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Clipped Wings | [Helena Hunting]

Clipped Wings

From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has…especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that, for Hayden, is everything. Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape.
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Publisher's Summary

Their body art is hot. Their chemistry is even hotter.

From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has…especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that, for Hayden, is everything.

Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape. Although he has secrets too, if they both keep themselves guarded perhaps their intense physical connection will remain only that.

But nothing, not even passion, can keep them safe from their pasts….

©2014 Helena Hunting (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Jordy 03-22-14
    Jordy 03-22-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "Dark, Complex, Primal, Deep Tattooed Love Story!"

    Let me just start off by saying that I’m a sucker for story with a classic yet beautiful plot about two broken people who help heal each other. The only requirement I have with these types of stories is it must have something unique that sets itself apart from the others. I can't stand a book that has no depth. I don't want to waste my time on a forgettable book! Clipped Wings without a doubt is NOT forgettable! There was just something about it that worked for me and it definitely stands out. These characters, Hayden and Tenley, don't have just your typical clichéd tragic romance that you tend to see in a lot of books. No, they were much deeper and heartbreaking. Helena Hunting created an emotionally charged love story that even with all the heartache had blissful moments of pure deliciousness. It's told from both Hayden & Tenley's perspectives in alternating chapters, it allows the listener to feel the emotions while following the thoughts of both characters. At 25yrs old, Hayden Stryker has already lived a full life. Once addicted to drugs, alcohol and sex, he's now got his life straightened out, working his own tattoo business Inked Armor. For weeks he's been enthralled by the new girl (Tenley) working in his aunt's used bookstore/coffee shop across the street. He can’t explain what it is about this scared mouse that intrigues him and how to get her to trust him enough for a conversation. Hayden, his past is not pretty. He's done things he regrets, but he's changed his life. He knows all about loss/pain and that is exactly what he sees reflected when he looks at Tenley. He has this desire to help fix her even though he can't even fix himself. Tenley Page is enrolled in a master's program at Northwestern University. After a tragic accident over ten months ago, she wants her life back on track. She struggles with horrific nightmares due to the secrets that continue to terrorize her. Tenley is convinced that getting a large tattoo on her back will help her cope with the pain she's been through. So begin a shaky friendship between Hayden & Tenley. Even though the attraction is obvious both seem to refrain from giving into the temptation. This becomes more difficult when Tenley finally decides to display her pain through the ink of a tattoo, there is only one man that she wants to do it. Her piece is complex and dark, showcasing just how deep her scars go. Henley knows that giving her this won't fix what's broken, but he understand the emotion release that comes with it. The only hiccup, this tattoo is going to take at least two months to complete. Two months of him touching her in private, two months of her pain being exposed and brought to the surface. Hayden can't seem to stop himself when it comes to wanting Tenley. He wants her to open up, wants to know her. Exposing his own pain in an effort to gain her trust. Hayden's troubled past is something he too can never forget, ashamed of how he chose to deal with it all, haunts him to this day. His past is never far from causing problems especially now that he finally found someone good to share his future with. He lives his life in control order for a reason but where Tenley is concerned he feels he has none. When their relationship goes beyond client & artist it is clear that they both need each other to help fill the emptiness that has been lurking for so long. Their need for one another is primal and deeper than any connection either of them have experienced before. These two together really are quite a pair!! Him fearless, impulsive and overwhelming with OCD tendencies and her being shy, emotionally unstable and completely lost. Even with these issues they both have an undeniable connection & extreme attraction to each other, fortunately, this story never turned into insta-love. (Sometimes the "insta-love" factor can become too cheesy and makes the story unbelievable which can ruin a book for me). Their fascination with each other was electric and at times very HOT! Hayden, swoon. This man is pure heaven. Just a bit of an alpha, but only with her. There was some definite sexy times in this book. At times, the banter between them was entertaining which helped keep a balance to the otherwise more depressive & heartbreaking parts in this the book.
    Overall, Clipped Wings was an emotional love story about two people who are perfect for each other but kept apart by their own secrets. Wanting to be enough for each other, hoping that even though they are broken, together they can be complete. Knowing that they have to come to terms with their own past before they can help each other. Everything was nicely balanced and this book kept the right amount of intrigue to keep you engaged.The one downside, was the cliffhanger at the end. Worthy a credit? HELLZ YA IT IS!!




    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Gwendolyn Oklahoma City, OK, United States 07-11-14
    Gwendolyn Oklahoma City, OK, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2010

    Crazy red head who's head over heels about family, friends and life in general!

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    "Tortured Birds!"

    I hate going into a story with high expectations because my fellow readers just LOVED this story. Although, I too enjoyed Tenley and Hayden's story, I just didn't love it. There was something missing for me, I just couldn't relate. Basically two twenty something characters who have each suffered great losses find each other and build a relationship using their similar experiences as the common ground. The unrealistic part for me was that the female lead is only 10 months out from 9 members of her family and friends dying in a plane crash and when we meet her she's working, teaching and completing a masters program - WHAT? At that point I kind of just checked out although I did finish the book and I did like it but overall it wasn't good enough for me to move on to the second book to find out what happens. The fact that I went on to another series instead of finishing this one said more to me than anything about this story (even though I wanted to love it). I may go back later and catch the next book but not today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 03-14-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2010

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    "I CONSUMED THE BAIT & WAS TOTALLY HOOKED"

    I completely lost myself in this tragic, dramatic and heartbreaking sexy love story as two people's devastating pasts haunt their days and return bringing havoc into their unstable lives. This is a gritty, emotional listen and you just know what's going to happen when both the hero and heroine keep powerful and potentially crushing secrets from each other and you're helpless to stop the heartache but still you mentally shake them whilst shouting "just tell him or her".

    Hayden is a handsome, tattooed, pierced, bad boy turned good and he has got his life straight so for a year he's been the owner of Inked Armor a tattoo shop but when he meets Tenley his life, his thoughts and his desires are all consumed with her. Tenley is recovering from a traumatic past which still gives her screaming nightmares but when she sees handsome Hayden she knows she's met a kindred spirit. Their undeniable mutual attraction soon develops into a passionate, tender and touching hot romance but their newfound happiness is all too soon ripped away from them when past conquests and past lives come a knocking.

    As I was firmly strapped in and on the ever spinning emotional roller-coaster of Hayden and Tenley's drama filled lives I felt nothing but their pain, their sorrow, their joy and happiness and I felt the hurt, the betrayals, the loss and the guilt as the ride and track came to a climatic crashing cliffhanger of an ending. I'm devastated that I have to wait months for the next instalment and I didn't realise this is actually part of the Clipped Wings series which starts off with a Novella (so I haven't listened to it yet) called Cupcakes and Ink which outlines their initial meeting etc.

    Worth a credit? Yessiree but don't get this if you're looking for a sweet or light listen but if you want to be entertained by a well-written, richly described, hot 'n sexy, fun 'n sad, character filled journey of two besotted lovers and their despair and desperate hopes for more than life has previously shown them and think they may have found it in each other's arm.... then gladly use your credit. Then buckle up and wait for the emotional ride that'll carry you off, twist you around and around and after that it'll leave you spluttering and counting the days until you can get back on.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 03-12-14
    Leesa 03-12-14 Member Since 2012

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Made for each other"

    This is a very good listen. The stoy is good and the sex is hot. My only complaint is I wish it was just one book! UGH! Now I'm going to have to get the next one to see what happens...

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 09-30-14 Member Since 2010

    Retired evidently sounds better than disabled.. It's a knee thing. Bone on bone, baby. Not a good candidate for surgery (health issues)..

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    "You'll love Tenley and Hayden from the "git go"."
    What made the experience of listening to Clipped Wings the most enjoyable?

    You are with them from the first cupcake through their inner battles, clean through the last cupcake in the last book.



    What did you like best about this story?

    The complete book is a joy sharing in the first flirtation through the inner battles that
    life has cast upon.the two, before they met.


    Have you listened to any of Jason Carpenter and Elizabeth Louise ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Each person has their own story and life experiences. You are allowed to see and feel their tumoil. Along the way, you can feel how each supports the other. They have a few crazy.experiences, a bit of intrigue, and a wonderful love story.
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was the first experience with these two readers. I wish more books had this format. The male reader didn't seem to get into character , but both were great, and tried.Youw


    Any additional comments?

    You won't go wrong with these two books. Plus there seems to be a novella that goes with the books, but at this point, I have.not purchased it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenni Carlene 07-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Addicting"
    Would you listen to Clipped Wings again? Why?

    YES because it was a different kind of story and I want to soak it all in. I'd listen to it again or maybe even read it so I can remember every moment told.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The originality. The characters. Their friends. Their strengths and their weakness and need for each other.


    Have you listened to any of Jason Carpenter and Elizabeth Louise ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, this was my first listening to either of them. Loved loved loved Jason Carpenter. He did an amazing job, really gets into character. Honestly it took me a while to get into Elizabeth Louise's voice but once I did I was hooked.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and swoon. The love scenes were hot hot hot!!! The story at times gave me goosebumps.


    Any additional comments?

    Great experience for an audio all around. Fantastic story line, so happy I stumbled upon this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TheFontenot San Francisco, CA United States 07-22-14
    TheFontenot San Francisco, CA United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Ummm I'm not sure..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm really at my personal limit of tolerance with fragile gorgeous malnourished girls. The mousy quiet chicks who are hard to read, but bandits in the bedroom. I haven't read or listened to the follow up book, but its only because I'm on the fence. The story is appealing; I can connect personally with the loss and defeat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Hayden, he seems like a cool guy that could believably have anyone he wants and that made him somewhat realistic.


    What three words best describe Jason Carpenter and Elizabeth Louise ’s voice?

    Accurate, Fitting and Believable


    Could you see Clipped Wings being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I couldn't, unless Tenley came became even a ounce stronger in character as she is in handle the tragedy, it might work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie 05-01-14
    Connie 05-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Frustrated!! Hate a cliffhanger ending!!!"
    What did you love best about Clipped Wings?

    story is well written, characters are well thought out. and story line is different enough to be thought provoking but believable. I didn't want to put it down!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tenley and Hayden are both favorites. I believe I like Tenley because while she was a strong woman she needed someone to lean on because of all the trauma in her resent past. Seeing her grow stronger while dealing with the memories was believable, I like Hayden because he could relate to Tenley because of his own loss, but wanted some of his past to also be resolved as the author kept bringing the police officer into the story line but it didn't go anywhere. Of course, this may all come about if and when Ms. Hunting decides to finish the book with an actual ending to the story.!


    Which character – as performed by Jason Carpenter and Elizabeth Louise – was your favorite?

    Both main characters were performed well, were believable and likable even if avoiding talking to each other was carried to the extreme and caused a lot of needless heartache that a little conversation would have taken care of. There was enough going on in Hayden's and Tenley's past that needed to be dealt with that not sharing info and keeping secrets didn't make much sense, especially on Tenley's part. Being a man whore is something I can understand Hayden not wanting to share...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No end in sight


    Any additional comments?

    I am so tired of getting into books only to find there isn't an ending. I consume enough reading material that I want one story to end before I begin another. There wasn't even a hint that there wouldn't be an ending to this book. The book was long enough I thought I was safe. I avoid the new trend in book writing selling where you only get a chapter or two at a time when ever I spot them. This author is fantastic, however, if I find this is her writing style I'll avoid purchasing any more of her books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty 04-07-14
    Scotty 04-07-14

    jdk

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    "This was a great find! Love it."

    Wow! All I can say is get this book. I don't write about the story due to everyone else giving it away in their reviews. Just get the book. It's worth the money or credit. Jason Carpenter and Elizabeth Louise do this book justice. Great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chessjunkie Washington DC 03-26-14
    chessjunkie Washington DC 03-26-14 Member Since 2013

    "A good book is the best contentment has"

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    "Tattoos, Bandaids for the Insecure?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story could have been much better if the main characters weren't lying to each other out of fear and the supporting characters were more interesting. This story reads like it was written by a high school student trying to be deep.


    What was most disappointing about Helena Hunting’s story?

    Shallow characters, a plot driven by petty lies and Jersey Shore type drama. The story was way too long for such a simple mundane plot.


    Did Jason Carpenter and Elizabeth Louise do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Jason was great Elizabeth Louise was annoying and she reads tooooo slow


    What character would you cut from Clipped Wings?

    Ugh, the stripper ex girlfriend


    Any additional comments?

    This story had potential but the characters were both so very insecure. I don't think people get tattoos to cover up their insecurities or pain. There was no wit, banter, or anything particularly smart about this story. It lacks depth, intrigue, and surprise but it was full of petty drama and male showmanship.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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