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- Print Length: 283 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (13 Feb. 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006IIX02I
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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.
Rebecca, a private investigator, has a complicated past and an even more complicated relationship with her family, and the plot moves through a web of betrayals, ancient secrets and the shadowy truth. Adding spice to matters, the handsome tabloid reporter Brandon Hannover makes it his business to get involved with Rebecca both on a professional and personal level. Their bantering and dangerous relationship is one of the highlights of the book, practically crackling off the pages.
I don't want to give the plot away, but I will add that if you're a cat-lover, this is definitely a book you don't want to miss, and with luck, the start of a series, since I would adore seeing Rebecca and Brandon in a further story.
It seems that somebody has brutally murdered a local Pride member and Jess wants an outside agency to investigate the crime, somebody who can move between the human and the Felis worlds, and understand why this investigation has to be kept on the down-low. Unfortunately, the murder has already hit the local tabloid, complete with pictures of the murder victim caught in-between shifting. So, the first thing that she has to do is track down the photographer of the crime and to do this she has to contact the reporter who wrote tabloid story.
The reporter is Brandon Hanover, and he smells a story, and who is attracted to Rebecca. And so we are on our way, and what becomes striking is how Sheryl Nantus manages to juggle the romance, the shapeshifting, and crime itself. And good job of this juggling she does.
Nantus tells her story with a sense of ease, and creates an eminently likable character in Rebecca, as Nantus gives Rebecca equal amounts of self-disparagement, cynicism, and bulldog determination. Rebecca is an old-fashioned pulp detective, with a libido, transplanted to modern times.
All of which comes in handy, as this novel is more than your average, and snarky, cozy urban fantasy, because, and let's never lose track of this, despite EVERYTHING, this is a cracker-jack detective and mystery story. Yes, while this is an urban fantasy and a paranormal romance, it is still at heart, a murder mystery, with some heavy duty socio-political sub-text.
Rebecca is essentially an untouchable; she a hard working, but hardly well paid mid-tier private eye, while at the same time, she is held in contempt by the very Pride that she's been hired to help, something that doesn't get any easier as starts being with Brandon, a human.
This whole story essentially deals clash of two different generations, and two cultures. The outside world, Rebecca, clashing with a, more or less, cloistered community, and the results won't be pretty. There will be dark secrets revealed, another death, a community will be shook up, accepted facts will be shattered, prejudices will be confronted; all to be found inside a pop fiction entertainment. But, this is what good science fiction or mysteries do, they explore the socio-political worlds that are created by their authors.
The only real problem that I had with this novel is that that the ending is way to touchy-feely. C'mon, while I don't expect every ending to be drenched in testosterone-fueled bloody mayhem, I expected more than an empathic hug-fest.
Oh, and there is a Felis with a gray stripe called Tony. Really? Tony the Tiger cat person?
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Allie Beckstrom #3: Magic In The Shadows by Devon Monk.
Allie Beckstrom #4: Magic On The Storm by Devon Monk.
Allie Beckstrom #5: Magic At The Gate by Devon Monk.
Angel Crawford #1: My Life as A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland.
Angel Crawford #2: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland.
Edie Spence #1: Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander.
Edie Spence #2: Moonshifted (Edie Spence) by Cassie Alexander.
Edie Spence #3: Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander.
Genevieve "Evie" Scelan #1: Spiral Hunt (Evie Scelan) by Margaret Ronald.
Genevieve "Evie" Scelan #2: Wild Hunt by Margaret Ronald.
Mercy Hollings #1: Beg for Mercy (Mercy Hollings, Book 1) by Toni Andrews.
Mercy Hollings #2: Angel of Mercy (Mercy Hollings, Book 2) by Toni Andrews.
Mercy Hollings #3: Cry Mercy by Toni Andrews.
And these anthologies which contain some urban fantasies:
A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters edited by Kerrie Hughes & Martin Harry Greenberg.
Crime Spells edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Loren L. Coleman. Which contains the first Allie Beckstrom story.
A lot has already been said about Nantus' intricate world building, vivid setting, endearing characterizations and how Reb and Bran slowly but surely come to complement each other. These alone make for a captivating read but, to my mind, a higher theme sets this book apart. Reb and Bran exemplify the importance of acceptance--of whatever circumstances one finds oneself in, of circumstances of those around them. A challenge to embrace the whirlwind of change swirling around us all with grace, openness and the thrill of discovery instead of fear, suspicion, and a closed mind. Reb will never get back her decades of forced exile from her own people and the bitter fruits of Jess' shortsightedness are certain to haunt her to her dying day. But each has given the other gifts of compassion, empathy, and dare I say forgiveness? No reason not to given a grieving widower does just that after Reb and Bran track down his wife's killer and, with help from their Pride, leads his children to do likewise. Jess and Reb too come to treasure one another, though I think both of these Tough Ol' Broads would rather be boiled in oil than to say it out loud. They accept their new realities with grace and poise--Jess to possibilities she never dreamed existed and Reb in her own tiny Pride with Bran and Jazz, separate from the Family though an outcast no longer.
My excitement never waned through the book. Highly recommended, giving this reader what I believe the best of both urban fantasy and paranormal romance wrapped up into a right proper whodunit.