Book Review: Released by Julie Embleton

Reviewed: February 28th, 2023
Released: December 25th, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Does a killer deserve redemption?
Michael Vincent believes he doesn’t. But can he ignore the discovery of his mate or the menace threatening his former pack as a chance for atonement.

Desperate to escape the memories of the horrific acts committed against his former pack, Michael Vincent has spent the last year running as a lone, tormented wolf. Fearful for his weakening humanity he returns to human form, but chooses to live in solitude, deep in the Rochfort Mountains. When he discovers his mate, a fragile hope slowly begins to ease the burden of the guilt he bears, but the evil that splintered his former life is casting its shadow anew forcing Michael to reunite with his pack mates as they brace to confront a terror thought long buried.

Helen’s thoughts: 5/5

The second installment of the Turning Moon series is a more introspective novel as we focus on Michael, the beta who is struggling to accept that all the horrors that happened in the first book, weren’t his fault.

As such it is a much slower beginning as we follow Michael as he fights his own insecurities and tries to reengage with the world and people around him. His struggles are heart breaking, though his progression just as heart warming.

Embleton’s prose is a joy to read and her understanding of the emotional rollercoaster she puts her characters through beautifully captured. Her characters are rich and well developed and are just as wonderful to meet as we follow them through the many ups and down that challenge them.

I listened to the audiobook, and Elyse Osterhaug did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life, and I thoroughly enjoyed her narration.

Can’t wait to read/listen to book three!

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