I was given an ARC of Fractures in Ink by Helena Hunting in exchange for an honest review. What a great book this was. It’s the first non Pucked book I have read of Helena’s and it was great. I’m use to humor with Helena so to read a more dramatic book was different. There were parts of the story where I absolutely hated Chris, a tattoo artist. Pushing away Sarah because he thought she deserved better, letting his past experience with women get in the way of the truth, not wanting to open up and let Sarah in for fear she would walk away. Then there were the tender moments where he helped out his little sister when she was struggling, similarly to the way he had when he was younger and how he tried to help his mother time and time again, even after the way she treated him. He was easy to fall for until he went and put his walls up with Sarah.
Then there’s Sarah, she’s stubborn as a mule refusing to ask Chris for help, not wanting to be like her mother, dependent on a man’s help, and realizing he had just helped out his mother financially. She instead lets her scumbag of a boss loan her the money, which is just one more thing to hold over her to keep her employed at the strip club.After the loan from her boss and knowing what he probably had in mind as the “interest” payment for said loan Sarah pushes Chris away before he finds out what she has done and ends things for good.
Chris and Sarah are perfectly matched for each other and neither realize it. Chris thinks one day Sarah will realize there is someone better for her out there who’s successful and can give her all the things she deserves. Sarah feels the same about Chris, that one day he will wake up and realize she doesn’t fit into his world. If they would put as much effort into being open with each other instead of keeping the walls up and keeping each other at arms length they would realize how perfect for each other they really are, and hopefully that happens before they do something to the other that they will regret.
This was truly a powerful story. I couldn’t imagine growing up the way that either Chris or Sarah had. It’s more of a romantic drama, something I wasn’t expecting but very much enjoyed. I’m interested in reading the other Clipped Wings stories now, hoping that they fill in some of the blanks that I am left with. Although the book appears to be a standalone, I would have benefited more had I read the entire series. I’ve stayed away from these books thinking they were more fantasy romance and now I have more books to add to my never ending To Read list on Goodreads.