Audiobook Review: Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

Posted on 07/09/2014 in Book Review / 8 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review: Clipped Wings by Helena HuntingClipped Wings by Helena Hunting
Series: Clipped Wings #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 3/4/2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn't ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley's past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side...or run?

New Adult is a new favorite genre of mine, and I enjoy it almost as much as young adult.  I can really identify with all the characters, because it wasn’t so long ago that I was there myself (wait….I’m not old, am I?)! Hayden and Tenley are both damaged when they stumble into each other’s lives.  Hayden is a tattooist in Chicagoland and Tenley is a grad student who works in and lives above the shop across the street from Hayden’s tattoo parlor, Inked Armor. (Interesting name for a tattoo shop, btw.  The double-meaning is not lost on me). Hayden is immediately taken with Tenley but he can’t figure out why because she seems like the exact opposite of everything he normally goes for.  Hayden is also the exact opposite of Tenley’s past life. I think my heart broke a little (a lot) for Tenley upon learning of her personal tragedy.  They both had tragedies, but to me, hers was a lot worse.  What she went through…I think it’s the worst kind of thing anyone could go through in the world. She is understandably gunshy, which makes Hayden all the more piqued with her. How they come together is fun and sweet and I really liked seeing them work through issues and conflicts.  They were also funny, and boy, I love funny couplings!  The ribbed each other in the absolute BEST ways! A couple of things bothered me though: I feel like even though Tenley was still grieving, she was ready to move on way too fast.  I also don’t think enough time was spent on the relationship between her and her pseudo-brother-in-law.  He was such an asshole, but he was only in the periphery of the story until the very end. Speaking of the very end, I don’t think it was necessary.  It just feels like this could have wrapped up into one novel, but instead, Hunting is going to drag out this plot arc with her brother-in-law for another novel. Also, sometimes Hayden’s kind of a chauvinist pig.  Some girls go gaga over that (cue Tarzan beating on his chest), but I just find it kind of blah.  He took charge a little too often.  At one point,  I noted that he may as well just pee in a circle around her to mark his territory! But, it was a good story.  I enjoyed so much about it.  The tension and relationship between the characters were all so sweet.  The secondary characters like Chris, Sienna, Jamie, et all, were fleshed out and real.  Hell, if there is more of them in book two, maybe I will read it! I think any NA lover will love this one.  

Narrator 4-1-1

The male narrator was great!  He did a great job distinguishing between voices.  The female narrator was okay, but her voice for Tenley grated on my nerves a ton because it was so high.  I kind of hope they change her narrator and I never like narrator changes in audio series!

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.


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8 responses to “Audiobook Review: Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

  1. I remember reading parts of this when it was still in its Fanfiction form. There was a delightful kitten. I only recently found out it was being published, and I know it was super popular in the fic world, but I would never have expected it to also have an audiobook. Regarding the male chauvinistic tendencies I DO remember a chapter involving her piercing certain bits and pieces with someone OTHER than him and HOW DARE SHE because HE wanted to do it because HE was banging her and I was like ‘well, they’re her very intimate places, perhaps she can decide who’s putting needles in her business.’
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    • I had no idea this was fanfic…what’s it a fanfic of? The kitten WAS delightful! Hayden’s chauvinistic tendencies were kind of annoying: “This girl I like is so hot, but no one can look at her. Including the woman piercing her nips.” He was very territorial for a guy that abhorred relationships with women. But you know how that story goes, someone ‘changed’ him.

      • So like twelve years ago you asked me a question and I fail at life. So: It was a Twilight fanfiction. Edward and Bella, and James was the creepy bad guy cop that you may or may not have met yet. And Alice pierced her boobies. And there was an adorable ginger cat and I have an adorable ginger cat so clearly it was about my life. I was actually much keener on a one shot she did about Bella dyeing her hair poppy red to get Edward’s attention and she worked in a library and she watched him shave his mohawk and it had very cute/good relationshippy progressy business stuff.

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