This is the third book in the Clipped Wings series. This book can be read as a standalone, as it’s based on Chris and Sarah’s lives. Though, I highly recommend reading the first two books in the series because they are fantastic books. Helena Hunting sure knows how to write good books. She has great writing skills with amazing characters that have a lot of personality. The story-lines are well thought out and executed in a way that you get the full back story of their lives.
In the first two books of the series. Clipped Wings and Inked Armour, you get to see a little bit of Chris and Sarah. Mainly just them being friends of Hayden and Tenley. We know from reading those books that Chris and Sarah are in some sort of relationship. He courted her at her work while she waitressed at a strip club/bar. He never gave up asking her out until she finally agreed to go out with him. What we get from this book is that they are a couple but mainly use each other for sex. They are total closed books when it comes to their pasts and even what they do when they’re not together.
Chris grew up in poverty and kicked out of the house at Sixteen years old. He has a half-sister, Ivy, who he is close too, but only just recently. When he got kicked out by her father, she wasn’t aware of why because she was too young. Now that Ivy is older, they have rekindled their relationship as siblings, but only because Chris feels guilty leaving her there in that house. Chris might be a closed off person who doesn’t like to talk about his feelings or his past, but he is a sweet, loving, caring person. He will do anything to help take care of his friends, family and even Sarah.
Sarah also grew up in an unstable household. Having a mother who jumped from guy to guy, and working in seedy bars, Sarah vowed never to be like her mother. Turns out that with school, internships and high student loans comes with desperate times. She accepted a job at The Dollhouse and then The Sanctuary. Both being strip clubs/bars with some shady things going on behind closed doors. Sarah hates working there but feels she can’t leave or she’ll sink.
This is definitely a book about two people coming together, trying to learn to open up and let each other in. Sometimes it’s easier said than done but the nature of this book is the trials and tribulations of learning to love despite broken pasts and shady present times. Communication and trust is key in making relationships work. If you can’t commit to opening up, then it’s not worth it.
I did find that the first half of this book was a lot of back story and describing, which is all good and dandy. You need to be able to read how things come about and why people are the way they are. I just found that the first half was a little boring. It did pick up in the second half and became a lot more interesting. There was drama happening and the story moved along. Almost too fast, that I wanted more of the present times with Chris and Sarah.
I recommend this book if you’ve read Clipped Wings and Inked Armour. Even if you haven’t, this is still a great book about love, trust, and overcoming hard times. This is definitely a New Adult novel and shouldn’t be read by anyone under the age of Eighteen. There is descriptive sexual content throughout that’s not suitable for younger readers.