Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Prickly Business
Authors: Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade
Narrator: Iggy Toma
Series: Portland Pack Chronicles #1
Heroes: Avery Babineaux/Dylan Green
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 11 Hours, 10 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 17, 2015
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
Review – Book: Oh My Goodness…how cute is a hedgehog shifter? And a southern hedgehog shifter with deep pockets, a big heart, the cutest accent, and a sexy wolf shifter for a mate? Too stinking cute… until it’s not so cute; Dylan and Avery get off on the wrong foot and spend way too much time fighting their being mates. They are drawn to each other because nature chose them for each other, but when one is a white collar and spoiled guy and the other is blue collar, and when one says something hurtful to the other, and instead of talking it out they lash out, then you’ve got big problems.
Dylan is a great guy who runs his motorcycle shop, he is an awesome friend, and he cares about people. But he has no desire for a mate, especially after seeing how fate saddled his mother with an awful mate. And then to find his mate, only to have him snub him, because of his job, was all he needed to realize that he could fight the mate bonding crap and move on. Who needs that kind of life anyway?
Avery comes across as an entitled, sarcastic, flaming fashion plate who is really just hiding behind his shiny Guccis and Versace pants because his family has cut him off. His dad is almost as bad as Dylan’s, but these two have no idea how much they have in common because they are too busy ignoring each other.
There is more to this story than just two shifters trying to find their way to each other. You have mystery and intrigue, you have kidnapping and possible human trafficking, and you have some of the sweetest dialogue in the cutest accent ever. When Dylan and Avery finally work out their difference and come to accept their mated fate it is very sweet and extremely sexy. I really liked both guys and liked them together. An unexpectedly surprising story that I am sure many will fall in love with.
Review – Audio Book: I really wasn’t sure what to expect, and I usually struggle with audio books if I haven’t read the actual book first, but this time it worked for me. Iggy Toma must be from the south because his Avery voice was spot on, and I even loved his Dylan voice. I was able to distinguish the characters throughout the audio and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Iggy Toma did what I love and need most in my audio books, he performed the story and didn’t just read the book. That, in my opinion, makes for a great audio.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*