Monday, February 20, 2012

Blood of the Pride by Sheryl Nantus

Blood of the Pride by Sheryl Nantus

Well this was another on of my great Netgalley finds! Since shifters are my favorite I love to find new stories especially when they are not your average werewolf. 

Check out the Amazon description...

When a severed rabbit's paw is delivered to her office, outcast cat shifter Rebecca Desjardin recognizes the summons home. One of their own has been murdered—and a shocking photo published in a local tabloid—and her Pride needs Rebecca, now a private investigator, to track down the killer.
Investigative reporter Brandon Hanover wants to find out who slipped the photo of the half-shifted cat-woman under his door, marking him as a suspect in her death. Determined to stay one step ahead of the sexy journalist, Rebecca reluctantly agrees to partner with him to find the real murderer. But as their mutual attraction heats up, Rebecca finds it harder and harder to keep Brandon from discovering the existence of the shifter society—and her own true nature.
When the search leads them back to the Pride, Rebecca must attempt to Change for the first time in years to face the killer, and save the man she loves...

You don't find very many cat shifter stories. Rachael Vincent has a great one but up until reading Blood of the Pride I had not found any others that were worth reading.  Mrs Nantus did a great job building her Felis world. Their society is well thought out with a clear structure that comes through in the story without being boring or overwhelming. 

Now onto our main character. Reb's life is far from glamorous. As an outcast from her own kind she is living in the bad part of town as a PI. She has no close friends, unless you count a street cat she has adopted. This is the perfect setup for a budding romance, especially with all of the action she and Brandon are going to have to face in order to bring a killer to justice. Lucky for her Brandon seems just as attracted to her as she is to him and isn't deterred by her constant pushing him away.

This was a fun read with strong characters. Even though Reb is obviously the main character enough time was taken with each of the minor characters so that you felt like you knew them. The action was intense and spread out enough through the story to keep you interested. 

I do have to warn you there was a couple of spots where I had to stop and reread something when the conversation didn't seem to flow. Overall though this was a great story and well worth the time. I hope to see this turn into a series. I'd love to see where Reb and Brandon end up next.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

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