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    Fun collaborative start to series

    Permanent Ink is a little tough for me to rate because while there was a lot I really liked about the book, I couldn’t help but feel it was missing something. I enjoy May-December romances because, when done well, there is often a lot of chemistry between characters. Naturally, when I saw the teasers about Permanent Ink featuring an age gap, I was excited. Unfortunately, there initially wasn’t quite as much on page emotional chemistry as I expected. However, I did enjoy the writing style, primary and secondary characters, and plot enough that I definitely plan to continue with this series. I haven’t read anything by Piper Vaughn before, so I can’t speak to how this book measured up to her typical style, but I am a big Avon Gale fan. The even-keeled, casual tone I’ve come to associate with Miss Gale’s writing was present in Permanent Ink, and it made for a pleasant, easy read that was hard to put down. There was no apparent difficulty in blending the two authors’ writing styles either. Rather, the writing and dialogue had a smooth rhythm and a fast pace throughout the book. As much as I like May-December romances, those between the parent’s best friend and the child have me a little more on the fence. In the case of Permanent Ink, that dynamic worked well. Poe and Jericho were very loosely connected when Poe goes to work at Jericho’s tattoo shop, so it never felt odd or uncomfortable once the attraction took hold. I liked the speed at which the relationship between them progressed as well- an immediate spark that grew before the two got together. This gave me a chance to know the characters independently. I found both of them likable, and was eager to get their full individual stories, as well as watch their progression as a couple. I absolutely loved how much Poe’s character steadily developed over the course of the book. So much of those changes happened on page ad it was easily my favorite component of Permanent Ink. I also liked how Poe’s maturation impacted Jericho’s view of life. It demonstrated that full emotional connection between the two men so I saw it was more than just a physical chemistry fueling the relationship. I just wished that connection was evident earlier in the book and developed more on page. Given Poe’s substantial personal growth, that missing component had me feeling the relationship lacked substance right up until those final couple chapters. I also feel like it’s worth noting that there is a “daddy kink” at play in Permanent Ink. I didn’t know that going in, and it caught me a little off guard. Although this isn’t typically a relationship dynamic I seek out, it didn’t dominate the storyline too much or take away from the obvious physical chemistry and heat between Poe and Jericho. While I felt like I was missing a little extra something much of the book, I did like the ending and I was left eager to read about the Poe’s best friend. All in all this was a solid start to the series with great characters, a fun romance, and easy dialogue that has me excited to see what these two authors bring next time. Their styles seem to mesh well right from the start, and I expect it will only get better with each release. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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    This one totally worked for me...

    A good story, is a good story, is a good story and this one was for me a step above good. When i can read something that contains a topic that I have to be honest is one I tend to avoid and really enjoy the story anyways and not be bothered by that particular aspect...well, for me it says a lot about what an amazing job the authors did with this book. Ok, so confession time. I took a short break here and went poking around at some other reviews because I have to admit as much as I enjoyed this story I was surprised by the fact that the 'daddy kink' didn't really bother me and I think I found my explanation in reviews written by fellow reviewers whom I respect and definitely consider to be more knowledgeable about this topic and according to those reviews the 'daddy kink' in this story is 'mild' and/or not representative of 'true daddy kink'. This makes sense to me so I'm good with that and since I wasn't really looking for 'daddy kink' it in no way changes how much I enjoyed the story. The age gap here is 17 years and even though I've essentially gotten past my whole age gap issue. I have to admit this is a big gap in my eyes but things worked. it was a combination of the blind optimism of youth that was exhibited by Poe's belief that age is just a number and don't misunderstand in many ways it is and in all honesty thank heavens for the optimism that we have in our youth it's what frequently gives us the faith and courage to step beyond the boundaries that we set for ourselves as we get older. We got to see Poe do a lot of growing up in this story. He learned from his mistakes and as he did he also redefined who he was and what he wanted from life. He went from being a son who Landon loved but was at his wits end as to what the do with him to being a son, Landon could be proud of and a man that Jericho could truly love and be partners with. I also totally understood Jericho's perspective while the age gap frequently bothered him and he was the one who more often than not brought it up. I liked that he also seemed to come to the realization that sometimes when something works and it feels right you just have to go for it. Let it happen, seize the day whatever adage you want to apply. Jericho finally accepted that he and Poe were good for each other and they were good together...it worked for them and really at the end of the day isn't that what matters most that a relationship is good and the people involved are happy and where they want to be. Along with Jericho and Poe who I truly would love more of we are given Poe's father Landon and honestly I'd love a story for him. Landon...hot men, fast cars...I can so get behind this idea... mmmmmmm...yummy and then there's also Callum. Callum strikes me as someone who's story could be fascinating to say the least. Along with Landon and Callum we are given Poe's best friend Blue, I'm really torn on how I feel about Blue part of me wants to just smack him upside the head and tell him what a total douchecanoe he was for the things he did another part of me wants to feed him milk and cookies and help him see that he's worth so much more than he gives to himself and that he deserves some happy and love too but maybe he needs to learn to value and respect himself first so that other people will value and respect him as well. Lastly we have Pete one of the tattoo artist in Jericho's shop we don't really see much of the grumpy dude but again I think there might be an intriguing story there. 'Permanent Ink' was an excellent start to 'Art & Soul' a new series by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn and I'm really looking forward to adding this to my reading list.
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