Portland Pack Chronicles: Book Two
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.
©2015 Piper Vaughn, Kenzie Cade (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
I listened to the first book so I thought I'd try Prickly By Nature. Instead of having the freshness of the first book, it was long and drawn out with the same issues repeated. Never hire a hedgehog as a private investigator or your case will proceed at hedgehog speed which is somewhat slower than a sloth.
We met Dylan and Avery in book one, they’d finally admitted they were mates and are willing to make a go of it. Meanwhile, Avery is hot on the case of a missing wolf shifter and it’s turning into a career. Dylan supports Avery, but hates the time he’s away from home and the danger he’s in.
Meanwhile, people involved in the shifter case keep ending up dead and this makes Dylan all the more worried. But… the tension from the case and the unexpected reception they receive at Avery’s brother’s wedding, force them both to finally admit their love for one another.
So… on the one hand, things between them are getting better and better, but all the more dangerous, nonetheless.
So many times the sequel is never as good as the original… not so here! I loved this sequel so much!
These shifters are regular guys who also shift into animals, so pack dynamics play a role but it’s not as overarching as it is with some other shifter stories. The authors do a great job building this universe and putting in in beautiful (rainy!) PDX is great! (I loved all the local references!)
We finally get our smoin’ hot smexy times with Dylan and Avery, but we – more importantly – get their intimate moments as well.
The secondary characters are well developed and add to the story (Lucas and Miss Georgie are fab!). This is an amazing writing team and I hope we see more from them on other projects as well.
All in all I loved this and highly recommend it to fans of book one and shifter fans.
Iggy Toma did the audio for book one and he continues to do a great job with book two. He does such a nice job with Avery’s accent and those of his family as well as giving a good voice to the females in this story. In addition handles the emotions really well and is great with the pacing. He’s another one of the narrators that really knows how to give a good performance with his work rather than simply reading the story.
I highly enjoyed this narration and give it 5 of 5 stars for both the book and the audio.
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
I really liked the relationship development in this.
Whereas in Prickly Business Avery and Dylan didn't communicate well at all (and that might be the understatement of the year), they definitely put forth more effort in this installment. Which went a long way to mollifying my ire over the last one.
The mystery is well balanced with the romance, and character growth and introduction makes this seem like a series that could really get some legs.
The narration by Iggy Toma is wonderful! Iggy has a terrific way with character voices, tone and intonation that makes listening a pleasure.
This has a good blend of romance, mystery, suspense, some light angst and action, and, of course, good sexy times makes Prickly By Nature an entertaining listen.
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