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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!
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.
4 of 5 stars
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!
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful