M/M Novels

Permanent Ink Novel (Art & Soul Series)

Novel: Permanent Ink

Author: Piper Vaughn, Avon Gale

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Released: 2017

Part of Book Series: Art & Soul Series (Book #1)

Summary: 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.

Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.

Although I know Permanent Ink highlights a May-December relationship, I did not expect a daddy kink, but thankfully, the authors did a very good job at not making it the essence of the relationship Jericho and Poe has which I think would lose the integrity of the whole story. As far as fetishes go, I don’t like when they were too heavily featured in a book. I try to avoid BDSM as much as possible but I’m open to occasional mentions of certain kinks in books I read.

In my opinion, this book is very well done. The authors definitely knew the key elements of the setting, or at least did a thorough research on it (I’m talking about graffiti arts and tattoo business). I liked that Jericho is not the typical rich sugar daddy character. It was refreshing to have a silver fox who is not in a suit and tie. Instead, he was covered in aesthetic tattoos and could win a cussing match against a petulant youngster. I was also happy with the fact that Poe is already twenty-three, which to me is not that young and didn’t guilt me into thinking that he was a naive or innocent young man. I liked the fact that their feelings took time to develop rather than insta-love.

The supporting characters – Landon, Blue and Callum – felt like essential pieces in this book rather than just something that were thrown in to move the story along. When I first read this book a few years ago, I didn’t know that it was going to be a series, so I suspect that Callum and Blue would be the main star of the next installment (if that ever happens) and I’m also predicting that Landon – Poe’s father – might get his own book what with the hint on the new young mechanic that started working for him in this one. Four years had passed since this book was published, but no news on the next installment, so I’m wondering if the authors had dropped the project.

Back to the daddy kink, I loved the fact that Jericho and Poe kept their play in the bedroom and out of the professional and public eye. I also adore the skater boy x tattoo artist love match; it’s rare, interesting and it worked so well in the story. I’m pretty pleased with this book as a whole.

I hope the authors will do something about the rest of the books in this series soon!

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A former otaku, I have retired from manga and anime and found my love in M/M novels. I have a soft spot for angst with happily ever after, but a little critical on cliches. I like uncomplicated stories, a little hint of mystery and crime as well as something that is not too heavy on the drama.

I read and write mostly in English. Unfortunately, since I started late with my English studies, I am still working on it. I'm pretty much well versed in context, but don't count too much on my grammar.