Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting: Blog Tour Review

We are happy to announce that March 4, 2014 is the release day for Helena Hunting’s Clipped Wings.  CW is the second book in the Clipped Wings series.  The series follows the fragile and emotional love story of Hayden, a damaged cupcake addicted tattoo artist, and Tenley, a shattered graduate student.   

Title: Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings #1)
Series:  Clipped Wings
Author: Helena Hunting
Release Date: March 4, 2014

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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 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…

A cupcake infatuated tattoo artist and a shattered grad student…. With heartbreaking pasts and harboring massive amounts guilt, Hayden and Tenley unexpectedly find comfort in one another.  Careful not to disclose too much, Hayden and Tenley find out first hand just how much damage secrets, lies by omission, and half-truths can cause.

“Hayden was the opposite of everything I’d ever known. He defied convention at every turn, and it made him that much more of a weakness. He was not only inordinately gorgeous but intelligent and passionate as well. Beyond the hard exterior, the brash comments and flirtation, a sensitive side lurked. But, like me, he was closed off; his tattoos formed his walls. I knew all about walls. I had built my own. With him I wanted to let them down; if only just a little. It was a dangerous thing to contemplate because in doing so they could very well crumble completely.” - Tenley

This story is absolutely heart wrenchingly beautiful.  It’s sweet, sexy, rough, hot, tender, and very emotional.  It’s a love story you won’t want to miss!

"The scars are ugly."

"Everyone has scars, Tenley. If we're lucky, they're only on the outside."

Hayden.  Foul mouthed, heavily tattooed, pierced, gorgeous, passionate and intelligent with a harsh exterior. But there is a sensitive and caring side lurking underneath it all.  You just need to get past his armor to see it. 

Tenley.  Beautiful, shy, quiet, fragile, and alone.  “Normal”.

Tenley and Hayden couldn’t be more opposite on the outside.  But what’s on the outside isn’t what counts.  Tenley and Hayden both have pasts they hide from others and each other.  If you let someone in, you automatically assume the risk of losing them; and, that’s one thing neither Tenley nor Hayden are willing to do.  For as attracted as they are to one another, their ability to open up and trust makes for a fragile relationship.  As much as they want to open up, their fears keep them from opening that box.  Tenley’s inability to accept that she could possibly deserve someone like Hayden, and Hayden’s fear that Tenley won’t be able to accept his past has the pair walking the tightrope of truth and trust. 

“Hope was a dangerous emotion; it gave false confidence and made a person do unconscionable things.”

Clipped Wings is one of those books that I thoroughly love.  It’s difficult to convey how absolutely attached I am to this story and these characters.  Yes, I’ve read stories about broken and fragile characters before, but they don’t hold a candle to the attachment I have to Tenley and Hayden. 

The dual POV writing makes it easy to fall in love with Tenley and Hayden.  The ability to feel every emotion and see just how vulnerable they are makes reading this a wonderful and highly emotional experience.  Your emotions will run the gamut with this one.  It’s captivating and intense, and you will find it next to impossible to put it down.  Tenley and Hayden will definitely capture your heart and haunt your thoughts for days after you finish.

This series will definitely make it on to my favorites shelf for sure!

5 STARS!!!

Cupcaked and Ink (Clipped Wings #0.5)
Available February 3, 2014

The prequel to Clipped Wings—“twisted, dark, incredibly erotic…a love story like no other” (USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton)—this emotional tale follows Hayden and Tenley as they struggle to let go of their pasts and maintain an emotionally safe distance from each other.

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 façade.

But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.

Inked Armor (Clipped Wings #2)
Available May 13, 2014

In this follow-up to Clipped Wings, the emotional love story continues between Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

In the wake of losing Tenley Page, tattooist Hayden Stryker's tumultuous past is haunting him. Plagued by nightmares about the murder of his parents, Hayden reaches out again to Tenley. Having run from the man she doesn't believe she deserves, Tenley finally lays her guilt to rest. Despite their intense physical attraction, Hayden and Tenley struggle to repair their fragile emotional connection. As Hayden gets closer to the truth, he must find a way to reconcile his guilt over his parents' death in order to keep the woman who finally cracked his armor, and found her way into his heart.

Cracks in the Armor (Clipped Wing #2.5)
Available June 23, 2014

Synopsis and cover to come........


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Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's putting her English degree to good use by writing popular fiction. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.

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