by Helena Hunting
Overview (from Goodreads): 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?
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Gallery Books, via Netgalley.
My Thoughts: I didn’t really have any expectations for Clipped Wings. It interested me because it seemed to focus on tattooing and I’d never really read anything like that. I’ve been slightly curious about that entire world. I’m more of the clean-cut, goody-goody, so reading about essentially the opposite is intriguing.
The story of Clipped Wings would definitely be considered outside of what I normally read. I don’t normally do well reading about damaged people who make absolutely no effort to live beyond being that damaged person. I get annoyed very quickly and it usually takes me forever to get through the book, if I don’t get bored and set it down for months at a time. There was a lot about tattooing, which was pretty interesting. It seemed accurate to me (my only comparison is a very small tattoo on my inner wrist). I did like that the author told you more about the tattoo process, outside of the results (a nice piece of art).
Tenley was kind of irritating. She just had so many issues and seemed to think the head in the sand tactic was the way to go. I also really didn’t understand her weird mood swings. One minute she’s a damaged girl who won’t ever heal and the next being with Hayden is the only way to heal herself (wait, what? Being with a man is the only thing that will heal you? Those are some seriously messed up dependency issues). I loved Hayden. He also had a boatload of issues, but was less irritating with how he dealt with them or ignored them. Between the two of them and all of their issues they actually made sense as a couple.
I don’t think I would recommend Clipped Wings. If you’re into dark romance with damaged characters, then I would highly recommend Clipped Wings, but that’s not generally a super popular reading genre (at least among the people I know). I feel like it’s also necessary to point out that Clipped Wings has sexually explicit scenes, so it should probably only be considered if you’re 18+. I personally am not planning to read the next book in this series. I made up a happy ending in my head and am more than satisfied with that. I just don’t have the patience to go through any more of this story.
3 out of 5 Bookmarks = I liked it, but would’ve preferred it (and rated it higher) as a stand alone novel.