ARC Review: Permanent Ink (Art & Soul #1) by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

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Author(s): Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Publication Date: August 7, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 256 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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SYNOPSIS

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.

Make sure to join all the tour hosts on Instagram starting Monday, August 7, for a chance to win one of three Permanent Ink e-books!!! Open internationally. Full details can be found on the author’s website.

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This book is just everything. I love Poe and I love Jericho. I especially love them together. I’ve read a few books now by Avon Gale and this is my first for Piper Vaughn (which, I will need to remedy ASAP), and I need more books from these two. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up all night to read a book, because I literally just could not put this down. I mean, the sun was about ready to come up when I was done and floating on happy feels for Poe and Jericho.

“I hope you know I’m not trying to be an asshole, kid. But you’re not Peter Pan, and this isn’t Neverland. You need to start getting your shit together…”

Poe is a graffiti artist living in his father’s basement and has had quite a few run-ins with the law already at 23-years-old. His father wants him to do something more with his life, and when his tattoo artist, Jericho, makes an offer to hire Poe and give him a chance that may lead to an apprenticeship? Well, Poe soon finds himself working at Permanent Ink as the receptionist. It’s not much, but enough to get him off the streets and a possible career path one day to use his love for art in more…legal means. Poe would rather hang out with his high school friend Blue, but he’s also aware of the debt he’s wracking up with his father to pay for bail money, court fees, lawyer fees, etc. So, Poe begrudgingly takes the job at Jericho’s shop.

Jericho is older, almost forty, and closer to Poe’s father’s age than his own. People travel all over to get their tattoos “fixed” by Jericho. And by that, it means that terrible tattoos have a way of becoming beautiful works of art at Jericho’s hand. Poe isn’t the most professional of sorts, but he is determined to get what he wants once he sets his eyes on something. And that something turns out to be Jericho.

Jericho is extremely hesitant about starting anything with the son of his best friend. And Poe doesn’t care. These two have scorching hot chemistry. This book does have daddy kink in it (and that’s usually not my thing at all), but here, it works. Poe only ever calls his actual father by his first name, Landon. So, when Poe starts calling Jericho daddy, it’s not really all that strange. I’m still weird out when Jericho calls Poe boy (because, being from the South and all, it’s just…got very negative connotations), but I like Jericho enough that it doesn’t really take me out of the scene much. The 17 year age gap between Poe and Jericho is amazingly well done, both when it comes to the characters’ relationship with one another, and how Landon might view them.

The second I saw him, guilt ignited like a fire in my belly. I nearly dropped my coffee cup, as if he could take one look at me and know I’d spent the night thinking about fucking his son’s throat.

Blue is a fascinating character and I can’t wait to read his story. He’s the bad boy in this book, and I can’t wait to see more of his backstory and see him getting a HEA. I loved reading the Poe and Blue dynamic. They’ve been friends for almost a decade now, Poe following Blue’s lead. They tag together as Raven and Azure. It makes me wonder if graffiti will still play a part in future books. I’m assuming yes since that seems to run in Blue’s veins at this point, and I can’t wait to see how he gets along at his new job.

Poe’s dad, Landon, is interesting and could be a potential future love interest (not for Blue, but someone else)? Maybe the new kid who works at his shop? I mean, even Jericho questioned what Landon’s sexuality was. So, yes, I hope Landon can find his HEA too, considering his wife walked out on him and Poe and never looked back. I love the friendship Landon and Jericho have. It’s an easy sort of friendship and I love their interactions with one another once it’s obvious Poe and Jericho are together.

Permanent Ink is a well-written, sexy, addicting book. I loved reading the ins-and-outs of owning and working at a tattoo shop. This is a fantastic start to a new series with co-writing team Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn. I can’t wait to read more books from these authors, and especially in this series!!

***Thanks to Judith at Binge On Books/A Novel Takes PR for the ARC as part of a blog and bookstagram book tour***

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