Permanent Ink

Laura Simcox
Permanent Ink
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Entangled Publishing, LLC
Release Date
August 2014
Book 2 of A Something to Celebrate Novel
Contemporary Romance

Blair Whitaker has one goal: get the hell out of Celebration, NY. Her ticket out is helping the town take the grand prize in a parade contest, which will ensure she lands her dream job. It's a win-win.

Standing in the way is Ben Lambert, a sexy, local tattoo artist whose smile makes her weak. To win the contest, she'll have to sideline his plans for the tattoo festival the town council allowed on the same weekend. But trying to thwart Ben is more than she bargained for, and before she knows it, she's starting to see Celebration–and Ben–as something more than a temporary distraction.

But Blair's in too deep to change directions now. Celebration is behind the parade contest, the mayor revokes the tattoo festival permit, and Blair is on the cusp of getting everything she'd planned. But coming clean will turn Ben against her for good, and going forward means losing what she really wants and hurting the town she's grown to love.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Aug 15, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
174 people found the following review helpful
In a classic case of opposites attract, uptight event planner Blair and laid back tattoo artist Ben find love in the unlikely town of Celebration, NY. With a fun and quirky cast of characters, PERMANENT INK will suck you in quickly and keep you captivated until the last page.

Blair Whitaker needs a fresh start, and she's determined to find it in Celebration, NY. After a spectacular departure from her event planning job in NYC, Blair heads upstate to stay with family and lick her wounds. She realizes quickly that she could help the town take the grand prize in an Independence Day parade contest, which comes with a sweet job offer to boot. Offered the position as the town's event coordinator, nothing is going to stand in her way, even the town's sexy as sin tattoo artist Ben Lambert.

Ben has just been given the OK to hold a huge tattoo festival in the town...too bad it's the same day as Blair's parade! Ordered to work together by the mayor, Blair quickly realizes she'll have to screw over Ben's plans if hers are going to succeed, but once she gets to know the man she can't focus on anything other than her lust for him. The two quickly become addicted to one another, but now Blair's in danger of losing her man once he finds out how far she'll go to win the parade contest.

Blair is on the cusp of wining the contest and leaving town, but she's not sure anymore that she wants to go now that she's fallen in love with Ben and Celebration. Just how far will she go to get what she wants?

PERMANENT INK is a Something to Celebrate novel about the quirky folks of Celebration, NY. I quickly became enraptured by this book and its cast of characters and I truly didn't want the journey to end.

Blair was amazing; I think we all know somebody like her who is uber organized and obsessed with success. Although her reasons don't always seem sane, to a hyper type A personality, they make sense. And how hot was Ben?! Who doesn't love a sexy looking bad boy with a soft personality and heart of gold? Their instant chemistry was explosive; the sexual tension between them kept me in a fog of lust just reading about them! The sex scenes didn't disappoint either; they were passionate and erotic and done just right.

Now, as much as I adored PERMANENT INK, there were points where I was genuinely confused about what exactly Blair was holding back and why. She got blasted from all sides for her duplicity, but I was confused as to what exactly had everyone up in arms. In the end, I wound up knocking Ben down several pegs on my book boyfriend list due to his hissy fits. He got upset over seemingly nothing and was constantly walking away from Blair when she needed him to support her. He begged for her trust but betrayed that by not being there for her when she needed him, acting like a sullen 18-year old boy and ignoring her when she tried to talk to him.

Even so, this book was so incredibly awesome that I was glued to the epages from beginning to end, hoping that the two of them would work things out and become that kick-ass couple I knew they could be. With the HEA that Ms. Simcox gave us, PERMANENT INK turned into one excellent read. I can't wait for more of the town of Celebration!
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