Tuesday, February 4, 2014

REVIEW: Cupcakes & Ink by Helena Hunting

Cupcakes & InkHelena Hunting
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.

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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.

Sarah's Review:
Thank you to Netgalley for providing the ARC for this story.  For those in the Twilight fandom, we are familiar with Helena Hunting's writing and CW&IA was a favorite fanfiction of mine.  I was excited when I found out that she would be publishing and I signed up for the tours as soon as I saw it. 

This review and subsequent reviews will focus on the published version and the published version alone.  Any negative comments about this being a former Twi Fanfic will be deleted.  It is a subject that has many differing opinions and I will not tolerate hatred toward the author or their work. 

Cupcakes and Ink gives us a brief introduction into Tenley and Hayden's lives.  We meet Cassie, Hayden's aunt, and we also meet Hayden's co-workers.   It was a great introduction to the characters and I am excited to read Clipped Wings soon. 

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