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
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
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!!
Crazy red head who's head over heels about family, friends and life in general!
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.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
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.
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.
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...
Great example of New Adult fiction. Plenty of angst and Elizabeth Louise who has a perfect voice for it. Enjoyed Jason Carpenter also. Perfectly cast and refreshing.
They struggle to see the good in themselves and to believe that they can desever love. Both coming from tragic history and rising out of the ashes to a new life, full of support and strength.
This book started out really well. I actually read Cupcakes and Ink first which was great and got me hooked. Clipped wings took a nose dive about half way through. Not that I intend reading it but I'm willing to bet this story could have been told in one book.
Most of the second half was just repetitive. It made me start to dispise the main female character. It's simple, tell the truth, full disclosure is always best, especially in her case her secret was nothing to be ashamed of, how is a fiancé who died a secret worth keeping?Unless you chopped him up and buried him in the back garden. She had plenty of issues with getting over her grief, her pill popping, alcohol consumption her thesis and slimy adviser without creating more issues.
Her relationship with her fiancé's brother also drove me up the wall. They are not related, he can not dictate anything to her, why is she wasting time and emotional energy on him let alone going along with what happens at the end, that plot twist was just an annoying last minute add on to get us to book two.
The tattoo part of this story also got on my nerves. I have a full back piece that took about 24 hours and at no point did I need prescription pain killers because of the recovery pain and I can't stand getting a shot at the dentist so I don't have some high pain threshold.
If you can ignore the over done and drawn out drama and the fact that the writer has somehow extended the non existent plot then you will probably enjoy this book.
Because of tragedy these characters experience losses so severed they are walking around in a haze. Just putting one foot in front of the other. Not living, just existing until they find each other. In each other they find a deep sense of love, passion and Co dependecy. They both fear losing the other because of their dark past. And eventually that very threat causes cracks in the glass house their union has formed.
This was a really good read filled with love, lost, harsh reality and eroticism. Both story lines are well written and the supporting characters have dept as well. Worth a credit
This is one if the best books I have read about love & weather they deserved it I can't wait to read the next one & im purchasing it now. A must read for any 5@ shades fans!!!
passionate reader and vegan
This type of book is not my usual read but this (and the sequel) were both beautifully written and narrated. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Louise and now of Jason Carpenter. They did a great job of portraying the intricacies of two very wounded and lost souls as they were drawn to each other, while scared to death of the connection. The story line is not terribly original but the depth of the character development and the emotional wrecks they both were had me riveted.Strong story, strong writing and strong performances.
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