Monday, August 7, 2017

Release Day Blitz ~Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaugh (Review + Giveaway)

Release Day Blitz ~Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaugh (Review + Giveaway)

Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Series: Art & Soul, #1

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release Date (Print & Ebook): August 7, 2017

Length (Print & Ebook): 68K

Subgenre: Contemporary

This book includes: Daddy kink and an age gap

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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.
Piper Vaughn and Avon Gale have this to say: we hope people enjoy spending time with our characters as much as we do!

Quotes about the book:

After reading Permanent Ink, I wanted to get tattooed and go on a graffiti mural tour, but not before rereading the sex scenes. This writing duo is dynamite, and the chemistry between the characters becomes explosive the further you read. Not to be missed!

-Santino Hassell, RITA nominated author of the Five Boroughs and Cyberlove series

Select brief quotes from the book:

I wanted to touch him so bad it was as if my hands had turned to iron and his skin had suddenly been magnetized. It felt like a fucking compulsion.

I couldn’t help it—the more Poe toed the line, the more I was aware of his physical attributes and how goddamn hot he was when he wasn’t running that sulky mouth of his.

I took another pull from my beer, letting my tongue linger on the lip of the bottle.
Jericho’s eyes darkened. He stared for a second before making a noticeable effort to tear his attention away. His gaze slid to the side, and his brows knitted together. I wouldn’t let him ignore me, though. I stepped closer, invading his personal space, and he met my stare again.
“That means a lot coming from you. I know how good you are.” I meant the words, even if my motivation for saying them wasn’t entirely pure. I smiled at him, peering up through the dark fall of my hair, letting my interest show.
His lips quirked.
This close, I could feel his heat through the thin material of his navy T-shirt. This close, I could see the green striations in his hazel irises. This close, I could smell soap and musk and the faint scent of beer on his breath. 
I wanted to touch him so bad it was as if my hands had turned to iron and his skin had suddenly been magnetized. It felt like a fucking compulsion.
Without thinking, I kissed him.
Jericho froze at the contact. But I surged forward, crowding him back against the counter and licking at the seam of his lips, inviting his tongue out to play. Jericho gave into me with a quiet sound, a muffled groan that made my cock stiffen.
I got enough of his taste to make me crave more, enough time to think “hell yeah” and start to consider humping his hard thigh—before a loud, shattering noise broke the silence and made us jump apart.
I realized I’d dropped the beer bottle and a puddle of golden liquid was spreading across the linoleum at our feet. “Oh shit.”
Jericho stared at me, his mouth still wet from mine. “Fuck.” His gaze went from me to the broken glass on the floor. “Fuck. That should not have happened.” He snatched the roll of paper towels from the holder on the counter and started spreading a few on the floor to sop up the beer.
I watched him, trying to swallow past the sudden tightness in my throat. He was so focused on the mess it was obvious he didn’t want to look at me.
“I’ll go get the cleaning stuff,” I announced.
Jericho’s jerky nod was my only answer.
I went to the small utility closet across the hall and briefly thudded my forehead against the wood.
I hoped I hadn’t just fucked up my apprenticeship.
I hoped I hadn’t made things super fucking awkward.
And more than that, in spite of knowing it was probably wrong to want him—he was my boss, my mentor, my dad’s best friend—I wished I hadn’t dropped that stupid bottle.

4.5 Stars!!!

Jericho steps up to help his best friend's son, Poe, when he ends up in jail after being caught doing graffiti. His friend, Landon, is at the end of his patience and Jericho once had someone help him out when he messed up when he was a teenager and wants to pay it forward. So, Jericho ends up hiring Poe up as receptionist at his tattoo shop, Permanent Ink, with the possibility of taking him in as his apprentice if Poe cleans up his act. What he didn't count on was the chemistry between him and Poe or how difficult it would be to keep his hands off the boy with Poe tempting him at every turn. 

Poe is attracted to his father's friend and doesn't care about the age difference, Jericho is hot and Poe wants him. However, there are other things at play like Landon's reaction when he finds out and his friend, Blue's reaction to Poe's apprenticeship and their graffiti taking a second place. 

I loved Jericho. He was hard-working and mature. I liked the way he treated Poe, not exactly like an equal at first, but very patiently and obviously wanting to help him. He was willing to listen to Poe and even if he didn't agree with some of what he did or say, he didn't try to impose his views on him. 

I liked Poe a lot, too. Even if there were times in which I wanted to slap some sense into him. At 23, he could come across as immature in some senses. Seeing how nicely Landon treated him and how Poe still rebelled made me kind of angry. Really, Landon was a saint, of course he wasn't perfect, but he did what he could for his son. However, I have to say that I loved to see Poe grow up before my eyes and see appreciate what both Landon and Jericho had done for him, defending himself and his choices to Blue after he fell in love with tattooing and Jericho was awesome. I loved to see how his relationship evolved with Jericho, first as worker-boss, then as apprentice-mentor and finally, as partners. It was gradual, despite the attraction that burned deep between them, a bit of a slow burn if one considers the time that really passed and not just the in-page action. I really enjoyed seeing the sparks fly between them, they were just so sexy together and the daddy kink was très hot, but neither the kink or the age gap issue overtook the story, which was a great touch!

I loved Landon and I thought his reaction to his best friend and son dating was perfect and true to what he'd seen of his character. I didn't particularly care for Blue, he was a twatsicle, but I saw room for redemption there at the end, which can make for great character development. I really hope the authors will give us his story at some point in the series, maybe with Callum? *bats eyelashes*

All in all, this was a fantastic start to the series and I'm hooked already! The collaboration was seamless and engaging and I just couldn't get enough of Jericho and Poe! I will be looking forward to the next installment in the series and hopefully getting glimpses of them then. 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Author Bio:

Avon Gale was once the mayor on Foursquare of Jazzercise and Lollicup, which should tell you all you need to know about her as a person. She likes road trips, rock concerts, drinking Kentucky bourbon and yelling at hockey. She’s a displaced southerner living in a liberal midwestern college town, and she never gets tired of people and their stories—either real or the ones she makes up in her head.

Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary Agency.

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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 a three-thousand-book library to prove it!).
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. 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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  1. Thank you for the review!
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  2. Congrats on the new release! I loved the book.