CRACK IN THE ARMOR                                   HELENA HUNTING
Posted:  June 24, 2014

Chris, a sexy tattoo artist, tries to win the heart of Sarah, a grad student with little interest in him, in this second e-short and follow-up to Helena Hunting’s gripping love story, Clipped Wings—“twisted, dark, incredibly erotic…a love story like no other” (USA TODAYbestselling author Alice Clayton).
Part owner of the Chicago tattoo shop Inked Armor, Chris Zelter is a talented artist who decorates skin with gorgeous designs. He might look the part of the typical jacked-up, inked-up bad-boy, but underneath is a fiercely loyal, complicated man. Kicked out at sixteen, Chris has had to fend for himself for the last twelve years, making his Inked Armor crew as much family as they are business partners. For him, it’s enough—until he meets Sarah Adamson.
A grad student waitressing at the local strip club, Sarah is used to propositions and crude comments. The job is a means to an end—finish her MBA, pay off the tuition loans, and get a good job. Then she won’t have to rely on anyone to take care of her. So when brawny, tatted up Chris begins hanging out at the club, she rebuffs his advances. At first. But Chris isn’t like her usual clientele: despite his hard exterior, he’s almost…sweet. 
Sometimes, the people with the roughest edges have the biggest hearts.

     This was an interesting chapter basically. It was all things that are Chris.  Since we really didn’t know anything about him it was helpful to get some real background on him.
     What we find out is that even though his face is all hard angles it gives him a harshness unless he smiles.  Also, if he is into you as a women, which Sarah is only the second one, he is totally into you.  At the beginning of this story he appeared almost weak in the way he kept texting and checking his messages to see if Sarah had returned his messages.
     Then there was his reacting to the way Jamie and Hayden reacted to their ladies he seemed crass almost or unsure around women.  Then I find out he was a ladies man who bedded tons of women.  Yet, his persona in the bedroom when Sarah finally comes over is a whole other side of Chris that just makes you go Hmmm?
     When in the middle of intercourse he starts to panic over a situation that occurs.  I start to wonder what that was about.  The past, the consequences, control, or anger? 
     As for Sarah, she is playing with fire when it is coming to work.  My stomach kept turning the whole time she was there.  Her new boss is going to apply pressure and she is losing sight of why she was doing it in the first place.  She is also playing a game with Chris’ heart just by the way she answered him during that tense moment in bed.  By torturing him every night not answering his texts or calling him back at all when she is feeling at odds etc…She wants her cake and eat it too.
     It’s only a chapter at 41 pages on my smart phone kindle.  Yet, we get a lot of connect the dots to Chris.  There are the first chapters to Clipped Wings and Inked Armor.  I give this 4 stars for being so short.      Provided by net galley.
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