Book Reviews

Permanent Ink (Art & Soul 1) by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / May/December / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 31-August-2017

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

There are several reasons I never had children, and Poe definitely embodies a couple of them. The smart-aleck personality (although he does love his dad) is one, and the other is his lack of ambition at twenty-three to make something of himself, so he isn't living in his dad’s basement for the rest of his life working as a cashier at a gas station, and spending his nights out tagging. Jericho got into plenty of trouble in his teens but his whole life was turned around by a man who believed in him. Jericho is just looking to pay it forward for his best friend's son.

“I didn’t think I’d ever really comprehended what tattoos could mean for people. I wasn’t sure why or how I hadn’t understood, when the art I drew was so intrinsic to me as a person. I got it now.”

Jericho is, hands down, totally drool worthy. Granted, I have a thing for tattooed guys with an attitude, and apparently so does Poe, along with a Daddy fetish. *grins* Poe is bisexual but he always goes for the older people and especially the ones who dominate him. Jericho starts having some fantasies about the “kid”, too, even knowing how wrong it is. When he takes Poe on as an apprentice, it means more time spent together. I was fanning myself more than once due to the sexual tension. Of course, Jericho is doing the whole “this is a mistake” thing, while Poe is doing his damnedest to convince Jericho that it isn't.

In no way, shape, or form, do I want to give the impression that this book is just older guy, younger guy, sex, sex, sex, etc., the end. It's more than that as the characters are complex with real-world issues. Jericho is good for Poe because he appreciates his art, and he listens to Poe when Poe talks about the beauty of graffiti and how it's not just vandalizing, and Jericho gives him a chance to make something of himself. Granted, this doesn't always go seamlessly, since Poe still goes out and tags with his best friend, Blue, and Jericho isn't really fond of Poe putting himself in a position where he could be arrested, again.

It was really wonderful to watch Poe come into his own, not just with his art, but with his sense of self and his responsibilities. It was, however, really sad to watch the disintegration of his friendship with Blue because they were on two different paths now. For Poe, the idea of rappelling off the side of a building - when neither really knew how to use the equipment - was no longer a risk he was willing to take, regardless that Blue said if he walked away they were done. I was proud of Poe at that moment, but so sad to see the friendship suffer.

I love this book! It's a fantastic story, and a great beginning to a series. Jericho and Poe are very (very!) hot together and I really like the way the authors wrote their love story. I'm fairly certain I know who the next book will be about and all I can say is - please hurry!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 249 pages/67800 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-August-2017
Price $4.99 ebook $17.99 paperback, $22.98 bundle
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