Title: Permanent Ink (Art & Soul #1)
Author: Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Avaughn Press
Release Date: August 7th 2017
Page Count: 256
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.
This book y’all…This book was everything! I was invested in it from the word go, and my interest never wavered. It’s the kind of book that you think about when you ‘re not reading it, and that you ‘d read in one sitting if real life let you. I love these two authors separately, but together, they made magic!
Permanent Ink ticked off almost ALL my boxes. Even the ones I didn’t know I had. Lets make a list, shall we?
-Hot tattooed silver fox
-Sassy 24 year old brat
-My dad’s older best friend trope
-Amazing secondary cast
I’ve got to say that when I read the blurb I thought that it might be ridiculous to name someone Poe. You know what, it’ s actually not! It’s pretty cool and badass, as you ‘ll see for yourselves. So, Poe is adrift. He’s a 24 year old graffiti artist who still lives in his father Landon’s basement. Poe is directionless, with a case of ADHD, who keeps causing grief to his father.
Jericho is Landon’s best friend, and what better way to help him than hiring his son in his tattoo shop, and offering him an apprenticeship? Jericho will NOT take any bullshit from Poe. And let me tell you, by the end of this story, the way Poe grew as a character was pretty damn awesome.
There were a lot of ways to screw this up, but I pretty much loved how everything was handled here; the way Poe and Jericho’s relationship was revealed to Landon, the way Landon reacted, the conflict towards the end, the UST, the way the MCs got together in the first place, the way the KINK was depicted!
There’s a nice dose of daddy kink here, but ONLY in the bedroom department. Outside, Poe is such a mouthy, sarcastic little shit. The smexy times were delicious and just right.
I also loved the messages this story conveyed:
-Art is not just what you ‘ll find inside a museum or a gallery.
-Everyone deserves a second chance. Whether they grab it or not, it’s up to them.
-Not all troubled teenagers come from broken homes, or negligent parents. Some people are restless just because. It only needs some direction and patience.
I consider the ending a HEA. I would have maybe liked an epilogue, but I didn’t really care. The guys were really solid in the end.
“Maybe art’s not permanent, but we are.”
I was delighted to see that this is going to be a series! I can’t wait for more stories about Blue, Callum, and maybe Landon, from this amazing new collaboration!