Review-> 4.5 stars
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 am a long time reader of Piper Vaughn’s, there isn’t a story of hers that I do not love and I think this one (a collaborative work of hers and Kenzie Cade’s) might be my new favorite.
Like many m/m readers I love a good shifter story, but the hedgehog shifter, that was new for me (and the genre as a whole, I bet). The authors did a fantastic job of capturing Avery’s hedgehog side and complimenting it well with Dylan’s wolf.
The two are mates, and they know that they are mates, but due to some miscommunication and they both believe the other doesn’t want anything to do with being together. That changes one night when Dylan rescues the bratty hedgehog after he gets into a tough spot.
As I got closer and closer to the end I realized that all of the story threads weren’t going to be wrapped up in a neat bow, and all of my questions weren’t going to be answered, and I was slightly disappointed (I prefer closure), but alas, at the end of the book was a coming soon notice for the sequel – I do love a good sequel.
While I would prefer some instant answers and a lovely happily ever after send off for Dylan and Avery, I was very satisfied with the happy ever after, with a view lingering concerns and unanswered questions, that this book leaves us with.
Bottom Line – It’s a wonderful read, and am anxiously awaiting the sequel.