November 22, 2016

Review - Fractures in Ink by Helena Hunting

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Fractures in Ink by Helena Hunting Publication Date: November 14th, 2016 Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis:

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. Mostly. 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.

Excerpt:

I’d 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 should’ve been protecting my heart instead of trying to hand it over so it could be crushed later. So tonight, 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 customers’ escape from life, from the wives who ignored them, or from the girlfriends who didn’t exist. I smiled and batted my eyelashes and pretended their lewd comments were funny. Tonight I 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 that’s 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 wasn’t as slow as usual, or gentle. There was an urgency in him I’d never experienced before. What he wouldn’t 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. “Fuck,” he groaned. “I just wanna get my hands on all of you.” 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. “You sure you’re okay with this?” “With you wanting me?” I popped the button. He lifted his gaze. “I fucking need you.” I shivered at his tone, wishing it indicated a different kind of need—a sustained one that was more than physical. But I pushed the feelings down, locked them inside my aching heart, and released my zipper. “Then you should have me.”


My Review: 

LOVE Helena Hunting, but this is actually my first book I have read in her Clipped Wings series. The first and only books I have read of hers are the romantic comedies featuring crude hockey players. I was expecting a lot more of that in Fractures in Ink, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this other side of Hunting's writing. 

We first meet Chris who is kind of a bad boy, but not in the typical sense. He had a rough childhood and suffered so much growing up, but he turned into this amazing, protective man. Chris was pretty freaking perfect, without being unrealistic. He had normal emotions and overreactions, but it just made him feel more genuine to me. I loved the way he cared about his sister, Sarah and his friends.

Sarah is a fighter, doing everything she can to remain independent, successful without compromising her values. She has an amazing internship program, but is forced to work to pay her bills while working full time for her program. Left with little choices she begins waitressing at a strip club. This environment isn’t the best and her boss is horrible, but she isn’t left with many options. 

These two are more alike than it originally seems, but Chris is a tattoo artist, covered in ink and doesn’t own a suit. He thinks Sarah deserves more but is happy to hook-up until she is ready to move onto something better. Regardless of his real feelings for her, he just wants the best for her. Sarah is happy with Chris and what they have, she doesn't want anyone else. She isn’t looking for more and sees the amazing, generous, compassionate man he is.

This story has a lot more feels and less humor, but I loved how Hunting proved she can deliver a heartfelt love story with broken characters. I actually can’t wait to go back and read the other books in the series. So while this series is so different from the Pucked series, it’s still fantastic and I highly recommend it! 

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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NYT and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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