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All his life, Rand T'Ash has looked forward to meeting his HeartMate, with whom he could begin a family. Once a street tough but now a respected nobleman and artisan, he has crafted the perfect HeartGift, which, in the custom of the psychically-gifted population of the planet Celta, is the way a man finds-and attracts-his wife...
Danith Mallow is irresistibly drawn to the magnificent necklace on display in T'Ash's shop, but she is wary of its creator, despite an overpowering attraction. In a world where everyone is defined by their psychic ability, Danith has little, and thus is at the opposite end of the social spectrum from T'Ash. But T'Ash refuses to accept her rejection, and sees it as a challenge instead. They are HeartMates, but can T'Ash persuade his beloved to accept her destiny by his side?See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
In her tale of the world of Celta, a settlement by Earth space explorers, it's ruled by the thirteen royal houses of the
Twenty-five first families that settled this new planet. They had left Earth, because they were different, they were gifted with "Flair" meaning they were witches and warlocks. They have various powers and these have developed over the centuries, amplified by Celta.
This tales centers on Rand Ash, now called T'Ash. At six years old, his family was destroyed in a fire set by a rival house, planning on ending the whole house of Ash. He escaped, after watching his two older brothers, father and mother die, as his world went up in flames. Downwind - the slums of Celta - offered him shelter. As a grown man, he left behind the harsh life there, and hunts down those who killed his family. Then he rebuilt the GreatHouse of Ash.
His vibrant flair centers on gems, so he is a master jeweler. He and his Fam, familiar Zanth - a large tomcat that has magical powers and can talk telepathically to T'Ash - are respected among the GreatHouses. Only life is hollow for T'ash. He needs his HeartMate.Read more ›
Ms Owens has written an interesting story. While Rand's ideas of courtship are humorous in a "he has no clue what he is doing" kind of fashion, I really felt that Danith was a little hard on him. Both have the common background of being orphans. Except Rand's family was murdered when he was a small boy and he survived. After living on the streets he had to fight his way back to reclaim his family name while lacking the social skills of others in his class. Because of his upbringing he was very straight forward, which I actually liked.
For Danith, as an orphan her talents had been over looked and therefore not discovered. Rand helps her through discovering them and to get the necessary training so she could use them. This set them on equal status level and yet she still fought her attraction for him. Sadly for me, this became old. She wants to be with him, yet she doesn't. Rand has a familiar that was his only "family"; this added humor to the story. The way Zanth (the familiar) spoke and reacted to situations, I can see my own cats acting. And while it wouldn't be a romance without the couples having problems and hero taking control, because of Danith the couple didn't work for me.Read more ›
Which is good because the true strength of the story is the characters and the story line that entwines them. Rand T'Ash, a person with immense Flair but a twisted and tortured past, has found he true Heart Mate, the one person that matches him perfectly, the Ying for his Yang. The only problem is she doesn't believe it and wants nothing to do with him!
There is romance here by the buckets full! The end is predictable but doesn't detract from the twisted, painful, and sometimes humorous trail they take to find it. While not spending a lot of time on technical trivia Ms. Owens does flesh out her characters, especially Rand and Danith, with spectacular effect. By the end of the book you know them intimately, their flaws, and pains and ultimately their triumph.
This was the first book by Ms. Owens that I have had the pleasure to read, it won't be the last. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
This one I defiantly RECOMMEND.
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Loved it, can't wait to read the others ones. Not to. Often I find a new author that I really enjoy.Published on Feb. 13 2014 by Laurie
HEART MATE (Celta's Heartmates #1) by Robin D. Owens
HEART MATE is the first storyline in Robin D Owens' Celta's Heart Mates series. Read more
Some idiot had traded this book in at a used book store! Not me - this one's a keeper!! The cat on the cover was what first caught my attention. The story was what kept it. Read morePublished on June 2 2004
Sci-Fi type romance seem be hot right now and it's not surprising with writers like Susan Grant, Robin Popp, Catherine Spangler, and now CJ Barry and Robin Owens. Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by Rianne Grant
This book wasn't bad. Interesting characters, nice love scenes.
But there were some things I didn't like about it. Read more
I am so tired of traditional "romance" novels so I really enjoyed this book.
The world Robin D. Read more
It is amazing to think this is a first book from Owens. Her storyteller's ability is strong, her use of humour done with flair, her adapting ancient Celt lore into a whole new... Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by J. Marshall
I enjoyed this book; I found it a pleasant way to while away a few hours. I liked it -- but I didn't love it, and I'm not entirely certain why. Read morePublished on April 15 2003 by Aimee
Robin D. Owens has a strong voice and is endowed with magical imagery. I finished a similar offworld by another writer, one with potential, but the lack of imagery hurt the book. Read morePublished on April 13 2003 by Deborah MacGillivray