Friday, October 18, 2013

Permanent by Kim Carmichael ....ARC review by Kathy

~Blurb-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.

 This book is about Lindsay and Shane. She is Shane's new neighbor and a buttoned up accountant. Shane is the hottest tattoo artist in Hollywood. He knows everyone and everyone loves him. They meet the first time 4 days after Lindsay moves in next door. There is a minor accident that requires medical attention.

"My name is Lindsay Stevens." her knees buckled.
He rushed to her side. Her tremble vibrated through him,but she managed to raise her head.
"I'm your neighbor."
 "I gathered." He chuckled and pulled her toward him for support and a chance to take another peek at those good girl baby blues. She was exactly the type of girl that loved but hated his type. His gallant efforts were the key to winning this woman over.
  Carson returned. "What's going on?"
 "This is Lindsay." With his arm around her he guided his little charge toward the door.
  Before they stepped outside she stopped and looked up at him, her focus going right to his Mohawk.
 "I'll take you to Urgent Care and then I'll marry you."He tilted his head down. Girls loved the Mohawk. "The odds are with you on that one."
Shane is in dire need of an accountant and talks Lindsay into helping him out with the IRS. Lindsay is used to people just wanting things from her and not wanting her.There is chemistry with these two but lots of misunderstood emotions.

There is a great group of people at Permanent Tattoo. Ivan is Shane's best friend. Emily is his sister. Carson is his younger brother and apprentice. Then there is Dillon his older brother. Let me just say that Dillon is a Douche. I did not like him, thought he was an ass and well a douche. He kept getting between Lindsay and Shane and trying to make them doubt each other.

 The woman nodded. "Some girls love the bad boys."
 Lindsay wiped a small trickle of sweat from her temple while she ached to enlighten the woman on who the bad boy in the family really was.
 "Shane just wants to parade her around as part of a show," Dillon whispered.
 She couldn't help but straighten, priming for action, she just didn't know what kind.
 "That place is disgusting.She's trying to be something she's not and once she realizes that, or the place goes under, she'll run back to where she belongs." He punctuated his statement with a nod.
 Words could be worse than weapons. She tossed the spoon aside not even realizing she stood until she glared down at Dillon. " I can tell you what's disgusting."
 He looked up at her with a cocky grin. She had vowed never to take that kind of crap from anyone again. She slapped his face. The sting resonated from her palm throughout her body, and silence enveloped the room. One glance told her she'd made a terrible mistake and she ran.
 Shane watched Lindsay race from the room as if it was on fire.
 "What the hell?" With his hand over his cheek, Dillon stood and pointed at his brother. "She's psycho!"
 "You ass." Emily threw her glass at Dillon splashing water across the table and dousing him."I hate you."She burst into tears.
 Shane shot up fast enough to knock his chair over and grabbed his brother's collar, thrusting him back. "What did you do?"
 Dillon tripped and fell, toppling both his chair and Lindsay's.
 Emily pointed. "He's a jerk and Lindsay put him in his place. I only wish she would have kicked him where it counts."
 "You're a dead man." Every protective DNA molecule in his body fired off at once and Shane dashed after Lindsay, stopping in front of the bathroom to the sound of her crying.

What i liked about the book...
  I loved the flirting from Shane. He made me laugh. I loved that Lindsay thought that his tattoo's are art and not just flash. The whole opposites attract theme is especially dear to my heart and they are definitely opposite. She didn't even have pierced ears but she could tell you the difference in the types of tattoo's. I loved that the author included that information in the book. I think it made the book much more believable. The family love that you could see straight from the start. Whether it was true family or friends that were like family.

What I didn't like about the book...
  I didn't really like the subplot with her "Real" job. I found it a little disappointing that she knew that they were doing wrong but she didn't do anything about it. I didn't like that the book did not go into any real depth with Dillon or what happened. No I didn't like Dillon but would have liked to know if he can be redeemed. And as this is the start of a series that may happen later on but, i want to know now. I found it a little slow in places. I didn't like the letters Shane kept from her.

 Overall I liked the book and will catch the others in the series. I really need to know why Dillon is such a Douche. I am going to give the book 3 clocks.
Review is based on ARC copy. Review by Kathy Lee Herbst.

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