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Prickly by Nature by Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade

Prickly by Nature

Prickly by Nature by Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade

Series: Portland Pack Chronicles, Book 2
Published by: Dreamspinner Press on November 16, 2015
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

It’s been four months since hedgehog shifter Avery Babineaux started his investigation into the disappearance of Lacey, a young woman from the Portland Pack. Despite finding himself in danger more than once, he’s continuing to investigate, committed to bringing Lacey home. Now that he’s started working with a licensed private investigator, Corbin Reid, he’s hoping to learn more and be able to track down every possible lead.

There are days when Dylan Green would prefer that his mate not get himself tangled up in his private detective work. He admires and appreciates Avery’s dedication; he just doesn’t care for the fact that Avery’s investigations put him in danger. And Dylan’s wolf is very much the protective type, so he can’t just stand back and let Avery walk into situations where he might get hurt. But he knows that Avery’s just as unlikely to back down as he is, and the two of them will need to find a way to live with the current state of things.

But as Avery gets closer to finding out the truth about Lacey, the danger is likely to only grow–for both of them.

Of course I had to read the follow up to the first ever hedgehog shifter novel I’ve read. And I love that the authors carried over the same spirit, that excellent balance between humor and seriousness, that I enjoyed so much in the first book. And he same sort of unexpected twists and turns exist to keep readers guessing and on the edges of their seats…

2015 in Review: #4 & #3

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With another year drawn to a close, I wanted to take some time this month to go back and highlight some of the best books that I read in 2015. I didn’t read quite as many this year as I did last year (287 vs. 306), but I attribute that to taking on proofreading (which is a slower read for a book) and starting a certificate program during the final quarter of the year. Still, I’m happy with the total. But enough about that…onto the books I wanted to take a moment to revisit…

Note: These are the best books I read in 2015, not necessarily published in 2015.

#4 Prickly Business (Portland Pack Chronicles, Book 1) by Piper Vaughn & Keznie Cade

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Avery Babineaux is definitely unique. A hedgehog shifter from a wealthy Louisiana family, he’s chosen to live his life away from his family and among the Portland wolf pack. Life is fairly easy for him, though, as he’s able to live off an allowance from his parents and never wants for the nice things he’s used to. In fact, he’s so used to nice things that he cast of Dylan Green, a member of the Portland pack and Avery’s apparently fated mate. Dylan is just a blue collar mechanic, after all. But when Avery gets himself into trouble with some seedier shifters and puts the steady stream of family money in jeopardy, he’s forced to finally fend for himself and, though very reluctant, may actually have to ask others for help. In the process, he stumbles onto the case of a missing pack member and quickly finds himself falling down a hole that he just might not be able to climb out of–unless, just maybe, Dylan will help him out…

Read my review from July 28 for more on this title.

#3 Shirewode (The Wode, Book 2) by J. Tullos Hennig

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His family gone and his home destroyed, Rob was left for dead and that should have been his fate. Except fate decided it wasn’t his time. So he takes to the Wode, taking up the mantle of the Horned Lord, and doing his best to defend the few of his people left and the surrounding villages from the corrupt government and the church. Thinking Rob was lost, Gamelyn complied with forced exile by his brother and joined the Knights Templar. But now he has returned on a very specific mission, and he won’t let much stand in his way. Even when the two find each other again, their past may not be enough to break down the walls of pain that have built up between them. Except there is one thing that might be able to bring them back together–Marion is alive…

Read my review from October 12 for more on this title.

Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn

Three Strikes by Piper VaughnTitle: Three Strikes
Author: Piper Vaughn
Published: July 26, 2014
Pages: 23
Publisher: Piping Hot Books
Author Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Jeremy probably hasn’t taken his job as seriously as he could have and has hit his third strike as far as his manager, Shawn, is concerned. But as much as Shawn isn’t keen on Jeremy’s job performance, he clearly has an attraction for the man he doesn’t seem willing to admit. But Shawn is still surprised when Jeremy offers himself up as a trade-off in order to keep his job. Shawn, being ethical, has to decline, but is willing to give Jeremy the same last chance he would give any other employee. But was Jeremy’s offer simply to keep his job? Is this all just some ruse to get under Shawn’s skin? Or is there maybe something there for Jeremy, too, that he just never expressed before.

This is a short and fast-paced story. It moves quickly, and I found it to be very engaging. There’s obviously some complexity here in terms of Shawn’s decision-making and trying to sort out just exactly what Jeremy is up to. But despite the pace, none of that is really glossed over and it seems authentic. I definitely would have like to know more about these two and how things develop after the end of the story.

 

Prickly Business by Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade

25462873Title: Prickly Business (Portland Pack Chronicles, Book 1)
Author: Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade
Published: July 27, 2015
Pages: 256
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Avery Babineaux is definitely unique. A hedgehog shifter from a wealthy Louisiana family, he’s chosen to live his life away from his family and among the Portland wolf pack. Life is fairly easy for him, though, as he’s able to live off an allowance from his parents and never wants for the nice things he’s used to. In fact, he’s so used to nice things that he cast of Dylan Green, a member of the Portland pack and Avery’s apparently fated mate. Dylan is just a blue collar mechanic, after all. But when Avery gets himself into trouble with some seedier shifters and puts the steady stream of family money in jeopardy, he’s forced to finally fend for himself and, though very reluctant, may actually have to ask others for help. In the process, he stumbles onto the case of a missing pack member and quickly finds himself falling down a hole that he just might not be able to climb out of–unless, just maybe, Dylan will help him out…

Hedgehog shifter?! This had me at that descriptor alone. But I was completely blown away by just how wonderfully executed this story turned out to be. The characters are both endearing and frustrating, the world they live in is vivid and complex, and the plot is one that kept this reader very much on the edge of his seat. I honestly don’t know that I’ve had as much fun reading a book as I had reading this one in quite a long time. I don’t give a book 5 stars very often, but this one sailed past that rating without any hesitation or reservation my part. A very highly recommended title! I can’t wait for the next installment!

One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea

13186809Title: One Small Thing (One Thing, Book 1)
Author: Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea
Published: May 3, 2012
Pages: 214
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

Rue Murray is in for a real surprise when the woman he slept with on a whim to see if he really could turns up pregnant. Even more surprising is the fact that she doesn’t want to keep the baby. Though he never expected to be a father, Rue can’t just abandon the child and agrees to take her, even though he knows it will be challenging on top of going to school during the day and working in a club at night.

Eric Van Nuys is definitely not a “people person”. A struggling sci-fi author who suffers from social anxiety, he’s not one for children either. But his books just aren’t selling like they used to and his agent doesn’t seem hopeful that will turn around unless Eric decides to make a major change to what he writes. When Rue approaches him looking for someone to take care of his new daughter Alice during the day, he is resistant at first, but eventually agrees.

Neither Eric nor Rue know what to expect–this is all new to both of them. But as they both share a fondness for Alice, they begin to realize they might share another fondness if they can each admit to themselves what they want and what they’re willing to do to get it.

This was an incredibly cute and adorable story. There are moments where I really just wanted to reach through the pages and shake both Eric and Rue, but they’re a total delight. It’s an engaging and easy read, and definitely worth spending the time to get to know these two…