8.3.2014 | Sunday

Permanent Ink

category: Book Reviews

Permanent Inktitle: Permanent Ink
author: Laura Simcox
series: Something to Celebrate #2
published: 14 August 2014
genre(s): contemporary, humor, romance
pages: 318
source: author
format: eARC
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rating: four-half-stars | series rating: four-stars
WARNING: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

the blurb

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.

my review

I love this Something to Celebrate series!  The first book, Ivy Entwined, introduced us to a small town in central New York, Celebration.  This latest book, Permanent Ink, has many of the characters from the first book that I loved, as well as some new faces to Celebration.  I can’t deny that as a inked and steeled mama, I love Ben Lambert, the tattooed hunk of manliness at the front and center of this book!

This one centers around Blair and Ben.  Blair has come to Celebration from NYC to stay with her Aunt Lola (whom we met in the first book) after her life took a downward turn.  Blair is in a bad place in her life, ambitious and wanting more for herself.  Coming home with her tail between her legs was never part of her plan.  But she finds an unexpected opportunity in Celebration, one that could get her career back on track.  But then there is Ben, a inked hottie with a big heart, and more than a few secrets of his own.

While Blair and Ben are our main characters, there is a whole cast of supporting characters that are as nutty as the others, some of whom we met in the last book.  Ivy, Marcus, and Ivy’s crazy grandmother are back, the latter of whom was one of my favorites.  Ben’s friend and mentor Grizz is hilarious and clearly the father figure in Ben’s life.  And then there is Starling…!  This chick was nuts in so many ways, but an interesting character with a story line of her own that pretty much tore me up.

This is what I love so much about these books.  So many of the characters, whether main or supporting, have their own story lines that are fantastic.  They may not be the focus of the story, but they are just as interesting.  The author has a way of making you feel like you are a member of the community, invested in the characters as you would be with a friend.

Things to love…

  • The crazy characters.  Some of them are certifiably nuts but so much fun!
  • The story lines.  Some of the story lines are funny, but many of them are deep and heart wrenching.

This is a book that could probably be read as a standalone, but it is so much more if you read Ivy Entwined first.  This is a great book with a great story and fantastic characters!

About Laura Simcox

After spending twenty years in professional theater as a costume designer, with a few of those years also spent as a college instructor, Laura abandoned the nomadic lifestyle to sit in a comfy pleather office chair at a beat up ginormous second hand oak desk and write. The result? Romance novels! Her favorite thing ever since she was, oh, about twelve. She is thrilled to be counted among the romance authors of this world and enjoys reading all genres. She writes contemporary, light novels and enjoys creating quirky characters and funny dialogue. Sometimes it’s even juvenile dialogue, but hey, who couldn’t use a dose of silly humor every now and then? Still, the love story is the focus and Laura has a huge soft spot for a sappy, happy ending.

Laura lives in North Carolina with her husband (true love is real!) and her adorable, high energy four year old son who is currently obsessed with Curious George. And that’s cool, because she loves him too.

Laura is represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.

Rating Report
Overall: four-half-stars

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