Cupcakes and Ink

Cupcakes and Ink

by Helena Hunting

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The prequel to Clipped Wings—“twisted, dark, incredibly erotic…a love story like no other” (USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton)—this emotional tale follows Hayden and Tenley as they struggle to let go of their pasts and maintain an emotionally safe distance from each other.

Tenley Page is looking for a new start: a new city, a new apartment, a new life. Her plan is to keep to herself and stay focused. But leaving her past behind and starting over isn’t as easy as she thought. And neither is maintaining her solitude. As Tenley settles into her new surroundings, she finds herself drawn to Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street. But it’s the gorgeous, dark-haired tattoo artist who captures her interest. There’s something about his severe beauty that captivates her—and not just in her waking hours.

Covered in the ink he inscribes on other people’s skin, Hayden Stryker has made a career out of being a tattooist. He’s got his own business and a tight circle of friends. As far as he’s concerned, that’s all he needs. At least until his aunt, who owns the antiques and used book store across from his tattoo studio, hires a new employee. At first his intrigue is based on physical appeal; hot chick equals something nice to look at. But as he begins to catch glimpses of the fiery personality under the fragile, feminine exterior, his fascination with Tenley grows. Annoyed by his inability to control his fixation, Hayden decides the best way to cure him of the new obsession is to get to know the girl under her skittish façade.

But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476764337
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 02/03/2014
Series: The Clipped Wings Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 60
Sales rank: 79,193
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, Inked Armor, the sequel, and Cupcakes and Ink, an e-original short story.

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Cupcakes and Ink 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Slim_Cat1 More than 1 year ago
Prequel to Clipped Wings....Tenley Page moved to a new city, new apartment, a whole new life. Tenley plans to keep herself to herself but she starts to watch the tattoo studio across the street and sees Hayden Stryker. He fascinates her covered in ink, owns his business, and has a tight circle of friends. Shows Tenley and Hayden's start, how they met. Love Helena and plan to read the rest of the series.
megankylene More than 1 year ago
Cupcakes and Ink is the prequel novella to Clipped Wings, the first in Helena Hunting’s new adult series about a hot tattoo artist and the girl who lives across the street.  I thought this was an okay beginning to the series. It’s always hard to review prequel novellas because they’re so short. Tenley has just moved to Chicago to get a Master’s degree at Nortwestern. Her narrative hints at a troubled past, something I bet we’ll get more insight about in Clipped Wings.  She lives above an antique store and coffee ship called Serendipity where she spends her time researching for her thesis on body modification…and dreaming of the hot guy next door.  What better location to study that than across the street from a tattoo parlor named Inked Armor? An attractive tattoo artist at Inked Armor catches her eye. Hayden Stryker is a young, sexy guy with peircings and tattooes. His aunt owns Serendipity and he makes frequent stops to the shop. Hayden’s hotness factor forces its way into Tenley’s subconscious as she finds her self dreaming of the man she doesn’t yet know. I thought this novellas was just okay. I felt like Tenley’s fantasies were a little unfounded and too quick. Maybe I would have gotten more enjoyment out of this prequel had I read Clipped Wings first, maybe not. I am always on the lookout for a good new adult series, so I’m excited to read Clipped Wings. Though, this novella didn’t really create much anticipation for me. 3 stars
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
Great intro to Clipped Wings....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
This is a short story, about 60 pages, that gives you a look into Tenley and Hayden before they met. Watching each other or trying to get a glimpse without the other noticing. Tenley starts working for Cassie, who turns out to be Hayden's aunt, in the bookstore that is connected to the coffee shop. When Hayden goes on a coffee run he stops and visits Cassie and tries to talk to Tenley but she is so shy. So sit back and enjoy this one and then move on to Clipped Wings. **Copy provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
This is a prequel Novella to Clipped Wings, the first book in the CW series. I absolutely loved CW and found myself wanting way more out of C&I. When I read a series novella, I expect it to reveal things or give some sort of insight we didn’t get in the full length novel. I found C&I did neither. I think if I read this before CW I might have a different opinion. If you read this first, it’s just a tease to get you invested in Tenley and Hayden, but I already was. Helena Hunting’s writing is flawless but I just didn’t see the point of this novella. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wothless. Plz dont read it.
BookMama_1 More than 1 year ago
Cupcakes and Ink is a sweet novella introducing us to to Tenley and Hayden in Chicago. Tenley is a masters student at Northwestern. When she moves into her apartment, she discover her favorite thing to do is sit her window and watch the staff from the tattoo shop across the street leave for the night. Not only does she get cool herself off from the hot and humid Chicago night, she gets to watch him. Hayden owns a tattoo shop with a couple of his friends. Everyday he goes over to to Serendipity to get coffee and to say hello to his Aunt. Then he sees her. Suddenly he can't concentrate on the tattoosnhe's doing and goes over to Serendipity hoping to see her. Their nights are filled with watching each other and dreams. Maybe, these dreams will come true. I guess we have to read the next book to find out. I loved this Novella. It kept me wanting more and wanting to find out if Tenley and Hayden get together or what goes on with them. After the dreams they had, I need to know. This books set off my imagination for what happens in the next one and I can't wait to start it. ***I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I love this series! I have read the first full book in the series, Clipped Wings, and I loved that Cupcakes and Ink allowed a glimpse into Hayden and Tenley's feelings before they officially met. Cupcakes and Ink was a very quick read, but for those readers who loved Clipped Wings, you will definitely enjoy Cupcakes and Ink. I'm very excited for the second full book in the series, Inked Armor! By the way, Hayden and Tenley are so wonderful and genuine, it adds to my enjoyment of the story immensely.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
Fabulous introduction to Tenley and Hayden ... a little background on who they are, where they live, what they do. A great lead in to Clipped Wings.
Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
I'm intrigued by this novella introduction to Tenley and Hayden. I'm anxious to see what Tenley's story is, what made her leave everything behind, and how she builds a new life for herself while pursuing her Master's degree at Northeastern. And I'd like to know exactly how Hayden found the inner strength to get his life back on track to become the owner of a tattoo parlor, and how he deals with needing a meaningful relationship at this point in his life. Clipped Wings, the full length novel detailing their story should be a really excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cupcakes and Ink is a prequel to Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting. It is short. Very short. It includes a peek of Clipped Wings, and I definitely want to check it out. This prequel introduces us to Hayden and Tenley. We get a sneak peek at their first encounter, and see that there was definitely interest on both sides from the get go. Tenley just moved to Chicago to start grad school, and Hayden owns a tattoo shop. He’s into ink and steel, and Tenley is a bit of a mystery. Tenley is living in an apartment above a bookshop/antique store that is attached to a coffee shop. Hayden’s tattoo shop is across the street. Eventually she starts helping, and then working for her landlord, Cassie, who owns/runs the shop downstairs. Cassie, as it turns out, is Hayden’s aunt. He stops by to see her often and to grab coffee from the adjoining shop. The attraction is there for both sides, but that’s all we really see in this novella/prequel. It was just a taste, and maybe the snippet at the end was what really whetted my appetite. Either way I definitely want to start Clipped Wings ASAP. I’m not sure if the prequel is really needed, but 99 cents is cheap enough. Book #2-Inked Armor, is coming out in a couple of weeks. Another 99 cent novella, #2.5-Cracks in the Armor, featuring another partner in Hayden’s tattoo shop, Chris, comes out in June. Apparently we’re left with a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of Clipped Wings, so I’m glad book 2 is coming soon!
SheBookBlogs More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book I read the synopsis and then looked again at the title and they did not seem like to go together. Titles always spark my interest and how they will relate to the story. SO I was interested in getting to the bottom of it. We see Tenley move into her new apartment in Chicago. Tenley lives across the street from a tattoo shop where she notices one of the tattoo artists, Hayden.  Not wanting or seeking any attention, she only watches him from afar.  I really loved how the author introduced Tenley and wrote those intial scenes. CUPCAKES AND INK is the prequel to the CLIPPED WINGS series.  It is short maybe 60 pages or so but it is a nice set up and introduction to the main characters. I am glad I read this.  The author did a good job introducing me to Tenley in her POV and then to Hayden in his POV.  I can’t wait to read to read the next book CLIPPED WINGS and see how the story of Hayden and Tenley begins.  Nicely done.  Off to read Clipped Wings. A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review:  Stars:  Overall: 4  Narration: 4  Story:4  A quick and short listen that is background information for the Clipped Wings series and more specifically the characters of Tenley and Hayden, and how these two came to know one another.  Helena Hunting has managed to create a short novella installment that manages to encourage new readers for her series, while simultaneously providing a nice tidbit to readers only familiar with the longer stories.  Hunting’s writing is smooth and descriptive, and she manages to completely differentiate both voices and points of view for Tenley and Hayden as she gives the floor to Tenley in the first half and Hayden in the second.  There are differences that are both sex and age appropriate to the feel and sound of the characters, and letting us see a glimpse of the emotional turmoil that is integral to their lives at the moment.  Narration for Tenley is provided by Elizabeth Louise, who sounds exactly as one would expect from a mid-twenty-something Masters student.  Louise manages to add a sense of tentative expectation and longing to her interactions with the man she watches in the Tattoo Parlor across from her apartment, and her hesitancy in getting too close or involved with her landlady who runs the street level secondhand shop, even as she is starting to share with her.  There are more questions than answers from this piece: just why is Tenley so skittish and reserved and why is making new friends too much to deal with, but I will say that I am curious to see more.   The second half of the book is in Hayden’s point of view and is narrated to great effect by Jason Carpenter.  Funny how the timbre and tone of his voice instantly bring an image of a larger, sturdy man: one that is always thinking on more than one level, with a good sense of not taking the little things to heart.  His interactions with his partners at the tattoo shop, and the interaction with a walk-in client and her ‘bestie’ was comical, and I can see more than one tattoo artist not have the patience for the college freshman crowd.  We get a taste of Hayden’s past issues with drugs and his current repetitious behaviors and patterns that are strongly hinting at OCD, but the more striking part of the story is his fascination with Tenley.  While he finds her attractive, his musings as he both watches and fantasizes about her are presented with a sense of self-doubt or scorn, depending on the thought of the moment.  Carpenter manages to add a touch of hesitancy and doubt to the thoughts of Hayden that enhance the emotional impact the author had established.   The dual narration worked very well for the layout of this story, and aside from some rather clumsily phrased sentences and a whole slew of “me me me” thoughts, the story felt appropriate and real, and it was enough to have me intrigued.  Both of these characters have much to reveal and face, and the secondary characters that were introduced also show great promise for interactions and stories.  I’m looking forward to the next in the series.  I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog CUPCAKES AND INK is a very short introduction to the characters of the Clipped Wings series. Here you’ll meet a smart and sensible heroine named Tenley who is looking for a fresh new start in Chicago. As she is waiting on starting her Masters degree and is in the process of settling down, she finds the tattoo artist across the street to be very attractive, yet she knows that she shouldn’t do anything to tempt him. He has danger written all over him. Hayden is the kind of man that everybody wants a piece of. Sexy and smart, he possesses the lethal combination that will have reader’s swooning by the end of it. Though Hunting gives just a taste of his appeal, I’m sure in the full length book, readers will get an up close preview of his hotness. Though this is listed as a prequel novella, I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to read this before CLIPPED WINGS. I read the full length before this prequel and found that it held a lot of the same elements as the full length one, just in a shorter span and word count. However, for readers who simply can’t get enough of Hayden then I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to read this fun extra in the series! *ARC received from the publisher
ysar More than 1 year ago
Hiding from the past, Tenley is new to Chicago and completely alone. She spends her days working at the little antique store downstairs and her free time watching the comings and goings at the tattoo shop across the street. One particular tattoo artist has caught her attention, though she can’t bring herself to speak to him and hides whenever he comes into the store. But even with no interaction, he’s made his way into her most erotic dreams. Hayden owns Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street from his aunt’s antique store. Between clients, he drops in to see his aunt, and that’s when he catches his first glimpse of the timid but gorgeous girl now working there. His curiosity piqued, he wants to talk to her, but it seems that every time he drops in, she’s hiding from him. But... I suppose it’s supposed to be a tease, a quick little novella before the big story comes out, and in that sense, Cupcakes and Ink does exactly what it’s supposed to do. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it. It’s been ages since CW&IA was pulled from fanfiction sites, and I’m dying to see what happens now that it’s been reworked for publishing. So I’m not all kinds of happy that I only got a teensy little peek. The Verdict... For what it is, a brief glimpse of what’s to come, it’s fantastic. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get into the story after so long, but already I want more — all of it, to be specific. In transitioning to published fiction, the story hasn’t lost its appeal. The sexual tension is building already, in just a couple of short chapters, and the mood has definitely been set. The writing so far is superb, and it’s clear that at least this part of the story has been freshly redone, still loyal to the characters and the story, but with something different, something more, and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
Cupcakes and Ink was an interesting little novella. It is a prequel to Clipped Wings, but barely. This story blends right into the next, and helps provide a bit of context to the emotional state of both Tenley and Hayden. After having read both back-to-back, I would definitely say that it is important to read Clipped Wings first. It's not that there is anything of significance that occurs, but it is a good set-up to Clipped Wings. Without reading Cupcakes and Ink, I'm afraid that the connection at the beginning would seem a bit rushed. I do like that Cupcakes and Ink is significant to the overall story, and I really liked it. Favorite Quote: But denial was a funny thing. It allowed me to justify the images floating around in my head, not all of them lurid. They all contained Tenley, though. And if I was really honest with myself, which I rarely was, I didn't want the illusion to break. Because all of a sudden, my controlled, self-imposed exile didn't seem all that appealing. For the first time in years, I wanted...something. Anything. As long as it was real.
AshleyAmsbaugh More than 1 year ago
Tenley Page has just moved to Chicago from a small town outside Minneapolis to go to school for her Masters degree. She keeps to herself for the the most part, but it’s really because she doesn’t know anyone. The only person she is close to is her land lady, the owner of the used bookstore and antique shop she lives above. For some time she just spends her days going through the shop to it’s little cafe for coffee and snacks as well as looking out her window at Ink Armor, the tattoo shop near her apartment. During her people watching she’s become enthralled by one of the tattoo artists in the shop. He’s tall with dark hair and has more ink than should be possible to put on a human. She doesn’t know his name but she watches him every night without fail. The more she watches him the more she becomes enchanted by him, to the point that she starts dreaming about him. One day in the antique shop she learns that the guy she’s been watching is her land lady’s nephew named Hayden. At the same time Cassie, the land lady, offers Tenley a job. Days go by and every day Hayden comes into the shop when she’s working. She tries to stay clear of him because she’s intimidated by him, but only because of her deep attraction to him. Once Hayden knows Tenley exists, he cannot stop thinking about her. He is always trying to come up with excuses to see her, to go into the shop. One day while he’s chatting with his aunt he learns more about her, especially that she lives across the street from his own condo. Cupcakes and Ink may be a short novella but we learn so much about these characters. They both seem to have dark pasts but have overcome them, or are trying to overcome them. They seem like such broken people but I cannot wait to see them actually interact and come together as a couple in the first book. This novella does not need to be read before the first novel, but I’m just picky and wanted to. I cannot help but think how much this may give me more insight into the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Literary_Marie More than 1 year ago
Cupcakes and Ink is the prequel to the Clipped Wings series by Helena Hunting. I love desserts and addicted to tattoos, so why not read a book with this catchy title? Tenley wants a new start: new city, new apartment and a new life. But of course leaving the past behind is easier said than done. She is drawn to the tattoo shop across the street from her new apartment in Chicago, especially the gorgeous dark-haired tattoo artist who works there. Hayden has a successful business and close circle of friends. The hot new chick working at his aunt's antiques and used book store across the street catches his attention. And so the story begins where the pair get ink-deep under each other's skin. Let me reiterate that I love the clever title. Never would I have thought to combine cupcakes and ink. But there were a couple things that irked me while reading this sequel. First of all, I dislike the character names. They are both unisex names and the reader cannot easily tell which is the female and which is the male character. Secondly, it helps to find the characters in an erotic novel sexy. Hayden, the guy, is described as tall and dark-haired with extensive ink and facial piercings. She had me until the facial piercings part. Then the shyness of the characters was annoying. Tenley, the girl, would watch the comings-and-goings of the tattoo shop all day through her window. And Hayden would conveniently drop by the shop every day under the pretense of visiting his "favorite" aunt. Stop acting like teens, please. The prequel Cupcakes and Ink was not enough to interest me in reading the Clipped Wings series. Literary Marie of Precision Reviews
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest, I thought this series was a paranormal, which I do enjoy from time to time, but I was even more excited when I realized that this is an Adult CR. I think it's going to be a bit dark and I can't wait to get to know more about these two. This novella definitely got me excited for Clipped Wings!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daydream-Books More than 1 year ago
This book starts with Tenley people watching. She has just moved to a new apartment in a new city and has time on her hands before her University course starts. The descriptions of the people she watches are very rich and enticing that you want to find out more about them. One of the people she watches particularly closely is Hayden, a tattoo artist that she later discovers is the hot nephew of her landlady and part-time employer at the coffee shop/bookstore situated beneath the apartment she rents. Tenley clearly has a secret that is yet to be revealed. She seems to have no friends or family she is in regular contact with anymore. This drip feed effect of information helps to add to the intrigue of wanting to read the next book in the series which I am luckily enough to have to hand. :) *Arc kindly provided by the publisher/netgalley*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
I thought this novella was a good, solid introduction to the series. We meet Tenley and Hayden and they're both interesting characters and have a quiet attraction to one another. I liked the hints given about the turmoil in their pasts and I’m anxious to learn more. They're both really likable and even though I got a good idea of who they were, it just wasn't enough - when it ended I wanted the first book in the series immediately, I didn't want to stop! There's a nice little scene at the end too with Hayden that's kind of hot. ;-)  I definitely want to know more about them and their pasts and where their new found attraction is going to go. I think the Clipped Wings series is off to a great start. Solid intro to intriguing characters with a pained past. I’m ready for more!  ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.