Cracks in the Armor (Clipped Wings #2.5)
by Helena Hunting
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I read this novella without having read the first books from the series and I must say that I didn’t even feel lost, even though I was unfamiliar with the characters and the setting. If anything, it got me intrigued. Now I want to find out more about how Chris and Sarah met and how the other characters got to where they’re at now. I just might have to buy the previous books! It was definitely well written, I liked the flow and I also liked the characters -which totally surprised me because I just met them. Judging by how quickly the author was able to engage my attention and interest with such a short story, I will surely consider reading more of her books. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. I would’ve given it 5 stars if it had been a little longer.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
4 out of 5 stars