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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.
Well, color me pink…I wasn’t expecting this. I’ve read countless shifting stories and most of them happen to include werewolves and this was my first knotting. *chews lip* I’m not sure how I feel about it either. I love me some shifters but I need them to be human when any smexy time occurs. Biting, marking, and mating are to be expected, but, but…knotting? I just don’t know. It was only a matter of time before such a thing graced the pages before me and it wasn’t necessarily bad but it bumps things to a whole new level. A place I’m slightly nervous of.
Avery is perfectly suited for his animal form. I can’t think of a better animal for him. He’s going to prickle you; it’s just a given that he will rub you the wrong way. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and hasn’t had to work a hard day in his life. He’s got an attitude….big time. Yet, once his Daddy pulls his ten thousand dollar monthly allowance, (yes I said 10k a month!) he’s easier to warm up to. He changes, strives to be better and becomes a man worthy of his mate in my opinion.
Now Dylan on the other hand, he’s easy to love. He’s loyal, hard-working and fiercely protective. He is your typical growly wolf, but I adored everything about him. He was blessed with a true mate (which is rare) but failed to see how fate thought his perfect partner could be a snotty rich kid that snubbed him during their first encounter. Avery regrets his first impression with Dylan but makes no attempt to rectify his poor behavior. Misunderstandings can push a story so far and then it simply gets frustrating. The hard-headed battle and lack of communication between Avery and Dylan was a touch heavy. I mean, it just started to get old. It seemed to take a substantial chunk of the story for them to give in to their magnetic pull and I would have enjoyed it more if they had caved sooner. I’m just a sucker for the MINE explosions between shifters and this time, I wasn’t really feeling it.
After they finally connected, things heat up quickly. They became the adorable couple I had hoped that they would be. A mystery began to unravel as their relationship grew stronger. Avery begins some inexperienced detective work and looks into a case of a missing wolf. It became a prominent thread in the story and nearly overshadowed the romance. If you like things neat and tidy, be prepared, for the mystery is not resolved. However book two appears to immediately follow and hopefully everything will come together.
I absolutely loved how Dylan took care of his mate. His besties were pretty awesome too. Generally speaking, the wolves were pretty great. After we uncover the sweet man underneath of the prickly spines, I liked Avery too. He had to fight for it, but he won me over in the end.
Overall this was a cute shifter romance (with knotting!) with a mysterious twist. I’m torn with my final opinion because despite my frustrations, I couldn’t put it down. Even though it’s not fighting for my top shifter tale, I think I will have to check out what’s in store next for this adorable hedgehog and his sexy wolf.