INKED ARMOR                                               HELENA HUNTING
Posted:  June 7, 2014

Inked Armor by Helena Hunting In this follow-up to Clipped Wings, the emotional love story continues between Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

In the wake of losing Tenley Page, tattooist Hayden Stryker's tumultuous past is haunting him. Plagued by nightmares about the murder of his parents, Hayden reaches out again to Tenley. Having run from the man she doesn't believe she deserves, Tenley finally lays her guilt to rest. Despite their intense physical attraction, Hayden and Tenley struggle to repair their fragile emotional connection. As Hayden gets closer to the truth, he must find a way to reconcile his guilt over his parents' death in order to keep the woman who finally cracked his armor, and found her way into his heart.

     Okay, I have to say this book redeems itself as far as the length of the book, the character background enlightenment, and current character detail to relationships.  Theirs as a couple and theirs in relationship to others.
     I enjoyed how Ms. Hunting chose to have them each handle their traumatic backgrounds.  How they chose to bring each other in to their recovery not always willingly but still never fully turning away from each other knowing down deep they loved each other without words being said.
     Yet, when the books starts off you can’t tell that at all and I don’t know that for sure I only know parts of that from the first book which I was not happy with at all.  But, she turns my opinion way around in this book and I have to say with this book I am a fan of her writing. 
     Tenley had gone back home to deal with what she had been running from for a year but it was time to put it to rest.  When her deceased fiancĂ©’s brother came to take her back and she told Hayden to give her that, it killed him.  She didn’t call him at all for 3 weeks he waited then he found out she was emailing and texting their friends and that pissed him off.  So, he calls her by the end of the talk he sounds distraught.
     Hearing his voice so manic and out of control and then calm abruptly then hanging up the next second.  Tenley got really worried and knew she needed to get home to him.  She knew he was dealing with his own demons from his parents murders and the nightmares could pull him under big time and she felt like she had pulled him part way under by not keeping in contact.  So she rushed through her business with not her own risk at stake for her to rush home to Hayden.
     There is so much more than the lite overview I have written about like the solving of Hayden’s parent’s murder and so much more.  Ms. Hunting’s flare for dramatic coupling of words to be able to visually see what is happening is interesting for us to be able to see.  I really enjoyed Inked Armor a great deal and I give it 5 stars.  

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JUST YOU                                                      JANE LARK
Posted:  June 7, 2014

Just You by Jane Lark The morning after the New Year’s Eve before...

Waking up to a new year with a killer hangover and hazy memories of a seriously hot hook-up the night before leaves Portia in an awkward situation... Did I, or didn’t I? The only way she’s going to find out is by standing up to the guy in question.

With no regrets, Justin is willing to play the gentleman and save Portia her embarrassment. Only then he gets a text saying, come over… and he’s not gonna lie – this is friends with a lot of benefits!

But no matter how good the sex is, there’s one thing Justin’s not down with: being this shallow rich girl’s dirty little secret...

  This was a really good interracial story.  In which not only are you crossing color barriers but socioeconomic road blocks as well.  Both didn’t seem too much for Justin but they were at first for Portia.  She had been not only hurt by her inner most circle but they betrayed her trust. 
     So, when they actually started seeing each other she kept it a secret.  Mainly out of protection I believe due to her English accent she came off as snobbish and just mean.  When they are out to lunch and a friend from works sees them she jumps up and says they just ran in to one another and will she join them.  Then she will not make eye contact with Justin which makes Justin mad so he gets mad and heads back to work.  What pisses him off she had just had sex with him that morning.  After that Justin will not talk to her, email her or text her anymore except to say it’s over.
     She goes to his home on the bad side of town and ends up meeting his family which makes him even madder.  His mom and brothers like her and offer to take this litter brother to school if he wants to sleep over her house.  He says no.  But they work out some things and he does and she talks him into going to dinner to meet her folks.  She dislikes her folks a great deal and she had left them behind in California when she moved there to New York.  While they were eating Justin gets a call saying from his mother saying that there was an emergency and that Justin was needed at the hospital now.  He apologizes and gets up to leave and her parents never say they hope all is okay, nothing.  She just shakes her head and leaves with him after a few choice words for them.  This night and the next several nights are tuning points in their, on again off again relationship.
     This was a short story that shows you what family is all about but what and how harsh and hurtful family can be.  It also shows us how we look at someone without really knowing them.  Assign judgment as these two characters do to each other.  He’s thinking she is rich, she’s thinking he was a gossip and a player just trying too hard to get in any girls pants. 
     Also, how we believe how others around us will take our different relationships.  So, weather we are trying to hide it, protect it or keep it safe for just the two of you it shows as you are ashamed.  Talking is the best especially for this couple considering their backgrounds.  I think you will enjoy the webbed backgrounds of these two.  I give it 4 stars.  Provided by net galley. 
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