Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: Cracks in the Armor by Helena Hunting

Cracks in the ArmorChris Zelter and Sarah Adamson

Clipped Wings Series #2.5

Cracks in the Armor (Clipped Wings, #2.5)

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.

Im not really sure the point of this quick novella, most of the first half of the book is about Hayden and Tenley and their new home. I mean I really enjoyed catching up with them but this is supposed to be about Sarah and Chris.  Chris did have some inner mussing about Sarah, mostly about how they don’t get to spend any time together and a key and how she never keeps his house key. While we are in Chris’s head we don’t get any page time where Sarah and Chris are actually together.

The second half of the story we are in Sarah’s head and at the strip club, which is not a fun place to be. She keeps thinking about how busy she is going to be, how much she hates working in the strip club and how she might be forced to strip soon, and how much she wants to keep Chris’s key. While we are in Sarah’s head we do have some together time. Pretty much just for one sex scene and then their time together is over and the book is basically done.  I guess we are building up to a full length novel but after reading this novella it hasn’t made me want to read more about this couple, if anything the opposite happened and I’m not that interested in continuing with these two’s story. Now a novel on Jamie and Lisa or another Tenley and Hayden novel and I’ll snap it up in a second. 

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