Embracing Sin (Shadows #4) by Brenda Cothern ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

embracingsinTitle: Embracing Sin (Shadows #4)

Author: Brenda Cothern

Narrator: Nate Daniels

Publisher: Brenda Cothern Books, Inc.

Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 11/11/2014

Length: 03 hours 31 minutes

Genre: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy


The Tampa nightclub Shadows, in Ybor City, has been more than just a place of employment for Sin. For the last year and a half she has waited tables at Shadows and has not had to look over her shoulder for the destroyers who constantly searched out her kind. Hidden among the others who were not ‘norm’, she knew she had finally found a home and the family she had never had before.

However, her boss Alec’s upcoming wedding has brought an influx of guests to the club; a destroyer among them.

This book contains adult sexual situations and is intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside.

Story Review:

I have to mention this again, while the characters have no limit on the gender of their partners, this entire story is het. There are only m/f sexual pairings with the briefest mention that the MCs have been with other genders.

Also, the stories in this series are linked together by location and a cast of characters, but the author has stated that they can be read as stand alone titles. I agree with this to a certain extent. As far as needing to read the other stories to understand the previous relationships, nope, not an issue as there is enough in each individual title to bring the reader up to speed. However, I feel that I lacked forming a connection to the MCs in Embracing Sin as I skipped book 3 in this series where the female MC was apparently introduced. I did not understand her or her connection to the group and never really formed a connection to her to care about her outcome. Maybe if I had read the previous story, I would have cared more.

But on the flip side, I love this world. I am finding the way the author takes traditional paranormal and fantasy beings and twists them to fit her world to be fantastic. Embracing Sin touches on the war between Angels and Demons and lets the reader into a battle of epic proportions, but one that is not all that it appears. There was more to the story hidden beneath the outward showing of aggression and “right vs wrong.” I really loved this part of the story.

However, I struggled with the romance in this one. I struggled with the fact that it was a romance at all. Yes, the characters were HOT and the sex was HOT, but all of a sudden, they were in love and I was lost. I did not follow that jump from lust to love and was very confused as to why it even occurred. I know why it needed to occur for the plot of the story, but I was never convinced that the love was not just forced to achieve the desired outcome. This romance was lacking that “developed and natural” feel.

Narration Review:

Nate Daniels was a nice change of pace from the previous narrator. He actually gave the individual characters voices and personality and his voice was much easier on the ears than before. He did more than just read the story, and most of the emotions came through.


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I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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One thought on “Embracing Sin (Shadows #4) by Brenda Cothern ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

  1. PizzyGirl,

    Thanks for taking the time to review the audio version of Embracing Sin! People either love or hate when a narrator uses different voices. I am glad you enjoyed Nate’s take on my characters.

    Best wishes,

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