Melissa reviews Permanent Ink (Art & Soul #1) by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn Published August 7th 2017 by Riptide Publishing, 256 pages.
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.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I kept seeing reviews about this book and I just couldn’t take it anymore and decided to read it for myself. 🙂
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I LOVED! this story. Let me repeat that. I. LOVED. THIS. STORY. A. LOT!!!
Yes indeedy I gave this one 5 stars/10 pots, and it totally deserves them. For one, this felt so real! I just loved Poe and how he acted his age; he is 23 and you can tell. It is so important when an author can create a character and make them true to real life. Poe is still living with his dad (in the basement), and is really doing nothing with his life. He works a dead-end job at a gas station and is getting in trouble with the police by spray painting buildings. For Poe it’s art, but not everybody sees it that way. You know from the blurb what happens then with Jericho and woohoo!! They notice each other almost right away. Sure they’ve known of each other for years now but Poe was never around much when Jericho was at the house. Poe was always off doing his own thing, so I didn’t feel any weirdness about Jericho and Poe having a thing for each other.
Poe, while he may be 23 and act like it, he knows what he wants in the bedroom (or dungeon). He is bisexual and older people are what do it for him. And Poe sees exactly what he needs in Jericho. This is such a delicious age-gap – 17 years separate these men but while it’s cliché to say “age is just a number” it is true. They both acknowledge the age difference between them, but that is what works for them. Poe has a “daddy” kink, and Jericho gets totally turned on calling Poe his “boy.” *fans self* These guys are so explosive together. And OMG, when Jericho decides he can’t keep lying to Landon (Poe’s father and Jericho’s BFF) and tells him he’s seeing his son, as in dating, as in boyfriends, I almost died from my giddiness. Those moments in stories are so good!
And here is one great example of why I gave this book 5 stars. Landon doesn’t freak, he doesn’t go off on Jericho and beat him up. They talk about it like adults, and yeah Landon questions if he should beat the shit out of Jericho, but he’s really only kidding. Sort of. Landon understands that Poe is an adult and can do what he wants with who he wants, and yes it’s weird that he’s doing it with Jericho, but he doesn’t do anything to stop them. Now, he does say he doesn’t want to see Jericho in his boxers one night at his house – too traumatizing. Ahahahahaha!!! Jericho and Landon both see that Jericho is having a good influence on Poe, helping him with direction and goals and responsibility.
Another reason this is 5 stars is that when Poe and Jericho have an argument, it’s not the end of the world. In almost all romance stories the couple has a big blow up and separate, thinking the relationship is over and they are better off without the other person. That is not what happens here and it was so refreshing. Poe and Jericho have a fight, take time apart to breath and then Poe comes back and apologizes and they have great make-up sex. I can’t tell you how much I was dreading the expected blow up and angst filled pages of separation. There were instances between them that could have resulted in this but they both acted maturely and like adults in a relationship where they care about the other person and work through whatever it is. Yay!!
There is something big that happens towards the end but I don’t want to spoil it. I thought I knew what might happen, but was wrong which I like because who want’s a predictable story? I can’t wait to read the next story in this series and I hope (so hard) it’s about who I think it’s hinting at. And I love to see characters again from previous books – it’s like an extended epilogue. Highly recommend this one and I wish I had read this one sooner.
Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary Agency.
As a bisexual and Latinx person, Piper takes great pride in her heritage. She grew up in an ethnically diverse neighborhood and strives to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life … even if it’s only in a book.