Permanent Ink (Art & Soul, #1)

Permanent Ink (Art & Soul, #1)

by Avon Gale, Piper Vaughn

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BN ID: 2940155627067
Publisher: Avaughn Press
Publication date: 03/22/2018
Series: Art & Soul , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 197,729
File size: 462 KB

About the Author

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, she loves them all (and has a two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life… even if it’s only in a book.

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Permanent Ink 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
amatate More than 1 year ago
Permanent Ink is a little tough for me to rate because while there was a lot I really liked about the book, I couldn’t help but feel it was missing something. I enjoy May-December romances because, when done well, there is often a lot of chemistry between characters. Naturally, when I saw the teasers about Permanent Ink featuring an age gap, I was excited. Unfortunately, there initially wasn’t quite as much on page emotional chemistry as I expected. However, I did enjoy the writing style, primary and secondary characters, and plot enough that I definitely plan to continue with this series. I haven’t read anything by Piper Vaughn before, so I can’t speak to how this book measured up to her typical style, but I am a big Avon Gale fan. The even-keeled, casual tone I’ve come to associate with Miss Gale’s writing was present in Permanent Ink, and it made for a pleasant, easy read that was hard to put down. There was no apparent difficulty in blending the two authors’ writing styles either. Rather, the writing and dialogue had a smooth rhythm and a fast pace throughout the book. As much as I like May-December romances, those between the parent’s best friend and the child have me a little more on the fence. In the case of Permanent Ink, that dynamic worked well. Poe and Jericho were very loosely connected when Poe goes to work at Jericho’s tattoo shop, so it never felt odd or uncomfortable once the attraction took hold. I liked the speed at which the relationship between them progressed as well- an immediate spark that grew before the two got together. This gave me a chance to know the characters independently. I found both of them likable, and was eager to get their full individual stories, as well as watch their progression as a couple. I absolutely loved how much Poe’s character steadily developed over the course of the book. So much of those changes happened on page ad it was easily my favorite component of Permanent Ink. I also liked how Poe’s maturation impacted Jericho’s view of life. It demonstrated that full emotional connection between the two men so I saw it was more than just a physical chemistry fueling the relationship. I just wished that connection was evident earlier in the book and developed more on page. Given Poe’s substantial personal growth, that missing component had me feeling the relationship lacked substance right up until those final couple chapters. I also feel like it’s worth noting that there is a “daddy kink” at play in Permanent Ink. I didn’t know that going in, and it caught me a little off guard. Although this isn’t typically a relationship dynamic I seek out, it didn’t dominate the storyline too much or take away from the obvious physical chemistry and heat between Poe and Jericho. While I felt like I was missing a little extra something much of the book, I did like the ending and I was left eager to read about the Poe’s best friend. All in all this was a solid start to the series with great characters, a fun romance, and easy dialogue that has me excited to see what these two authors bring next time. Their styles seem to mesh well right from the start, and I expect it will only get better with each release. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Poe Montgomery is wearing his father’s patience very thin. He’s 23, virtually jobless, and just got picked up, again, for making graffiti art–criminal mischief, in this case. His father, Landon, pours out his woes over Poe’s aimless life to his best friend, Jericho McAslan and Jericho feels a kinship to Poe’s situation. Jericho had been a handful, and far more trouble to his caregivers at a younger age than Poe is now, but he’d been given the opportunity to learn the trade of tattooing and it saved his life. Now, twenty years later, Jericho’s in position to pay it forward, and offers to take Poe on as a receptionist at his tattoo parlor, with the bonus that if he is diligent Jericho will offer him an apprenticeship as a tattoo artist. Poe is a little sulky about the prospect, but he soon is intrigued by the art happening all around him. And, it helps that Jericho is exactly as sexy up-close and personal as Poe had found him when Jericho would pop over for beers with his dad. In fact, Jericho thinks nothing of the age gap between them, and he’s not shy of his interest. Jericho’s undeniably turned on, but he’s also put off by the prospect of damaging his friendship with Landon, and also with the power imbalance in their work relationship. He turns Poe away again and again, but Poe’s attitude only gets worse, and he’s soon in trouble again with his tagging pals–mot notably Blue. Blue wants all of Poe’s attention and he’s not afraid to demand it, which makes their friendship uncomfortable for the first time in years. Blue doesn’t want Poe to learn how to tattoo, or to find a job where he can be supported by his art–because Blue thinks they ought to suffer for it, and it’s all a little off-kilter. Poe hadn’t seen how out-there Blue was until he stepped away and got perspective. He wants a good life, with a good man, and Jericho finally comprehends how good he and Poe could be together. And, it’s super-duper hot, folks. The best of Daddy porn on the page. I don’t want to give away too much more, but I will say that Blue messes things up for Poe and Jericho big time, and it surely ties into the next book in this series. I’ve read a few tattoo-artist romances this summer and this ones just delightful. The age difference was fun to observe, and the relationships between Poe and his dad, Landon, and Landon and Jericho are really awesome. Landon became a father at a young age and raised Poe without help for nearly all his life. The lack of maternal coddling in their youth is a bonding point for Jericho and Poe, and the way Landon manages to not punch Jericho in the face for “exploiting” his boy is charming. I liked all these characters and felt like they were real enough I’d go have a beer with them anytime. I look forward to the next book where I expect Blue will get a strong lesson in adulting, and love. I read a review copy provided by NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solid romance novel. Gritty and steamy with a great cast of interesting characters. A little kinky at times, and somewhat predictable, but a fun read. Personally, I find most romance novels predictable, but in a comforting way, so it isn't a negative to me, more like having a reliable friend. I loved all the different quirks and flaws that the characters have, and how they embrace each others flaws and end up stronger for it. I also loved the back drop of a tattoo parlor and a love of art. This is listed as #1 in the Art & Soul series, so I'm hopeful that this means they're writing more! In the name of transparency, I feel that I should mention that I received a free ARC from NetGalley of this book. That being said, I do not feel compelled to let this affect my judgement of a book.