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"A fabulous book about risking it all for love..."

Robin D. Owens has crafted an incredible story about love and the confusing path we take to reach it. She manages to weave all this together in the fictional world of Celta. This planet is so well developed with its societal customs, mores, and classes that one can't help but wonder if maybe she knows something we don't.

Rand T'Ash is a master craftsman of jewels and fine metals. He has worked hard to reach the status that was taken away from him so young in a fire. Alone with only the few memories of a six year old and a cat that bonds with him telepathically, T'Ash conquers his foes but never addresses the fears. Now he has created his HeartGift that will only be recognizable by his true love. Can he manage to secure his HeartMate and keep his fears and secrets locked inside?

Danith Mallow has always liked T'Ash's jewelry and when she could afford it would purchase some of the smaller trinkets. But when she comes to his store and sees the beautiful necklace/HeartGift on display she is overcome with incredible emotion and attraction for this man. Frightened by the experience she slips away for she is not of the noble class like he is. But T'Ash is not to be deterred. He has always believed what he wants he gets.

To balance out all the conflicting emotions are the wonderful secondary characters, the familiars. Actually Zanth, T'Ash's familiar would probably have words about that as he see himself as the center of the universe in most things. Zanth is a tomcat and one tough feline with a heart and appetite to go with it. Ms. Owens cleverly entertains us by letting the reader hear the telepathic connection between Zanth and T'Ash . Her words are well chosen as she creates a whole new dimension to this book.

As the dynamics take flight in this book we learn of the complications that can come with self-discovery and many bridges that must be crossed if love is going to have a chance. Ms. Owens does a fantastic job of diving into the aspects of how to keep your identity and integrity as love works it's magic and insists on your unconditional surrender. Her words are well chosen. Her descriptions and creativity are boundless. And the humor, beauty, and romance are enchanting. An Excellent book Ms. Owens. I am going to dive into the next one immediately, HEART THIEF... and of course I will be joined by my own familiars.

Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted January 1, 2004

SUMMARY

2002 RITA Finalist

T'Ash rolled the divination dice. The spun and stopped: "Today you will meet your HeartMate."

T'Ash has avenged his dead family and carefully crafted his life. He knows Danith is his future and the future of his clan. Danith, an orphaned commoner, wants life easy too. But one look at T'Ash tells her that he's going to make her life quite difficult. She knows he is noble, powerful and dangerous. Not for her. Then there's the second prophecy: A woman surrounded by blasers, in peril...

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HeartMate
(Celta series: Book 1)
by Robin D. Owens

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
August 1, 2006
Available: August 1, 2006
ISBN #0425212408
EAN #9780425212400
352 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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Other Books by
Robin D. Owens

Enchanted Again
Enchanted No More
Heart Journey
Heart Change
Echoes in the Dark
Heart Fate
Keepers of the Flame
Heart Dance
Protector of the Flight
Heart Quest
What Dreams May Come
Sorceress Of Faith
What Dreams May Come
Heart Choice
Guardian of Honor
Heart Duel
Heart Thief


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