Permanent (Indelibly Marked #1)
Published October 7, 2013
What is Permanent?
Always on the outside looking in, accountant, Lindsay Stevens, has calculated her transformation from a small town, nerdy bookkeeper to a sleek, high-powered accountant down to the last penny. With all her checks finally in balance, she moves to California to start a new life free of her embarrassing past she never wants revealed.
As Hollywood’s hottest tattoo artist, Shane Elliott thrives on standing out. Charismatic and free of commitments, he travels through life with a wink and a smile, hiding the letters he receives from the IRS as if they don’t exist. Now with bills to pay and tax collectors breathing down his back, for the first time in his life Shane can’t charm his way out of his situation. However, when his new neighbor literally falls into his life, he knows he has struck gold once again.
Though Lindsay tries to keep her distance, she suddenly finds herself trying to hide her true self as she thrust into a world she doesn’t think she belongs, but can’t resist. In his good-time life, Shane must discover there is more to life than a party if he wants something more.
With their lives intertwined, the two must learn accept each other, themselves and their love.
Worlds collide as they decide what is truly permanent.
Permanent is the first book in the Indelibly Marked Series that follows the lives and loves of those surrounding Permanent Tattoo.
Permanent is the first book in a new series by Kim Carmicheal. I so fell in love with all the characters and I’m looking forward to the next book. I enjoyed that not all things were revealed from the start, some only coming to light in the last few chapters.
Shane Elliot is a tattooed man with a Mohawk, the total bad boy image, yet he has a heart of gold. Permanent Ink is Shane’s shop where there is a wonderful wealth of secondary characters. Emily, Carson, Shane’s sister and brother along with his best friend Ivan, are lovable, and just as important, without taking away from Shane and Lindsay’s story. I’m really hoping to see more from them in the next book. Even though Shane has this bad boy image, his shop is in trouble with the IRS.
Lindsay Stevens is a bit OCD and an accountant from Ohio, who worked in her father’s office. She comes to California to reinvent herself. To do things her own way to prove to herself and family she can. Lindsay is always planning things out and is a fun character to read about. You find yourself at times rooting her on, or shaking your head.
Shane and Lindsay meet when she is trying to hang a picture while breaking in her new high heels. No, that doesn’t go so well and she falls making a loud thud that Shane hears next door. Worried that his new, possibly elderly, neighbor has hurt themselves, Shane literally breaks down the door to get in, to make sure they are okay. What he finds is the sweet, innocent, sexy Lindsay. From this point on the story only gets better and better!
What starts out as Lindsay helping Shane with his IRS problem, soon turns and heats up between the two of them. Shane’s charm and lovable ways start to break down Lindsay’s inner turmoil, but she has secrets she’s not sure Shane can accept.
This book was full of discovery of the characters and family. When Shane’s jerk of a brother Dillon shows up, you find yourself wanting to hate Dillon, yet hope that at some point down the road he makes things right. It was a fun read and very hard to put down. The misunderstanding between the two were fun, believable and had you shaking your head. I loved the banter between them all and the sexual tension between Shane and Lindsay was just right. This book is a must read and I for one, am looking forward to the next book. ( Yes the Characters stayed with me for a few days )
~Tamera McIntosh, Guest Reviewer for Book Reads and Reviews
Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her need for graphic sex scenes and love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.