Review: Permanent Ink, by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Permanent Ink Gale-Vaughn

by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Released: August 7, 2017 by Riptide Publishing
Word count: 67,800
Genre: contemporary, erotic, mild D/s themes


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, by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn, is an eye-opening view into the complex world of two of the world’s oldest art forms—graffiti and tattoos. With a perfect blend of emotion, romance, and seriously some of the hottest love scenes I’ve read in a while, the authors constructed a fast-paced, couldn’t-put-it-down story that not only made me want more of these characters, but also sparked an interest in learning more about the characters’ love of two unorthodox forms of artistic expression.

I never liked tattoos that much. A few were okay (my husband has some) but when I saw a person whose arms and legs covered with ink, I tended to shy away. I’m not sure why, either. Maybe it was because I wrongly assumed that tattoos were a sign of rebellion—a permanent “screw you” to parents and authority figures. I was wrong, though. I simply didn’t know enough about those tattoos and the people who proudly wore the art before I cast judgment.

As society has become more accepting of body art, whether it’s ink, piercing, or some other modification, literature has also broadened its horizons. I’ve read a few gay romance books about tattooing, Permanent Ink was one of my favorites. When Poe, a graffiti artist whose luck has run out, suddenly finds himself working as tattoo artist Jericho’s receptionist, it’s clear he doesn’t know much or care about what’s going on around him. But when he becomes Jericho’s apprentice, and learns more about the clients whose personal histories are permanently displayed on their skin for the world to see, Poe begins to appreciate tattoos as the art form they truly are.

Graffiti has also become marginally more accepted as a viable art form in recent decades, but unlike tattoos, I think the majority of people still consider graffiti as an act of vandalism. In some cases, I agree with this assessment, but what about our earliest ancestors, who began painting cave walls over 10,000 years ago? Were they vandals? I don’t think so.

In Permanent Ink, the juxtaposition between tattoos and graffiti is very interesting. While Poe—and through his experience, the reader—learns more about his boss’s ink-fueled world, Jericho begins to see that graffiti can have meaning, too. It’s not only about leaving your mark and claiming your territory. The complex painted compositions can say just as much about its artist as a tattoo says about its bearer.

Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn have crafted a book that is as educational as it is entertaining—a story full of love, lust, paint and ink.




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