Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Clipped Wings Series by Helena Hunting ~*~*~*~ Blog Tour & Review

Clipped Wings #1
Clipped Wings #2
Clipped Wings #0.5

"Gut wrenching, sexy, twisted, dark, incredibly erotic and a love story like no other. On my all time favorites list."
– Alice Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and The Redhead series
Clipped Wings is Now Available, buy links below!!


The prequel to Clipped Wings—“twisted, dark, incredibly erotic…a love story like no other” (USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton)—this emotional tale follows Hayden and Tenley as they struggle to let go of their pasts and maintain an emotionally safe distance from each other.

Tenley Page is looking for a new start: a new city, a new apartment, a new life. Her plan is to keep to herself and stay focused. But leaving her past behind and starting over isn’t as easy as she thought. And neither is maintaining her solitude. As Tenley settles into her new surroundings, she finds herself drawn to Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street. But it’s the gorgeous, dark-haired tattoo artist who captures her interest. There’s something about his severe beauty that captivates her—and not just in her waking hours.

Covered in the ink he inscribes on other people’s skin, Hayden Stryker has made a career out of being a tattooist. He’s got his own business and a tight circle of friends. As far as he’s concerned, that’s all he needs. At least until his aunt, who owns the antiques and used book store across from his tattoo studio, hires a new employee. At first his intrigue is based on physical appeal; hot chick equals something nice to look at. But as he begins to catch glimpses of the fiery personality under the fragile, feminine exterior, his fascination with Tenley grows. Annoyed by his inability to control his fixation, Hayden decides the best way to cure him of the new obsession is to get to know the girl under her skittish fa├žade.

But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.


Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings #1) by Helena Hunting
Review by Wennie Conedy
Stars: 5 

Helena Hunting is a storyteller. 

When I first encountered Helena, she was writing stories on fanfiction. Fast forward a few years, with polishing and editing, one of her most beloved stories on fanfiction has found a new home on the printed page. It remains one of my most favorite stories. 

Clipped Wings is part one of a story about Hayden and Tenley, both of whom have faced unspeakable torment and tragedy. Both characters are torn up and guilt ridden, each one beating a heavy burden and sadness on the loss of their loved ones. They choose to don armor to hide their frail emotions – an armor made up of ink and body modification. 

Hayden, tattoo artist extraordinaire with an addiction to cupcakes, doesn’t hide his sorrows, but he displays it for all to see. His arms and chest indelibly drawn with images that remind him of what he lost, in an attempt to absolve him of his misjudgment. 

Tenley uses prescription medication and body art as her salve of choice. As she attempts to find absolution by wearing her guilt, she inexplicably finds serenity and peace with Hayden as their attraction and passion drive away the horrible memories that plague her. Their demons and past continue to haunt them and fate seems to be working at keeping them apart. Will they be strong enough to open up to each other, drive each one’s demons away and be strong for each other? 

Helena’s writing draws you deep into the story and allows you to feel each character’s angst and worries. She creates characters that draw a visceral reaction from you. Love them or hate them, Hayley and Tenley will leave their mark. 

One concern that I have is that the first few chapters are long-winded with a lot of narrative, which slows down the pace. Tighter editing would really help the first section of the book. But the action does pick up, and you get a sense that a train wreck is coming soon. I encourage you to stick with it. It’s worth it. 

Clipped Wings is a gut-wrenching tale replete with very dark themes, and very surprising passions. This book ends, not with a whimper, but with a promise of more. I can’t wait for book two to come out.

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Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's putting her English degree to good use by writing popular fiction. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.

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