Prickly by Nature
Author: Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade
Title: Prickly by Nature
Series: Portland Pack Chronicles
Rating: Two Petals
On the Authors' websites:
In the four months since hedgehog shifter Avery Babineaux started investigating the disappearance of a young female werewolf from the Portland Pack, he’s discovered his life’s passion. Now he’s apprenticing under established PI Corbin Reid. Avery hopes his training with Reid will help him finally bring Lacey home, but detective work isn’t without its perils, and the potential dangers strain his relationship with his new mate, Dylan.
Dylan Green would be perfectly content with his mating and his motorcycle shop if it wasn’t for his constant worry about Avery’s safety and the fact that Avery’s never home. Proud as he might be of Avery’s determination to prove his worth and fulfill his promise to Lacey’s father, Dylan can’t stand the thought of Avery being hurt. Yet what right does he have to demand Avery give up his job when it’s clear Avery’s found his true purpose? Still, Dylan wishes he could, and the appearance of a new police detective who sets his sights on Avery only adds to the tension.
Something has to give, but stubbornness runs in both their veins, and it might take a catastrophe for them to find a compromise they can live with.
I have been looking forward to reading Prickly by Nature from the moment I completed reading Prickly Business, book one in the series. I really enjoyed that book and couldn't wait to get my hands on book two. Then I saw the ridiculous price tag and that was that. Luckily, sales come around every so often and I was able to purchase this book at the cost it should have been priced in the first place. I know my job isn't to review the cost of a book, but the idea of being seriously overcharged like that really ticked me off. I have absolutely no doubt that my emotions ended up bleeding into how I read the book and have therefore also effected this review.
Avery is on a mission to find and save Lacey from a terrible fate. It's admirable and his quest continues to show just how much he's grown from the spoiled brat he once was. Yet, now that the transformation has been completed, Avery suddenly stops changing. His character is exactly the same from page one to page two hundred. It feels stagnant. Luckily, Avery is an interesting person so it's not boring to read about him, but he even his lessons with another private investigator don't push him, which I found disappointing.
The plot also lacked depth. I had the bad guy figured out quickly. There weren't any twists and turns, and the death of one of the characters didn't carry the emotional punch the authors intended because it was so one note. In fact, this book felt more like an introduction to a side story in the series featuring one of Dylan's best friends. There is a trip to Avery's home that did provide a touch of depth to Avery's character, yet it seemed to serve more as a starting point for the relationship Dylan's friend is going to have in a future book. Had that scene and a considerable amount of the drama in the book focused more on Avery and Dylan rather than on what other people had going on in their lives I might have enjoyed the book more.
This wasn't a bad book at all, but it lacked depth and character development. It also felt more like an introduction to the next book in the series rather than a proper stand-alone book. I do recommend this story since I did enjoy reading it, but there were one too many problems, so I couldn't give a good review.
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