Content, consistent and calm described Ivan Harlow’s life to a tee. Satisfied with being a artist at the world-famous Permanent Tattoo, playing the role of eternal side-kick, and of course, hooking up with his best friend’s baby sister, his days are predictable and fun, and nothing has to change. With his live story permanently embedded in his skin, he still can’t help but feel anything he dares to love will only be temporary.
All Emily Elliott wants are some big changes in her life. She wants to make it big in the world makeup, needs to show her three big brothers she is all grown up, and dreams of truly being with Ivan, the man she has wanted since she was seven years old.
However, when the fate of the tattoo shop is put into Ivan and Emily’s hands, they must not only work together outside of the bedroom, but face their own personal truths, and figure out what is permanent, what is temporary and where love fits.
Temporary is Book Two in the Indelibly Marked Series that revolves around the lives and loves of the Elliott Family and Permanent Tattoo. Each full-length book can be read as a stand-alone, and features its own couple.
I absolutely loved Temporary and Ivan and Emily from the very beginning. I loved the relationship between the two of them and between Ivan and the rest of the Elliot family. It showed quite evidently that Ivan was apart of the family and that love and loyalty is what caused problems in his relationship with Emily.
I appreciated that the element of tattoos and a tattoo shop weren't just a back drop but added conflict and depth to the story. Permanent means something to all of the characters and none of them wanted to lose it during the threat of a lawsuit. I liked that something as ugly and stressful as a lawsuit also served to bring an estranged family member back to the Elliot family.
Emily is one of my favorite heroines because of how independent she is. She is independent in the sense that she doesn't need Ivan with her when she is afraid or stressed. She is independent because she knows herself well enough to break up with Ivan because she acknowledges that she deserves more in a relationship than just sex. Emily is strong in that she pursues a career outside of her family's business and she pushes Ivan to admit his feelings and to finally commit to her.
This is the second book in the Indelibly Inked series and usually I do not like reading sequels without having read the first but I loved Temporary so I am dying to go back and read the first. Even though this is the second in the series, not too much was confusing that this one cannot be read without reading the first. I just want to go back so that I can find out about Shane's love story and how the series began.
I give Temporary 5 stakes because I feel like the love between Ivan and Emily is genuine. They are both edgy and real people who have problems. Their relationship is so sweet but it's not perfect by any means and that's how real life is.