Warning: For Adults 18+. Contains wording and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. MF.
In book one of Permanent Hangover: All Finn Gardner wanted was a breath of fresh air when he stepped into the alley behind the Permanent Hangover Bar and Tattoo Parlor. At first sight, he’d thought it was just another homeless person to shoo away from the building. Instead, he found someone who needed help—his help.
Having been given a second chance himself, Finn believes in paying it forward. The Hangover has taken more than one lost soul in over the years.
Bailey Parson needed to get away. She left her life in Chicago behind and escaped to St. Paul, but she never once thought far enough ahead to what her next step would be when she arrived there. To her, what she was running from, was much more to worry about than some half-baked plan. After a month stuck on the streets, a new need arises as the temperature started to drop—survival.
Given a chance by a stranger, Bailey works to find her way. Not only winning over customers and the staff with her smart wit and empathy, she wins over the standoffish tattoo artist.
Keeping their relationship forward focused, Finn hoped to avoid both of their baggage. However, when Bailey’s past threatens to destroy everything they built together, Finn’s left with decisions to make. Does he give up the beautiful curvy woman, the only one whose touch calms him? How much of his dark past would he need to unlock to save her? A past with the potential to destroy what they have together.
More importantly, can the lovers turn the scars of the past into a design strong enough to see them through any challenge? Or will the permanent ink leave them with open wounds and no chance of healing?
“Nevaeh is an outlet. One that needs little attention,” he confessed as his chest pressed against her back. The warmth leached from her, melting more than the flurries from the touch. Brushing her hair to the side his fingers tickled her neck as he leaned down.
“What did you do with her?”
“You want to know how I touched her? Every detail?”
Her eyes fluttered as his voice got harsh.
“I make her face away from me.” His hands slid down Bailey’s arms, and once again he wrapped his fingers around her wrists. This time he brought them above her head and placed her palms flat on the door. Hardness pressed against her mid-back, dwarfed by his height and encompassed by him, heat leached from his body to hers. “She grips the top of the bathroom stall. I don’t want her to look at me. Talk to me. The moans she makes annoy me to the point I almost stop, but my body protests. It wants me deeper inside. Pounding at an ungodly pace because all I want to do is get away from her.”
“Why do you do it then?” Bailey’s voice struggled to escape her lips. The gooseflesh wasn’t coming from the cold. Her core ached at the vision he’d placed in her head. Even with the cruelty, she wanted the touch. Yearned for it to the point her legs weakened.
Bailey turned around to face him. “For you or me?”
Finn leaned down, and for the first time in her life, a man touched her in a way that didn’t make her skin crawl. Cupping her cheeks, he dipped his head. Her heart beat hard against her chest and blood rushed to her lips causing them to throb in anticipation.
“I don’t like to be touched. It burns me in a way I can’t stand,” he said as his lips caressed hers with an absent touch. “She doesn’t require much. Whether it’s her mouth, ass, or pussy, she is a receptacle more efficient than my hand.”
“You don’t even like to touch yourself?” Bailey asked as her hands itched to reach for him and feel his body. No touch rule. One she hadn’t seen before. How degrading she thought and realized he was holding her.
“I like the thought of touching you, Bay. A little too much.”
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Friends. I finished this audio book and had to sit and think about my review. There is so much happening in this slow burn of a love story ….I mean….WOWZERS!!!
Bay and Finn are not your ordinary H/h of a love story. They are both broken in a way and that brokenness affects how they deal with people. Finn cannot stand to be touched and Bay just doesn’t trust or doesnt believe people don’t have an ulterior motive. No one is nice for nothing.
Finn is in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. He serves his time and comes out. He is living but in black and white. He has lost the ability to live life in color…until Bay. When he sees her, he has the need to help her.
Bay is running for a really bad situation. The more we learn of her past, the more we are angry for her. When Finn offers to let her move in to his spare apartment little did they known this blooming friendship would become so much more for each of these broken souls.
Seeing these two fight the connection for fear of running what they have built made my heart ache for that finally first kiss!! GAH!! It was so sweet and perfect. As the story builds and we see their relationship move forward we know their pasts will come back to haunt them. When we learn who helped Finn, I was stunned. When we see Bay is afraid of her past I literally yelled “you are stupid!! DO NOT LEAVE HIM!!!!” LOL (That isn’t a spoiler so don’t worry!!)
Their story is full of happiness and healing. I really enjoyed listening to the audio narration. He did a great job expressing the feelings of both characters.
I love the story and the side characters are amazing. Michel said there is a new book coming out soon and I cannot wait to see who it is about. I mean, I don’t think I can guess or even choose!!
Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes young adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.
With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.
When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.
Michel is a member of RWA Pro and Midwest Fiction Writers. In 2013 she was awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and cat.