Prickly by Nature by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Kade ~ Book Review by Caroline

26004738Title: Prickly by Nature

Author: Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Kade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/16/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal


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.

My View:

Life is moving on for Dylan and Avery the newly mated Wolf and Hedgehog.

Avery is more than a little obsessed with finding missing wolf Lacey and bringing her home. He is learning the skills needed to become a Private Investigator under the watchful eye of Corbin Reid. Nothing else seems to matter to Avery until he has found Lacey and Dylan is feeling lonely and a bit put out, this is not how a newly mated pair should be living.

When they are together everything works fine but when they are apart Dylan worries, paces, gets angry and can’t settle. He has taken to following Avery around when he is out gathering evidence, a fact that Avery is aware of and doesn’t seem to mind too much, but you don’t get the feeling that this new relationship is going smoothly. Avery knows in the back of his mind that he should be paying more attention to his mate but he is flighty and easily distracted and although he means to face his problems he often just forgets. Being friends with Mr Otis has made this very personal for Avery.

After a lull in the middle of the story the excitement picks up. They are closer to solving the mystery of the disappearing girls with the help of a new man on the Police task force but when Avery gets hurt things finally come to head for him and Dylan. There needs to be compromise but feelings are hurt and things are said in the heat of the moment.

This was a good follow on to Prickly Business and we should have guessed from the way their relationship began that Dylan and Avery would not have it easy. There is an introduction to Jayden’s story in the book which hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for, in fact we are teased with quite a few possibilities to come!


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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