RELEASE DATE: July 27th, 2015
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.
I don’t think I need to tell anybody how talented Piper Vaughn is, I’ve read so many of her books, but Kenzie Cade is new to me and I was really interested in seeing how these two authors worked together? and I can now report – very well! I’ve read books on bears, cats, wolves etc. but never one based on a hedgehog! Yes, you read that correctly, a book based on a love story between a wolf and a hedgehog and I have to say, it was delightful! Now I’m the first to admit that I did struggle trying to visualise our two MCs (Avery and Dylan) at first but that was due to my own prejudices not the Authors, because as I have already said, the book was a delight. Yes, Avery and Dylan couldn’t be more different from each other, but that is what made the story so captivating and kept me glued from the cover to the very last page of the book. Avery Babineaux is a hedgehog from a wealthy family, but decides to leave home and settle within the Pack area. The first impressions he gives, are not good. He seems haughty as if there is a constant smell beneath his nose! Dylan Green is the son of the Beta within the Pack. There is no way he is ever going to look or want a mate, seeing his own two parents together, stopped any thought of that and when he realises that Avery is his mate, let’s just say that he does everything in his power to avoid it! But then Avery gets into trouble and Dylan is there to help him. Being together they both begin to change their opinions of each other. Nature takes its course and as they say……..the rest is history, it’s enviable. I know, I know, it’s a fantasy, but these two authors made the storyline so credible. Avery is just delicious. Under those prickles of his, he is sweet and tender and the way the two authors gave us a gradual buildup is what made this storyline such a compelling one to read. The prejudices of the Pack versus the relationship between Avery and Dylan, reminded me so much of some of the prejudices surrounding interracial relationships, something I strongly disagree on. We are also treated to a sub-plot of girls going missing, this added another dimension to the book and a good link to be carried through to the next book. I fell in love with Avery and Dylan, the authors told the story using slightly ironic but very funny wording, which I liked and the secondary characters were all interesting and I hope they have their own stories in future books.
***I would like to thank the authors for the privilege and opportunity of reviewing this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book***