When Beasts Bite (Shadows #2) by Brenda Cothern ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

whenbeastsbiteTitle: When Beasts Bite (Shadows #2)

Author: Brenda Cothern

Narrator: Michael Vasicek

Publisher: Self Published

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/28/2015

Length: 02 hours 59 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy


Jordy Mitchell is the bouncer and manager at the Tampa night club Shadows. He’s also a garoul who shifts into his panther form whenever he can get away from work to his cabin in Ocala National Forest.

Nick Swanson is the Ex-Special Forces marine who has been Jordy’s best friend since he ‘went civilian’ five years ago. A wolf garoul, he and Jordy hit it off from the get go and shared many women over the course of their friendship.

All of that changed when they accidently touched intimately during one of their encounters and both realize they enjoyed it. Neither will admit it. Before their friendship falls completely apart over the incident, they attempt to come to terms with their feelings. However, just as they are starting to be honest with themselves and each other, Jordy in panther form is stolen from Nick while in the forest around his cabin. Can Nick rescue his friend and lover before it’s too late? Will he be able to make Jordy remember what it is like to be human and to love?

Author Note: Contains adult sexual content: m/m practices

Story Review:

This was a unique take on the GFY theme between two shifters. The story was interesting and pulled me in from the beginning. I enjoyed learning more about this world and was really intrigued by the author’s portrayal of shifters and all that it entailed. I really liked that the shifting aspect was vital to the story as well as the developing “more than friends” connection between these men.

What I really liked most was that this short novella was not turned into an insta-love story which it could easily have been. But because their was history between these characters, their connection was more realistic. The author also included the struggle it took Jory to understand the changes he was experiencing and this new connection he has with Nick. In the end, it is this connection that made everything work out and the author left things with a very hopefully promising feel. This was a good start to something that could be wonderful and I am glad the author did not feel the need to for this into a perfect and speedy HEA.

Narration Review:

This narrator is just not for me. His voice was clear and easy to listen to, but his portrayal of the characters and the emotions was flat and sometimes the emotions that came through in his voice were not the correct ones for the situation.


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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 “When Beasts Bite (Shadows #2) by Brenda Cothern ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

  1. PizzyGirl,

    Thanks for taking the time to review the audio version of When Beats Bite!

    Best wishes,

    PS I’m glad you understood the HFN. Many don’t and are upset that there is a HEA 🙁

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