Series: Clipped Wings #3
Published by Everafter Romance on November 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Adult, Romance
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Sometimes the things we shouldn t want become exactly what we need . . . Waitressing at a seedy strip club isn t ideal, but it pays Sarah Adamson s tuition. Her goal is to finish her master s program and get a job that doesn t involve tight skirts and groping hands. She doesn t need distractions. Especially not the one that comes in the form of a hot-as-sin tattoo artist who works across the street from her apartment. Kicked out at sixteen, and a high school dropout, Chris Zelter is familiar with wanting things he can t have. His fractured life has never been easy. As the product of someone else s bad decisions, he knows exactly what happens when the wrong person controls your marionette strings. Now an accomplished tattoo artist in a renowned studio in Chicago, Chris has it together. Mostly. Apart from his infatuation with Sarah. She s way out of his league, and Chris knows it. But he s willing to be her bad decision. At least for now."
Two years. TWO years…. well maybe over two years now, that I have waited for Chris and Sarah’s story. To say that I’m excited that this day is finally here is a MASSIVE understatement! This book was worth the wait and honestly I would have waited two more years. I love these characters THAT much! I have been Helena’s fan since her fandom days, so these characters have been apart of my life for a very long time. You can ask the rest of the Sisterhood about my love for these books (and Hayden). Haha, I push them on everyone and everybody knows, Hayden is mine ladies!!!!!! So anyways, I know Helena wanted Fractures in Ink to be a standalone, but personally I say read the others first. 1) Duh Hayden! 2) These characters are amazing and I think if you take the whole journey with them, you will connect more and 3) Chris and Sarah. It’s nice to see those snippets of how their relationship started.
THIS COVER!!! I’ve been drooling over it since I first saw it. I think it’s absolutely perfect (insert heart eyes emoji)!!!
I’m sure when you think of Helena Hunting, her Pucked series comes to mind. I love that series, but this book is alot different than those books. This book is heavy, it’s emotional, it’s heartbreaking, it’s angsty, it’s sexy and it’s beautiful. This book will take you to deep places but I PROMISE you, she puts the pieces back together so beautifully and she gives them a perfect HEA.
“Separately, these struggles could break us down. But maybe if we could hold on to each other and figure them out together… we could stop the fractures from becoming too big and keep the cracks from forming fissures we couldn’t repair.”
We first met Chris in Hayden and Tenley’s story. He has been a long time friend to Hayden and he is also a tattoo artist at Inked Armor. Chris has a bad past and you knew his scars ran deep, but we never got the chance to know what had happend until now. I knew it was bad… but I wasn’t prepared for how bad it was. My heart absolutely broke for him. For everything that he has been through, he’s such an amazing guy. He is sweet, caring, and trustworthy, but he also doesn’t take any crap from anyone. And OMG he’s sexy!!! Those tattoos and his moves in the bedroom paint a very vivid picture! He never thought he was worth anything. He thought that Sarah was too good for him. He said things like
“Because deep down I knew I was a temporary fixture in her life. I was the second hand sofa college students bought, trashed for a while, and later traded in for a nicer one.”
He never knew and he had never had anyone show him how much he was truly worth. That’s why Sarah was the perfect match for him. She had her own messed up past, but she was gentle, patient, and caring. He also said sexy things like
She put her palm on my chest. “I still smell like the club; I should shower first.” I tilted her head up, barely touching my lips to hers. “Let’s wash away everyone else’s sins so we can commit our own.”
Sarah is Tenley’s best friend and they used to be neighbors. She lives above the bookstore and coffee shop that is across the street from Inked Armor. She works at a strip club as a waitress to pay her way through school. I was really excited to dive into Sarah’s past because she was really closed off. She never really gave information about herself to anyone willingly, which is surprising because she was there for and helped Tenley so much dealing with her past. I honestly don’t know how Sarah does it. She is way stronger than I am because the stuff that she endures would be hard on anyone… but it’s like nothing can knock her down and veer her off the path that she has set forth for herself. She is so determined! I love that about her. Her passion for all things was admirable. She didn’t think she was good enough for Chris and he didn’t think he was good enough for her… so you can see how this could cause some issues.
“My heart broke for him because it beat for him.”
Chris and Sarah were perfect for one another. Both were damaged, but they came together in this beautiful way that makes it special. It takes a certain special person to be ok with their pasts and also current situations, and look passed it and in their situation, I’m not sure that I could.
“We’re all broken, Sarah. It’s not always about fixing the parts that don’t work; it’s about making the most of the ones that do.”
We got to catch up with the gang, Hayden, Tenley, Jamie, and Lisa, which was great, but we also got to know Chris’ sister, Ivy. I loved seeing Chris as the protective big brother and I loved seeing this young impressionable girl, that he got to “fix”. He heped make her life something different and it was sad and beautiful at the same time. It was nice to see the gang take her on as their little sister too.
Overall this story was everything I wanted it to be and more. It gave me all the feels and that’s all I could have wanted from this book. I savored it like a fine wine, because I had waited so long to read it, and also because I knew once I finished it….. there wouldn’t be anymore. These Characters are so special to me. They are all living in Chicago, hanging out… and I’m not ready to say goodbye to them! Helena, I know you probably don’t and won’t have anything else planned for them, but just so you know, I would wait another five years to get a peak inside of their world again. Thank you Helena for fighting for us and writing this book. Fractures in Ink get 5 beautiful angsty stars from me!!! If you love this book and haven’t read Clipped Wings and Inked Armor (and the three novellas that accompany them) please read them! You won’t regret it!!!
“We don’t choose our family, but we choose the people we love and let love us back. I finally got that.”
I’d been seeking out Chris as much as I could lately, even though he was worried about my lack of sleep. My feelings for him had become like weeds, growing faster than I could contain them. I should’ve been protecting my heart instead of trying to hand it over so it could be crushed later.
So tonight, instead of pushing him to talk about whatever was making him hurt, I let him have what he wanted: an escape. I could be that.
I was exactly that every night I worked in the club. I was my customers’ escape from life, from the wives who ignored them, or from the girlfriends who didn’t exist. I smiled and batted my eyelashes and pretended their lewd comments were funny.
Tonight I could easily be whatever Chris needed, and if that was naked and a distraction from the things outside of his control, so be it. Or that’s what I told myself as I pushed his boxers over his hips.
My clothing took a little longer to remove since I was fully dressed. Chris wasn’t as slow as usual, or gentle. There was an urgency in him I’d never experienced before. What he wouldn’t give me in words, he gave me in actions. Desperation leaked through, making him frantic as he pulled my shirt over my head and fought with the clasp on my bra.
“Fuck,” he groaned. “I just wanna get my hands on all of you.”
I brushed him away, taking care of the bra for him. Sitting on the edge of the bed, I opened my legs and welcomed him between them. He locked shaking fingers around the waistband of my jeans and paused, his expression clouding.
“You sure you’re okay with this?”
“With you wanting me?” I popped the button.
He lifted his gaze. “I fucking need you.”
I shivered at his tone, wishing it indicated a different kind of need—a sustained one that was more than physical. But I pushed the feelings down, locked them inside my aching heart, and released my zipper. “Then you should have me.”