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Series: Clipped Wings #0.5
Publisher: Gallery Books on February 3, 2014
Genre(s): Erotic Romance (Adult)
Tenley Page is looking for a new start: a new city, a new apartment, a new life. Her plan is to keep to herself and stay focused. But leaving her past behind and starting over isn’t as easy as she thought. And neither is maintaining her solitude. As Tenley settles into her new surroundings, she finds herself drawn to Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street. But it’s the gorgeous, dark-haired tattoo artist who captures her interest. There’s something about his severe beauty that captivates her—and not just in her waking hours.
Covered in the ink he inscribes on other people’s skin, Hayden Stryker has made a career out of being a tattooist. He’s got his own business and a tight circle of friends. As far as he’s concerned, that’s all he needs. At least until his aunt, who owns the antiques and used book store across from his tattoo studio, hires a new employee. At first his intrigue is based on physical appeal; hot chick equals something nice to look at. But as he begins to catch glimpses of the fiery personality under the fragile, feminine exterior, his fascination with Tenley grows. Annoyed by his inability to control his fixation, Hayden decides the best way to cure him of the new obsession is to get to know the girl under her skittish façade.
But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Hiding from the past, Tenley is new to Chicago and completely alone. She spends her days working at the little antique store downstairs and her free time watching the comings and goings at the tattoo shop across the street. One particular tattoo artist has caught her attention, though she can’t bring herself to speak to him and hides whenever he comes into the store. But even with no interaction, he’s made his way into her most erotic dreams.
Hayden owns Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street from his aunt’s antique store. Between clients, he drops in to see his aunt, and that’s when he catches his first glimpse of the timid but gorgeous girl now working there. His curiosity piqued, he wants to talk to her, but it seems that every time he drops in, she’s hiding from him.
I suppose it’s supposed to be a tease, a quick little novella before the big story comes out, and in that sense, Cupcakes and Ink does exactly what it’s supposed to do. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it. It’s been ages since CW&IA was pulled from fanfiction sites, and I’m dying to see what happens now that it’s been reworked for publishing. So I’m not all kinds of happy that I only got a teensy little peek.
For what it is, a brief glimpse of what’s to come, it’s fantastic. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get into the story after so long, but already I want more — all of it, to be specific. In transitioning to published fiction, the story hasn’t lost its appeal. The sexual tension is building already, in just a couple of short chapters, and the mood has definitely been set. The writing so far is superb, and it’s clear that at least this part of the story has been freshly redone, still loyal to the characters and the story, but with something different, something more, and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.