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Review: Cupcakes and Ink (Clipped Wings #0.5) by Helena Hunting

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cupcakes and Ink

Cupcakes and Ink (Clipped Wings #0.5)

by Helena Hunting

 

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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.

(Kindle edition is approximately 60 pages)

 

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3 out of 5 stars

I thought this novella was a good, solid introduction to the series. We meet Tenley and Hayden and they're both interesting characters and have a quiet attraction to one another. I liked the hints given about the turmoil in their pasts and I’m anxious to learn more. They're both really likable and even though I got a good idea of who they were, it just wasn't enough - when it ended I wanted the first book in the series immediately, I didn't want to stop! There's a nice little scene at the end too with Hayden that's kind of hot. ;-)

I definitely want to know more about them and their pasts and where their new found attraction is going to go. I think the Clipped Wings series is off to a great start. Solid intro to intriguing characters with a pained past. I’m ready for more!

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Other books in the Clipped Wings Series

Clipped Wings

Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings #1)

Pre-order | Available March 4, 2014

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[Goodreads]

 

Inked Armor

Inked Armor (Clipped Wings #2)

Pre-order | Available May 13, 2014

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[Goodreads]

 

Cracks in the Armor (Clipped Wings #2.5)

Pre-order | Available June 23, 2014

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[Goodreads]

 

 

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