Book Reivew: Permanent by Kim Carmichael

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Synopsis

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.

Angela’s 4 Star Review

Lindsay Stevens is from Ohio and she’s considered a nerd she’s always been smart and extremely good with numbers. Other’s have noticed that about her and have always wanted her help….that’s all they want from and nothing else and she’s tired of being used. Lindsay has always been attracted to the “bad boy” those type of men never showed any interest in her unless they need her help.

Lindsay is all about change she decides to move from Ohio to Hollywood California to take a job as an account with a prestigious accounting firm. Leaving behind her family and her old self, she dyes her hair, bleaches her teeth, goes shopping for all new tailored suits, kick ass high heels, and new furniture for her apartment in Hollywood.

Shane Elliot is a tattoo artist and owner of Permanent Tattoo….tattoo parlor to the stars. Shane is not your typical bad boy alpha male, behind those tattoos and blue black Mohawk hairstyle is a sweet and charming man. He also happens to be up to his eyes balls in trouble with the IRS.

The first time they meet is when Lindsay is trying to hang a picture on her wall in her stiletto high heels, she looses her balance causing her to fall to the ground. Who just so happens to save her life none other than the tattooed bad boy next door neighbor Shane.

After finding out what Lindsay does for a living Shane asks her for help with his tax situation, she knows she owes him for saving her life and agrees to help him.

Lindsay did grow on me throughout this book she was tough and guarded, you have to remember she’s been hurt in the past by men who resemble Shane. You understand her reasoning for what she did.

They both struggle with there feelings for one another, Lindsay with her past, Shane and his problems fearing he may never be the man she deserves.

Why can’t love be enough….why must one person lie about who she truly is, the other one changes his lifestyle to please and let her into his world?

The secondary characters in this book Emily and Carson Shane’s siblings, and Ivan were almost as important to the story as Shane and Lindsay. They brought humor and life into the story.

Book two in series (Indelibly Marked) “Temporary” is featured in the ending giving you a glimpse into Emily and Ivan.

Permanent was well written and I thoroughly did enjoy the story.

“Don’t you think people can change?” She moved closer, the constriction in her stomach subsiding a bit when he pulled her against him. “I doubt it.” He kissed the top of her head. “What if they work really hard on it?” She swallowed the lump in her throat.”