Author: Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade
Title: Prickly Business
Series: Portland Pack Chronicles 1
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website: http://pipervaughn.com/books/series/portland-pack-chronicles-series/
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.
The concept of a hedgehog shifter is absolutely adorable and it's not something I've ever read about before. Vaughn and Cade did an excellent job crafting it. They did their research on hedgehogs and created a character that in human and hedgehog form embodies the spirit of the animal. I am very impressed with the characters in the book.
The plot of the book is also well done. It is at its core a story of personal growth as Avery learns that he has lived a spoiled and privileged life, yet there is more to the world than just what his daddy's money can buy. The supernatural elements of shape shifting are cleverly weaved in to enhance Avery's growth.
I wanted to give this book five petals, but there's something missing that made me decide to only give it four. It honestly took me a while to figure out what was bothering me: it was all too easy. Avery is a spoiled brat and when he's cut off from his money he smoothly and easily transitions to a life with a real job and real responsibilities. He was also having relationship problems with Dylan, but after an easy conversation all the misconceptions are gone. Avery gets in trouble multiple times throughout the book--I won't elaborate so I don't spoil them--and it's unbelievably easy for Dylan to find him and mount a rescue attempt every time.
There wasn't any struggle for the growth that happens to Avery or any deeper depth to the plot. The twists were predictable, but it was still a fun read.
Maggie's Final Recommendation:
This book is worth reading and I am interested in reading the sequel as well. The difficulties the characters endured were solved a little too easily, but overall I found the story interesting and engaging.
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