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Monday, September 29, 2014

Alpha Male Diner: Wolf Shifter, Luc Black by Jan DeLima (Summer Moon)

Luc Black (wolf shifter)
recipe by Jan DeLima
Summer Moon (Celtic Wolves #2)

Ingredients:-Celtic warrior who can shift into a wolf (also known as the Beast of Merin)
-Protector of the innocent
-Dually honed muscles from fighting in both human and wolf forms
-Ink black hair and mercury colored eyes (his eyes turn blue when influenced by his wolf)
-Remains loyal to his deceased wife for over sixty years… until the female alpha of his neighboring territory temps him with an offer he can’t refuse

Season with:
-A tattoo of an owl from shoulder to waist
-Hunted at birth due to fear
-Raised by an older brother to be a warrior of honor
-A gentle lover despite his fierce reputation and appearance
-Understands women (this final ingredient is dangerous so add with caution)

Preheat reading location. Fold ingredients together gently as some of them are combustible when combined. Lastly, oven temperature may need frequent readjustments since this alpha hero tempted the author to write far more loves scenes than she originally planned.

Taste Test:

Luc wrapped the knitted blanket around Rosa and draped it like a shawl. Fisting his hands around the corners, he pulled her forward, like a fish caught in a weir. Before she could guess his intent, she found herself on his lap, cocooned in heat and hot male skin, with her legs dangled over his knees.

“Now, is this so bad?” he taunted while tucking her head under his chin.

“I suppose not.” Pondering where to place her hands, she ended up curling them in her lap, while her shoulder rested in the crook between his arm and chest.

In truth, it was hypnotic setting on him like this—dangerously so, like the hush before a storm. The rise and fall of his torso as he breathed lulled like a male siren, along with the weight of his arms and the lure of his skin against her cheek. The most exquisite scent of forest and man wove around her senses. More tempting, underneath it all lay the hint of musk, of potent wolf waiting in the shadows to protect her if the human failed.

All her tension ebbed like a babe in caring arms. Away from Guardians and wrapped in strength; she’d not felt this safe since childhood. How sad that she’d found peace with a virtual stranger. And how easily she could become addicted.

Oh, yes . . . this was dangerous. “How long do we have to stay like this?”

“Shhhh . . .” His throat moved as he swallowed while his hands trailed up her thighs and under her sweater, but only to knead the muscles of her lower back.

As if she weren’t becoming a puddle of goo already.

Before long, her eyes grew heavy, drifted closed. Had he been waiting for this moment of surrender, she wondered drowsily, when her guard had dissolved enough to welcome his gentle game? And did she care? For this was far more pleasant than any others she’d been forced to play.

He shifted to the side and moved his shoulder, leaned a bit, and her head rolled back, only to be caught by the soft pressure of his mouth on hers. So tender she didn’t even open her eyes. Were a man’s lips supposed to be this soft? Like with other carnal acts, she had little experience with kissing, sadly enough.

Having known only violence or indifference, her perceptions reeled. Indeed, if this was passion, then she didn’t know how to respond. But she was curious enough to try. She would admit that to herself, and even to him if he asked . . . She was so hungry to know what others whispered about in giggly tones. How many stories had she heard, from Tesni and others, of their forbidden trysts and naughty secrets, only to feel like a bystander to their private joy?

“Open your mouth, Rosa.” The order came on a husky whisper against her lips.

Summer Moon (Celtic Wolves #2)
by Jan DeLima
Paperback, 304 pages
September 30th 2014 by Ace

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.

You are welcome to read the first chapter of Summer Moon on Jan’s website.

About the Author:
Jan lives in Maine with her husband of twenty years and their two teenage sons. Unlike many authors, Jan didn't pen stories at an early age but has always been a dedicated reader. She loves stories and storytelling. It wasn't until after her children entered school that she began writing. Raised in a military family, she lived in different countries such as Thailand and Germany, but home base has always been Maine. She brought a mixture of all her experiences to her first published novel, blending castles and Celtic lore with the wild nature of her home.


  1. Yum. I was just reading about this one and thinking yes. Must. Have! lol Yay for the naughty hero and is influencing of the author. ;)

  2. This has been on most anticipated list since I finished Celtic Moon. Loved the first book and am so eager to read this one.

  3. I totally agree with Anna I MUST HAVE!!! Sounds like a fantastic series that I could really get into. Thx!!!