Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting
Series: Clipped Wings #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: eARC, 400 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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?
Clipped Wings was an emotional and moving book that will stick with me for a very long time to come. The writing was exquisite, the characters incredibly complex and the plot one that grabbed ahold of me from the start and wouldn’t let me go.
Tenley and Hayden are neighbors. They also work across the street from each other. They aren’t exactly friends, but they’re more than acquaintances. They share an attraction and a lot of chemistry, but they’re both closed off to the possibility of love at this point. Tenley and Hayden are both carrying a lot of baggage. They’ve both experienced losses at a young age that would be devastating for anyone. My heart broke for them as their stories came out. This book is told from both Tenley’s and Hayden’s perspectives and it was executed perfectly. Each character’s voice was clear and just made me love each of them even more.
Their friendship and ultimately relationship builds slowly in this book after Tenley hires Hayden to put a large and intricate tattoo on her back. The tattoo is representative of all that she lost in the plane crash that changed her forever, physically and otherwise. Hayden has a rule that keeps him from hooking up with his clients, but it’s one that he’s willing to break for Tenley. My favorite part about this book was just watching these two broken individuals grow to care about and trust each other. My least favorite part was watching their relationship self-destruct after a misunderstanding.
Clipped Wings was a roller coaster ride. It was as emotional as it was sexy and I shed more than a couple tears over these characters and their lives. Everything about their relationship felt natural and so very right. I was completely invested in them and wanted to scream when the book ended. An unexpected twist with a bit of a cliffhanger kept me from being completely satisfied, but left me wanting more and eagerly anticipating the second book in Tenley and Hayden’s story.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.