Title – Inked Armor
Author – Helena Hunting
Publication Date – May 13, 2014
Series – Clipped Wings, #2
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.
Wow. Clipped Wings made you feel all sorts of emotions, but Inked Armor tore me up into shreds only to not know if I’d be put back together again. Numerous times I felt my heart breaking, then would feel an ounce of happiness, to feel ripped apart again. However, this was all done in the absolute best way possible. Helena Hunting has this way of writing that you experience every slight nuance with each character and go through what they are feeling.
This story was a lot more about Hayden and his past, which I was incredibly grateful for because that’s what I was left desiring in the first book. However, I wasn’t exactly braced for how much heartbreak I would feel. Between his feelings of betrayal from Tenley and the murder of his parents, it just became a lot to bear. Clipped Wings was great but I felt like it only touched on the surface of Tenley’s issues. Inked Armor felt so much more raw and deep. It’s one of those darker books, but it has its lighter moments as well. I truly did appreciate those moments that Hayden had Tenley in his chair. I love that the ink was an outlet for both of them. They searched for something to ease their guilt and each thought the ink would provide that solace. However, they found it in each other in these moments. It was a beautiful connection and I absolutely LOVED seeing it unfold. I liked seeing the roles reversed and Tenley being the pillar of strength while Hayden folded in on himself. Their relationship became a true give and take!
I really did enjoy this series. It was a tad darker than what I usually read, but it was done in a way that I actually appreciated. You will run a gamut of emotions while reading this series, but each character will cause you to feel for them and learn to appreciate them. I’m so glad that I broadened my horizons and took on this slightly more raw romance, and I’d absolutely recommend to others as well!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Cupcakes & Ink (Clipped Wings, #0.5)
Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1)
Between the Cracks (Clipped Wings, #1.5; FREE)
Cracks in the Armor (Clipped Wings, #2.5)
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Fractures in Ink (Clipped Wings, #3)