Title – Between the Cracks
Author – Helena Hunting
Publication Date – May 4, 2014
Series – Clipped Wings, #1.5
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.
I actually really liked having this little short story in the clipped Wings series. When Trnley left, it was so abrupt and sudden that we didn’t really get to see Hayden process anything. However, in Between the Cracks, we got to see him go from this strong, protective man to someone who lost resolve and turned into an absolute wreck. He started to doubt and question who he was to Tenley and it gave a level of authenticity to his character. I also thought it was great to get a glimpse inside of the man Chris is. In Clipped Wings, he’s painted in a somewhat negative light. We get to see this whole other dimension to his character in this short story though. It was definitely an extra addition to the story, and now I need to figure out what happens – especially with Tenley!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Cupcakes & Ink (Clipped Wings, #0.5)
Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1)
Inked Armor (Clipped Wings, #2)
Cracks in the Armor (Clipped Wings, #2.5)
Fractures in Ink (Clipped Wings, #3)