Book Review: Inked Armour

Inked Armour (Clipped Wings #2) by Helena Hunting: In this follow-up to Clipped Wings, the emotional love story continues between Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

In the wake of losing Tenley Page, tattooist Hayden Stryker's tumultuous past is haunting him. Plagued by nightmares about the murder of his parents, Hayden reaches out again to Tenley. Having run from the man she doesn't believe she deserves, Tenley finally lays her guilt to rest. Despite their intense physical attraction, Hayden and Tenley struggle to repair their fragile emotional connection. As Hayden gets closer to the truth, he must find a way to reconcile his guilt over his parents' death in order to keep the woman who finally cracked his armor, and found her way into his heart.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Inked Armour generously provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Inked Armour beautifully continues the dark, sensual, and deeply emotional love story between Tenley and Hayden. The prose begins where Clipped Wings left us emotionally hanging, wanting more immediately from these two fatefully destined characters. The story leads us on a journey of letting go of the tragedies from the past and the consuming guilt these tragedies left in their wake. Through a passionate and evocative portrayal we experience new beginning through Tenley and Hayden. They work through debilitating thoughts of regret, grief, and remorse for what they’ve lost all the while realizing the beauty of what lies ahead for them, together.

Their relationship became an addiction for each other, an intrinsic craving and evolves to where they become extensions of each other.Part of the reason I adore these characters so much stems from the depths of their emotions. The author brilliantly weaves together a quilt of refreshingly honest, comforting dialogue between the two with intriguing and real inner-monologues from both characters POV’s. Ms. Hunting’s character development thrives thanks to her beautiful, fluid writing revealing all the emotions, light and dark, these characters possess. The complexity of the woven webs of their pasts never escapes them but how they come to live with it touched me in such a connecting way. Hunting makes it effortless to fall back into the tormented world of Tenley and Hayden. The story is just a consuming as Tenley and Hayden find their relationship; a remarkable testament to the writing when the reader feels the raw emotions of the characters so fully.

I fell hard for Hayden Stryker in Clipped Wings and I fell even harder for him in this sequel. Hayden’s allure shines through the cracks of his armour. His vulnerability endears him to the hearts of the reader just as he’s endearing himself to Tenley. Hayden hopelessly devotes himself to her in so many telling ways. His desperation to make her happy and be a man worthy of her love is as beautiful as it is heart breaking. These depths of emotion and open, raw communication mixed with a passionate hunger for Tenley makes him irresistible. Any lapse in his control sends him spinning except where Tenley is concerned. Tenley’s growth in this story satisfies fully. Her acceptance of her past and her conviction to be exactly what Hayden needs stabilizes his story. She becomes an anchor staying strong through the storm, allowing him what he needs to understand the out of control feelings within him. Both of these characters make full strides in Inked Armour and it’s not an instant, all things are well, reunion. Trust seeds plant and bloom. The slowing down of their relationship made for some of the angst we had in Clipped Wings. The sexual build up and tension resonating from both characters is visceral. And of course, their discourse with each other shines so bright. They’re both young, witty, and funny, feeding off each other so easily. Hayden’s affection for cupcakes does not go unnoticed in this book and I love that about him. He’s such a simple man with the simplest of desires. Their fantasies are fulfilled by each other.

Inked Armour reminds the beauty of a caterpillar. Two tragically beautiful characters who need each other in a primal way fall in love and work through their tormenting pasts in order to better themselves for what they both deserve: each other. The story of Tenley and Hayden renews our faith through the angst and pain of these complex characters. The chrysalis of their fragile relationship blooms into a beauty like that of the butterfly. It’s peaceful, settling, and relieving – to know these two have found soul deep love and trust even through the pain of tragic pasts. I realize have a lot farther to go but I think together they’ll find their way. I hope we get to experience more of their journey because I fell in love with these books and look forward to more from this gifted author.

Favorite Quote:
“You know your family wouldn’t want you to be alone, right? They’d want you to have people in your life to love you and take care of you. I don’t know that they would have chosen me to be that person, but I want to be if you’ll let me.”

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