Summer Moon by Jan DeLima ~ Book Review

Summer Moon by Jan DeLima ~ Book ReviewAuthor: Jan DeLima
Title: Summer Moon
Series: Celtic Wolves #2
Publisher: ACE
Pages: 304
Release Date: September 30th 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
She won’t be ruled again… Rosa Alban has been obedient her entire life. But when her alpha husband dies, she seizes the opportunity to flee the oppressive Guardians—the rulers of the secret shapeshifter world. Her flight instantly brands her as a pack traitor, and she has no choice but to seek protection from a neighboring tribe by marrying one of their sons. Known as the Beast of Merin, Luc Black loyally plays the part of unwanted son and devoted brother. He realizes marrying Rosa will strengthen his tribe’s territory, but he has no intention of loving ever again. Still, he’s unprepared for the intense physical need the wild she-wolf awakens in him. When the Guardians hone in on Rosa, Luc must fight to protect his new bride. And as war descends, the unlikely allies discover their destinies are irrevocably entwined…
Format: eBook
Also by this author: Celtic Moon, Autumn Moon
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Summer Moon is the second book in the Celtic Wolves series by Jan DeLima.

In my opinion, readers should read Celtic Moon before reading Summer Moon. Although some information about what happened in the first book is provided to the reader, I believe the reading experience would be better for those who have read the first book.

This story is about Dylan’s brother, Luc, and Rosa, the woman to whom Dylan owes a favor for saving Sophie’s life. Luc and Rosa enter into an agreement that is meant to thwart the Guardian’s plans, but ends up meaning a lot more to both of them.

I didn’t have any complaints about this book. I thought Summer Moon was fast-paced, exciting both in and out of the bedroom, and very well written. I loved how DeLima mixed together the Celtic folklore, real history, and fiction. It all blended seamlessly.

Honestly, I didn’t expect to be convinced by the romance. I kept thinking that the author was going to try to pass off lust or obligation as love, like many authors do. I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn’t the case. I believed that Luc and Rosa fell in love. I was satisfied with the outcome of their relationship. Because I am a bit of a skeptic when it comes to anything that has to do with destiny, fate, or true love, it isn’t an easy task for a writer to convince me of love, especially when the word mate is part of the equation. The idea of mates in the sense of wolves doesn’t bother me so much, but often authors turn that into something about souls being destined to be together, which usually results in forcing the couple to be together. So, I have to commend Jan DeLima for not complicating things and for being able to convince me that Luc and Rosa really did love one another…and for the right reasons, not just because they were unable to keep their hands off each other or because they felt obligated.

Like the first book, there is enough action to appeal to readers of urban fantasy, while still satisfying paranormal romance readers’ expectations of hot sex and a happily ever after. I strongly recommend Summer Moon. It was a great read!

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