Fractures in Ink by Helena Hunting
Publication Date: November 14th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
Fractures in Ink is the 3rd full book in the Clipped Wings series by Helena Hunting, but don’t let that 3rd scare you away! This book can definitely be read as a standalone, but I can’t recommend the previous books in this series enough…you won’t be sorry if you go back and read them as well, you’ll fall in love with the whole Inked Armor crew.
Chris and Sarah’s story is so emotional, so raw and gritty, so real. I knew going in to expect all the angst and heartache, but I was overwhelmed with how deeply I ended up caring about these 2 flawed and broken characters.
Chris completely captured my heart. His pain and feelings of inadequacy tore at me.
“I was used to not getting what I wanted. Over the years it had been a pretty common occurrence. Anything remotely good in my life was fairly fleeting…”
“I don’t really think I’m good for anyone, so it’s probably better this way.”
He’s so tortured but he has the biggest heart and is so deserving to have all the love and happiness in the world.
Sarah will tug at your heartstrings. She’s doing her damndest to make the best of a not-so-ideal situation, but at times it all just gets the best of her.
“People like us always had to fight to feel worthy of the things we weren’t sure we deserved.”
Helena has written these characters so beautifully, she’s given them so much life and such heart. I was completely enthralled through this entire book- I was rooting for Chris and Sarah to work things out, to realize they were just what the other needed, to see that they both deserved to be happy, no matter what their pasts led them to believe. Fractures in Ink is full of so much pain and heartache, but it’s hopeful and beautiful, and just completely breathtaking.
*ARC provided for honest review.
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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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