Author: Kim Carmichael


Permanent by Kim Carmichael – Review

December 13, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★

Permanent by Kim Carmichael – Review

Permanent by Kim Carmichael – ReviewRelease Date: October 7, 2013
Title: Permanent
Series: Indelibly Marked #1
Author: Kim Carmichael
Pages: 291
Publisher: Breathless Books
Source: Publisher Provided
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | Powell's
From the Publisher: 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.
4 Stars

What can I say? I like romances. I really do. Even when they’re not the most well-written or they’re full of stereotypes and tropes – I still love them! So long as they end up with the fairy-tale HEA, that is.

In Permanent, bad-boy Shane is a tattoo artist who instantly falls for his new neighbor Lindsay. And Lindsay is… well Lindsay is a mess. I love reading about hot messes, don’t you? Lindsay is an accountant who just moved to California and tries so very hard to be who she thinks the California accountant should be. But she is irresistibly drawn to Shane, just as he is to her. And surprise! It turns out that Shane has been getting letters from the IRS because he’s going to be audited at his shop.

Is that kismet or what?

Before long, the two are completely head over heels but still refusing to admit it which results in hijinx and hilarity (as most romance novels inevitably do).

I spent a fair amount of time wanting to wring both of their necks while I was reading this. Just be forewarned.

I won’t tell you what happens, but it does follow the standard romance formula (this isn’t a bad thing). If you like a good romance, then you’ll really like this series.

What Others Are Saying:

  • Seductive Romance Reviews:  I found the overall story line to be deceptively sweet (let’s face it, some people think tattoo shop owner, mo-hawk and covered in tattoos: bad news).  As I stated before, it took a while for me to get into the book but once I did I was pleasantly surprised and look forward to reading about Emily and Ivan’s relationship.
  • One More Chapter ReviewsIt was such a nice breath of fresh air because this one was written like a true romance should be.  They meet under some funny circumstances, they both know they’re attracted to one another, differences keep them apart but they can’t fight the pull of desire for one another.
  • Long and Short ReviewsI appreciated how gentle and kind Shane was towards Lindsey, and I liked how their relationship progressed. It would have been perfect if they had come across as more sincere.