Cracks in the Armor
by Helena Hunting
My rating: 3 stars
Series: Clipped Wings - Book 2.5
Publication Date: June 23, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 72 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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
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.
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
Sometimes, the people with the roughest edges have the biggest hearts.
Cracks in the Armor by Helena Hunting
Very quick, yet still slightly dark, Cracks in the Armor by Helen Hunting tells a little more about the relationship/not relationship between a strip club waitress and a bad-ass, tattoo artist with a heart that he wears on his sleeve. Both are damaged, but clearly, it’s Chris who is trying to leave his past behind, while Sarah is not ready to move ahead, as much as she says she wants to. It was painful to watch as Chris did everything he could to make Sarah feel special, safe and loved, while she held her heart at a distance. Was there a big build up to a big revelation? NO. Was there a starting and ending point? No. I realize this is a novella, an “in-between” book, but it felt more like a hallway between two rooms, so real start, no real finish, not a destination, but a path to get to a destination.
Helen Hunting does create unique characters with distinct traits, both good and bad and she can write with a depth of emotion that makes her stories feel real, but this novella just fell short for me, like a partially finished canvas where the central focus has not been painted yet.
I received this ARC edition from Pocket Star in exchange for my honest review.