Sunday, July 26, 2015

ARC Review: Prickly Business by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade

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.

Dani's rating:

You have no idea how much I love the idea of a hedgehog shifter! Thinking of all all that prickly attitude ... and a big bad wolf mate. Yummy.

My first mistake was expecting serious steam. Because. SHIFTERS. KNOTTING.

Nuff said.

Well, I waited. And waited. And waited some more.

The steam finally arrived at 60 percent, and what little we got was fairly hot. But so much of it was hinted at or off page.

I loved Dylan and his growly possessiveness. Dylan is protective, sexy, and rough in all the right places.

Avery ... let's say it took me much longer to warm up to him. The little hedgehog is a snotty, spoiled, judgmental brat, just waiting for his Daddy to bail him out. Yes, Avery tries. He changes. A little. But did I fully believe in the conversion? Maybe.

Maybe not.

What I liked least about the story is, unfortunately, the main plot point: a mystery regarding the disappearance of an older shifter's only child. Avery becomes attached to the lonely wolf shifter and wants to help him find his teenage daughter.

The constant misunderstandings and lack of communication between Dylan and Avery (Dylan wanting to protect Avery at all cost; Avery hiding things from Dylan and rushing off like an idiot to take on the bad guys all on his own) drove me crazy, and not in a good way. There was way too much push/pull for a story about mates.

I got bored with the whole mystery/chase by the end. Much of it felt repetitive and too BIG of an idea for what is essentially a fluffy story.I just wanted more focus on the sweetness and togetherness. And knotting. Also biting.

More knotting and biting, please. Is that so wrong?

The mystery was never fully wrapped up, but fortunately Dylan and Avery did get on with it.

I liked the cast of secondary characters and would gladly read follow-up stories about Jaden, Lucas, and Sawyer, but it seems the sequel will be more of this couple, and I'm not sure I'm ready for a continuation of hedgehog angst.

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