by Helena Hunting
Published on March 4th, 2014
by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise, Jason Carpenter
Length: 12 hours 29 minutes
Source: Purchased for Audible
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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, for 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.
I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book came highly recommended by many fellow bloggers and has an outstanding 4.24 stars in Goodreads, so of course I had to try it for myself. Clipped Wings did not disappoint.
One of the things I like was that the reader knows right away what happened to both Tenley and Hayden. Some books do a big reveal about a traumatic event at the very end, but I liked knowing what happened from much earlier in the story. The problem is that they didn’t know the full extent of each other’s past and amount of damage until it was too late.
The reason why I didn’t give Clipped Wings a higher rating was twofold. First, I have a love-hate relationship with the characters. And second, the story kind of didn’t make a lot of sense to me.
So, let’s explore these; shall we? I understand that both Tenley and Hayden were damaged by traumatic events on their past. Hayden is in a better place, more stable, but still volatile and blaming himself for his parent’s death. However, it is obvious that Tenley had issues. I’m not sure what the correct reaction or way is there to handle such a complete and traumatic lost, but I’m sure that avoidance and jumping into a premature relationships is not it. Why wasn’t she in counseling? Why didn’t she took time for herself? Didn’t’ she had any more family? Everyone could see that she was a fragile as a china doll and did their best to try to not break it, but she didn’t allow true intimacy. Another thing that bothered me was Hayden’s excessive possessiveness. I’m married to a Puertorrican, so I know macho; but it was unreasonable jealously and even he knew it was out of line!
On to the story. I don’t know what the deal is with Tenley’s almost brother-in-law, but there is obviously a lot of baggage there. Not only does Tenley blames herself for the accident, but do does Trey. AND she lets herself be bullied and belittled by him. I just don’t get it. Also, is there a point to the side story of Tenley’s school counselor?
The writing was great, fluid and oh, so hot. The pace was good and it was easy to listen too.
Overall, I did enjoy Clipped Wings enough to continue the series, in fact I already started reading Between the Cracks, which is book #1.5 in the series.
About the narration: It’s my first book narrated by both Jason Carpenter and Elizabeth Louise. I LOVED Jason’s narration, the feeling in his voice and how distinct each character was from one another (even females which is not easy.) Elizabeth’s voice was a bit whiny, but did like her performance and other’s voices were distinguishable. Overall, it was a great audiobook and I truly loved it.
About the cover: This cover is gorgeous! I love the sense of organized chaos and the portrait of the bird on fire (or a phoenix if you will.) I also like the contrast in colors and the font.