I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent.
Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.
A+ Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A- Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+ Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B- Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+ Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C- Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish
updated July 9, 2015
Autumn Moon is another exciting tale in the Celtic Wolves series. Ms. DeLima has found a way to make shifters and paranormal romance exciting and engrossing again. I love her mix of mythology, even if I get confused by the terms from time to time. What I’ve learned is that I don’t have to remember every single detail to enjoy the story.
Cormack and Elen have a romance that is a few hundred years in the making. Long-time friends, hampered by the fact that he was born in his wolf form and unable to shift, the pair spent countless hours together. The fact that he was wolf wasn’t weird because it never was sexual; however a deep bond did form. Once Cormack became human, each realized that bond equated to love and desire. I admire how Cormack wanted to learn to be a human - a man - without Elen’s assistance, and I like that Elen, while frustrated by his distance, understands his logic.
While the story could have been bogged down by misunderstandings, keeping the pair apart, the author did a good job minimizing the impacts of communication breakdowns. And while the couple didn’t come to terms with their true feelings after the midpoint of the book, the coupling didn’t feel prolonged because of silly issues between the pair. Both sweet and innocent, yet passion and flames, the pair’s chemistry was perfect, and they made up for any inexperiences with enthusiasm.
The overall story involving the Guardians and a pending war moved forward over the course of Autumn Moon. There were some great twists within the book, especially one that I didn’t piece together until it was “too late.” It was evident by the conclusion of the book that all the pieces are falling into place to create a maelstrom of violence against the “lesser” wolf packs. I worry that things are going to get worse before it gets better, but I look forward to the journey. What I love about the Celtic Wolves series is that the overall plot has an urban fantasy vibe to it, yet every book has a stand alone romance, therefore, the reader gets a happy ending with each title.
Overall, I enjoyed Autumn Moon and look forward to finding out what’s going to happen next for Dylan, his family and friends, and his pack.
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
Review copy provided by Publisher
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About