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.Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting
Series: Clipped Wings #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 3/4/2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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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.
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!