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Review: Summer Moon by Jan DeLima

Summer Moon
Author:  Jan DeLima
Series:  Celtic Wolves 2
Publisher:  Ace, September 30, 2014
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425266212
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: Summer Moon by Jan DeLima
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…

Stacey's Thoughts

This is a great book! I’m so glad that this series has continued because I feel it has a lot of potential to be a huge series. Summer Moon is so different from the first installment of the series, Celtic Moon. First off, it’s not told by Sophie (Rats. I totally love Sophie and wanted to know more about her.) but after I got over my initial hissy fit, I recognized that Rosa is totally awesome in her own right. This book picks up right where Celtic Moon leaves off. Things are changing…the Guardians will be challenged and Rosa is right in the middle of it all. DeLima writes beautifully about every subject in this book: the nature, the wolves, the history, and the passion. It was a delight to read, especially because the characters are so original and unpredictable. The story starts off with an unpredictable event at Castell Avon and you’ll be kept guessing the whole story.

The Welsh Celtic gods and goddesses play a bigger role in this novel than in Celtic Moon, especially Taliesin (whom they call “Sin” for short.) Dylan’s brother Luc also plays a bigger role and we learn more about him and his (deceased) human wife, Koko. This story starts with alliances but grows into trust and love. Each narrator has been hurt throughout their long lives in different ways and they are all caught between nursing old wounds and growing into something new. I loved reading about their doubts, fears, and anger as they went through these changes. It makes them beautifully imperfect. At the end of the story, you can see how they are not who they were and how (most of them) have changed for the better. I can’t wait for the next installment of the Celtic Wolves Novels. You go Jan DeLima!

The View From Monday - September 29, 2014

Happy last Monday in September!  I'm getting ready for New York Comic Con, Paranormal Mystery Month and Halloween in October. I'm also finishing up the full October release week so you will see that sometime this week. For those keeping track my kitchen now has walls and a ceiling again. Cabinets go in this week. Hopefully appliances too. What I have learned: having a kitchen renovated is VERY disruptive.

The View From Monday - September 29, 2014

There is one debut this week:

Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall.

From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Summer Moon (Celtic Wolves 2) by Jan DeLima

September 30, 2014
To Dance With the Devil Cat Adams UF - Blood Singer 6
Generation 18 Keri Arthur UF - Spook Squad 2
The Engineer ReConditioned (h2tp) Neal Asher SF - Collection
Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami: A Tor.Com Original Kendare Blake UF/YA - Goddess Wars
Literally Murder Ali Brandon PCM - Black Cat Bookshop Mystery 4
The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - Lost Stars 2
The Ascendant (h2mm) Drew Chapman Th - Garrett Reilly 1
Heart of a Hero Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls Romance 4
The Rome Prophecy (h2tp) Sam Christer Th
Break Out Nina Croft SF/R - Dark Desires 1
Children of the Revolution Keith R.A. DeCandido F/TT - Sleepy Hollow
Summer Moon Jan DeLima UF - Celtic Wolves 2
Magician's End (h2mm) Raymond E. Feist F - Chaoswar Saga 3
1636: The Devil's Opera (h2mm) Eric Flint
David Carrico
SF - Ring of Fire 13
Priestess Dreaming Yasmine Galenorn UF - Otherworld 16
Bloodline Alan Gold
Mike Jones
Su - Heritage Trilogy 1
The Betrayed Heather Graham Su/PNR - Krewe of Hunters
Burning Desire Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 3
Transcendental (h2mm) James Gunn SF
The End of the Sentence Maria Dahvana Headley
Kat Howard
Horns Movie Tie-In Edition: A Novel Joe Hill Th/Su
The Brothers Cabal Jonathan L. Howard H - Johannes Cabal 4
Chained by Night Larissa Ione PNR - Moonbound Clan Vampires 2
Die and Stay Dead Nicholas Kaufmann UF - Trent 2
Night Play (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunter 6
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor: Part One (h2mm) Robert Kirkman Z - The Walking Dead 3
Dream Eyes (ri) Jayne Ann Krentz PNR - Dark Legacy 2
Burdens of the Dead (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey
Eric Flint
David Freer
SF - Heirs of Alexandria 4
Energized (h2mm) Edward M. Lerner SF
The Bloodbound Erin Lindsey F - Bloodbound 1
The Revelation (ri) Bentley Little H
Goodhouse (D) Peyton Marshall Su
Dangerous Women 1 George R. R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F - Anthology
False Gods (tp2mm) Graham McNeill SF - The Horus Heresy 2
Twilight Forever Rising (tp2mm) Lena Meydan UF
The Haunting Ballad: A Mystery Michael Nethercott M - O'Nelligan and Plunkett 2
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse (h2tp) James Wesley Rawles AA
Rise of the King: Companions Codex, II R. A. Salvatore F - Companions Codex
A Sudden Light Garth Stein F
Incarnate Anton Strout UF - Spellmason Chronicle 3
The Curse Defiers Denise Grover Swank UF - Curse Keepers 3
Grimm: The Killing Time Tim Waggoner F - Grimm/Media Tie-In
Demon (e) Erik Williams Military/F
Tour of Duty: Stories and Provocations (tp2mm) Michael Z. Williamson SF - Collection

D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

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F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult
Z - Zombies

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