(Clipped Wings #2.5)
Release Date: June 23, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books; ebook
Chris, a sexy tattoo artist, tries to win the heart of Sarah, a grad student with little interest in him, in this second e-short and follow-up to Helena Hunting’s gripping love story, Clipped Wings—“twisted, dark, incredibly erotic…a love story like no other” (USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton).
Part owner of the Chicago tattoo shop Inked Armor, Chris Zelter is a talented artist who decorates skin with gorgeous designs. He might look the part of the typical jacked-up, inked-up bad-boy, but underneath is a fiercely loyal, complicated man. Kicked out at sixteen, Chris has had to fend for himself for the last twelve years, making his Inked Armor crew as much family as they are business partners. For him, it’s enough—until he meets Sarah Adamson.
A grad student waitressing at the local strip club, Sarah is used to propositions and crude comments. The job is a means to an end—finish her MBA, pay off the tuition loans, and get a good job. Then she won’t have to rely on anyone to take care of her. So when brawny, tatted up Chris begins hanging out at the club, she rebuffs his advances. At first. But Chris isn’t like her usual clientele: despite his hard exterior, he’s almost…sweet.
Sometimes, the people with the roughest edges have the biggest hearts.
I can pretty much read anything by Helena Hunting everyday and be happy for the rest of my life. Even short novellas like this one make me very excited. And even if my favorites Hayden and Tenley aren't the main focus of this novella, that's still alright with me.
Chris was a very complex character in Clipped Wings. A friend of mine absolutely hated him, but I found him to fun loving and joyful. Yes, he did some shady things to Hayden in the past before the novel started, but I'd like to think he's redeemed himself. I think that's why I am so glad Helena decided to give us this glimpse into Chris's world. My one complaint is that it's just too small! I wanted so much from Chris and Sarah.
I am truly hoping that this novella will branch out into a Chris and Sarah story. Because I really don't think their story is quite finished. Both Chris and Sarah are intriguing enough to carry their own story. And from what I read from this novella, I want more!