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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.

©2015 Piper Vaughn, Kenzie Cade (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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Great narrator love this series!

Avery is a hedgehog shifter who left his home territory of Louisiana and move to Oregon. Shifter law dictates that he must join the local wolf pack since Portland falls in that jurisdiction. Though his family has always looked down upon wolf shifters, Avery doesn’t care a bit, and happily joins the pack.

Avery finds his mate, a wolf, and in a drunken mistake, throws him over for not being “good enough”. Dylan is of course hurt, and somewhat glad, because he doesn’t ever want a mate anyway.

Two years go by, and the mates avoid each other at all costs. It isn’t until Avery ends up in trouble because of some gambling debts that they spend any significant time together.

Finally, the two realize how wrong they’ve been about the other and they begin a relationship. In the meantime, Avery gets involved in a missing person’s project that might just end up costing him his life!

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This a little different than the average “shifter” romance. For one, though the instant attraction is there, it isn’t acted upon until much later in the story. In addition, the side stories – Avery’s gambling problems first and later a missing female wolf shifter – take up a lot of the book.

The world building is excellent and the character development is also well done. I enjoyed the romance between Dylan and Avery but I was disappointed by how little time they spent together. (This is remedied in book two – so consider this a slow burn for the series.)

When they do get together the smexy times are HOT and the feels are wonderful.

The writing was really good and I am definitely interested in seeing more from this series.

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Iggy Toma does a fantastic job with this! He gives Avery a delightful Southern drawl and helps us to differentiate all the other voices as well. I love his reading voice and found this really enjoyable as an audiobook. Definitely the best way to enjoy this story!

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Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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The narration is fantastic

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I’m really at odds on this. On one hand, the narration is fantastic. On the other hand, the miscommunication in this is so extreme it almost drove me insane listening to it.

The writing is sharp (communication issues aside), the characters are multi-dimensional and not just cardboard cutouts, and the narration by Iggy Toma brings out a lot of nuance to the story. I love Toma’s character voices, timing, and expression. 5 Stars for the audio!

But…Have I mentioned I hated the miscommunication?

It’s an interesting premise for a shifter story with a slow burn, even though Avery and Dylan are mates, with a mystery interwoven throughout. Yes, the mystery ends largely unresolved, but, luckily for my sanity, the relationship is resolved. Very satisfactorily. And there’s knotting!

I’d absolutely recommend to those for whom communication issues aren’t a problem.

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A Real Story, A Real Romance

A great rarity: a M/M Romance with a plot. I didn't think I wanted to read about a hedgehog shifter. I mean wolves are beautiful and even tigers but hedgehogs? I was wrong, not only is our hedgehog beautiful in human form, but his wolf shifter mate loves how cute he is an animal too, not that a hedgehog ever has to shift so he's a very pretty young guy most all the time. But this isn't just a fated mate book. Rather it's a book with a real plot. There is reversal of fortune, mystery, danger and an Alpha's daring mission to save his mate and others captured to become sex slaves.There is no insta-love in this story, It is a slow buildup to affection that turns to love. The families, the cops and even the pack leaders are not to be trusted. What can our hero do? The first thing he can do is save his mate. An excellent M/M romance story with top notch narration.

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Next book please...

Now I'm intrigued. I need to know what's going to happen between the alphas son and the Beta.

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it was so good

love this story i don't want it to end it is so worth it you won't be disappointed it is so good

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Hedgehog shifter!! Fun PNR m/m romance!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a super cute PNR shifter romance about a prickly southern hedgehog shifter and his wolf soulmate. If you thought you wouldn't like a story about tiny little hedgehogs, this little story will change your mind. If not laugh out loud funny, it most definitely had me smiling at the interaction between these two at times.
Its got a touch of mystery, but is mostly about the road to romance for Avery the hedgehog and Dylan the wolf, and their very rocky start.

What other book might you compare Prickly Business to and why?

Can't think of any at the moment. Not a heavy read, just a light humorous, easy going m/m contemporary romance.

What does Iggy Toma bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has a wonderful range of voices and I am always pleased to give 5 stars to any narrator that is able to separate each character in a book with a distinct voice, and maintain a smooth reading rhythm.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Just a fun enjoyable read. I did enjoy when Dylan and Avery stood up to the Alpha of the pack and Dylan's jerk of a father.

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Gotta Love a Hedgehog

This story has lots of different elements like a shifter who is a hedgehog, a mystery to be solved, dirty cops, and people who don't want to listen. We see Avery grow from a whiny snob to a person who cares about others. Dylan who goes from being judgmental while trying to show he's not his dad, grow to accept his own wants. This story ends with a cliffhanger with more mystery that still needs to be solved.

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Prickly Business

What did you love best about Prickly Business?

I loved how Avery and Dylan grew and learned to appreciate each other, sometimes in spite of their differences, and sometimes because of those differences.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Prickly Business?

I loved when Dylan saved Avery from the jerks who were hunting him in the woods. Even though they weren't together yet, Dylan, in wolf form, wrapped himself around the hedgehog and waited for Avery to feel comfortable enough to shift. Their bond was lovely.

What does Iggy Toma bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Iggy Toma is amazing! He gave each character a distinctive voice that showed both their background and attitude. I especially loved the way he brought Avery to life for me.

If you could rename Prickly Business, what would you call it?

Reluctant Mates

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful story performed by a fantastic narrator. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good reluctant mates story.

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a fluffy shifters story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sure why not. It was a day spent at home. It was entertaining.

Would you recommend Prickly Business to your friends? Why or why not?

Sure. to anyone who is interested in reading about shifters and their mates. There is some humor in the book too.

Which scene was your favorite?

Avery kicking the guy and hissing "and stay down"

What would have made this romance irresistible?

maybe more romance. It was lost in the mystery and secondary characters

Any additional comments?

I might read/listen the second book. I just hope its tighter and more believable

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  • Donald
  • Louisville, Georgia, United States
  • 12-20-16

In spite of myself...

In spite of myself...I thoroughly enjoyed this shifter story. My first thoughts...a 'hedgehog shifter' and fated mates to a wolf shifter...really. I suppose this is based on my ignorance of shifter lore. As I began the journey of Avery and Dylan...I became engrossed in the story. I listened to the story in one sitting...a good way to spend a few hours (11+). Angst, murder, mayhem, preconceived ideas, and learning about one's self. This book has it all. Piper Vaughn did an excellent job and the narration of Iggy Toma made the journey that much better. Definitely would recommend this story.

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  • declan
  • 01-25-16

Smart , Warm , Funny

Opposites attract especially shifters , who doesn't love a sexy werewolf , and a crazy hedgehog it is just fate

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