A welcome addition to the paranormal romance world arrives with this terrific debut novel from DeLima. Blending Celtic mythology, shapeshifters and magic, Celtic Moon is not only an absorbing adventure; it is a story of reconciliation and acceptance. The protagonists in this book were originally unable to overcome their differences, but when they are reunited years later, much more is at stake. DeLima really brings these characters to life, exploring their flaws and their strengths.
More than 15 years ago, pregnant Sophie Thibodeau fled the Maine compound where her husband Dylan Black rules, unable to cope with the unfriendly reception from Dylan’s clan — a race of people who can shift into wolves. But now her son, Joshua, is a teen and showing signs that he might shift, so Sophie swallows her fears and reaches out to Dylan. Dylan has been obsessed with finding Sophie and Joshua for ages, but the timing is dangerous: a war with the Guardians is pending, and his family is a prime target. (ACE, Oct., 304 pp., $7.99)