Blog Tour + Review - Fractures in Ink by Helena Hunting

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. Mostly. 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.


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.” 


**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

4.5 stars

"We're all broken, Sarah. It's not always about fixing the parts that don't work; it's about making the most of the ones that do."

The Clipped Wings series was the first books I read by Helena Hunting. I loved the first two books A LOT! Especially Chris and Sarah intrigued me a lot and I couldn't wait for their FULL-LENGTH novel to release. When I saw that Fractures in Ink would release SOON, I was super excited and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. 

"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."

Chris and Sarah were perfect for each other. They were obvious both broken characters that are trying to make the best out of their lives. They both think they aren't good enough for each other. I wanted to shake them both and tell them they were perfect for each other. There were a couple of times where both Chris and Sarah pushed the other away. I loved how the author handled those situations a lot. Chris was amazing he was so loyal and protective of the people he loves. He did his best to take care of his family and friends. Chris is a perfect book boyfriend, plus he is a tattoo artist and that is always a plus (FREE TATTOOS!!). Sarah did her best to be independent and do everything on her own, but sometimes there is too much going on and it is okay to ask for help from your loved ones.

"You work hard to take care of the people you love. You're loyal, and you're as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside."

What I loved most about this book was the character development for both Chris and Sarah as individuals and as a couple. This book was COMPLETE in my eyes. The side characters added a very important layer to the story and I love them. It had enough suspense, romance and sad moments. I was completely sucked into the story. I really hope there will be more books in this series. I especially want Ivy, Chris' sister, to get her how book. 

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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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