can read it!!
May 25, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
4 Angst-Filled Oh-No-He-Didn't Stars

Gurrrrl. This book. Uh Uh No Way. That did not just happen.

Patience is a driven, successful senior in high school with everything going for her. On. The. Surface. But underneath. Gurl, she is a Mess. Capital M...Mess.

Zeke is a pot smoking, guitar playing slaker. On the surface. Underneath, yeah, he is the same thing underneath, but he has good reasons. Did I mention sexy, tattooed, and tortured? And he needs a haircut. It would be giggle-worthy except that h
LipSmackin' GoodBooks Bloggin' Bitches
Holy Fuck! Why!!!! Why dear Lord baby Jesus!!!! WHY?!? Let me explain the travesty that occurred by allowing this elite superiority to rest for WEEKS on my kindle bookshelf, she was so dusty with electronic dust bunnies, I almost put her back on the shelf, but the cover pulled at me, and I, thank God, opened her up. Teenage characters! There is my excuse. Yep, that's what held me back, Seriously! This is why I try to not read damn book descriptions, I'm not letting myself judge a book by its cov ...more
Tiffany Readz
Apr 27, 2013 Tiffany Readz rated it it was amazing
At first this book annoyed me because it switched POV's in each chapter (which I like), but then repeated the exact same lines as the previous chapter. That style of writing feels repetitive and thankfully it was only the first few chapters. The following chapters captured each POV nicely and avoided using the exact same phrases.

Man, talk about two tortured souls that needed to find each other. Patience is the goody-goody rich girl from the other side of the tracks, compared to Zeke and the trai
Apr 29, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-favourites
I was completely enthralled with this heart-breaking and emotional book.

Zeke and Patience are two broken individuals who have had to deal with so much pain and heartache, they are both dealing with abuse of the worst kind. From the very beginning there was a special spark that could not be ignored between them and you see the strain and the love it takes for them to move forward.

I like that it is told from the point of view of each of the characters but it did feel repetitive at times.

This is a
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Loved, Loved, Loved this book!!
It ticked everything I love in a book, the sexy/rocker bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, the good girl with everything at her feet..
The story has so much depth to it, so many conflicting emotions run through you as you read this, it's not just a love story and you can't help being drawn to the two characters..

This could've gone such a different way to what road the author took with the subject matter in this book, beautifully written and definitely a must
Spoiler Whore says calm your tits people, it's just a book
Yeesh! This was a tough one but not in a bad way. The author did a good job with the hard topics of sexual and physical child abuse. That's your warning right there. If that's a hard limit then this book is not for you.

Patience and Zeke are polar opposites but yet the attraction is immediate. They go thru many obstacles and in the end you can't help but root for them. The epilogue could have been longer but I was pleased with it.
Kim Person
Apr 26, 2013 Kim Person rated it it was amazing
HOLY HOT ZEKE ~ THIS BOOK IS AMAZING ~ It has one heck of a emotional back story that will break your heart but when you start reading about the "bad boy" guitar player ~ Totally 5+++++ stars I LOVED IT~

I'll post a FULL review later tonight or in a.m. once I get hubby off my arse LOL
Stylo Fantome
Jun 19, 2014 Stylo Fantome rated it it was amazing
This was totally a case of don't judge a book by it's cover. recommended this book to me based on my past purchases, but I took one look at the cover and was like "meh! Next." But I did read the synopsis before passing on it. It stuck with me. I kept going back to it, and rereading the blurb. Finally I was like ah hell, buy it.

Thank god. This is one of my all time favorite indie author books. I go back and forth a lot on NA books, but I loved this one. I love books with angry, evil mom
3.75 stars

This author certainly knows how to write a powerful story. I thought this book was going to go straight to my favorites shelf, well that was until it fell apart in the final few chapters.

The relationship between Zeke and Patience was an emotional roller-coaster ride. I came to care for both of them deeply. I didn’t care for Patience's so called best friend Claire, the amount of times she left her in a bad situation was appalling.

The ending – it felt like the author ran out of ideas o
May 29, 2013 Sleepy rated it it was amazing
I really liked this one, it was an emotional heartbreaking book with two lost and broken souls finding each other and helping each other live again, they helped bring each other out of the dark and find light within each other.


O i really like Zeke, he is a tough guy who speaks his mind no matter what he's blunt and always honest no matter what! But
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