14 April 2010

Holding up my 'I love PATIENCE' banner proudly

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by Lisa Valdez
ISBN: 0425210545
Publisher: Berkley
On sale date: April 6, 2010

Genre: Historical Romance
Series: book 2 in The Passion Quartet
Main Characters: Matthew Morgan Hawkmore and Patience Emmalina Dare
Book Origin: Personal Library

Cover Sumary:

Known for her exceptional beauty, Patience Emmalina Dare has been pursued by admirers ever since coming of age. But suitor after suitor fails to inspire her love – or her desire. Certain she will never find a man who touches her deeply, she decides to forgo marriage in favor of pursuing her music. But just when Patience thinks she has her life well in hand, a passionate kiss with her enigmatic brother-in-law awakens a powerful need in her. How will she reconcile her desire for him and her desire for a life that's her own – and what will she do when he shows her a deep and hidden part of herself that she never knew existed?

When the secret of his illegitimate birth pushes Matthew Morgan Hawkmore from his place in society, the darkly handsome half-brother of the Earl of Langley plots his resurrection and his revenge. Betrayed and abandoned by the women he believed loved him, he swears to never again be controlled by love. But despite his vow, he is unable to resist the beautiful Patience, whose strength and self-reliance hide a need that he is perfectly suited to fulfill. Can he have her without loving her? What will he give up to keep her? And will her passionate surrender be the one thing that can stop him from making a tragic mistake that could destroy them both…

My Review: Archibald Benchley was a man bend on the ruination of Matthew now that scandal touched upon his good name. His daughter, Rosalind, had to forego on her engagement with Matthew now that he has been deemed a bastard by birth and all good society had turned a cold shoulder to him. It was revenge that raged in Matthews heart for his once, future father-in-law. Nevertheless, it was meeting Patience that stirred something else, something primal, and not to be ignored. It was the instinctual recognition of a Dominant for his submissive…

I think if I ever had one question regarding PATIENCE then it would be if it could deliver that same emotional rush as PASSION gave me. So the minute I held my copy of PATIENCE in my hand was the minute I signed off on real life and immersed myself in the time of England anno 1851. There, Matthew Morgan Hawkmore and Patience Emmaline Dare, tell a story where their deep sated needs and desires awaken to complete and heal their heart, mind, body and soul. I found out that, once again, Lisa Valdez equals pushing the envelope with formidable characters and a potent, extraordinary and erotically charged storyline!

The back story of Matthews’s revealed parentage provided a back and forth maneuvering of power play between Matthew and Benchley. Yet it is from the very first chapter that I was mesmerized by the acute attraction flowing between Matthew and Patience. Their budding relationship is at the heart of PATIENCE, it is one where a Dominant uses his carefully yet adamant ministrations to see to the emotional maturing of a woman coming in to her own. It is with a poignant elegance that Lisa Valdez captured the image of two people who completed each other, but for them to reach that destination they had a lot of soul searching to do.

I couldn’t get enough of the internal warring of emotions with Matthew. At one hand he wanted to re-claim his honor and make a statement that he was still a man of worth, at the other hand he was completely absorbed by his new feelings towards Patience. Her view on life, her intellect, her personality and her submission were answers to all his dreams he ever had of a loving future. He uses all sides of Domination; from wrapping up Patience in gentle caring, to swatting her ass in punishment. From gentle persuading to simply commanding and always, always teaching and reassuring Patience of the strength that lies in her submission.

Patience is a woman on a crossroad in her life and she boldly chooses Matthew, only what that included is something she only felt on an instinctual level. She comes with boundaries and wounds buried for years that need to surface before she can be whole again. Patience is a high spirited woman, one who is wooed by one and all for her great beauty and all she craves is a man whose arms are strong enough to hold her, nurture her in all her needs, even if she doesn’t know exactly what they are. Alongside the courage also doubts and fears coursed through Patience veins about her deepest desires and sense of self, while through Matthews coursed a burning need for revenge that was alternated with his deeply ingrained need to Dominate, love and take care. They are flawed, have their quirks, but for every man there is a woman and Patience was Matthews.

It is safe to say that Matthew and Patience enraptured me in their chemistry, emotions peaked for me with them playing the cello, with a simple act of Matthew dressing Patience, when boundaries were breeched and old pain surfaced, or upon the first time I love you’s were said. These moments, and many more, were steeped with such an underlying meaning and feelings that I couldn’t get enough of it and created a depth that took a life of its own in this story. This isn’t a simple love story, it is layered and complex and I took my time with unraveling these two formidable characters. As I was immersed in the romance I felt the “revenge” part was taking a back seat and there was even a moment in the story, towards the end, where I thought the solution was too easy. Only then did I get an ‘all or nothing moment’ where I had to take out my tissues for perhaps the second or third time. Lisa Valdez doesn’t do easy for her characters, she stays true to their nature and Matthew had to go rock bottom to realize a few truths all on his own. If there is one thing that makes the romance intensely experienced by me than it is a couple that has to overcome great struggles and I feel Matthew and Patience had to go through deep valleys to come up at the other end with a love stronger then oak.

There is also a moment between Passion and Patience that rattled me and conveyed their tight knit family bond as sisters. While there isn’t actually much dialogue going on between Passion and Patience throughout the story it is the ones that they have that speak of a deep caring between them. While there are family and friends surrounding the main couple, and the Bon Ton is ever present, there are two characters who stood out for me; Fitz Roy, somehow this male persona intrigues me with his observations and actions. And then there’s aunt Matty with her own life’s wisdom and obtaining what her nieces need. She was definitely a fun note in an otherwise intense story.

While I feel like I’m upholding my “I love PATIENCE banner” proudly there was the bible quoting of Patience that irked me at times. She is a vicar daughter but for me it was simply something that wasn’t needed, Patience morals already made me believe she was a vicar’s daughter, made her believable that way. No need to smack me with the quotes. Of course the distinct erotic descriptions were also evident with the regular use of words like prick, cods, quim and cunt but for me it is part and parcel of reading a novel from Lisa Valdez’s hand.

PATIENCE, though so very different in story, erotica theme and characters had one common denominator with PASSION, and that is the beautiful writing voice of Lisa Valdez. I am an avid reader of the Dom/sub relationship and I felt the commanding voice of Matthew and the need quivering in Patience for submitting. Lisa Valdez created a D/s relationship with raw emotional moments alternated with tender ones, passionate ones, defiant ones and the moments where a love grew that could heal the souls of two people who come to mean so much to me by the end of this story. 

In its own unique way PATIENCE delivered the same bold, emotional and sensuous story as its predecessor, PASSION. Now I await Lisa Valdez’s writing once again with Primrose story.

4,5 stars

Quote Matthew:
Matthew’s chest filled with a deep contentment. This was what he wanted – to wake up beside her forever. He drew a long breath and released it slowly. He wanted to dance a thousand dances with her. He wanted to play alongside her at a hundred musicales. He wanted to stand at her side as her acknowledged mate and care for her, so that she never had to fear that he would ever leave her.

Quote Patience:
“It’s not like that, Matthew.” Her voice was soft and low. “I’m not surrendering because I feel vulnerable. I’m surrendering because I feel strong.” She laid her hands against his cheeks and her eyes looked brilliant. “I’m surrendering because I’m in love.”
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  1. Lovely review - I have not read this book, but from the reviews I have read - there is no middle ground. you either love it or loathe it. It really brings out strong emotions in people and I like books that do that :) You hold your Patience banner high :)

  2. I'd pretty much decided not to read this one because 2 people who have similar reading tastes didn't like it, but now your review is making me want to read the book anyway. I admit there's a huge curiosity factor for me, considering the gap between books and all the fuss. Who knows, I still might read it at some point.

  3. Wonderful review Leontine! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed Patience so much! I know I'll be reading it but I 've been on the fence about how soon because of some of the reviews I'd read so far now it's making it's way back to the top of the TBR!

  4. @Mandi - After I wrote my review I went to amazon and such to see what others thought and you're right, the general consensus is love or hate. Though I soehow feel the peeps who don't like it are more than the peeps who love it ;S

    @Stacy - I hope you get to satisfy your curiousity at one time Stacy! Even if its just tosay: I've read PATIENCE by Lisa Valdez and hate/love it :)

    @Tricia - I think this is the kind of book that pushes the buttons with readers and hope you'll have the right buttons pushed :)

  5. Do you need help holding up your banner? I've been working out ::flexes muscles::

  6. Fantastic review, Leontine! I'm so happy that you loved it because after reading Dear Author's scathing review, I'll admit to being nervous.

    Wow, this sounds to be just as emotionally charged at PASSION. And you had to reach for tissues 3 times! Oh gawds, I can't wait!!

    Thanks for relieving me of my fears, girl.


  7. Wow, you really know how to make a book come alive with your words! It's a wonderful review :)
    I'm not much of a historical romance reader but this one I might give a try. It sounds intriguing!

  8. I only read one or two authors that write historical romance but you make this book sound really good and make me really want to read it. I think I'll have to look into this book a little more. Thanks for such a great review.


  9. Leontine, you definitely know how to pique the interest of us hussies... I am really liking this book is bringing out so much emotion out of people. That means the book touches a nerve or heart some where along the way. Great review hon!!!!

    Hope all is well!! Love ya!

  10. Great review my dear this is one I will have to get it sounds wonderful!

    BIG HUGS and hope you are having a great week so far!

  11. Now that I have read Patience and drafted my review I felt safe to read yours, only to be put to shame...After your amazing review I don't know if I dare to post mine...it falls so short compared to yours........What a great job, hon!


  12. Ehmmm I am still reading it, so have not read your review yet, will do that later, just read the title and agree... I am holding that I love Patience banner right with you!

  13. @Smokinghotbooks - Oh yes, together we can wave for quite a bit *YAY*

    @VFG - I think my opinion is in the minority here, many have same sentiment as the DA reviews. I think the way the D/s is voiced will push good or bad hot buttons.

    @Janna - Erotica wise PASSION & PATIENCE might do it for you :) and I'm happy my enthusiasm came across :)

    @Sherry - I don't know what your usual authors/books/genres are in reading but if you want to take your chance with something unique and different than Lisa Valdez is one of those authors.

    @Cecile - You can say it hit quite a few good nerves with me. I had the hankies out in the last third of this book, same as when i read PASSION.

    @JennJ - If you ever feel adventurous...*grin*

    @Pearl - Hon, you know your review will rock, you just say it in your own voice ;)

    @Marissa - Oh YAY, I hope you're going to love it all the way through girl!! I feel sooooooo alone in the camp of 'I love PATIENCE' ROFL

  14. I do love holding up the banner for a book I really fell for :D

  15. Great review!! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one, I still need to read the first one!!

  16. Hi Leontine, thanks for the review and proud banner! I too enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the next one(s). Ms. Valdez has introduced more characters that I want to read more about!


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