Title: Prickly Business (Portland Pack Chronicles #1)
Authors: Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade
Main Characters: Avery Babineaux & Dylan Green
Genre: Paranormal Romance (Shifters)
Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date of Publication: July 27th 2015
Story: 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.
Me and this book: This was my first time reading about a hedgehog shifter and I gotta say, I had my doubts at first. But then reading through it the only thought that came through my mind was how cute that little hedgehog was.
Review: Prickly Avery Babineaux. Yes, Avery was very prickly both his shifter self and his human self. Dressed in designer clothing and expensive shoes, Avery was living the high life and he had the personality to go with it. At least that was what all people said, but inside, Avery was just being himself. He was rich only because of the allowance he got from his parents and the trust fund waiting for him when he turns 25, it wasn’t his fault that he knew how to use that money. He came into Portland because he fell in love with it, but Portland was under the wolf pack and him being a hedgehog shifter he had to have permission to join the pack. But Avery never really felt that he was pack, hell, he didn’t even want to be pack. Raised by bigot parents who resent everything about wolf pack, Avery never really believed in brotherhood and the mating thing. Until he met Dylan Green two years ago.
Protective Dylan Green. Dylan Green was a typical blue collar worker, with his motorcycle shop and all and with the large physique matching it, he was the total opposite of the high class Avery. But Dylan lived and breathed wolf pack, so when he met Avery he knew from then on that he was his mate. But they never really got around to celebrate that because they completely started off on the wrong foot. And for two years, they didn’t acknowledged each other as mates, no one even knew except for a few close friends. But Dylan knew in his heart that mating was a gift given to them and that it shouldn’t be taken for granted. But with parents who were the proof that matings weren’t all perfect, Dylan used it as an excuse to reject Avery as his mate.
But it’s obvious that opposites attract and these two proved it no matter how hard they pretend not to. When Avery found himself in a tight spot that would probably cause him his life, Dylan couldn’t just let his mate get hurt. His protective nature wouldn’t let him. And it was finally time to let things naturally flow between the two of them, it’s never too late.
I love Avery more than Dylan. Some have said that they didn’t like Avery at first but for me it was the total opposite, I LOVED Avery from the get go. He was just that misunderstood character that people thought they knew but actually they didn’t. And all throughout the story, Avery was proving everyone wrong and that he was just this sweet and adorable guy with a good personality. And that’s what I loved the most about being inside Dylan’s head, I loved how he started to realize that his first impression of Avery was completely wrong. And that scene where Avery first shifted into a hedgehog in that frightening situation, it was so perfect how Dylan came into the rescue.
From then on, I knew that this book was going to be good. Their scenes together were both utterly sweet and even though there were times that they still misunderstood each other, the way it was resolved was definitely worth it. I do wish we got to see more of the past where they first met but it was still okay. And I do wish just a tiny bit that the knotting scenes where extended more, I mean come on, everybody loves a good knotting scene.
The plot that spiraled until the ending was catching and it gave me a thrilling feeling on how things would turn up. This book had everything from sweetness to action. Yey. I also really appreciated reading about the little things that Dylan explained in the book, like how Avery takes selfies on his phone and how Avery babbles when he talks too much. It really showed there how much Dylan appreciates Avery in his life.
But the epilogue was a little off for me with what Avery wanted to pursue in the future, I mean, he handled everything pretty unprofessionally and seeing that the next book will focus about that, I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing for me. But nonetheless, I loved this story. And I would also love to read about the other sub character’s love stories, so please please make more books from this world. Juseyo.