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


Note: This ARC was provided by Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

A May-December romance between an aimless twenty-three-year-old artist who gets into trouble with his graffiti and a forty-year-old tattooist who's more than willing to teach the kid a lesson or two? Yes, please. In Permanent Ink, Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn join forces and the result was one hell of a hot read that also had a fair amount of heart. When I started the book, I assumed it was a standalone, and when I say "standalone", I mean it isn't part of a series. After having finished it, it screamed series starter to me because hello, there were, at the very least, three supporting characters who needed to get their stories told. Lo and behold, a quick check of the Goodreads link for the title and voila! I come to find out that this IS the first in a new series entitled Art & Soul. I've got a pretty good guess which two people will be part of the next book, but even if I were wrong, you'd hear no complaints from me.

Poe Montgomery is proud of his art; his dad, however, isn't a fan, but maybe that has to do with the fact that Poe's gotten in trouble more than once because of his tagging on public spaces in the past. The latest run-in with the law has Landon Montgomery at a loss, but then his best friend, Permanent Ink owner Jericho McAslan, offers to help out by giving Poe a job manning the front desk of his tattoo shop and maybe even give him an apprenticeship if the guy proves himself worthy. Poe's stubborn streak could do him, and the influence of his best friend isn't exactly doing him any favors either. Maybe he's yet to appreciate this shot given to him by his dad and Jericho, but if it's one thing that he's quick to appreciate, it's how his dad's best friend--and now Poe's boss--looks. The attraction is very much mutual, but Jericho knows better than to become intimately involved with his best friend's son. Right?

I've read books penned by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn--both on their own and with other writing partners--before, and loved their previous work, and I do believe that this new partnership of this is more than promising. I couldn't tell if they swapped chapters or if one wrote for Poe and the other for Jericho because everything just flowed seamlessly, making for a really smooth and enjoyable read. This was a slow burn and it worked well, allowing for some necessary character development to take place on Poe's part, with Jericho coming to certain realizations about himself and Poe later on. Aside from the seventeen-year age difference between Jericho and Poe, I was curious as how everything would play out once Landon--Poe's father and Jericho's best friend--would learn the truth. Permanent Ink was the ideal five-starred series starter, leaving me wanting for more of Art & Soul. ♥

Release Date: 07 August 2017

Date Read: 05 August 2017

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