DIVERSE READ: Gay MC + Bisexual MC
Genres: Romance, M/M, Contemporary
Synopsis: 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.
Permanent Ink is the perfect book to get anyone out of a book slump. The book starts right where the action takes place without wasting time introducing you to the characters’ backgrounds and setting they live in which made me dive deep into this book from the first page. The story follows a gay tattoo artist named Jericho who takes Poe, a rebellious bisexual 20-something, under his wing as an apprentice. The apprenticeship is created to keep Poe in line, but his undeniable chemistry with Jericho calls to him just as much as tattooing does.
This novel was so fun to read because it had a romance filled with tension (my favorite), an age gap, and had the two main characters bonding over art/tattooing. It discusses the struggles Poe has with his love for graffiti that has gotten him into trouble in the past versus his new job at the tattoo parlor where he is learning discipline and how to create tattoos, which are spoken about in depth.
What kept me at a distance with this book was the fact that I feel like I didn’t know that much about Jericho as a character. His past and personality didn’t shine out to me, so I felt like he was held at a distance. Poe’s problems and personality were showcased more in this novel, so the balance between both main characters was off and affected my overall enjoyment of the novel. I wish we glimpsed more into both men’s pasts and had their personality developed more because I would have liked to have learned more about them in the end.
*I received an E-ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*