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- Turning Moon, Book 2
- Narrated by: Elyse Osterhaug
- Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
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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 tormented lone 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.
Released is book two of the Turning Moon series, where friendship and love are both tested and discovered as supernatural beings join forces.
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- A Gothic Writer's reading nook
Brilliant, book 2, the series keeps getting better
RELEASED by Julie Embleton, book 2 in the Turning Moon series.
Following BOUND, book 1, the story continues with Michael Vincent, a minor character at the start, who has spent the last year on the run, convinced he deserves to be alone and tormented by his guilt. His unwitting but devastating actions in book 1 continue to haunt him as he tries to build a new life deep in the Rochfort Mountains, away from his pack. Fate has different plans when he meets his mate, giving Michael a small glimmer of hope for redemption. But as the nightmare and evil of his former life threatens to destroy all hope, can he overcome his guilt, make peace with his pack and rid the evil for good this time?
As with the first in the series, Released is not just wolf fiction, a trope that I don't usually enjoy. Friendship, love and loyalty feature strongly here, all woven into a suspense thriller that feels far more real than an urban fantasy. The author has a natural gift of pulling you into the story, convincing you that wolves live amongst us in our everyday lives.
I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Elyse Osterhaug, who I am delighted to say has recorded the whole series. Elyse has a beautiful, easy tone that keeps you listening, bringing compelling depth to her storytelling... wonderful.
The Turning Moon series is a must-read and listen for all lovers of urban fantasy, thrilling suspense, and of course, a fabulous wolf romance. If you are new to audiobooks, these are great places to start. Now on to book 3!
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- Helen Grimmett
Wonderful second installment
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!
- Carla Reighard
I didn't want to stop listening.
I didn't want to stop cleaning my house so I could listen to this whole book. As it was, I did complete this book in 3 days with interruptions, and that is quicker than I listen to most audiobooks.
The narrator did a brilliant job of making each character have distinct voices. I like when I can picture male versus female characters as I listen even though it is just one person doing the narration.
The story is engaging. It has all the elements that I love in a book: characters to cheer for, a love story, action, and redemption. This book focuses on Michael Vincent who was controlled by the evil werewolf in the first book, Bound. He's learning to live with the actions he committed while he was under a spell by keeping separate from his former pack.
The best part about this series is even if you aren't into werewolves, witches, vampires, or demons, the characters of the story make you want to read on. In that way, I compare these books to the Twilight series, because the books took away my fear of monsters. Not all werewolves and vampires want to kill humans just for sport or food. Even though I knew it was fiction or fantasy, I was a chicken and avoided the genre. With werewolves like Michael Vincent, I want to join his pack.