Clipped Wings Audiobook by Helena Hunting (review)

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Review of: Clipped Wings Audiobook
Helena Hunting

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On April 5, 2014
Last modified:November 10, 2015


Clipped Wings Audiobook

By: Helena Hunting

Narrated by: Jason Carpenter & Elizabeth Louise

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 03/14/2014

Clipped Wings Audiobook


4.5 stars rating

Clipped Wings # 1

12 hrs and 29 mins

Whispersync for Voice-ready

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Their body art is hot. Their chemistry is even hotter.

From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has…especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that, for Hayden, is everything.

Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape. Although he has secrets too, if they both keep themselves guarded perhaps their intense physical connection will remain only that.

But nothing, not even passion, can keep them safe from their pasts….

©2014 Helena Hunting (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

Clipped Wings Audiobook Sample

My thoughts

Clipped Wings is my first novel by Helena Hunting, but decidedly  not my last since I was left hanging in one of the worst ways imaginable, and I say that, because a cliffhanger is never possible when the author hasn’t managed to grab and capture your attention.

Let’s be honest, if you don’t care about what is going to happen next it can never be called a cliffhanger.

This is the story of Tenley Page and Hayden Striker; a tale of two broken souls whose past experiences with monumental losses have left a pretty sad imprint in their hearts.

In a smartly written story, Helena Hunting takes us through their journey, one that reassures our believe that  love can heal all wounds, and raises our hope that these two credible, engaging, and beautifully written characters can find their much deserved happy ending.

Two points of view take us to the beginning of it all. Tenley has moved to Chicago in pursuit of a Masters from Northwest University – she works at  a cupcake shop that happens to be in front of a tattoo parlor, run by its owner, Hayden Striker, a beautiful tattoo artist  (inside and out) whose covered tattoo body and body piercings don’t stop you from appreciating his good looks, sex appeal and charm.

I loved the two points of view, I loved being in Tanley’s head, but I love even more being in Hayden’s.  I really enjoyed seeing how these two damaged souls complement each other , I really got the sense of how perfect they are together, and how much they can help one one another.

Clipped Wings not only grabbed my attention, but in the process captured my heart. To say that I want a Hayden of  my own would be an understatement, I adore his character in this book!

Their story is touching, romantic, and at times heartbreaking, but oh boy! Did I love listening to it.

Their sizzling chemistry is off the charts, their moments together are hot!

There were some frustrating moments I can’t deny, but for the most part I enjoyed this audiobook  from beginning to end…….Wait! There’s no end, and that’s a drawback, but honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve fallen for a character, so I’ll give Ms. Hunting a pass, and patiently wait for the next novel.

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Clipped Wings Audiobook Narration

The book alternates points of view between Hayden and Tenley’s.

When I first started to listen I thought  narrator, Jason Carpenter sounded it a little dry and emotionless, but not long into the narration he began beautifully to breathe life into Hayden’s character. His tone and approach skillfully rendered Hayden’s personality, as well as his emotions, and by the end I absolutely love his interpretation.

His female voices were OK, not as bad as some male narrators can be.

Narrator, Elizabeth Louise does a wonderful job with Tenley, and just like Jason, her portrayal was excellent. I really liked her male voice for Hayden, not very often I’d say that he sounded just as good as Jason.

All in all, these two narrators do a terrific job of bringing each character’s emotions and personality to life; they equally make you feel, and put you right in their story.

I’m looking forward to the next book, and I really hope it’s once again performed by these two talented narrators.

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Loupe Duffy Lupdilup

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Loupe Duffy
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    • I can’t wait for next book too Steph. I loved the narrators here, they were both equally good 🙂

  1. A cliffy when you are wrapped up in the world and characters is by far the worse!!

    • I didn’t know if was a cliffy, so I was

  2. Ooo thanks for the warning on the cliffhanger. I really do not care for those in romance and had this on my tbr pile because it sounded so great after seeing it on another blog but they didn’t mention that. I would have been so ticked! I’ll wait until they all come out and give it a read then. Really appreciate the warning on that.

    • I really think you could enjoy this one, but I think is a good idea to wait for all the books.
      You’re welcome 🙂

      • It really sounds like one I think I’d enjoy too. I’m definitely gonna give it a read but yeah I’ll wait a bit longer. With the tbr pile so long it’s not too hard to give it a little wait until they’re out 🙂

        • I know how it is, so many books! Now I have the same problem (not a problem really…lol) with audio.

  3. Ooo I’m liking the sound of this. I think having both povs in books like this is definitely beneficial, because characters like that can come across much differently when we don’t know their side of it.

    • I think you’ll like this one Christy…Well I hope you do. I really enjoyed being in their heads.

  4. A cliffhanger and two tortured souls?! I’m a glutton for punishment so I’ll probably have to check this one out, this is the third great review I’ve read. I like reading alternate POVs, it gives you a better look into the author’s characters. Great review Loupe!

    • Hahaha Lori! Yeah you and me both, masochists for sure..LOL
      Thank you Lori 🙂

  5. I will definitely read this. When the series is finished. Cliffhangers = Boo + Hiss. BUT, it does sound like an excellent story, and you are right, if you don’t care about the characters, who cares what happens to them? Looking forward to the end (whenever it may be)!

    • I know! I didn’t it was a cliffy Jessica. Is a good idea to wait till all the books are out. I hope I enjoy the following books as much as did this one so I can recommend the series or trilogy in its entirety.

  6. Tatoos, piercings, two broken souls-> *_*! I’m adding it on my TBR list, the book definitely sounds like my type of read. Thanks for sharing :))

    • Hahaha! Just like me, I guess I’m not the only one that’s a glutton for
      I really do hope you enjoy it 🙂 And I know that if you do, you’d want to review it, so I’ll keep my eyes open for it.

  7. It sounds like I need to meet this Hayden.

    • YAY! I hope you love him as much as do, I thought he was precious, hot, smart, and did I say HOt? 😉

  8. I wouldn’t have picked this up because the cover art to me looks like those saccharine sweet, YA romance filled with romantic angst and annoying love triangles. Will have to check this out at the library soon!

    • You right Braine! That cover could do just fine for YA Distopian. I would have made a beautiful tattoo of a butterfly with a supper hot tattooed guy in the background or or body piercing objects laying on the bottom… I’m an artist now… LOL

      • While perusing my TBR, I saw that I actually have an egalley of this! Woot! This just got a bump up!

  9. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did FranJessca, and I really hope you love Hayden 😉

  10. Ahhhhh, I finally finished this yesterday! I was really hoping to listen to the audios but the S&S website was down last week so I gave in and read the books. As soon as I finished I went back and listened to Cupcakes and Ink on audio and I’m about 4 hours in the Clipped Wings audio right now.
    Although that one misunderstanding scene got on my nerves, I really liked this story. It was addicting and the chemistry between these two was amazing! I was kind of expecting a non-ending since I knew there were more books but it still stung. I’m desperately hoping my copy of Inked Armor arrives this week.

    This is my 3rd or 4th audio by Elizabeth and I think her male voices have grown so much. I really loved her Hayden voice. So far I think Jason is doing an pretty good job too but I’m really looking forward to the really emotional scenes on audio 🙂

    • Yes! I loved her voice for Hayden too 🙂
      I’m curious to see if Jason’s narration grows on you. It’s a different experience when we have read the book before we listen. You know how hard it is to match, and even harder to better our inner voices. I can’t wait to read your review!! Now I have to go and listen to Cupcakes and Ink…. Damn.. LOL… Luckily I can buy 3 more credits right now.

  11. This sounds so good! I wish S&S’s audio downloads were working for me so I could listen to this! I like Elizabeth Louise, but Jason Carpenter is new to me.
    Hayden sounds intriguing, though that cliffhanger worries me. I love how you said there’s no end 🙂
    Fab review!

    • Thank you Lucy! By the time you get to listen the next book will be almost out, so I think you’ll be OK. I hope they fix that issue with S&S soon 🙁
      I’ll keep my eyes open for your review. I hope you loved it 🙂

  12. love when books are told from two POVs…makes the story much more interesting & fun. Great reveiw Loupe! 😀

    • Yes, I love getting the whole picture too, specially when the hero’s mind is so delicious and sweet…LOL

  13. I didn’t know about this book, but now I want it… But I hate cliffhangers… so I think I’ll wait for second book to read this one.
    Great review.

    • You know, it reminded me a little of The Sea of Tranquility, but with more adult characters. I’d wait too. I didn’t know it was a cliff.
      Thank you 🙂

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