Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Blog Tour: Fractures in Ink by Helena Hunting


Fractures in Ink by Helena Hunting
Publication Date: November 14th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary 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.


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.

4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Chris Zelter works at Inked Armor along with Hayden, Jamie, Lisa and the gang. In past books he has been the one most closed mouthed about his past. We do know that for the last six months he’s had a friends with benefits relationship with Sarah Adamson. She’s a waitress at a strip club- The Dollhouse, is close to finishing her MBA and is working more jobs than one person can handle. But when they can see each other, they don’t waste time getting “reacquainted”.

"I missed you." Her fingers danced across my cheek. "I want you."

But Chris has the wind knocked out of his sails when Sarah abruptly breaks things off. While he looked at their relationship as casual, he soon realizes his feelings for Sarah were anything but casual. 

Sarah and I weren't meant to be permanent, and this was exactly the reminder I needed. 'You gotta do you, sugar."

The emptiness was a lot bigger than I'd expected it to be.

His old girlfriend Candy works at the same club as Sarah and can’t wait to let Chris know some things Sarah has been up to. Sarah may have some explaining to do, but she can Chris are broken up. He’s worried, she’s trying to keep from giving in to the pressures her douchebag of a boss-Xander is putting on her. ( I truly despise this guy!) 

Both Chris and Sarah are good people who had crap beginnings. But they both have others in their lives dragging them down. Can they find their way back to each other? Can Chris forgive Sarah for things she was forced to do in order to survive?

"Tell me why you stayed." It was barely a whisper. I laughed. Anything to get it out of me first. "Because you asked me to."

I love this series, I love the characters and their back stories. I’m hoping there are more stories in our future as a few of the characters are still due their HEA’s.

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. 


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.”


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NYT and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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