REVIEW by @UrbanFantasyRev: Blood of the Pride by Sheryl Nantus (@SherylNantus)

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…

I got this one from Netgalley as an eARC in turn for a fair and honest review.  Rebecca was a member of the Pride as a child and was kicked out of the pride as a teenager because she didn’t have the ability to shift forms, now several years later the Pride brings her back to solve a murder of one of their own.  A photo of the dead shapeshifter in mid change is sent to a tabloid reporter, so Rebecca must prevent their secrets from being revealed as well.   Her investigation leads her back to the Pride as one of their own is the killer.
The one thing I liked about this book is that it took place in Canada, so place the author had described I had been to so that was kinda cool, and that was where the cool factor ended.  I read almost exclusively Urban Fantasy so I have read some really exceptional books and have some pretty high standards.  The thing with Blood of the Pride is, it wasn’t a bad book but it wasn’t particularly memorable or original.  While I do realize that it is extremely hard to come up with something new especially in this genre but something has to hook your interest the plot, the
characters…something.  Sadly here that wasn’t the case.
The story moved along at a good pace so it was a quick read, but the story just wasn’t engaging enough for me.  I didn’t care who committed the murder or if they found them or not.  I found the romance between Rebecca
and Brandon just kinda bland, there was no conflict no tension nothing to get into.  I read a ton of books on weres and in this one I honestly couldn’t figure out til the end if they changed in to big cats; lions, tigers etc or house cats or something in between.  So for me this book is a 2.5/5 it didn’t suck but didn’t have a lot to recommend it either, I
doubt I will grab any other books by this author.
2.5 stars.  Meh could take it or  leave it.

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