Book Reviews

Prickly By Nature (Portland Pack Chronicles 2) by Kenzie Cade and Piper Vaughn at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Paranormal / Shifters / Interspecies / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-November-2015

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

As funny and imaginative as the first story about prickly hedgehog shifter Avery and his protective wolf shifter mate Dylan, this sequel also focuses on the unsolved mystery of the disappearance of a young female werewolf. Her having vanished still bothers Avery, and now that he has his own issues with loan sharks and petty criminals resolved and is firmly mated to Dylan, he can focus on the case. Dylan, for his part, isn’t really happy about Avery putting himself in danger, but for the sake of a peaceful relationship he tried to control his protective streak. Not very successfully…much to my amusement. The humor is as good in this second volume as in the first, the characters are even more fun since I now know them, and the mystery adds an element of suspense and danger that had me thoroughly engaged in the story.

Avery has come a long way. No longer stuck-up, an arrogant snob, or a naïve, spoiled brat. He still has his moments, but he now has a job he is interested in and a mate he loves with all his heart. Becoming a PI is not easy, and Avery still has lots to learn, but he clearly has a talent and the determination to make it. His main interest remains the vanished female werewolf, and figuring out what happened there, then catch the kidnappers, keeps him busy. So busy in fact, that Dylan feels neglected, and keeping him happy is the other main challenge for Avery. He has to learn to balance his professional and his personal life, and that is an entirely new challenge for the former “rich son”. Avery also struggles with his stuck-up family and their lack of acceptance of his mate, but his newfound pride in who he is and what he does help him deal with their stupidity. Way to go, Avery!

Dylan hasn’t changed that much on a personal level – he’s still pretty dominant and protective – but he has learned how to be in a relationship and become a supporter for Avery’s ambitions. But Dylan has his limits – and “never” seeing Avery because he always works late is one of them. The fact that he almost always shadows Avery when he is on a dangerous assignment may add to the stress – not that Dylan would admit this. Compromising ids not in Dylan’s nature – but then Avery is no champion of that particular ability either. Between the dangers of the case, various interfering and supportive friends, and Dylan’s feelings for his mate, he definitely has his hands full!

If you liked Avery in Dylan in book one and want to know how they’re doing, if stories about unusual shifters and dangerous mysteries are your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is fast-paced, adventurous, emotional, and hilarious in turn, then you will probably like this novel as much as I did. I laughed my head off – again - and hope the next sequel will be published soon.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 260 page/90547 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-November-2015
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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