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Claws Bared (Blood of the Pride) [Kindle Edition]

Sheryl Nantus
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Book two of Blood of the Pride

Rebecca Desjardin, a P.I. and cat shifter, doesn't normally find herself in strip clubs. But a popular male dancer has been murdered in Pennsylvania, and it looks like the work of a shifter from the local Pride. Rebecca has a duty to help protect her kind—and she needs to find justice for the dead.

Her impromptu trip leaves her boyfriend, reporter Brandon Hanover, unhappy. He's only just come to terms with the fact that she's a Felis, and their relationship is still so new… Rebecca is determined to deal with the murder first, then deal with their future.

As her investigation unfolds, she's met with grudging cooperation and half-truths. Does the Pride want her to find justice, or help them hide a killer? Frustrated and unable to shake the sexy local shifter who says he's on her side, Rebecca can't seem to scratch out the truth—at least not on her own. But when Brandon shows up, is he there to help or to mark his territory?

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  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (January 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A22UVNC
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4.0 out of 5 stars Claws Bared by Sheryl Nantus March 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Claws Bared was a really good read, that kept me guessing till the end. I loved the romance between Rebecca and Brandon, especially after he meets up with her to lend a hand in her investigation. The pacing was good and I really enjoyed the ending.

My only real problem with the book is mostly my fault, since I haven't read the first book. With Rebecca going on the case at the very beginning I didn't feel very attached to Brandon throughout the first part of the book, and if I'd read the first book I think I would have felt differently about him. By the end it didn't matter too much because I grew to love him. I'd recommend reading the first book, Blood of the Pride, first, to get the full effect.

Overall really good read. Loved the mystery and figuring out who the murderer was, the author did an excellent job of keeping me wondering. I'd love to go back and read the first book because I feel like I've missed out on another good story! I'd recommend it, especially if you like a good mystery and enjoy a good shifter PNR.

***eReview copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley for my Honest review***
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better as the Author Moves on With the Story January 21, 2013
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Claws Bared by Sheryl Nantes
* File Size: 415 KB
* Print Length: 186 pages
* Publisher: Carina Press (January 21, 2013)

Book two of Blood of the Pride

The debut novel, Blood of the Pride, was published last year. I recommend that you do read it before tackling this book. The back-story it will give you will make things so much clearer for you. I had read and reviewed it and thought that it was a good start to a new series. Now that I have read the next book in the series, I know it was a good debut and it is a good series. This second book is nearly as strong as the debut novel. Oh, don't get me wrong, it has a few things that make it not quite perfect, but I think this series is on the right track.

In this second novel, cat shifter (and not a lion or tiger mind you!) Rebecca Desjardin a shifter who is unable to shift at will, (read the first novel for a clearer explanation) and is also a PI in Toronto Canada, has been asked to come to America to investigate a murder. The thinking is that this murder has been committed by one of the communities many shifters and may have been a lovers' quarrel.
Bran, Rebecca's new human lover whom we met in the first novel, is a bit concerned when Rebecca needs to head off and is quite unhappy. They had just entered this new relationship and Bran is just starting to come to terms with the fact that Rebecca is a `shifter'. Now Bran wants to, as the synopsis says, "mark his territory".

The story is good with an interesting mystery and a red herring that may really throw you off of the correct track.. It is medium paced and at less than 200 pages, it is a fairly fast read. The characters for the most part, are very well written.
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Rebecca Desjardin has a problem. She's a Canadian private eye, she's a Felis, an ex-member of the local (Montreal?) cat shape-shifting Pride who still can't make the complete change to her inner Cat, and she's in love with Brandon Hanover, a human, and an investigative reporter.

Rebecca is an ex-member of the local Pride, because, not being able to totally change, she was brutally expelled, and now twenty years later Rebecca has been dragged back into the Pride's politics, first with a murder of a local Felis member in "Blood Of The Pride", and now with "Claws Bared", a human who may have been killed by a Feris member.

Jess, the tough leader of the local Pride, is now contacting Rebecca for another job. It seems that a male stripper for the Penscatta, near Pittsburgh, PA, exotic bar "Cat's Meow" (!) has been murdered. And it was a pretty nasty death, he was mauled and torn. It's obvious that a Felis, not a human, has done the deed, and an outsider, with insider skills, is needed to investigate.

And how can Rebecca to say no to Jess when she asked Jess asks politely for a favor? Not Rebecca, and besides, Jess never asks politely, and arm twisting can only be by the most liberal measures be considered asking for a favor, and so, reluctantly, Rebecca is off to Penscotta to investigate another murder, and to get involved, in a foreign Pride's sticky politics.

The murdered man is Michael Hansa, and he was a favorite of both human and Felis females alike, although oddly enough, he didn't seem to be seeing anybody, either in the biblical or social, manner.

Again, Nantus doesn't skip on the mandatory urban fantasy examination of the local Felis society, unfortunately, Rebecca's still an outsider, and has to prove herself all over again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Urban fantasy + mystery January 27, 2013
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Book two, urban fantasy. Rebecca is an outcast Felis who can't shift. When she's called out of town to solve a murder, she quickly finds herself in murky water with a large Felis clan that has permeated both the police and town council. A good mystery, but it was the developments in Rebecca and Bran's relationship that I really enjoyed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Claws Bared January 21, 2013
By Beth H
Format:Kindle Edition
Rebecca Desjardin was pushed out of her pride and placed in foster care at a young age. Now that she is an adult she has made a life for herself as a PI. It seems the pride now wants to pull her back in. They've called on her once again to help with a murder investigation.

Reb has her first boyfriend, Brandon Hanover. He's unhappy with the fact that Felis, who have cast her out, keep calling upon her now. Brandon wants a commitment from Reb but she wants to solve this murder first. She is unsure how she feels about having someone full time in her life, since she's never had anyone to lean on before.

As the truth behind the murder is uncovered, Reb discovers that maybe the pride truly didn't want it revealed. She hits road blocks at every turn. Brandon shows up unexpectedly and the tension in their relationship accelerates because a handsome, single, pride member also has his eye on Reb.

I enjoyed Claws Beared. It was a fast paced, action adventure with a pretty good mystery that kept me invested until the end. I haven't read the first book in this series so I was unfamiliar with past characters and their interaction with Reb, but for the most part I was able to pick up enough that it didn't effect this storyline. This is a shifter series that I will definitely be following. 4 Stars

This ARC copy of Claws Bared was given to me by Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date January 21, 2013.
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Sheryl Nantus was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She met Martin Nantus through the online fanfiction community in 1993 and moved to the United States in 2000.

In 2011 she won two Second-Place Prism Awards from the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. In 2013 she won a Third-Place Prism Award for the first book of her paranormal series, "Blood of the Pride"


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