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Fractures in Ink

Narrated by: Rose Dioro, Jacob Morgan
Series: Clipped Wings, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 16, 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.

Mostly.

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.

©2016 Helena Hunting (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Story good. Narration AWFUL!

I love the author and have read every (hard copy) book by her that I could get my hands on in Australia. Would've loved this in hard copy too but can't buy in Aus. Wish I would've searched a little harder for a written copy. The narrators were terrible. They both lack emotion or enthusiasm in the way they read. Jacob Morgan in particular has a voice that could put you to sleep. Rose was only slightly better. I'll be paying more attention to the narrators in my future audiobook purchases.

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Didn't finish

I love the Pucked series so just bought this one based on the author. However, half way in and nothing much had happened and I just didn't care. There's such great reviews for this and I'm not sure why.

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  • Danni
  • 13-12-2016

Great addition to the series

I really loved the inked armor crew and their banter. I also loved Hayden and Tenley's relationship but I was very curious about Sarah and Chris's relationship. I did like seeing how their relationship functioned and it was nice to get a continuation to the group's story.

The only reason why I have this 4 stars instead of 5 was that I was more interested in Hayden and Tenley. Chris and Sarah are great secondary characters but I didn't find them interesting enough to have their own full book. I would have liked it more if we had more of a back story to their relationship instead of it picking up in the middle of it.

I love Jacob Morgan's voice, he is one of my favorite narrators.

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 21-11-2016

DAMAGED SOULS & A BUMPY RIDE LEADS TO TRUE LOVE

Chris and Sarah are already together when this book starts out but they're treating each other as booty calls rather than anything else because, at this stage, neither one wants to show their true feelings. Sarah's waitressing in a sleazy Strip Club by night but she also Interns and hopes to graduate soon but Sarah's success, along with his childhood insecurities, makes Tattoo Artist Chris feel like he's undeserving of Sarah. Chris is waiting for Sarah to move on to someone more 'respectable' than him.. but he doesn't realize that, during Sarah's own miserable childhood, she got an unpleasant taste of what men in suits are capable of.

Two imperfect souls who are perfect for each other but they are their own worst enemies because neither one wants to open up, lower their walls, share their secrets and let the other person in - so they're each battling their problems alone. Sarah's low life Strip Club boss is blackmailing her and is just waiting for the right time to cash in his 'favor' and Chris is having major problems trying to help and protect his 19 yr old sister who is living with their emotionally absent non supportive Mom and her controlling abusive husband. And, before they finally open up to each other, each of them (on separate occasions) will break up with the other.

There's angst and drama in this bumpy road story as well as sex, secrets, sweet scenes, previously written about secondary characters and some soul searching - all before Sarah and Chris eventually open up and get their HEA ending. The characters of the caring, sexy, damaged tattoo artist and the hard working waitress/intern who naively got into dangerous waters because of mounting tuition costs were likeable and well developed. Dual POV's, easily a standalone book and the narration was good.

Worth a credit? I liked this story - so YES, IMO, a creditworthy listen.

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  • Lori Irby
  • 05-02-2018

Disappointed

First, I love Helena Hunting and her "Pucked Series," and some of her other books. So I was excited to see this in the romance package selection. I am waiting for one of her new releases. So I thought this would fill in the time till the next audio is produced. Unfortunately, this left me struggling to pay attention which is weird because Jacob Morgan is one of my favorite narrators. As a result, I did not finish this book.

Now for some people, I believe they will enjoy this storyline. Unfortunately, I felt that the backward approach of the couple who is already in some form of a relationship and sleeping together at the very beginning of the book did not give me the type of chemistry or build up that I prefer in a good romance. Lets us just say, I need some form of "foreplay" to connect with the characters. Much of the story, I listened to was all about our hero trying to find out what his ex-girlfriend was doing or what the real reason she walked away from him. Since the hero really painted himself so unworthy of his girlfriend, I started to believe him which is not sexy if I view a book hero as a loser. I need my heroes to have that sexy charm which was completely lacking in this book. Additionally, I felt like there was so much damage that was caused when the heroine walked away at the beginning of the book, that their relationship could never fully recover in order for me to get that fantasy HEA. Remember, this a make-believe romance, not a real relationship. We all know many real relationships that people go back and forth and hold on to a bad situation. Unfortunately, I am looking for some kind of fantasy when I select books. I have read/listened to hundreds of romance books over the years, so I have questioned what makes a story a 5-star rating, What I have determined is that there is somewhat of a formula and if that formula is broken, then the story can become flat. I think for some people who want more of the Cinderella or more of an alpha-like story, then this book might not appeal to you. Overall, The narrator's voices were excellent. C+ story A- narrators.

Note: If I would have purchased it, rather than using the romance pkg, I would have finished it.

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  • Emily
  • 30-04-2019

Darker than I realized.

This was my first book by this author. It was a little darker than I was expecting. Still well written. The male narration was amazing. The female seemed a little whiny. I’m still going to try a different series by this author. It’s all personal preference. If you like dark romance then you will want to give this a listen.

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  • Amethyst Drumm
  • 30-01-2019

Loved

Another amazing story. I love this atmosphere and the beautifully broken love story. Something I feel a lot of people can relate to even if you’re not into the tattoo world.

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  • Tre Talbot
  • 29-01-2019

My Two Pennies

Narration wise was wonderful, I enjoyed the variety of the characters and the emotions portrayed from each. Story wise 3.7 I haven’t read the previous books and it’s not necessary because this is a standalone within the series. We’re given a story filled with heartache from both main characters as see as they find their strength and find each other through it all. There were moments that pulled me in but unfortunately more often then not I wasn’t as focused on their story as I thought I’d be, I didn’t feel that desire to jump right back in aching to know more. Overall it is a beautifully broken story with a HEA and I am happy I read through the end.

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  • brenda l. moreno
  • 23-01-2019

Heh

I didn’t finish the book. I got bored. I lost interest. I love Helena’s stories and I love the narrators but I just didn’t click with the book. I felt like it dragged and the story was a bit ummmm.... I’m not sure how to explain it but I sure other will enjoy reading this. It just wasn’t for me.

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  • Captivated Listener!!
  • 28-12-2018

Helena is the best!! 🤙👏👌👍

I think I'm almost done with all of Helena's books... lol
And thanks for the great narration. Jacob Morgan is the best and Rose was very good too. I enjoyed this one.

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  • Sue Erwin
  • 23-12-2018

Helena Hunting always tells a good story!

I really enjoy how well Helena Hunting describes every aspect of a person enabling me to really feel what the character is experiencing. She always has a surprise ending

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  • Sasha80
  • 30-11-2018

3 Stars

STORY: (I went into this story hoping for a good one, because I did not like the "Pucked" series by this author. I felt it was too childish for me to finish reading it....so I went into this story hopeful it wouldn't be like that. And thank goodness it wasn't like the "Pucked" series.) Sarah is a stripper, with a terrible boss, but she's working to get her way out and finish college. Chris is a tattoo artist and just a very nice all-around guy. He has a good head on his shoulders, lives in his own place, and works hard. On the one hand, Chris cares about Sarah a lot, but doesn't want to be the one holding her back from her dreams. However, on the other hand, Chris's Mom is just needing to get her act together, and his sister, Ivy, is the only responsible adult living at his Mom's home. Through the book, you see Ivy needing Chris a lot...and with good reason...and it really cements his decision to not ruin Sarah and definitely not get her pregnant. It was great seeing him care for his sister...and for Sarah. The sadness and abuse in the book just infuriates you and, thankfully, it's not soooo in depth. (One girl that Sarah works with does get horribly abused at work and does attempt suicide; and it was awful hearing that. I mean, I was five seconds away from crying if they had gone anymore in depth. It was sad enough and painful.) My only reason for the story getting 3 stars is because the book went: Beginning was great...informative, as I've not read the other books; Middle was super good and informative; Ending was rushed and over. I mean, I was just getting into the story and then wham-bam, it's over. Like what?!?! Especially after that one girl got abused and all. So that's why I was not thrilled with that.

NARRATION: Rose Dioro is a pretty great narrator. I think she fit Sarah well. She is mildly slow, but I can put her on another speed and it's fine. Jacob Morgan is fantastic, as usual. I do like the Narration of these 2 a lot. They flow very well together!

CREDIT: This was included in the Romance Package. But, I'm not sure I would have wanted to buy it had it not been included...just because of the story.