An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.
As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn't ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley's past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side...or run?
Let me start by telling you that I picked this book up and started on it a while ago. I stopped reading it because I didn't feel like I was all that into it. Well I have felt like that about several books as of late, and decided it must just be me. Well A couple of months had passed and I decided I was going to pick this book back up and see how it goes. I am so glad I did!!
Helena Hunting is a wonderful writer, and is very good at crafting her words! I have filled this book with highlights and bookmarks galore! I guess timing can be everything sometimes because I enjoyed this book so much!
In this story we meet Tenley and Hayden, both of whom are trying to pick up the pieces of their damaged pasts and are both recovering from great losses. Hayden is a tattoo artist who is a partner at a tattoo shop across the street from where Tenley works and lives. They come together over the planning of a tattoo for Tenley. They have already been harboring a heavy attraction for one another.
I loved the character development of all the characters especially Hayden! *thud* I just adore him so much, he is so giving of himself, and protective, and kind, and sexy as hell! He also has a territorial side that I wasn't sure if it was a good thing or creepy. But I decided it depended on the person and since Hayden hit all the right spots with me, wrapped in ink and steel, I determined that it was good. ;-)
Tenley is a sweet girl, trying to find her way in the world after devistating losses. She decides to move away from all the reminders of her past and finds Hayden. The relationship progresses kind of slow, which I enjoyed. I loved the tension build up between Tenley and Hayden. There were times I was irritated with Tenley and her lack of honesty. I just felt like she doubted Hayden's acceptance too much. In the end I found her to be okay I guess.
I really enjoyed getting to know this cast of characters and immersing myself in their world and drama. I am also very glad with the way that this book ended that I already have Inked Armour ready to go!
Will their secrets of their pasts get in the way of their future?