Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fractures in Ink by Helena Hunting


Summary from Goodreads:

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.



My Thoughts:

     Chris has had a pretty rough upbringing and after being kicked out of his home at sixteen by his abusive stepfather, he didn’t help himself by getting involved with the wrong crowd of people.  Now in his mid-twenties he has finally, with help from Hayden and friends, starting to make a good life for himself.  Chris met Sarah and even though he doesn’t feel good enough for her, he can’t stay away either. 

     This is the third novel in the Clipped Wings series by Helena Hunting but it is a stand-alone so you do not need to read the first two in order to enjoy this one.  This is a very different type of story from Ms. Hunting’s Pucked series in that this is a romance but with a lot deeper emotions and turmoil.  The characters are from troubled backgrounds and are struggling to fight back against what they grew up with to become better, more stable adults. 

     I really enjoyed this story because of the depth of the characters.  Everyone has struggles but Chris and Sarah’s are worse than most and it was great to see them grow and fall for each other.  The story, for the most part, centered on Chris and his past/current issues so I do wish that we had gotten a little more of Sarah’s background.  We got the basics of her upbringing and her mother’s issues but that was small compared to Chris’ story. 

     Helena Hunting’s writing is always great and if you are looking for a really good romance with a side of angst this is a great series to look into!

4/5 stars

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