Hi! This is Piper Vaughn and Avon Gale and we’re here today to talk about our sexy new contemporary romance, Permanent Ink, in which the worlds of street art and tattooing collide when a silver-fox tattoo artist falls for his much younger apprentice – who also happens to be his best friend’s son.
About Permanent Ink
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.
Now available from Riptide Publishing: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/permanent-ink
I absolutely adored this book. I have yet to come across an Avon Gale book that I haven’t loved, and while I’m less familiar with Piper Vaughn’s books, their combined style is powerful yet light, perfectly combining steam and sweetness and a touch of angst. There’s a lot to love about Permanent Ink.
There are so many amazing characters here. There’s Poe, the 23-years-old, aimless, rebellious artist that spends his days working at a gas station, his nights writing graffiti with his friend Blue and getting into trouble with the police and his father. There’s Jericho, a tattoo artist and shop owner in his early 40’s who wants to pay forward the help he received as a teen and offers to give Poe, Jericho’s best friend Landon’s son, a job and maybe even a career. Then you have the side characters – Landon, who lives a pretty quiet life between his auto mechanic shop, beers and tattoos with his friend Jericho, and wanting his son to find a purpose in life. Blue, Poe’s troubled best friend struggling to come to terms with Poe’s life moving forward without him. Callum, Jericho’s friend and ex who is flirty and smart and funny. Bottom line, the characters are incredibly well done and brought a lot of life to the story, main character or not.
Jericho is the quintessential silver fox. He’s handsome and built and prematurely grey. He’s got a commanding presence that drives Poe to obey and impress him – and fulfills Poe’s desire for older men and women. Oh, and his daddy kink. The romance is really slow burn and felt very real. There’s no insta-love, not even insta-lust. They don’t jump into bed immediately. Poe turns his flirting game up to 11 but Jericho tries to keep his head on his shoulders, tries to be the responsible boss and mentor he thinks Poe needs. Eventually, their shared attraction can’t be denied anymore, and when they get together… Whoo boy. It’s hot. Not just physically, but emotionally. The slow build to their relationship laid a great foundation for the kind of emotional connection I love to read between characters.
The best thing, in my opinion, is the growth of the characters from the beginning to the end. It’s expected that Poe is going to show some growth, given his aimlessness at the start. But he doesn’t exchange one part of his life for another. Instead, he incorporates the new parts of his life (tattooing, Jericho, etc) in with the old, and he doesn’t take crap from anyone who tries to get him to stop writing graffiti. He loves it, he has strong reasons for doing it, and he stays true to himself while also finding room for the new passions in his life. Jericho, who on the surface seems to have it all together, also shows remarkable growth. He sheds some of his loneliness, some of his stubbornness, and sees some of his past experiences in a new light. Opening his heart to Poe brights a lightness and openness to him that’s well-needed. However, for both Jericho and Poe, none of the growth is driven by the idea of, “love fixes all.” The changes these characters exhibit come from themselves and the way they react to the things happening in their lives.
I adored this story and can’t wait for more! It is pretty easy to infer who the next book is going to be about and I’m alllllll there for it. Can’t wait!
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for review on OMGReads.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve been excited about this book for quite a while now being a fan of both of the authors and also from the great testimonial by Santino Hassell. The premise had me hooked straightaway and I just knew I’d be in for a good time reading it. The story is about Poe, recalcitrant 20 something, living in his father’s basement with no real aim in life apart from going out tagging and Jericho, at nearly twice Poe’s age, who’s a solid, respected tattoo shop owner. Poe is the son of Jericho’s best friend Landon and as a favour to Landon, Jericho offers Poe a job working the front desk at the shop with the possibility of a tattooing apprenticeship under Jericho. What follows is the start of a relationship that evolved from pissed-off boss and can’t-really-be-arsed employee into mutual respect and then into something I don’t think either of them expected. At the beginning, I couldn’t really see how they would end up even tolerating each other in the workplace, never mind anything going further, but each stage of the relationship seemed to deepen so naturally and was told so well, as we found out more about each of the characters pasts and what made them tick. The daddy kink aspect of their relationship just did it for me too, it wasn’t over the top and overly focused on and it was so very hot. I liked all the music mentions too such as Sublime and Run the Jewels and just the whole setting of the book being in the tattoo and tagging world, it had me hooked! The humour in the book was a blast, so many snarky one liners that had me smiling away. I knew I’d enjoy this book but it honestly surpassed all my expectations, it passed muster and then some with the slow burn, the humour, enough heat to start a fire and most importantly, love. The supporting characters were really intriguing; Blue, Landon (raddest Dad ever!) and Aeryn at Perkatory (love that name) so it’ll be interesting to hear more of them. This was everything I wanted in a book; it gave me that good-book-glow and that requisite hangover where I’ll need a break before starting something else. I really can’t wait to see what comes next in the Art & Soul series.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads.
About Avon Gale
Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal Midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert, and will never say no to candy.
At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.
Connect with Avon:
- Website: avongalewrites.com
- Blog: avongalewrites.com/category/blog/
- Facebook: facebook.com/avongalewrites
- Twitter: @avongalewrites
- Pinterest: pinterest.com/avongalewrites/
- Instagram: instagram.com/avongale/
About Piper Vaughn
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, sci-fi, she loves them all (and has an over-two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She’s an avid tea drinker, a hockey fanatic, a vintage typewriter collector, and loves to travel so much she has “wanderlust” tattooed on her ankle and dozens of countries on her bucket list. Recently, she discovered the world of nail art and realized she’s pretty handy with a paintbrush—as long as it’s a miniature one.
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. She currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son, and a cat that has Piper wrapped around her little paw. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life … even if it’s only in a book.
Connect with Piper:
- Website: http://pipervaughn.com/
- Blog: https://pipervaughn.wordpress.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pipervaughn
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/pipervaughn
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pipervaughn7/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piper.vaughn/
- Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104698982870458063898
To celebrate the release of Permanent Ink, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card and a “Poe” coffee mug! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 12, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.
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