ARC Review | Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn | Art & Soul #1
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA
Publication Date | August 7th, 2017
ARC from Netgalley


Book Blurb:

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.

| Book Review |

This book…seriously. I think this book single-handedly kicked my reading slumps ass. I loved Permanent Ink. So to start things off, I’m just going to say that daddy kink is not my thing. I won’t usually even pick up a book that hints at it. But when one of your favorite authors pimps a book, you sit up and take notice…and sort of push your ‘won’t reads’ to the side in an attempt to give a book a go. And this one had a huge payoff.

Poe is pretty much going nowhere fast. His ambitions are misguided, illegal, and not likely to make him enough money to get out of his father’s basement anytime soon. And he’s fine with that. Jericho, on the other hand, was able to pull himself out of a similar situation when he was younger after someone stepped in to offer him a helping hand. He’s spent years building a successful business, and he can’t help but want to do the same for Poe. So, yeah. Chemistry from the get-go. Poe and Jericho singed the pages, and every encounter left me wanting more. I always love it when there’s a character chasing and a character resisting, and it was so much fun watching Jericho try to resist Poe. But in the end, his attraction just proved to be too much and he couldn’t help but give in. And the way Poe took orders in the bedroom, but then when push came to shove put his foot down and fought for what he wanted outside of it was so damn hot! But their choices didn’t come without fallout, and I like that we get to see that on both sides, from Poe’s friends having a hard time dealing with his ‘desertion,’ to Jericho feeling awkward around Poe’s father, a very good friend of his, there’s a lot they’re giving up to be together. And not everyone is happy for them. I also like the push and pull we see inside of Jericho while he struggles with whether or not this is a good decision for both him and Poe, and what will happen for both of them if things don’t work out.

As soon as I pulled my screen up to write this review, my heart started fluttering. I loved this book so much. I rated it a four when I finished it, but I haven’t been able to get this book out of my head, so I’m upping it to a solid five. I thought Permanent Ink was a wonderful story, and it hit on all considerations of getting involved not only with someone significantly younger than you, but also a best friend’s kid. And can all that be put aside when both parties are bringing out the best in each other? I just loved how introspective it was. I know there will be more books in this series. I don’t know whose they are, and quite frankly, I don’t care whose they are. (Though that’s not to say I don’t have a wishlist!) I just know I’ll be devouring them all. Art & Soul for the win!

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11 thoughts on “ARC Review | Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

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  1. I love it when you realize that a book was even better than you first thought after it really sinks in. Glad you enjoyed this one as much as you did. Great review!


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