Sunday, August 23, 2015

ARC Review: Prickly Business by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade

Prickly Business (Portland Pack Chronicles, #1)
From the 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.

Heather's rating:

From the blurb you'd think that this was a fluffy shifter romance. A sassy, prickly, rich-boy hedgehog and a blue-collar wolf shifter... I mean, that sort of sounds like heaven to me. However, this was less smuff and more mystery/suspense, which I wasn't expecting.

I liked Avery Babineaux, even though he starts off the story on the wrong foot. In the beginning of the book, he comes off as self-involved, judgemental, and sort of stuck-up, but as we get to know him better, some of those things fall away. Avery grows and matures throughout the book, and as we get to know what drives him more and more, I liked him more and more.

I also dug the chemistry between Avery and Dylan. Dylan was all possessive wolfy-ness (YUM!), and I liked how Dylan and Avery had sort of a slow burn romance, despite being fated mates.

Though there was knotting (AMEN!), it was pretty low steam knotting (BOO!). In fact, though there was some nice sex on page, I found myself wanting more dirtiness out of this one.

I think if I had known that this was primarily a mystery I wouldn't have tried this one. I'm not a big mystery fan, and I found that part of the book just dragggged. I wasn't really interested in, well, most of the plot, which is sort of a bummer. The fact that the next story in the series seems to pick up where this one leaves off, meaning lots more investigating, is disappointing for me.

Overall, this story had some very cute and hot moments, but it wasn't quite the story for me. Too bad because I could read about hedgehog shifters for days.

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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Dreamspinner Press

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