Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Prickly Business
Author: Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade
Series: Portland Pack Chronicles #1
Heroes: Avery & Dylan
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 280 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 27, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Some people might call Avery Babineaux a prick. He’s a hedgehog shifter from an old-money Louisiana family, with a penchant for expensive shoes and a reputation for being a judgmental snob. His attitude is why he and his fated mate are estranged. Not that Avery cares. He doesn’t want to be mated to some blue-collar werewolf anyway. Or so he keeps telling himself.
No werewolf likes to be looked down upon, least of all Dylan Green. He doesn’t need a mate, especially not some snotty hedgehog who sneers at his custom motorcycle shop and calls him a grease monkey. But when Avery gets into trouble with a shady loan shark, Dylan can’t stand by and let him be hurt—whether he wants the brat or not.
Yet once Dylan steps into Avery’s world, he realizes there’s more to Avery than his prickly exterior, and that unexpected vulnerability calls to Dylan’s protective instincts. The sassy little hedgehog needs a keeper, and despite their horrible first impressions, Dylan starts to believe he might be the wolf for the job.
Years ago Avery and Dylan knew they were each other’s mates but one snobby comment drove a wedge between them that left them angry. But when Avery starts getting into trouble, Dylan can’t help but get his mate out of the dangerous situations he seems to land himself in. But Avery’s just as prickly as ever and Dylan’s still not fond of being look down upon. Will these two be able to make a relationship work when they’re hit with one problem after another?
One of the best things about this book was Dylan. I absolutely adored how gruff and possessive he was. It was adorable seeing him get angry with Avery but not able to help himself from protecting him and keeping him safe. Avery, on the other hand, is very stubborn and vulnerable. He uses sharp words to drive people away and is every bit the hedgehog he shifts into. I definitely give these authors props for writing about a hedgehog shifter because I just adored those scenes were he shifted (floating in the bathtub was definitely my fav!).
I had a lot of issues with this one. My biggest issue is that I didn’t really like Avery as a character. I found him stuck-up, spoiled and very aggravating. Every time it shifted to his POV, I always wanted to get back to Dylan’s POV. I just found him immature and self-centered, characteristics I don’t like reading about, tbh. At the same time, I found him TSTL I mean, when you know you’re going into such a dangerous situation, why would you be an idiot and run off half-cocked without some type of REAL back-up? It was hard for me to get passed my dislike for Avery.
However, it wasn’t just Avery I had issues with, I was pretty annoyed that after almost an entire book about a missing person, that person was never found. Usually, I’m okay with a couple of books making an overall arc but there was so much put into the mystery and so little discovery into it that I found myself getting bored half-way through when the story seemed to be going nowhere. I would have liked there to be more resolution into the mystery in the end or at least for it to be shorter – there was a good 30% where I struggled to keep reading.
In the end, this was an okay book. I couldn’t connect with Avery as a character but I did love Dylan. I”m not sure if I’ll continue the series even though Kenzie Cade is one of my favorite writers. Not sure I can invest in another book about Avery if there’s going to be no satisfactory outcome like this one. However, if you like a bit of mystery with your PNR and some hot possessive mates, give this one a try.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the authors in return for a fair and honest review.*