Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Heart Mate by Robin D. Owens

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?

I know I should probably devote more of my book reading time to new books, but this one just called to me! And think that since it's been years since I read it the first time around I get a free pass to talk about it here. Robin D. Owens' HeartMate series is a great foray into the futuristic romance realm, and she does it without being ridiculous in her world building. As you read this book and the ones that come next you learn more and more about Celta but you never feel like she's saying 'Now I'm going to teach you guys about the flora and fauna of the planet...blah blah blah' which some authors do. Instead you have a very compelling love story between two people who've experienced hardship and are learning how to trust their feelings for each other.

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up. While some of her other books might not be my favorite, she starts off the series strong with great characters and a wonderful romance.

Series - 1) Heart Mate 2) Heart Thief 3) Heart Duel 4) Heart Choice 5) Heart Quest 6) Heart Dance 7) Heart Fate 8) Heart Change