Patience (Dublin Virtues #1) by Helena Stone 3*
BLURB: 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 parlour 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.
My Review: I was gifted with a copy for reviewing. I liked this story. It was down to earth and honest, even if the main characters weren't quite as honest with each other to start with. This was a sweet romance that really kept me interested in how it would all work out between the two men, especially when the nemesis turned up (not saying more as it would mean adding spoilers). I enjoyed the interaction between the two best friends too and I hope they will feature in a future book. Meanwhile I guess I'll have to wait for book number two to immerse myself again in the romances of gay men in Dublin.
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