Book Review: Cupcakes and Ink

Cupcakes and Ink (Clipped Wings 0.5) by Helena Hunting: Tenley Page is looking for a new start: a new city, a new apartment, a new life. Her plan is to keep to herself and stay focused. But leaving her past behind and starting over isn’t as easy as she thought. And neither is maintaining her solitude. As Tenley settles into her new surroundings, she finds herself drawn to Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street. But it’s the gorgeous, dark-haired tattoo artist who captures her interest. There’s something about his severe beauty that captivates her—and not just in her waking hours.

Covered in the ink he inscribes on other people’s skin, Hayden Stryker has made a career out of being a tattooist. He’s got his own business and a tight circle of friends. As far as he’s concerned, that’s all he needs. At least until his aunt, who owns the antiques and used book store across from his tattoo studio, hires a new employee. At first his intrigue is based on physical appeal; hot chick equals something nice to look at. But as he begins to catch glimpses of the fiery personality under the fragile, feminine exterior, his fascination with Tenley grows. Annoyed by his inability to control his fixation, Hayden decides the best way to cure him of the new obsession is to get to know the girl under her skittish fa├žade.

But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Cupcakes and Ink generously provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Cupcakes and Ink allures the reader into the worlds of Tenley and Hayden. The reader is introduced to these characters that have yet to be formally introduced to each other. We learn they both have secrets but we don't know anything about those secrets. My favorite aspect of this novella is the author's way of drawing the reader into this world. Here I am, having no information other the blurb, a novella that sets up for book one rather than provides any true development of character and I'm totally intrigued by both characters. My least favorite part of the novella is the length; it's rather short so not exactly what I was expecting. It's told from both Tenley and Hayden's POV to set us up for Clipped Wings. Even from the short amount of words Cupcakes and Ink provided it was well written and fluid. If the writing and allure indicates what’s to come for these two then I know I'll enjoy their story.

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