Permanent Ink (Lili’s Review)

Title: Permanent Ink
Author: Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Avaughn Press
Release Date: August 7th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 256 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


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… where to start? I mean:

Age gap ✔
Snark ✔
Daddy kink ✔
Character growth ✔
Sexy ✔
Tattoos ✔ <–Thank YOU, Lisa! Can't believe I didn't include it!

It's kinda got it all, you know?

Anyhoo, Permanent Ink is the story of Poe (love that name and its inspiration), a 23-year-old graffiti artist who lives in his dad basement and is driving his dad crazy with the legal bills he's amassed. Landon (his dad) worries that Poe will never wisen up. While venting to his best friend, Jericho his best friend decides he wants to give Poe a chance- pay it forward. He's been there before and wants to help his friend's son if he can.

At first the two clash but as Jericho notices Poe's artistic talent decides to take him on as an apprentice. Little by little the attraction between them grows and grows, and Poe's not one to hold back. He lets Jericho know exactly what he wants.

Some of my highlights:

-The characters. I felt that both Poe and Jericho were well fleshed out and exhibited growth throughout the story.

-The side characters. As frustrating as some could be (one in particular…), I was rooting for them too and can’t wait for their stories. Landon, I LOVE YOU!!!

-The sexual chemistry. The fact that they were so compatible and were so into their kink was smoking hot.

-Drama. There were some issues in the story: Poe’s attitude, Jericho’s thoughts on their age difference, Jericho’s friendship with Landon, Poe’s friendship with his best friend Blue- but none of them went overboard or felt contrived.

-And the end- left me wanting more! I. CAN’T. WAIT. FOR. THE NEXT. BOOKS! I’m going to have a hard time not nagging the shit out of Piper Vaughn and Avon Gale for updates on these books.

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely!!

Permanent Ink is a fun, sweet story about finding our place in the world and taking chances on love. What a fantastic start to this series! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. 5 Stars.

Art & Soul

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Advanced Review Copy

Galley copy of Permanent Ink provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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