Author: Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade
Narrator: Iggy Toma
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/17/2015
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Paranormal
Portland Pack Chronicles: Book One
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.
This story was definitely not what I was envisioning for this shifter tale. Granted, I didn’t actually read the blurb so I was not really sure what I was expecting, but well, we won’t mention that. 😛
I liked this one. It was off the charts, over-the-top not realistic, but come on, it is a paranormal so go with it. I loved Avery and Dylan. They both had attitudes and made poor assumptions, but they really were perfect for each other. I liked that this was not a fated, I met my mate, I love them instantly story. I liked that these men could put up a fight if they wanted because it added to their character and helped temper a bit of the unrealistic nature of the plot.
As for that plot, I thought it was well done in the mystery and tension department. As I said before, it is not even a little bit realistic that a stuck up, never worked before young man could do what he did to investigate, but it worked for this story and set things up nicely for book two. And the way the plot played out, well it helped enhance the mating and allowed the reader to see these men moving past their histories and getting to know and love each other.
I really enjoyed this ride. It was fun, and intriguing, and I can’t wait for book two because I want to see how things turn out! I am looking forward to more Dylan and Avery snarky interactions.
Iggy Toma did a fantastic job on this story. I have only ever listened to him read angsty, emotional contemporary stories, but he is equally talented at paranormal. The voices and accents were fantastic and distinct. I really think he captured the character’s personalities and the emotions of the various situations. I will listen to this one again. It was great.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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