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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: December 17, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019FT2PWC
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First impressions can make or break the beginnings of what could be a happily ever after. Avery isn't the only one to blame. Dylan has a part in that too. Yes, Avery can be and is a bit prickly. It's in the title for a reason. He's a hedgehog shifter of a privileged upbringing. Mommy and Daddy have basically paid his way for everything. He's never had to earn his money, until an unfortunate bet puts him a place where he has to finally grow up and not rely on the money of his parents to bail him out. Dylan works for his earnings. He's a blue collar kind of guy. The two get off to a rocky start but when Avery gets into trouble, Dylan can no longer ignore what has been there between since the very beginning.
I liked how this was a slow burn instead of instant HEA. They work on their relationship. That makes sense since they didn't have the best of first meetings. Yes, the two have gone out of their way to avoid and deny each other, but fate has a way of making itself known. I loved the way this story flowed. We get both Dylan and Avery's perspectives. I loved how brilliantly and cohesively Kenzi Cade and Piper Vaughn write together. I already cannot wait for the next installment of this series. Of course I can't wait for a certain best friend of a hedgehog's story to unfold as well as Logan's. They secondary characters only serve to strengthen the story as opposed to them completely taking over.
I cannot say again how much I loved this book. I mean, come on, a hedgehog shifter and a wolf shifter! OF COURSE, I WAS GOING TO LOVE IT. LOOK WHO WROTE IT!
I am not going to rehash the blurb- because it's right above you. So let's get down to it.
What I loved:
*Dylan. 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? Absolutely! I need to know what happens next!
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 mysteries 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 rounded up to 4!
I loved Avery! I loved Dylan! I loved the true mates pull. This was just so good!
Dylan and Avery are true mates, but their initial meeting didn't go so well. Avery, who comes from a wealthy southern family, scoffs at discovering that his true mate is a mechanic. What could they possibly have in common? On the flip side, Dylan can't believe that a wolf as strong as he is was given a hedgehog as his true mate. Fate really has a sense of humor.
When Avery gets himself in trouble after losing a bet on the wolf races, the pull of the true mate bond has Dylan hurrying to his rescue. Obviously fate sees a reason that the two belong together, maybe the time has come for both Avery and Dylan to stop fighting the inevitable.
But while Dylan and Avery are trying to figure out what's real and what's a result of their bond, Avery's new job has him on the hunt for a missing girl....and it looks like he may have stumbled upon an underground sex trafficking ring.
The romance is definitely the central theme here, but I like that we got some suspense thrown in in the second half of the book. Seeing Dylan's protective side come out was all kinds of swoony. And what I love most was that he wanted to protect Avery, not control him. He didn't use size and dominance as a way to keep Avery in check, he was supportive and comforting and just all kinds of endearing goodness.
"I don't want you leading me. I don't want you at my back. I want you beside me."
Speaking of endearing....I loved Avery! Hedgehogs aren't the most respected shifter species, but he didn't let anyone bring him down. He may like his designer clothes and expensive shoes, but underneath all that is a heart of gold. He knew his strengths and weaknesses and he stood up for himself when needed.
And hello knotting! This was my first experience with this in a shifter book, and I gotta say....I'm definitely intrigued!
Avery's muscles still holding tight and rippling around him, Dylan felt the base of his c@ck swell, expand, and lock them together. Dylan rumbled and rolled them onto their sides on the bed, his hold tight as he secured his arms around Avery's chest.
"What...?" Avery gargled, his voice raspy and worn.
As soon as Avery said it, Dylan felt it. The base of his cock enlarged and notched itself into the heat of Avery's already tight entrance. He sighed with the sense of home and peace that engulfed him.
The knot. Another sign of true wolf mates. Fate's way of temporarily joining them together, ensuring a physical connection that symbolized the emotional and mental bond formed in a mating. He would explain later. Even if he could breathe, he didn't have the words. Not at the moment. Not when every sense of rightness flooded him. Later.
Burrowing deeper into Avery's shoulder and placing a kiss over the indentations of his teeth, red and heated, Dylan whispered, "Mine."
I do have to say that there were a couple of lulls where the suspense element overshadowed the romance in the second half, but even then, Dylan and Avery were front and center. These two really are a great team!
This books ends with a solidified future for Dylan and Avery's relationship, but the suspense element still has more to come. I'm jumping right into the next book to get my answers and to continue watching Dylan and Avery grow as a couple.
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