Permanent Ink (Susan’s Review)

Title: Permanent Ink (Art & Soul #1)
Author: Avaughn Press
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary M/M
Page Count: 256
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.

The weirdest thing happened with this book. I absolutely hated it at first. I had a lot of trouble liking Poe, so I was convinced this would be a 2 star read. But then I actually started to get into the story and I ended up really liking it.

For lovers of true daddy kink, look elsewhere, because this was incredibly tame concerning the daddy kink. We got maybe 3 sex scenes where Poe called Jericho daddy and Jericho called Poe boy. But that’s about as far as it went.

I actually like daddy kink, but I don’t necessarily need it in my story, so I was okay with the couple of times these guys explored the daddy kink a bit. But I wouldn’t call this a book with a heavy daddy kink at all.

At first I had a bit of trouble with Poe and the life choices he made. Not necessarily with the things he did (because let’s face it, we all do stupid things when we are young), but how he thought about it. I thoroughly disliked his inner thoughts. I really could have gone without his thoughts about a woman in her fifties he had sex with and how she spanked him and rode him ’til he was exhausted. I don’t get why authors include those kind of things. I really don’t want to read about past hookups or how they get turned on thinking about it.

But after the first 25% the feeling of the book changed. Poe got more serious about his life and I especially liked how he was serious about Jericho instead of him being just a hookup.

And that’s when I really started liking this. I could totally understand what Jericho’s problem with some of Poe’s decisions was, but I also got how Poe felt about Jericho interfering in his life. Definitely no fabricated angst here. It all felt natural and I knew these guys would talk everything out like adults.

After a slow start I ended up really liking this May-December romance between a bratty 23 year old and a 40 year old tattoo artist. Throw in a bit of daddy kink and I was one happy girl.

Art & Soul

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