Friday, August 7, 2015

Review Request: Prickly Business (Portland Pack Chronicles #1) by Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade

Prickly Business (Portland Pack Chronicles, #1)
Published July 27th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 280

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

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 by: multitaskingmomma

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars


Oh dear, I really expected something less than what I read but thankfully, I got a good read and a new series to look forward to. This actually turned out to be fun and a mystery thriller. 

The hedgehog Avery is quite the diva and he shows it in the clothes he wears, the way he speaks, the way he chooses his shoes, and the way he looks down at blue collared workers who just happened to be were-shifters too. That he is living in the were-shifter territory through their alpha's good graces does not matter. What matters is that he is comfortable in his condo and shoes. If only he did not get into trouble with a loan shark and almost loses his life only to be saved by the one wolf shifter he swore never to be indebted to. 

Dylan Green is a wolf shifter and beta to the alpha. He is a mechanic and is successful at it. He is also quite the big bad wolf protector to those under his alpha's protection and does not hesitate to push his weight to do his duty. That is, until the cry came from the hoitytoity hedgehog who looked down on his grease stained fingers.

What is the real issue here? Well, fact is, Avery and Dylan? They are mates. How this could happen, I have no idea but they are. Now, why are they not mated? Well, it was not the social status thingy that tore them far from each other. It is that Dylan snubbed Avery. Then again, Avery snubbed Dylan. Erm, just who snubbed whom? Aha!

This was quite the entertaining read, and not that angst ridden either so it was quite fast paced. The erotic scenes were quite fascinating and involved the canine knotting but then again, it is a hedgehog so I had other ideas which did not come up. The arc that drove this story was not the mating, even if the blurb did suggest otherwise. It was actually the mystery of the disappearing girls within the alpha territory. Avery found himself in the uncovering of the mystery and made him a solid hog by the end of the read. That kind of confused me a bit for I was expecting something else, because of the blurb.

Be that as it may, this was, yes, an entertaining read and I do love mysteries so that satisfied the element for me. If only the blurb said otherwise then I would not have been confused. If you love mytery thrillers and a bit of knotting experience, then yes, this is recommended.

Note: Copy provided by Pride Promotions for an honest review. 

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