Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Permanent Ink
SERIES: Art & Soul #1
AUTHOR: Piper Vaughn & Avon Gale
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 224 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 7th, 2017
At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies.
Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear.
Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent.
Permanent Ink is one of those books that you don’t think you need but you so do. I read this one from front to back in just a few hours. I can’t stress what a good pairing these two authors make. This book was amazing. The characters, plot, dialogue…everything worked so well and sucked me in from the very beginning. I bet you’re thinking…if it was so good, why not 5 Hearts?? Well, one word: Poe. Poe….ugh…he was downright unlikeable for a good portion of the book and his attitude and maturity level came off as way younger than 23. He grew up and redeemed himself but it took a while.
Poe is entitled, resentful, and angry. He’s 23 years old but acts like a brat. He acts out and emotes using his art. Poe is a graffiti artist and his latest tag lands him in jail. Having his single father, Landon, bail him out isn’t anything new. Landon is fed up and Poe is starting to realize there are consequences for his actions. Accepting his dads off to work at his best friends tattoo shop may just be the new start Poe needs.
Jericho is all about helping out his friend Landon. Having had his own share of trouble when he was younger he knows how beneficial a helping hand can be. He’s intrigued by Poe almost immediately. Significantly younger, talented but incredibly bratty Jericho can see potential. Another thing he can see is how attractive Poe is. But Jericho knows, his best friend’s son is completely off limits.
Poe, openly bisexual, goes full on at Jericho letting his feelings be known early on. Jericho however fights it every step of the way…until he can’t anymore.
This is story is so good. The buildup and slow burn was done perfectly. Poe and Jericho complimented each other so well. I would have loved more emotion from the two but it made sense in the story how it all played out.
I can’t wait for book 2…and I’m hoping a certain character is redeemable…we shall see.