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.
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.
A little FAITH can get you through…
One night. That’s all Finn had with the only girl he ever loved. Years later, all he has left of that night is a silver cross, a broken give a damn, and the unrelenting desire to drink her memory away. As the lead singer of Blow Hole, Finn has his pick of women, but none are able to squash the need he still carries around for Faith. To hate her offers some relief, but when Finn sees her again after so many years, it’s hard to despise her. Especially when every reason he had to hate her, turn out to be lies.
As the daughter of a strict Baptist preacher, Faith Warren lived sheltered from all things sinful. When she met Jimmy Finn, the epitome of all seven deadly sins, she found out exactly what she was missing. After being forced to choose between her soul and the only person in the world who made her feel alive, Faith walked away from Finn and dove head first into her father’s preferred life. But now Finn’s back and he’s getting payback by wreaking havoc on her emotions. Except sometimes bad things feel good, and Faith has to decide once again if she wants to stay in her gilded cage or fly free with the dark angel of lust himself.
Reading this book I ran the gamut of emotions. Patience has so much to deal with and her story tore my heart out. Couple that with Zeke's life and the two of them are destined for a bumpy road. I warn you there is incest, abuse, drug use, and other emotionally charged issues woven throughout their story. I found Vargo's writing fresh and well done. The story is well told. The characters are completely developed and their world is vividly created on page.
Patience and Zeke made me crazy. Just when I thought things couldn't get worse for them, something else happened to tear them apart. They are both incredibly stubborn and independent, but need each other to hold the pieces together. I honestly wasn't sure if I wanted them together in the end though. They had so much history to overcome it seemed too much. In the end, their love for each other is enough. The sum of their experiences pulls them together.
Finn and Faith are another story Vargo created out of Zeke's story. Finn and Zeke are bandmates and hit it big, but before that, they both struggle with being from the wrong side of the tracks. In Zeke's book, Finn is the solid friend and level headed one. He came to be this way after a rough childhood and losing the woman he loved. You hear about her briefly in the first book and then you get the big picture in their own part of the novel.
Faith is a preacher's daughter who is straight-laced and sheltered. She is also beaten in the name of the Bible and kept under lock and key. Finn is in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up having community service for a crime he didn't commit. He meets Faith and decides it might not be so bad. The two clash and come together, her innocence drawing him like a moth to a flame, but they are not meant to be together if her father has anything to say about it.
Similar emotionally heavy topics are woven into their story. Each chapter is told from alternating POV's so as a reader you get the big picture. Sometimes though, the pieces of the puzzle don't come together right away. The stories are heart wrenching and at times I wanted to put the book down, but I had to keep reading! Finn needed me! I love Finn. He is the kind of guy you'd want your daughter to meet, even if he is a bit rough around the edges.
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