Monday, July 27, 2015

Prickly Business by Kenzie Cade and Piper Vaughn

Title: Prickly Business
Author: Kenzie Cade and Piper Vaughn
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Romance  (m/m)
Series: Portland Pack #1
Main Characters: Avery and Dylan
Release Date: July 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Links to Purchase:
Amazon
Sexual Intensity: hot




Story Overview:
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.


My Review:
I'll admit...I've been looking forward to this book for MONTHS!! A hedgehog shifter? Yes, please. BUT that's a lot of expectation to live up to, so I was a bit worried when I got it. Would I end up disappointed?

*wipes brow in relief* No, I was not disappointed. In fact, this book was much deeper and so much more than I expected. I loved it. 

Okay...Avery is a hedgehog shifter...probably the first in literature. But his character is very much what you'd expect...a bit prickly, standoffish, and he has a bit of a defensive attitude about his shifter form. But underneath all that is a guy who has awful parents and is left solitary and lonely. He's sad and I just wanted to hug him and tuck him into Dylan's embrace. Luckily, Dylan has the exact same ideas when he's around Avery. As destined mates, he can't help but want to protect Avery...something that Avery finds very offensive. He can take care of himself. 

And that's the crux of the issue between these two guys for the last two years. They both know they're mates, but Avery refuses to open himself up to any vulnerability and refuses to see that there may even be a possibility with Dylan. He always jumps to the worst possible conclusion and Dylan isn't much better. They've spent 2 years avoiding or sniping at one another...that's a hard habit to change, but when Avery ends up in a bad situation, it's Dylan who saves him which throws the two together. 

There is SO MUCH to love about this book. I love how just like his shifter form, Avery is tough and prickly, but that's just hiding a soft underbelly....he really just wants to be loved. And by the end, he is... so much. 

Dylan is part of a crew of four. These guys grew up together and all had each other's backs. I love every single one of these guys, but most especially for how they open their hearts to Avery too. He's Dylan's so that automatically makes him accepted amongst them and wow, that was HUGE. I seriously LOVE these guys and really hope they are all part of the upcoming books in this series. I need all their stories...as soon as possible!!

The book was equal parts sweet, heartbreaking, and sexy. I loved how the relationship between Dylan and Avery developed. It's definitely not as easy as you would think it should be, especially since they are shifter mates, but I love how much constraint they use so they don't make a mistake either. I love how much Dylan wants to protect Avery, but he holds himself back to a certain to allow Avery to show his strengths. These guys learn to respect one another and that is the BEST basis for a relationship. I loved them and this story!! Highly recommend!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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