Title: Permanent Ink
Series: Art and Soul: Book One
Authors: Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Run Time: 7 hours and 7 minutes
Category: Contemporary, Age Gap, Daddy Kink
At a Glance: Kirt Graves gives another remarkable performance here. He explores the light kink and role play aspects of the book without fear, and his ability to draw the listener in and make them pay attention is well beyond the capabilities of most voice actors.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: At 23, 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.
Review: Poe is twenty-three and stuck between adolescence and maturity. When his graffiti tagging gets him arrested, his father bails him out one last time. Poe is told that at twenty-three he should be looking to get out on his own, not living in Dad’s basement and working for pennies just to finance his criminal activity. When Poe’s father mentions all the problems his son is causing to his best friend Jericho, Jericho suggests that Poe take over the receptionist spot in his tattoo parlor. Poe is somewhat reluctant but applies, and despite not wanting to, he does a reasonably good job.
Poe finds himself respecting the work ethic and artistry his new boss exhibits, and all the artists at Permanent Ink. The sticking point is Poe’s old running buddy, Blue. Blue resents Poe’s job, his new apprenticeship to be a tattoo artist, and that a regular job with regular hours has taken Poe away from Blue. Not to mention the fact that Blue seems to be jealous for a reason Poe is not willing to entertain—Blue wants to be in Jericho’s place in Poe’s heart.
Kirt Graves gives another remarkable performance here. He does not shy away from the older/younger dynamic. Both men are allowed to be flirty and snarky as they test out the waters of their new relationship, one Jericho fights, to a point, until he simply cannot resist grabbing Poe and kissing the breath out of him. While the age difference isn’t impossible, it is big enough that each questions his motives. Until Poe calls Jericho Daddy; then the sparks fly and the game is on for both of them.
Graves explores the light kink and role play aspects of the book without fear. His ability to draw the listener in and make them pay attention is well beyond the capabilities of most voice actors. When Jericho tells his best friend, who is also Poe’s father, about their relationship, Jericho is allowed to be vulnerable but still defiant about his desires. When a crime nearly destroys the tattoo shop, both Jericho and Poe are allowed to be at turns angry, defiant, accusatory and passionate. Grave’s voice is very satisfying to the ear. The reactions are true and the voices clear. When passion washes over the two of them, it’s a no-holds-barred affair that makes you want to hear what comes next.
This book may be the first in the series, but if Graves continues with the narrations, the listeners and authors will be so well served that every book will be a must-buy on many lists.
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