Book Discussion: Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting (chapters 1-6)

 

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Today we begin our discussions of Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting with chapters 1-6.

What are your initial thoughts about Hayden during these first six chapters?  Is he someone you’d be attracted to, or someone you’d stay away from? Why?

Tamie: I was surprised that I had such an intense reaction to Hayden so immediately. Usually it takes me a few chapters to warm up to a new guy that I haven’t encountered before, but I felt a strong connection to him right away. Maybe it was because he’s such a smart ass, or maybe because I admired how he doesn’t seem to care what the world thinks about him. He is who he is and he doesn’t pretend to be anything else.

Elena: I felt the same way as you, Tamie. I was immediately drawn to Hayden. Probably also because the first chapter is told from his point of view, and so we were able to enter in his head from the very beginning. He’s someone I’d want to get to know more closely, certainly.

Tenley seems to have two sides: on one hand she’s very shy, so much so that she’s almost afraid of even looking in Hayden’s direction. On the other, she has a lot of steel on her, showing almost a hint of rebellion, like Hayden says. So what’s your first impression of Tenley? Do you like her?

Tamie: I’m fascinated by Tenley. I guess because she seems so full of contradictions. It’s obvious that she’s both attracted to and uncomfortable around Hayden. She’s shy and timid, yet there’s a fiery side to her as well. She’s extremely smart, but she’s also very creative. She’s gone through something horrific emotionally and physically, and she’s trying to work through all the damage she’s suffered.

Elena: I think Tenly is someone we all can relate to. I believe every one of us has a shy and a rebel side. She’s a bit uncomfortable around Hayden, and to me that’s completely understandable — Hayden seems the type of guy that can overwhelm you…I can’t wait to see how things between them will progress, and how Tenley will react to him.

What do you think of the first interactions between Hayden and Tenley, which Hayden tells us about in chapter 1?

Elena: Even though these first interactions didn’t go as well as Hayden had planned, I loved them. They show how much Hayden is attracted to Tenley and how she tries to understand her own emotions. I think that these first interactions give us already a glimpse at their personalities.

Tamie: I loved that Hayden was both intrigued and attracted to Tenley. He wants to know more about her, but he tries to restrain himself somewhat because he realizes how skittish she is around him. I love how observant he is, noticing how she reacts not just to him but to others.

Hayden and his friend Chris have a rule…Do you think this is a good rule? Why or why not?

Tamie: Based on why it was put into place I think it’s a very good rule. For starters they need to be able to have a good working relationship with each other since they work in a fairly confined environment. I also see the possibility that hooking up with clients could be dangerous on a different level. There’s a certain level of intimacy and trust needed between tattooer and client if the piece is large/intricate and that could be put into jeopardy if the relationship evolved into a sexual one… especially if it was a random thing for one but not for the other.

Elena: Probably this business called for this kind of rule, since getting together with a client could ruin their friendship and, consequently, their collaboration. It’ll be interesting to see, though, if they’ll have the strength to respect it or not…

We’re just at the beginning of the book and Hayden seems already pretty possessive towards Tenley. Do you think it’s just lust or that he might be feeling something more?

Elena: It’s hard to tell at this point of the story, since we’re at the very beginning of the book, but I believe Hayden might feel something more than just lust or attraction. He wants to get to know her, not just jump her, so to speak, and that speaks volumes.

Tamie: Even though it’s early in the book I get the sense that it’s more than just lust. Hayden is definitely holding himself back in order to try to get to know her better. Clearly he’s very attracted to her, but beyond that he already has strong protective feelings towards her. I don’t think he views her as a challenge to conquer and once accomplished he’d lose interest. No…I really think she’s gotten under his skin in a very different way, and even he doesn’t understand it fully at this point.

We get a few glimpses of what is a very tragic event in Tenley’s past. What were your thoughts when these first bits of information were revealed?

Tamie: Yikes! To have gone through what Tenley has both emotionally and physically explains a lot about her personality and her hesitancy. I don’t just mean toward Hayden, but in rebuilding her life in a way that was very different from the one she led. She’s exploring while still healing which speaks to her courage and strength in my opinion.

Elena: I agree, Tamie. My heart immediately ached for Tenley. When something that painful happens in the past, there are inevitable repercussions also in the present. I wanted to hug Tenley so much. She is hurting and that’s obvious. I really want her to find some solace.

At one point Hayden says to Tenley that piercings, tattoos and any kind of modification can be cathartic because it’s the promise of change. Do you agree with him?

Elena: Yes, I do. Everyone has his own ways of seeking catharsis and tattoos can be a means through which to reach that.

Tamie: I do, and it’s different for everybody. Sometimes we make changes from the inside, and sometimes we make them on the outside. It can be about “the promise of change”, it can be about taking control when everything else seems out of control.

What were your thoughts on Sienna and the confrontation she had with Hayden outside The Dollhouse?

Tamie: Well she’s obviously a total bitch, and this won’t be the last we see of her. She’s one of those that doesn’t want to let go for whatever reason. I liked how Hayden handled things. He was pretty damn clear about the fact that he doesn’t want to have anything to do with her.

Elena: Sienna makes my stomach churn already. Definitely one of the villains of the story. I don’t like her at all, and I wish she left Hayden alone.

Your favorite quote(s):

Tamie: I had a whole bunch…

“A surge of energy coursed through me at the full body contact, and I bit back a groan as her ass came flush against a suddenly very appreciative erection.”

“But there’s still gratification in the pain, yeah?”

“The only thing you know about me is the dimensions of my dick.”

“I mean seriously, is there a goddamn key fairy that just  up and always with my shit so I can’t get into my apartment?”

Elena: “I think you’d look good with my art on your body.”

 

Your favorite scene:

Elena: When Hayden and Tenley talk in the basement.

Tamie: The basement scene and anytime Hayden tries to interact with Tenley 😉

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these first six chapters…either on the questions we posed or on something we didn’t discuss.

Don’t forget if you have a question you want to ask Helena about Hayden, Tenley, Clipped Wings, or about her writing…leave it in the comment section after the post, or email it to bktemptations@gmail.com Questions need to be in by Wednesday afternoon, and we’ll include them and the answers in next week’s discussion.

Tamie and Elena

 

9 thoughts on “Book Discussion: Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting (chapters 1-6)

  1. Mary Jo Toth says:

    1. What are your initial thoughts about Hayden during these first six chapters? Is he someone you’d be attracted to, or someone you’d stay away from? Why?
    From his demeanor and loyalty to his friends, yes, I would be attracted to him. The tattoos would intimidate me at first but from watching how he interacts with the other members of Inked Armor and his Aunt Cassie you see a great person that takes care of the people in his life.

    2. Tenley seems to have two sides: on one hand she’s very shy, so much so that she’s almost afraid of even looking in Hayden’s direction. On the other, she has a lot of steel on her, showing almost a hint of rebellion, like Hayden says. So what’s your first impression of Tenley? Do you like her?
    Tenley has me spinning in circles there is so much going on with her and we have just scratched the surface. I am very interested in learning about what has led her to this point to start over in a new city and leave the world she knew. From what was revealed so far you know it’s big and the way she gets the nightmares is just off the charts … I just want to hug her.

    3. What do you think of the first interactions between Hayden and Tenley, which Hayden tells us about in chapter 1?
    The interactions have really set the tone for this story. I wonder if Hayden senses that there is more going on with Tenley similar to demons from his past that he carries. Is there a sense of kindred spirits? I’m not sure but there is something that grabs Hayden right away about Tenley and you get the sense this doesn’t normally happen for him. Loved the conversation they have in the basement when they finally start to begin a dialogue and build a friendship … excited to see where we go next.

    5. We’re just at the beginning of the book and Hayden seems already pretty possessive towards Tenley. Do you think it’s just lust or that he might be feeling something more?
    Love this possessiveness … shows how much Tenley has already gotten under his skin though I don’t know why just yet. I also like that someone is looking out for her, she is all alone so I appreciated his wanting her to be safe and protected even if it didn’t lead to a relationship, I get the sense he would be somewhat protective because she works for his aunt.

    7. At one point Hayden says to Tenley that piercings, tattoos and any kind of modification can be cathartic because it’s the promise of change. Do you agree with him?
    I thought Hayden was very insightful in his comments. I don’t have any of these body modifications but when you talk to people that do have them, most of the time these were done as they dealt with life changes/issues/things they needed to commemorate or close the door on with some type of reminder. It seems to be very cathartic for many people that choose this option.

    8. What were your thoughts on Sienna and the confrontation she had with Hayden outside The Dollhouse?
    Don’t like Sienna and know she is going to be trouble. The whole “Dollhouse” scene leaves something to be desired. Really like how Hayden handled himself but concerned about Chris.

    Questions for Helena Hunting: Curious about her inspiration for this series – where did Hayden and Tenley come from/to her?

    Thank you.

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  2. 1. Hayden’s the type of guy I’d be intrigued by from a safe distance. Kind of like Tenley, I suppose. But normally that’s it. I love when books make me see outside my “type” – I totally get his appeal, and I adore the aspects of his character you wouldn’t expect. Not so much his intellectual interests, maybe, because that’s kind of a common device, but his OCD-ish thing. Although I can’t remember if that’s come up here yet, or if I’m just remembering it from Cupcakes and Ink.

    2. Tenley’s contradictions make total sense to me. She’s trying to keep it together, but when the right person comes along she’s completely useless, and it’s painful and funny and very, very familiar. I love that despite everything she’s been through, she’s really vulnerable to attraction.

    3. I also love their first interactions because they’re so painful and awkward. I kind of wonder why Hayden’s as intrigued as he is and doesn’t write her off as a flake, but oh well. I’ll buy it.

    4. I’m not really keen on the rule. It’s probably in the book so that it will create a barrier to the relationship, but I don’t think it’s a convincing barrier, And realistically it wouldn’t really stop the thing that started it from happening again. This is the only thing that bugs me so far, so I’ll let it slide!

    5. Honestly, right now I want his possessiveness to be mostly lust because he really doesn’t know enough about her for it to be much more. I’m not sure I’d really be convinced otherwise. I guess he could sense that there’s more going on with her, but as far as he knows her steel could just have been a freshman rebellion she held onto, like he’s dealing with at work, so I’m not convinced that or the book she was reading would be enough for him to get a sense of her depth. But I like what Mary Jo said – that he probably senses she’s alone, and because she’s working for his aunt he feels protective.

    6. I like that we’re getting a sense of Tenley’s past in fragments only. Like solving a mystery. And also it makes it a bit more bearable, because it seems like it’s pretty horrific. It really drew me into her character too.

    8. Ugh, I don’t know why Hayden agreed to go to the Dollhouse, and then stayed! That drove me a bit nuts. I was yelling “Just leave!” at my e-reader, but he wouldn’t listen. I’m getting kind of tired of stock evil women in books, but I realize there has to be a villain of some sort, so I’ll go with it for now. Plus, the Hayden we know now seems very different than the person he used to be, and I’m very curious to learn more about his old self. I think Sienna might be useful as a window into his past, at least.

    Can’t remember my fave quotes and scenes. Will pay more attention next time!

    I have a question for Helena: Where did you get the name Tenley? I’ve never heard it before.

    Cheers,
    Lila

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  3. Steph Wang says:

    1. What are your initial thoughts about Hayden during these first six chapters? Is he someone you’d be attracted to, or someone you’d stay away from? Why?
    Initially the tattoos would me away, but from observing his interaction with his aunt and his friends I would (and was) definitely attracted to him. Also from Cupcakes and Ink, the prequel novella, I definitely thought his organizational skill was very impressive (definitely a plus for me!) I thought he was brought up that way, but when I found out later, it made me fell for him even more!

    2. Tenley seems to have two sides: on one hand she’s very shy, so much so that she’s almost afraid of even looking in Hayden’s direction. On the other, she has a lot of steel on her, showing almost a hint of rebellion, like Hayden says. So what’s your first impression of Tenley? Do you like her?
    From Cupcakes and Ink, I remember she was watching Hayden from her apartment and was drawn to him. For a while I was unsure about Tenley. As Tamie mentioned she seems to be full of contraction. Her creativity, her knowledge, her intelligence, and her work ethics would indicate a very confident woman. But, her steels were also a great part of her that has been suppressed because of her history. I was fascinated and intrigued by Tenley!

    3. What do you think of the first interactions between Hayden and Tenley, which Hayden tells us about in chapter 1?
    I enjoyed reading that part. It clearly didn’t go as planned. But Hayden was clearly very attracted to Tenley and wanted to get to know her. But he also tried his best not to be too forward and scaring her off. We got to see Hayden watching Tenley ate a cupcake in Chapter 1, he was already filled with imaginations!
    4. Hayden and his friend Chris have a rule…Do you think this is a good rule? Why or why not?
    I think it is a great rule to maintain a good working relationship, a good friendship, and a positive environment between customers and owners. Given the history between Chris and Hayden, I thought this was a mature rule.

    5. We’re just at the beginning of the book and Hayden seems already pretty possessive towards Tenley. Do you think it’s just lust or that he might be feeling something more?
    Well, I love Hayden’s possessiveness already. I think it was a combination of protection, sheltering, love and lust. I think he was drawn to her already but I think both of them needed to explore more. I think Hayden expressed sexual attraction but he is holding it back to allow more emotional attraction and development to occur between them.

    6. At one point Hayden says to Tenley that piercings, tattoos and any kind of modification can be cathartic because it’s the promise of change. Do you agree with him?
    I definitely agree. I think everyone finds their own forms of catharsis, but the two of them piercings and tattoos are it. I actually think people who have piercings and tattoos are the most confident people.

    7. What were your thoughts on Sienna and the confrontation she had with Hayden outside The Dollhouse?
    I DO NOT LIKE SIENNA AT ALL! LEAVE HAYDEN ALONE. I can already imagine the troubles she will bring later on. OMG. GO AWAY!!!!

    Question for Helena:
    Hayden and Tenley have the most tragic backstories. I really enjoy how much they both are moving away from the past even though I didn’t like finding out their tragedies. Could you share your inspiration for Hayden& Tenley?

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