Having Patience by Debra Glass
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Length: Short Story (118 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking, Light BDSM
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Honeysuckle
Throughout their long engagement, James Camplyon, Earl of Somerset, has fantasized about Patience Hadley Mims’ silken skin and voluptuous curves. He expects his witty, beautiful bride to be timid on their wedding night. But Patience is far more than shy. She’s terrified.
James presents his reluctant bride with a box of risqué novels, ordering her to choose a passage each night for them to act out. Despite her fears, Patience thinks being bound and blindfolded will undo the hard-learned lessons of a lifetime. But she doesn’t count on her husband’s patient resolve to strip away the dark secrets threatening to prevent her from giving herself to him completely.
How does a 17th Century Earl coax his beautiful new bride out of her fear of intimacy…he makes her choose her own seduction.
James Camplyon, Earl of Somerset, anticipated some reserve from his bride on their wedding night but nothing prepared him for the utter look of terror on Patience’s face when they first kiss.
James is everything a romantic hero should be. He loves his new bride and is determined to help her get past her fears. While he isn’t ever cruel he doesn’t allow Patience to suffer his attentions just to get it over with. He wants her to realize her inner passion and enjoy the sexual chemistry that she is scared to embrace. The brilliant use of the “penny dreadfuls” to draw out her secret desires had me breathlessly anticipating her next choice of seductive passages.
Debra Glass is known for her paranormal romance but the demon that Patience is fighting is not of a ghostly nature but rather childhood memories loaded with guilt. The raw emotion and internal struggle Ms. Glass paints into Patience and James’ wedding night was so palpable and heart wrenching I wanted to cry right along with Patience.
Fear not romance lover, without giving to much away, I can tell you that they not only find their HEA but they come out of the ordeal so much stronger and closer as a couple. I think you’ll agree, after reading Having Patience, that the clever double entendre in the title is genius. James has to practice an awful lot of patience before he can ever have Patience. I’ve read just about everything Ms. Glass has written and I can honestly say Having Patience is on the top of my favorites list.