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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Exhale: A Breathe Series Novella is young adult romantic suspense written by Elena Dillon. Jasmine, her family and their friends are enjoying Thanksgiving together when a knock on the door changes everything. She's stunned to see her father, Michael, standing on the porch. It's been 10 years since he walked away from the family and 4 years since he's even communicated with them. Jasmine's brother, Caedan, is furious about his father's reappearance and indirectly blames him for their sister Daisy's kidnapping and death, and Jasmine's kidnapping, as he was not there to prevent them. Easton, Jasmine's boyfriend, refuses to shake Michael's hand when they're introduced. Things get even more convoluted when Detective Hollister calls Jasmine and tells her that the man who kidnapped her and her sister is willing to reveal where his other victims are buried, but only if she comes to visit him in prison. Jasmine's horrified at the thought of facing him, but she feels it's something she has to do.
Elena Dillon's romantic suspense story, Exhale: A Breathe Series Novella is well-written and very entertaining. Dillon deftly involves the reader in Jasmine's family history and their relationships. The characters are well-developed and quickly become part of the reading experience. Michael, the returning father, has a flawed history but is still larger than life and very charismatic, as is his daughter, Jasmine. Exhale is all that a short story or a novella could be; there are several plots and crises running throughout the work, and I easily felt as satisfied and involved with the novella as I would have with a full-length novel. I'm looking forward to reading other stories in Dillon's Breathe Series. Exhale: A Breathe Series Novella is highly recommended.