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Heart Fortune (Celta's Heartmates #12)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  801 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
On the faraway planet Celta, there are some forces you cannot fight…

Jace Bayrum has always been a loner. Concerned more with getting an adrenaline fix and making money to live on his own, Jace cares little for family ties or matters of the heart. On the other hand Glyssa Licorice, Jace’s former fling and true mate, is both loving and loyal. She is determined to track down
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Berkley
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Our story begins with the excavation of the Lugh’s Spear. An airship that was lost when the first colonist arrived on the planet. Jace Bayrum, a non nobleman, is working with the Raz and Del T’Elecampanes to excavate, catalog the discoveries, and share in the wealth. A loner and a bit of a player, his family history ensures that a heartmate is most definitely unwanted.

Glyssa Licorice is a second level librarian. Also a bit of a loner,
Aug 17, 2013 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Book Lovers Inc.

Three things make Robin D. Owens’ Celta series compulsively readable for me: 1) she’s found a way to make the fated mate trope have romantic tension and make logical sense, 2) the worldbuilding behind Celta is not only multi-layered and totally awesome, but it seems eminently livable, and 3) the fams, the fams, the fams, who rock this particular entry in the series.

The Celta series is a futuristic lost colony series. So they are part of the Pern tradition
Sep 03, 2013 Tiffany rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Like Zem, this book had the power to fly but spent most of its time perched on a chair instead. Three quarters of the way through I didn't like any of the characters, hadn't figured out their flairs, was bored with all the endless no-time business and salary talk, and worse, had decided the hero was a full-time loser. (Where is a macho & perfumed duelling dare-devil like Holm Holly when you need one?!?!?!)

The final pages which were set up to be pyrotechnically effulgent--including a last dit
May 27, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-05
There were several things I liked about this book. Glyssa is a librarian and that is the first time I remember her family appearing in any of the books. I love the Fams. Glyssa's is a young fox and Jace's is a type of hawk. Several characters from previous books appear, either in minor or major roles.

All of these positives are overshadowed by Jace not wanting to HeartMate with Glyssa. He doesn't believe in love and he doesn't want to lose his freedom.

Although I cannot imagine ever giving up on t
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars; B

I've been a longtime fan of the Celta Heartmates series and look forward to each new book. While this wasn't one of my favorites it was still a good read.

Things I liked:
-I LOVE the fams in this series and this book has a new type of fam, a Hawkcel. I thought Zem was awesome.
-Glyssa, Camellia, and Tiana were introduced in an earlier book and I think those three ladies are great characters. I was glad to see Glyssa again.
-Lugh's Spear and more history of the original explorers.

Jul 20, 2013 Betty rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book early and just finished a few minutes ago -- and I am going to start a re-read as soon as I get off the computer. First off, I am a total addict when it comes to Robin Owen's Heart series. I tend to return to Celta again and again simply because I love the world Owens has created and it is so easy to slip right back in by picking up one of her books. Heart Fortune is one of the best in the series and draws you in page by page as the ...more
Barb Lie
Sep 08, 2013 Barb Lie rated it really liked it
Heart Fortune by Robin Owens is the 12th book in her Celta series. This is such a wonderful series, and Robin continues with another fabulous book. The destined mates in Heart Fortune are Glyssa Licorice, whom we have met previously, as she is best friends with Camellia and Tiana; and Jace Bayrum, who is a loner in so many ways.

Jace and Glyssa have been sexually involved awhile back, and Jace wasn’t interested in any kind of long term relationship. Glyssa, though knew Jace was her heart mate, b
3.5 stars - Surprisingly, after twelve books I am not tired of this series and the gravel strewn path to the perfect love between Heartmates.

This time the pair have a history - a short fling - where the don't-tie-me-down-love-em-and-leave-em adventurer Jake didn't realize that the passionate Librarian Glyssa was actually his Heartmate. Glyssa's waited for him to search for his Heartmate but when Jake runs into a dangerous situation and Glyssa feeds him flair to save him, she decides that it is
Aug 07, 2013 Cara rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, like I enjoy all the books in the series, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I really didn't like Del- I didn't like her in her book with Raz, and I really didn't like her bossiness and bithciness this time. It was also a little slow in some parts. I liked Glyssa and Jace, even though I'm not sure Owens did the best job of explaining why they are Heartmates. Glyssa is a good, sweet heroine, but not adventurous, so not really compatible with Jace. Jace was very selfish, and I ...more
Maggie Holmes
Aug 03, 2016 Maggie Holmes rated it liked it
There was a lot to the plot this time: Lugh's Spear and what is inside it; possibility of creating some new cities; the Druida library; and a bird as a fam. However, there wasn't much chemistry between Glyssa and Jace (or maybe I just didn't like Jace.) It think it was because their Flairs were interesting. When the characters have interesting Flairs (time, prophecy, seeing who's been in a place, healing) I think the books have more tension. I'm still not sure what happened at the end.
The books
Aurian Booklover
Sep 02, 2013 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it
Glyssa Licorice is a SecondLevel Librarian in Druida City, the major city on Celta. Both her parents and her older sister are FirstLevel Librarians, which makes them her bosses. Glyssa wants to make FirstLeven Librarian, and she needs a project for that. She is working on HouseHearts, as there is not much information about them in the Library.
Then suddenly her HeartMate takes her energy to save his life, and she knows where he is. She has known who he is for a while now, as they once spend a fe
Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

For those of you who haven't read Robin D. Owens Celta HeartMate Series.. you are seriously missing out. Ms Owens writes a wonderful series about the people of Celta, descendants of those who left earth and ventured into a new world. Celta is a land full of magic, to not have magic (or flare as it is referred to) is an anathema and those who don't are considered Nulls and can be seriously mistreated. While the younger generation has tried to change things, th
Lady Lioness
I keep going back and forth between giving this four stars or five because it was slow at some points and the mystery could have been handled a bit better, but I am freaking giddy right now. It was a great read and well worth what I went through to get it.

I tried unsuccessfully to get an ARC, but then a miracle happened. Ms. Owens announced via her twitter that she'd have three author copies of Heart Fortune with her at the 2013 RWA Literacy signing. First come, first serve. Boys and girls, let
Jani Brooks
Aug 10, 2013 Jani Brooks rated it it was amazing
At the excavation site of the lost starship Lugh’s Spear, Jace Bayrum, is itching to explore it for its ancient artifacts. Sent down into the hole dug by the team, the beam he’s on suddenly shifts and he falls. As he lays beneath piles of rubble he recalls how his father died, and how Jace almost died, the day his mother deserted them. Since then, Jace has not allowed anyone into his life, although he knows he has a HeartMate somewhere. He’s simply not prepared or in need of someone in his life ...more
Heart Fortune Review On the faraway planet Celta, there are some forces you cannot fight…Jace Bayrum has always been a loner. Concerned more with getting an adrenaline fix and making money to live on his own, Jace cares little for family ties or matters of the heart. On the other hand Glyssa Licorice, Jace’s former fling and true mate, is both loving and loyal. She is determined to track down her HeartMate and have him claim her.After hearing that Jace has been involved in an accident, Glyssa ...more
Mini Review

I have been reading Robin D’Owens Celta series since I was 18 and my mother gave me Heart Mate for my birthday.

This author is a master of her craft, Celta is one of the better made up worlds that I read about. They have mythology, religion, legends, and a caste system all their own. The way she has built the towns, country, world and civilization in this series is wonderful and I never get tired of it. Creative is not a strong enough word to describe this series.

The characters are di
Oct 28, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
Full review to come on AAR -

Soulmates, one true love, a match made in heaven. There are so many phrases (and just as many literary tropes) for finding the perfect romantic match. In Robin Owens’ Celta’s Heartmates series we have Heartmates - the only person in the world whose psi powers will blend with yours to create a romantic Bond (not to be confused with the bonds between family and friends). It would be so, so easy for this to be a cheesy take on soulmates, but som
Aug 09, 2013 Lara rated it really liked it
The more recent books in the Heart series seem to focus more on the lower nobility and middle class society. This one fits that mold well. But, while there are class differences between some of the characters, I didn't really feel that difference even though the characters had stated thoughts about them. Something was missing in the atmosphere or description such that the comments related to class seemed superficial rather than substantive.

This novel also features a librarian, which I thought wa
Aug 06, 2013 Mikaela rated it really liked it
Shelves: celta, arc
When Robin D Owens offered to send me an ARC of Heart Fortune as a thank you for helping her with the copy edits, I accepted.

Like all Celta novels, this was a well written novel, and for a nice change it didn't take place in Druida. The camp setting felt believable. I really liked how there were a sense of community, and how they worked together to excavate Lugh's Spear. But I also liked that not everyone was friends, that there were rivalry between different people.

Glyssa was born and raised in
Romance Bookaholic
Aug 12, 2013 Romance Bookaholic rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:

Jace the adventurer let his past effect his present relationships as so many people do. Someone he loved betrayed him. Who is that person? :)

Glyssa gave into Jace's "no strings attached" relationship for a while. I was glad she finally put her foot down. It shows strength when a woman can tell a man, "I want something more from you".

The plot kept my interest. I was asking myself as I read the book “What is going to happen next?"

The world building is so much fun in this series. My fav
Jul 23, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, beach-read
Normally I love Robin Owens' books. I needed some light reading so I was thrilled to spot this book on the shelf at Half Price Books. Finally, a book to relax with!

I was disappointed. Maybe it's because the characters are too similar to me; maybe it's because they're too dissimilar. Whatever it was, I really didn't care if they got together or not. They just seemed a bit too whiny.

I didn't even really get into the Fams. Normally they provide some nice comic relief but not this time. Maybe it's
This series has grown on me. I love so many aspects of the series from the world Celta,to the heartmate concept, the various characters and especially the cats.
I have enjoyed all the books in this series so far-except this one. It started off quite promising but it never came together for me. Usually you can ignore one or two things that you dislike in a book but i disliked the relationship between the main characters and some of the major elements of this book:
1. I never felt that the romance w
Aug 08, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it
Yes, I read it in less than a day and greatly enjoyed it as I always do a Celta book by Robin D. Owens. In this one we move out of Druida into the excavation of the wreckage of crashed colony ship Lugh's Spear. We move out of the circle of the very wealthy and highly talented First Families as well. The hero is very different from previous ones in this series, though the heroine has appeared a couple of times as a minor character. No more or I'll spoil the surprises but there's romance, ...more
I love the world that these books are set in, love the Flair, the Fam's and especially the Houses. I was a little sad that there wasn't more with the houses, but due to what was going on with the story it made sense.

We did get introduced to a new type of Fam, Zem a hawkcel. He was so unusual and I loved him right away. He was the perfect balance to Leider, the young fox.

I loved how everyone was behind Glyssa and wanted to protect her, even if it was from Jace. I sort of hated Jace because he ke
Sep 18, 2013 Tiffany rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
A good addition to one of my favorite romance series, but not my favorite book in the series for sure. I really took a while to warm up to Jace & while I finished the book liking him well enough, I wished he made more obvious progress in dealing with his issues & actually admitted his faults and apologized to Glyssa. I also found Lepid to annoy me quite a bit, even though I usually like the Fams. I suppose in both cases the characters often showed little remorse for their actions that ...more
The hero is a wanderer with an ugly past, left on his own from an early age. The heroine is a librarian from a family of librarians, but she has a yen for adventure her family doesn't get. And she has a heart mate (the hero) who doesn't seem inclined to look her up, though they did have a weekend fling a few years ago. So the heroine decides to go after him. He's working at an archeological dig of one of the three space ships that brought people to Celta, so she gets a job there recording the ...more
Sep 13, 2013 Penny rated it liked it
I love the fam's. I love how Glyssa has a backbone. She doesn't hesitate to tell her Heartmate the truth, even if it hurts. She's also willing to risk everything instead of staying in a relationship without the prospect of a future.

I do have one quibble with this story. I don't believe Robin Owens really truly conveyed how Jace's family really hurt him & warped his views on how families should act. She doesn't have Glyssa & Jace really deal with that hurt. She takes the "just get over i
Apr 11, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it
Interesting how in the "first generation" Celta romances, it was the men who were pursuing reluctant women. But in the "next generation," it's turnabout: the women are the ones who are aware of who their heartmates are, and the men are more reluctant. The dynamic feels far different though; these men are willing to engage in sex dreams with their Heart Mates, even if they don't want to acknowledge the bond in real, everyday life, while the first generation women often resisted dream sex, feeling ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Preeti rated it really liked it
Because this series is a comfort read, I might be rating it more highly than I would otherwise. In general, though, I appreciate that Owens takes the time to show us different aspects of her world of Celta, in this case different social classes, a new frontier location, some new gadgets and a new type of telepathic companion animal. The hero was annoying in his stubborn refusal to commit, but I give Owens slack for trying to come up with new relationship issues the hero and heroine have to ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Izy rated it really liked it
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