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.
First Edition published by Pink Petal Books, 2011.
It definitely explores the idea of first opinions, race, bigotry, and more. Eric found Dwayne attractive, but was also very scared of him. The beauty of the story is that the Dwayne the world sees is nothing like the true Dwayne.
As the world sees an ex-con, and the bad boy with the dark skin, tattoos and piercings, that is not at all who Dwayne is. As we learn more about Dwayne and his background, my heart broke for the gentle man. A man who's loyal and generous, a man who's kind and will sacrifice for others, this is not who the world sees.
Eric, meanwhile, is a man who always lusts after unavailable men. I love his relationship and easy banter with his roommate. And with Dwayne, I really enjoy them as a couple.
An interesting look into race, oppression, and misconceptions, Permanent Ink is definitely a short and worthwhile read.