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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After reading the first two books in the Clipped Wings series, I have been patiently waiting for Chris and Sarah’s book. Chris is one of those side characters you love from the start and hope they get their own book. Well, we got lucky and Helena gave us his! Just an FYI, this book can be read as a stand-alone, but Hayden and Tenley’s story is one I wouldn’t want to miss out on so I highly recommend you read those some time as well if you haven’t already.
Chris Zelter is a tattoo artist at Inked Armor. He’s the fun, sweet, and lovable friend. Chris is a great person who had a rough start in life. He’s made something of himself and turned it around, though. He does his best to take care of his mom and sister, and he is in a relationship with Sarah. Sarah is a grad student who waitresses at a strip club. She is bound and determined to be different than her mom, who leaches off of rich men. She wants to make it on her own. If you’ve read the first two books in this series, you know how much work Chris put in to winning Sarah over and how tenacious he was. Now, Chris has got the girl. All should be right in the world. Right?
“I like that I can feel your heart.”
“It’s all yours, baby. All you have to do is want it enough to take it.”
I wish I could tell you that Chris and Sarah have an easy path to their HEA. Lord knows Chris deserves that with all he’s been through, but they definitely have their obstacles to overcome. There are a few things both Chris and Sarah go though personally and a few things they must face together. I think the most important thing to take from their story is that taking on these hurdles together only makes you stronger as a couple.
Separately, these struggles could break us down. But maybe if we could hold on to each other and figure them out together...we could stop the fractures from becoming too big and keep the cracks from forming fissures we couldn't repair.
Fractures in Ink is emotional, sexy and just angsty enough to keep you enamored with the story. Chris and Sarah are both lovable characters and their story is beautiful. If you love books with damaged characters, healing, and emotion, this is a series I highly recommend. I love Helena’s other books, but this series is much more my speed personally. I hope this isn’t the last of the series. After finding out more about Chris’s family and getting to know his sister, I would LOVE an Ivy book!
I’d been seeking out Chris as much as I could lately, even though he was worried about my lack of sleep. My feelings for him had become like weeds, growing faster than I could contain them. I should’ve been protecting my heart instead of trying to hand it over so it could be crushed later.
So tonight, instead of pushing him to talk about whatever was making him hurt, I let him have what he wanted: an escape. I could be that.
I was exactly that every night I worked in the club. I was my customers’ escape from life, from the wives who ignored them, or from the girlfriends who didn’t exist. I smiled and batted my eyelashes and pretended their lewd comments were funny.
Tonight I could easily be whatever Chris needed, and if that was naked and a distraction from the things outside of his control, so be it. Or that’s what I told myself as I pushed his boxers over his hips.
My clothing took a little longer to remove since I was fully dressed. Chris wasn’t as slow as usual, or gentle. There was an urgency in him I’d never experienced before. What he wouldn’t give me in words, he gave me in actions. Desperation leaked through, making him frantic as he pulled my shirt over my head and fought with the clasp on my bra.
“Fuck,” he groaned. “I just wanna get my hands on all of you.”
I brushed him away, taking care of the bra for him. Sitting on the edge of the bed, I opened my legs and welcomed him between them. He locked shaking fingers around the waistband of my jeans and paused, his expression clouding.
“You sure you’re okay with this?”
“With you wanting me?” I popped the button.
He lifted his gaze. “I fucking need you.”
I shivered at his tone, wishing it indicated a different kind of need—a sustained one that was more than physical. But I pushed the feelings down, locked them inside my aching heart, and released my zipper. “Then you should have me.”
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About the Author:
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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