Author Note: Contains adult sexual content, including m/m, m/f, m/m/f and BDSM practices. This book is intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside.
Shadows: Barely Restrained is the third book in the Shadows series.
Shadows: Soul Stealer is book #1.Shadows: When Beasts Bite is book #2.Shadows: Embracing Sin is book #4Shadows: Shattered Illusions is book #5
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About the Author
Brenda is unlike most authors since she only began writing 2010. She never wrote fan-fic but has been an avid D&D player for over 35 years. Painting pictures and telling stories for gamers to see in their imaginations came naturally and now she does the same in her novels. She is an Amazon and ARe best-selling author and her love for reading fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary erotic romance has allowed her to apply her Bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing to her new career. Her first best-seller in 2012, Coming Home, was her first attempt at a short story and admittedly ‘shorts’ are not her forte. However, since then, almost every book she has published has made the best-sellers list on Amazon and/or Are (All Romance eBooks.) Brenda’s Shadows universe has been compared to True Blood or Anita Blake by fans and her Mad Dogs series have received rave reviews for its uniqueness. Brenda’s BDSM books in her Undercover Love series, Not for Sale & Highest Bidder, have been banned from Amazon with no explanation. They are also what Brenda considers her best work. Brenda travels the country appearing at leather events and conventions. She frequently is asked to speak on panels about writing and BDSM/kink related topics When Brenda is not writing; she lives and breathes in the Tampa Bay gay leather community. She is a member of the Tampa Leather Club and the only associate member to receive an award (2011) for her dedication toward making the club events all they can be. In 2014, Brenda also received the award for Ms. Community Service 2015 from the Florida Puppy Contest organizers. In 2015, Brenda was again honored for her service to the community when she was pinned ‘Mama’s Tampa Wench’ by Sandy ‘Mama’ Reinhardt who has been an activist for over twenty years. Less than 2000 leather community members worldwide have received this honor. Brenda is also member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. She was the coordinator for Alt*Life Bike Fest in 2013 and currently hosts a monthly leather social at her home bar, The Body Shop. In the past, she has been on the organizing boards for Florida Leather n’ Fetish Pride and RainbowCon. Brenda resides in Tampa with her husband of almost 20 years, 8 cats, and a turtle named Tammy. She is the mother of three beautiful daughters and a grandmother of two gorgeous granddaughters. Brenda loves to hear from her fans so don’t hesitate to contact her online! Website: www.bcothernbooks.com Facebook: Brenda Cothern Books Facebook Fan Page: Brenda Cothern Books, Inc. Goodreads: Brenda Cothern Smashwords: BCothernBooks Google+: Brenda Cothern Books Twitter: BCothernBooks Authorgraph: BCothernBooks For signed digital autograph, please send her a request through Authorgraph! A personalized autographed PDF for the book will be signed and sent to you!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Yet another awesome installment in the Shadows series. In Barely Restrained we are treated to Roni’s story. Because this is the third book and Roni is a bartender at Shadows and has been in the previous books, I knew what she was and what it meant for her to be a changer as we have met her preferred male and female forms before. But knowing that Roni is a changer doesn’t mean that Roni wasn’t a mystery because she has been a woman of few words despite her constant presence and we find out rather quickly, that there’s a lot about her that she hasn’t told her Shadows family about. Despite the happiness of the couplings of her friends and co-workers, Roni only dates norms and by all indications, date is a rather generous term for those relationships. So when Zac happens to take notice of her and catch her eye while she’s bartending the Swingers’ Night event at Shadows, she’s relieved that he’s human. However, upon learning that he’s not unattached, she’s not sure that she wants to see where the mutual interest leads. When Zac returns not once, but twice and refuses to be dissuaded by the way she treats him in two of her alternate forms, she gives in to her curiosity and goes home with him. Because she recently accompanied Nick on an undercover venture – in yet another form – she was aware that Zac was in the kink lifestyle, even if she didn’t actually know what that meant. I appreciated that not only did Roni ask questions about Zac and Hunter’s lifestyle throughout the entire book, but also that they encouraged her questions, answered them, and made sure that she understood the information they gave her. This helped to forge a bond of trust between the three that was apparent during their play scenes – scenes that I must say were freaking hot. There was more of a suspense element in Barely Restrained than in the previous books because Roni’s past was literally stalking her – and while she knew who it was, her refusal to think about it in order to preserve her sanity meant the reader was kept in the dark for quite a while. But when her stalker puts Zac’s life in danger, he learns that Roni is not the same scared pet he controlled years ago and I will only say that Roni proved just how big and bad she could be. As much as I hated the punishment that she was dealt because she thwarted her attacker permanently, it did set the occasion for Zac and Hunter to take care of her and prove to her just how important she was to them – especially when they saw her true form (which sounded pretty creepy when she described it) and did not reject her as she feared they would. Their acceptance of her made it easier for Roni to accept their offer to start a life together – one I expect to hear more about in the next book in the series, Embracing Sin. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!