Title: Permanent Ink, (2nd Edition)
Author: Jaime Samms
Length: Short Story (63 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 18, 2017)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Blurb: Beauty is only skin deep, but some marks—and what they represent—are impossible to escape.
Eric resents his comfortable college life and the restrictions his family’s expectations put on him. Dwayne, his best friend Angel’s cousin, is a pierced and tattooed ex-con trying to rebuild his life. Eric sees only the tattoos and the way Dwayne’s upbringing have dictated his future. It takes a surprising revelation from Angel to force Eric to see past Dwayne’s defenses to the generous heart beneath and to realize it’s time for him to break free of his own instilled beliefs. The men can’t keep apart, and they gradually learn that everything they thought they knew about each other might be wrong.
Opposites attract as two men from very different backgrounds move from enemies to lovers in a story of understanding, compassion, and redemption.
This story was previously published through Pink Petal Books in 2011.
Review: Eric has been friends with Angel for quite some time. Dwayne is Angel’s cousin who has had a harsh life. He went to prison for something he did not do to protect someone he loved. Eric however just sees his tattoos and the fact that Dwayne is an ex-con. Angel helps him to learn that there is more to see in Dwayne.
At first I wasn’t really too sure about this story. It is about a young man changing his life around even though he was not guilty in the first place. Another to learn that what you see is not always the truth. It is a very good story and very touching in its way. My only problem was that it was just hard to actually get into, which is strange since it was a short story. It was fully developed which was amazing because most short stories seem to be missing something to make them rock. This one really didn’t feel that way.
I really liked the characters although I felt like smacking Eric upside the head through it all. The ending was what rocked it for me.
Overall the story was very good, it just wasn’t really my kind of story.