Permanent Ink by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
Series: Art & Soul #1
Published: August 5, 2017 by Riptide Publishing
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
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.
What a great intro to a new series and I really loved both Jericho and Poe. This was so character driven with just the right amount of drama weaved perfectly with character growth.
Jericho was a great character and I enjoyed his maturity (he’s 40) and how settled he is in his life. That being said, he’s by no means boring — talk about a silver fox!– and even he gets some character growth as he finds his happiness. I also liked that he genuinely wanted to help turn Poe’s life around because he knows what it’s like to be at a turning point.
“I owed Jericho everything. He’d helped me find the path of my heart.”
The daddy/boy kink is new to me and for the most part not my thing, but I can’t deny the chemistry and fireworks between these two. Gale and Vaughn can really steam up the pages!
Poe had some of the best growth I’ve read for a character in a long time! When we meet him, he’s immature, unfocused, and his only passion is graffiti, regardless of who he might be hurting by doing it. Even with all that going on he’s still a really endearing character. As he finds his focus with tattooing and begins his relationship with Jericho we see a whole new Poe who wants to have a life he can be proud of. Poe proves his growth in the beautiful scene towards the end when Jericho is questioning Poe about Blue’s actions. The old Poe would have stormed out with a fit from the beginning but the new, grown up Poe faces things head on no matter how heartbreaking they are.
I wasn’t too crazy about Blue’s character and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of him and possibly have his story at some point in this series. I don’t mind a redemption story and it’s clear that Blue has some dark history that he needs to work through. He wasn’t a terrible guy, I just really wasn’t happy with his actions toward Jericho.
5 stars – loved it!
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