Fractures in Ink
by Helena Hunting
Publication Date: November 14th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
4 TRUST ME CROWNS
Most know Helena Hunting from the Pucked World. They know that hilarious, outlandish characters that have captured so many reader hearts, and the crazy antics that entertain endlessly. But my first novel from this author that really captured me as a reader and made me an dedicated follower of Helena Hunting was her more angst-filled novel, The Librarian Principle. She does angst incredibly well, which can be seen with her newest addition to the Clipped Wings series.
Fractures in Ink is part of the Clipped Wings world, but can be read as a stand-alone. She is able to give readers enough background information to understand what is going on with Chris and Sarah, but no so much that readers won’t want to go back and read about Jamie, Lisa, Tenley, and Hayden. In fact, most readers that pick up this book, I bet, will be more intrigued to go and pick up the beginning book of the series, because these characters and their relationship as a group is just that entertaining and endearing to watch. The camaraderie among this group is very similar to that of the Pucked crew, which is part of the draw to both series.
What really sells the story are the two main characters, Sarah and Chris. From the opening scene, the reader is sucked in from their relationship. Readers will connect with Sarah as she is looking to make her life better, while trying to maintain her morality and self-respect, not only for herself but because of her love and respect for Chris. Even though she makes some decisions that seem to be foolish to the reader, her insecurities and uncertainties with Chris are believable motivators for the choices she makes, so as a reader I cannot fault her for her actions. Chris is just the epitome of a good guy! He has come from a rough life and rough past, and he struggles with how this affects his self-image. Even with his insecurities, this man tries so hard to do the right thing and to be supportive of the people he loves. There is also this aspect of his personality that allows him to see people as people, even if they are doing less than savory acts, especially women. He treats them all with respect and lends a helping hand whenever he can. These two both have several issues and obstacles to overcome, and it was truly enjoyable to watch them come together in and out of the bedroom, and trust that just like the Pucked series, Helena Hunting knows how to bring it in the bedroom. From the opening scene, Helena Hunting sets the bedroom on fire with the emotionally charged interactions between these two.
The plot of this story is a very slow burn. There are several plot lines going on in the story, and Helena Hunting does an excellent job at integrating them all into on cohesive plot. There is romance, danger, suspense, and so much more that serves to make this plot interesting, but there was a point in the plot that I just needed something to happen. There was so much back and forth, and there seemed to be very little progression forward. This, however, is fixed as soon as readers hit a certain point in the plot, and everything explodes. This explosion does not let up until the end of the book and will definitely keep the readers engaged. I do wish this part of the plot would have been more developed. I wanted more details of the falling action, the downfall of the villain, what happened with some of the secondary characters. The falling action and of the story is wrapped up nicely, making the reader feel like the story is complete, but I just wanted more details. The resolution to the story, however, carries that reader through and will leave them with the pure reader contentment.
Helena Hunting’s ability to move between angst and humor just speaks to the talent this woman possesses, but no matter what type of romance she is writing the readers are always going to get characters with heart, plots that are intriguing, and glimpses into these unique families that have been created, leaving the reader to fall in love with her worlds and the people who inhabit them. This novel, truly, only serves to exemplify how talented she is and solidifies her as one of my top authors.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review!
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.
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.
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I’d been seeking out Chris as much as I could lately, even though he was worried about my lack of sleep. My feelings for him had become like weeds, growing faster than I could contain them. I should’ve been protecting my heart instead of trying to hand it over so it could be crushed later.
So tonight, instead of pushing him to talk about whatever was making him hurt, I let him have what he wanted: an escape. I could be that.
I was exactly that every night I worked in the club. I was my customers’ escape from life, from the wives who ignored them, or from the girlfriends who didn’t exist. I smiled and batted my eyelashes and pretended their lewd comments were funny.
Tonight I could easily be whatever Chris needed, and if that was naked and a distraction from the things outside of his control, so be it. Or that’s what I told myself as I pushed his boxers over his hips.
My clothing took a little longer to remove since I was fully dressed. Chris wasn’t as slow as usual, or gentle. There was an urgency in him I’d never experienced before. What he wouldn’t give me in words, he gave me in actions. Desperation leaked through, making him frantic as he pulled my shirt over my head and fought with the clasp on my bra.
“Fuck,” he groaned. “I just wanna get my hands on all of you.”
I brushed him away, taking care of the bra for him. Sitting on the edge of the bed, I opened my legs and welcomed him between them. He locked shaking fingers around the waistband of my jeans and paused, his expression clouding.
“You sure you’re okay with this?”
“With you wanting me?” I popped the button.
He lifted his gaze. “I fucking need you.”
I shivered at his tone, wishing it indicated a different kind of need—a sustained one that was more than physical. But I pushed the feelings down, locked them inside my aching heart, and released my zipper. “Then you should have me.”
About the Author:
NYT and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
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