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.
There’s something about daddy kink that’s just doesn’t sound that good to me, but the authors showed me I was right trying to push my boundaries a little more. PERMANENT INK was an amazing first collaboration of two truly talented authors.
Jericho is trying to help his best friend’s son to get out of a path of self-destruction by offering him a job in his tattoo shop. The attraction between them is something they can’t keep hiding for much longer and what started as only a job might end up being so more than it was supposed to, heating up the rooms of the renowned shop.
Jericho was a great character, his reaction to the events that were developing felt very realistic, not only about his relationship with Poe but towards any issue that came his way. He wasn’t perfect, he had some flaws that made him a more believable character. That is definitely something that I look for when I read a book. Poe was very different than Jericho, he was a nice character too, but he had a great ability to make me mad all the time. He was just so frustrating. He seemed way younger than he really was, but maybe that’s what made him a fantastic character because it was easier to see the personal growth, without leaving out of the picture what made him who he is. The way their relationship developed was okay, though there was too much lust for my taste at the beginning, which worked fine for the story, but I did believe they care for each other in the end. Something I enjoyed a lot was the passion both main characters had for what they do, the time spent sharing some of the stories behind the tattoos was very great.
The plot was good; it had a hopeful message and the writing was very good too. The book is low in angst, it doesn’t lack it completely but I guess it was tolerable.
Overall it was a great book. I think anyone who likes M/M books might like it. It does have Daddy kink, which might not be okay for every reader, but I wasn’t fond of it either and I enjoyed the book so much.