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RELEASE DAY & REVIEW: Inked Armor by Helena HuntingInked Armor by Helena Hunting
Series: Clipped Wings #2
Published by Gallery Books on May 13, 2014
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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In this follow-up to Clipped Wings, the emotional love story continues between Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

In the wake of losing Tenley Page, tattooist Hayden Stryker's tumultuous past is haunting him. Plagued by nightmares about the murder of his parents, Hayden reaches out again to Tenley. Having run from the man she doesn't believe she deserves, Tenley finally lays her guilt to rest. Despite their intense physical attraction, Hayden and Tenley struggle to repair their fragile emotional connection. As Hayden gets closer to the truth, he must find a way to reconcile his guilt over his parents' death in order to keep the woman who finally cracked his armor, and found her way into his heart.

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My thoughts…

First let me just say *squee* Yay for more Hayden & Tenley!!! 🙂

So this is the second book in this series. Inked Armor picks up right where Clipped Wings left off. Thank goodness for that because the cliffhanger was a doozy. I think this book is as good as the first one. Sometimes with sequels I feel they don’t live up to the first book. I’m happy to say Inked Armor did. The story flowed smoothly, held my attention, and at no time did I find myself skimming. It was in a word. Fantastic. So good.

As with the first, the sex in this book is hot, hot, hot. *fans self* It’s also plentiful. *fans self again* Ms Hunting does an excellent job of building the tension between these two. The chemistry they share is so strong it’s hard for them to keep their hands to themselves. It was really hard for them to abstain and take things slow in their relationship. It was really hard for me as a reader to have to wait for the smexy times too lol

This story focuses a lot on Hayden’s history and what happened to his family. It’s more in-depth then the first book was. He gets the answers to the questions he’s had for so long. The suspense element was a good one. While I was able to figure out some parts of it, other parts to me by surprise.

Overall, I think Ms Hunting nailed it with this book. I’m completely satisfied with the outcome. I’m sort of sad that Hayden & Tenley’s story has come to an end though. This is definitely one of my favorite series. I’ll be reading these books and the novellas again in the future. If you’ve yet to start the series I highly suggest you do.

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REVIEW: Between the Cracks by Helena HuntingBetween the Cracks by Helena Hunting
Series: Clipped Wings #1.5
Published by Gallery Books on May 6, 2014
Pages: 50
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Tattooist Chris Zelter doesn’t always make the best decisions when it comes to the people he cares about, or the women he gets involved with. Things have changed recently, though. Chris has lost interest in casual flings as he finds himself wrapped up in Sarah Adamson, a waitress at the local strip club he frequents. It takes months of persistent attention before she finally agrees to date him, and he's determined not to mess it up.

Just as things are finally going his way, Chris receives a troubled phone call in the middle of the night from Hayden Stryker, his best friend and business partner. Unexpected revelations and the sudden departure of his girlfriend, Tenley, has nearly sent Hayden over the edge. Add in a speeding ticket and an impounded car, and Hayden is balanced on the precipice of a total meltdown. Worried about his friend, Chris sets out on a rescue road trip, first to get Hayden, and then to bring back Tenley. The two men run into unforeseen roadblocks, proving even the best intentions don’t guarantee results.

Chris and Hayden return to Chicago empty handed, and Chris is left feeling as if he’s let down all the people who matter, especially Sarah. But Chris discovers that sometimes the best way to deal with failure is to find a way to forget about it. And losing himself in Sarah is the perfect way to do just that.

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At only fifty pages this is a really quick read. While it’s enjoyable, I don’t think it’s a necessary read. This one felt more like a filler. It’s written from Chris’s POV and covers Hayden’s trip to Tenley’s hometown. It also includes a scene that takes the relationship between Chris and Sarah to the next level. They have sex and I don’t think the sexual scene was up to par with the scenes in Clipped Wings, but it was enjoyable to read.

Overall, I expected more out of this one.

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REVIEW: Cupcakes and Ink by Helena HuntingCupcakes and Ink by Helena Hunting
Series: Clipped Wings #0.5
Published by Pocket Star on February 3, 2014
Pages: 60
Format: eBook
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Tenley Page is looking for a new start: a new city, a new apartment, a new life. Her plan is to keep to herself and stay focused. But leaving her past behind and starting over isn’t as easy as she thought. And neither is maintaining her solitude. As Tenley settles into her new surroundings, she finds herself drawn to Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street. But it’s the gorgeous, dark-haired tattoo artist who captures her interest. There’s something about his severe beauty that captivates her—and not just in her waking hours.

Covered in the ink he inscribes on other people’s skin, Hayden Stryker has made a career out of being a tattooist. He’s got his own business and a tight circle of friends. As far as he’s concerned, that’s all he needs. At least until his aunt, who owns the antiques and used book store across from his tattoo studio, hires a new employee. At first his intrigue is based on physical appeal; hot chick equals something nice to look at. But as he begins to catch glimpses of the fiery personality under the fragile, feminine exterior, his fascination with Tenley grows. Annoyed by his inability to control his fixation, Hayden decides the best way to cure him of the new obsession is to get to know the girl under her skittish façade.

But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.

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Cupcakes and Ink is a novella written as a prequel to Clipped Wings. I only discovered it after I finished reading book one. While I wouldn’t say it’s mandatory you read it before book one, it does give you some insight of how things started out between the main characters.

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REVIEW: Clipped Wings by Helena HuntingClipped Wings by Helena Hunting
Series: Clipped Wings #1
Published by Gallery Books on March 4, 2014
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
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An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn't ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley's past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side...or run?

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First off… Tenley & Hayden. I love these names. They aren’t overused character names and I love that. I’ve been told that this series is twilight fan fiction. Honestly I’m not exactly sure what that means. The characters have different names. The setting is different. I think the overall storyline is unique and I loved this book and it’s characters.

Both Tenley & Hayden are broken. They’ve both suffered a great loss in their short lives and I couldn’t but feel so bad for them. Having said that I really liked them. The attraction between these two was off the charts. I think they were good together. Having both suffered losses I also think that made their bond stronger. The sex in this one was HOT! I had to fan myself a couple of times. The scenes are well written and plentiful.

Overall, I really loved this one and I cannot wait for the second book in this series. It’s going to be so good!

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