Prickly Business (Portland Pack Chronicles #1)

Title: Prickly Business (Portland Pack Chronicles #1)
Author: Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 27th 2015
Genre(s): Paranormal, Mystery
Page Count: 256
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 out of 5 flames
Rating: 4 out of 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.


Prickly Business by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade I have to say is one of the books I’ve been highly anticipating. I am huge Vaughn fan and having never read Kenzie Cade’s work- I was looking forward to dipping my toe in the water into her work with this book.

I am not going to rehash the blurb- because it’s right above you. So let’s get down to it.

What I loved:

    I loved everything about him. His personality, protective instincts, humor. This book was all about him to me.
    * Once they decided to have a relationship- I loved the banter between.
    *Their friends. What a great cast of secondary characters.
    *Once they were intimate- it was haaawt!
    *Avery’s character growth. Like with Dylan, he didn’t make the best first impression. He was spoiled and immature, but they did a nice job developing him. He definitely grew on me.
    *I was stoked that it was told from a dual POV.
    *Loved their interactions. They were so cute!
    *Their inner monologues about each other.

What I wasn’t too crazy about or felt it could’ve used more of:

    *Steam- I wanted more. Don’t judge me. lol I love a slow build, but in this instance it’s not really what I was looking for. When I think shifters + mates—> in my mind that = hot sex. Throughout the first half, I kept waiting and waiting… I have to admit, once they do- it was verra nice!
    *The story probably had a bit more mystery than I enjoy. When I read a romance mystery I like more romance than suspense and I felt like this was book was a bit more on the mystery side. Because of that- it slowed the pace of the story for me.
    *The end. I knew that this was book one in a series, but I totally missed that book 2 would be about the same couple. I’m not a huge fan of series that are about the same couple. I prefer series that are stand-alones. Does this book end a cliffy? Not really. At the end, Dylan and Avery are in a good place but there’s definitely more story to come…

Will I read book 2? Yes! I want to know-

SIKE! I’m not going to tell you cause it will spoil this book!

Overall, I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. On the plus side, there were more positives than negatives- and to be fair: the negatives are purely for preferential reasons. I think people who love “who dunnit” books will truly enjoy it. The things I didn’t love- the fault lies with me. In the end, this was a 3.8 I hope the second book is already in the works stars!

Buy Link Author Link Author Link GoodReads


Advanced Review Copy

ARC kindly provided by Piper Vaughn for an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant