Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while and was excited to get the chance to review it. For the most part there wasn’t a big amount of drama in this story but that was fine with me. Poe hasn’t found any real direction for his life but Jericho gives him the chance to find one or at least clean up his life.
Poe is a bit resistant to finding another outlet for his art but soon finds how much he can really do with tattooing. Jericho was rescued by someone when he was in trouble when he was younger and thinks that’s what he’s doing with Poe. I loved seeing these two work through their feelings while trying to navigate their current friendships. It was great to be able to see how both of these characters felt about each other and how they are willing to compromise. I look forward to reading more in this series.
This is the first story I have listened to by Kirt Graves and he did a great job narrating this story. He did a wonderful job of portraying the characters’ emotions and feelings. The different voices he used for the characters helped me to keep track of what was going on and the characters’ personality.
Cover art by Natasha Snow is great and I love the visual of Jericho.
Audiobook, 7hrs 7min
Published February 20, 2018 (ebook first published August 7, 2017) by Riptide Publishing
Edition Language: English