Series: Clipped Wings #3
on November 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Sometimes the things we shouldn't want become exactly what we need...
Waitressing at a seedy strip club isn't ideal, but it pays Sarah Adamson's tuition. Her goal is to finish her master's program and get a job that doesn't involve tight skirts and groping hands. She doesn't need distractions. Especially not the one that comes in the form of a hot-as-sin tattoo artist who works across the street from her apartment.
Kicked out at sixteen, and a high school dropout, Chris Zelter is familiar with wanting things he can't have. His fractured life has never been easy. As the product of someone else's bad decisions, he knows exactly what happens when the wrong person controls your marionette strings. Now an accomplished tattoo artist in a renowned studio in Chicago, Chris has it together.
Apart from his infatuation with Sarah. She's way out of his league, and Chris knows it.But he's willing to be her bad decision. At least for now.
Because we can never get enough Helena Hunting┬áor the Clipped Wings series, we knew it was a no-brainer to #buddyread┬áFractures in Ink┬áwhen we found out it was coming out. ┬áWith bated breath and crossed fingers, we delved back into the gritty world of Inked Armor. ┬áAll of the angst and anticipation was worth every word.
Cyndi:┬áFractures In Ink ( Clipped Wings #3) is one of my most anticipated releases this year. Sure I got sucked up in the Pucked series, but after reading Cracks in the Armor (my review if Cracks In the Armor ) two years ago I missed the crew at Inked Armor and was desperate for Chris and Sarah’s story – they felt so right together and I wanted to just know them 🙂 I’ve always felt a bit more jittery while reading the books in the Clipped Wings series. I hadn’t completely forgotten how gritty the situations at SarahÔÇÖs work (The Dollhouse) and Chris’ family issues are. But still I was a bit surprised at how on edge I felt while reading this. I had anticipatory anxiety brought on by drama that Chris wasnÔÇÖt fully aware of.
Loredana:┬áOh, my broken heart. ┬áThis book was certainly worth the wait. ┬áCyndi – thank you for making me meet Hayden and all of the other redeemed angels from Inked Armor. ┬áWhen we got a snippet of Sarah and Chris in their novella, it was nowhere near enough. ┬áI’m torn between saying that the story and characters are really gritty or just very honest. ┬áMost of us live a much more charmed existence and often forget about┬áthis underbelly side of society. ┬áI like that Hunting showed the truth of these characters and their circumstances without glorifying it in a cliche way. In fact, who Chris and Sarah are in spite of what they have faced makes them all the more likable and admirable.
C:┬áI want to say that Chris is heroic but really Helena just simply created a sensible and decent man who loves fiercely. His back story, the life of poverty and abuse he suffers through puts him an oddly empowering position. I know itÔÇÖs counter-intuitive but Chris is the type of man who learns from everything that happens in his life.
L:┬áCyndi, you nailed it. ┬áChris is a┬ágood guy, salt of the earth type of man. ┬áHe’s flawed┬ábut so loyal. ┬áAnd kind. ┬áThat’s the juxtaposition for me. ┬áAbuse usually breeds abuse, but Chris is the exception. ┬áA blue collar man with a heart of gold.
C: He does so much for the people that he loves; he provides his sister Ivy a safe place to land, giving her stability he never had, finds ways to give his mom what she needs to make better decisions. But still heÔÇÖs pretty hard on himself – I suppose heÔÇÖs pragmatic but itÔÇÖs heartbreaking that he doesn’t feel worthy of Sarah when he says ÔÇ£Sarah was destined to upgrade.ÔÇØ I suppose he has her on a pedestal but he does seem┬áto grow into a sense of being worthy of her. Truth is, sheÔÇÖs pretty darn lucky to have caught his eye.
L:┬áI think watching Chris struggle with who he is and if he is worthy is part of what makes him worthy of Sarah and of love. ┬áHe wants more for himself, for Ivy, for Sarah, for anyone who has breached at least one layer of his fortress.
C: The predicament that Sarah finds herself in caused me the most anxiety. What she hides from Chris made me crazy. I saw her rationalization but I thought the situation with her boss Xander could have gone really bad. Ugh, the man made my stomach turn. HeÔÇÖs the worst sort of man, predatory and manipulative. Sarah really has to bide her time in order to make it out of the situation without having everything sheÔÇÖs worked for implode on her. I loved her for Chris, and, in the end, I think she earned it.
L: For being such an intelligent woman, Sarah sure made┬ásome stupid decisions: working at the Dollhouse, trusting Xander, pushing Chris away so much, you name it. ┬áBut you know? ┬áI think that’s the heart of this book…there are so many paradoxes. ┬áEach person seems to be at odd with him/herself. ┬áIn the end, they need to let go of insecurities so they can find their way, unencumbered, to each other in order to balance out these battling opposites within themselves.
It’s safe to say we were both exceedingly pleased with this story. ┬áSure, we were gutted along the way, but these two damaged souls meld together to heal the tiny fractures in their clipped wings. ┬áPowerful and striking 5 stars!
IÔÇÖd been seeking out Chris as much as I could lately, even though he was worried about my lack of sleep. My feelings for him had become like weeds, growing faster than I could contain them. I shouldÔÇÖve been protecting my heart instead of trying to hand it over so it could be crushed later.
So┬átonight, instead of pushing him to talk about whatever was making him hurt, I let him have what he wanted: an escape. I could be that.
I was exactly that every night I worked in the club. I was my customersÔÇÖ escape from life, from the wives who ignored them, or from the girlfriends who didnÔÇÖt exist. I smiled and batted my eyelashes and pretended their lewd comments were funny.
Tonight┬áI could easily be whatever Chris needed, and if that was naked and a distraction from the things outside of his control, so be it. Or thatÔÇÖs what I told myself as I pushed his boxers over his hips.
My clothing took a little longer to remove since I was fully dressed. Chris wasnÔÇÖt as slow as usual, or gentle. There was an urgency in him IÔÇÖd never experienced before. What he wouldnÔÇÖt give me in words, he gave me in actions. Desperation leaked through, making him frantic as he pulled my shirt over my head and fought with the clasp on my bra.
ÔÇ£Fuck,ÔÇØ he groaned. ÔÇ£I just wanna get my hands on all of you.ÔÇØ
I brushed him away, taking care of the bra for him. Sitting on the edge of the bed, I opened my legs and welcomed him between them. He locked shaking fingers around the waistband of my jeans and paused, his expression clouding.
ÔÇ£You sure youÔÇÖre okay with this?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£With you wanting me?ÔÇØ I popped the button.
He lifted his gaze. ÔÇ£I fucking┬áneed┬áyou.ÔÇØ
I shivered at his tone, wishing it indicated a different kind of needÔÇöa sustained one that was more than physical. But I pushed the feelings down, locked them inside my aching heart, and released my zipper. ÔÇ£Then you should have me.ÔÇØ