Thursday, 23 January 2014

Mini Review: Cupcakes and Ink by Helena Hunting

Title: Cupcakes and Ink
Author: Helena Hunting
Genre: Romance
Series: Clipped Wings 0.5
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: 3rd February 2014

Tell Me About It
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 fa├žade.

But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.

My Thoughts
Cupcakes and Ink is a very short story, 60 pages long, but it is meant as an introduction to Tenley and Hayden and shows us how they first met. Hayden is a tattooist and his aunt owns Serendipity, and also rented out an apartment to Tenley. Tenley is from out of town and moved to her new apartment to start  a fresh.
The full story, Clipped Wings, is based off a Twilight fan fiction, which I have read and really enjoyed, so I do know the past of both of these characters, but that said I was very interested in seeing how this story had been changed to fit into a new market.

Tenley and Hayden are just as interesting and intriguing as I remember them to be, and Hayden's friends are a unique mix of characters that make the tattoo shop a fun place to be. I really enjoyed getting to see the tentative friendship build between Hayden and Tenley, and Cupcakes and Ink is a great starter to the main course.
Helena has done a good job at introducing the characters and building on the world in her books, I am looking forward to making a start on Clipped Wings very soon.

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