Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review: Cupcakes and Ink by Helena Hunting

Kindle Edition, 60 pages
Published February 3rd 2014 by Pocket Star 

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

 Cupcakes and Ink is a little bit of backstory on Tenley Page, a smart, beautiful, but reserved young woman who has left her past behind for a new start in Chicago. She has moved in across the street from a tattoo parlor, Inked Armor. Inked Armor is run by the handsome, tattooed, and mysterious Hayden Stryker. When Tenley and Hayden find themselves drawn to the other will they be able to deny the attraction?

I thought this was a great prequel. It gives me just enough to draw me in to Tenley and Hayden’s story. The author kept it short and to the point. I am looking forward to reading Clipped Wings to see where these two broken souls end up. In most cases backstories are important to novels and the author has done a good job of leading us down a path of anticipation for more.

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