Hey everyone, please give a warm welcome to Naudia. This is the first of what will hopefully be many reviews she will be contributing as a co-blogger here at Aurelia and I’m so, so excited to share this first review with you all.
“For me, she would always be the light in my darkness. “
Title: Inked Armor ( Clipped Wings #2 )
Author: Helena Hunting
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
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.
When I started this, I knew that I would like it more than I liked the first book. I was so happy when I was proven right, but this could have been a 5 star book.
Here’s why it wasn’t:
It really bugged me how nosy some of the characters could be. Someone was always in someone else’s business. But I also think that bothered me because that’s an actual thing I can’t stand in real life.
I felt like there were a million different sides to Tenley and she was hardly ever consistent. I liked her more this time around though, and I’m glad she evened out by the end.
The chemistry between Hayden and Tenley was hardly believable and a bit forced, but it was always swept under the rug with sexual situations. So if I didn’t put a note in my phone about this once it hit me, I would have completely forgotten.
A lot of problems with Hayden and Tenley’s relationship stemmed from Tenley herself almost every single time. And the two of them never really bothered to try and solve any of their problems head on, and Tenley’s anxiety only ever surfaced when she actually needed to be level-headed to keep the plot moving. I found that annoying, but I do understand anxiety so I just took it into consideration anyway since we hardly saw any more examples of it.
It took all the way until the last two pages for me to say to myself, “Aww, see now this is why I like NA. This is definitely a four star book.” I realized that if the author would have treated the story like she did in the end throughout, it would have been perfect.
All in all, this was a really nice and satisfying follow-up to the debut novel Clipped Wings and I felt that the story wrapped up in a good way, without any holes or confusion. I would be happy with maybe a novella about Hayden and Tenley to see where their future heads.