Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Heart Change (Celta's Heartmates, #8)” as Want to Read:
Heart Change (Celta's Heartmates, #8)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Heart Change (Celta's Heartmates #8)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  1,349 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Signet D'Marigold's lonely life is shaken when a prophet reveals she is a catalyst for change. But to accept her new life-and the charge of the noble child Avellana-means embracing a danger that may be fatal for them both. Especially when Signet's attraction to her new bodyguard signals a secret enemy sworn to destroy them.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Berkley (first published 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Heart Change, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Heart Change

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jun 15, 2015 Mara rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
3 1/2

Really cute, but I admit I wouldn't buy these books at full price. As I said lovely as romances, but nothing else. (Not a flaw, just my own tastes).
Aurian Booklover
Jan 21, 2014 Aurian Booklover rated it it was amazing
Signet D’Marigold is the last of her line, living alone in her lovely sentient Residence. Her personal Flair is for cobbling, making shoes and boots, but what her main Flair is, no one knows. Not even the famous testing stones of T’Ash. Today is her 30th nameday, and she is just so lonely. The friend she made a few weeks ago has left Druida after some major changes in her life. As so many others before her. Signet really doesn’t know what to do anymore. She doesn’t think she can handle another d ...more
Nov 03, 2009 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
A Change Of Heart Brings An End To Loneliness

Heart Change was a pleasant journey to a favorite world, the wicanish Celta, where magic takes the place of technology and where, if you are lucky, you'll find your perfect love - your Heartmate.

When Signet D'Marigold agrees to aid young seer Vinni's Heartmate, Avellina, through her "passage" - a passage which Vinni `sees' that Avellina will not survive with out Signet's help - Signet suddenly finds her lonely life changing for the better. Not only
Nov 30, 2009 Kat rated it really liked it
I've been a big fan of Robin D. Owens since I read Heart Mate four years ago--I've devoured all the books in the series since. She has great technique, her heroes and heroines are unique, and usually she doesn't fall into the rushed-love-story what-the-hey? crap that many romance novelists do. I also appreciate the excessively good world building on Celta that, to me, is incredibly believable and very creative.

I thought this book was not the best of the series, nor even the second best, but a wo
May 12, 2013 Tiffany rated it did not like it
Really have to point this out: what the HELL was the cover artist thinking?!?!?! Look at the way this guy is holding his blades. No one ever trained in combat, martial arts or warfare would hold a blade facing towards his body the way the one in the cover hunk's left hand is.

That said, it was NOT the half-assed cover that merited the one star. I think Ms. Owen's writing has run its course with me.
Oct 30, 2016 Leyns rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Martina the Book Fairy
Jul 20, 2014 Martina the Book Fairy rated it it was amazing
Heart Change is the 8th book in Robin D. Owens' Celta's HeartMates series.

The HeartMate series books take place on the faraway planet of Celta - a place where nearly everyone has some form of psychic power - or Flair. Sometimes the Flair of two people resonate in a particular way to create the much valued HeartMate relationship. Celta is a world with a complex society of classes, including the sentient Residences in the Great Houses and the psychic FamPets (FamCat, FamDog, FamFox - you get the
Nov 11, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
Book 8 in the Celta Heart Mates series is a good read, although if GR allowed half points I'd mark it a 4.5. The hero and heroine are pleasant and interesting - people you would like to know - but not as vividly drawn as earlier heroes and heroines. Much of their interaction is implied - we see it around the edges of the plot and while one or the other of them angsts about it inside their heads. The driver for the plot is the heroine and hero helping young people mature and embrace themselves. A ...more
Lillian Wheeler
Mar 28, 2013 Lillian Wheeler rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I bought Heart Change spontaneously last weekend, and on Sunday I read it cover to cover. Heart Change is the sixth Celta book I’ve read, and definitely one of my favourites from the series so far. (I haven’t read the series in order– I think each book stands on its own quite well, though there will be references to events and people from other books).

As always with Celta books, I loved the rich worldbuilding, and enjoyed seeing a bit more of how all the families interact and/or are interconnect
Cecilia Quick
Jun 15, 2012 Cecilia Quick rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but it had one major flaw. The hero is supposed to be hired as a guard, and instead of doing his job, he was mooning over his love life like a lovesick teenage girl, practically picking apart a flower and sighing "she loves me; she loves me not" and while he's at it, the person he's supposed to be guarding gets snatched. Didn't he see "Man on Fire" or "the Bodyguard" or "In the Line of Fire"? Ok, it's another planet, they probably don't have cable. Except for the fact he was ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Signet is the last of her house, with an unidentified Flair, and a very lonely existence. Cratag has very minor flair, and works as a guard for a GrandLord family. The young prophet Vinni T’Vine, sees that his Heatmate, Avellina will need Signet’s help to survive her passage and Cratag is asked to act as a guard for them.

This series has had some hits and some misses for me. The more recent ones have fallen a little more on the miss side, but I was always intrigued by the glimpses of Vinni T’Vin
Auden Johnson
Aug 23, 2011 Auden Johnson rated it really liked it
This isn't the type of book I usually go for. If my mother hadn't given it to me I'd never have read it. I'm not a fan of paranormal romance or romance in general and I tend to stay away from books with people on the cover especially buff men. That being said, I really enjoyed Heart Change. It's a part of a series but Owens wrote it in such a way that you don't need to have read the previous books to understand what's going on. The world Owens created was very well thought out. I loved all the d ...more
Maggie Holmes
Jul 16, 2016 Maggie Holmes rated it liked it
Signet Marigold has a interesting Flair: she acts as a catalyst for other people to change or adjust their flairs. In this story she is hired to help Avellena Hazel (the girl who jumped off the roof trying to fly in an earlier book.) Avellena is the oracle Vinni's Heartmate and he has seen danger for her during her passage and that she needs Signet and a guard: Cratag Maytree. Cratag has very little flair but thanks to Signet, even his develops. When Avellena develops a very unusual flair, it ca ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
Another especially strong entry in the Celta series, best to read in order due to the backstory from previous books.

Two stories, intertwined, the mature later-in-life love between Signet and Cratag Maytree and the tender love of Vinni, the seer of Celta, towards his HeartMate, Avellana are the focus of this book. Vinni is doing all he can to ensure that Avellana grows up healthy and he's seen a future for her, but only is Signet is involved in her life. This turns Signet's lonely well-ordered l
Dec 14, 2011 Crystal rated it liked it
Actually, this one was pretty good - once you got past things that made no sense like "anyone who wasn't of Earthan descent". Uh... I was under the impression that everyone was of Earthan descent. For sure there has been no mention of restless natives (and wouldn't they have had more "flair" anyway? And of course the inevitable "she'd be better off without me" thing. Why is it that books with heroes suffering from terminal testosterone poisoning coupled with male asshole syndrome never have thes ...more
ms bookjunkie
3.5 stars

*happy sigh* I do enjoy Celta so much, the culture is unique. Flares, fams and all sorts of complications.

There were issues with the ebook, formatting issues that the publisher should have dealt with. There were spaces in the middle of words all through the book and the character "fi" [joined into one character, this font doesn't show properly how it looks] instead of "fi" [two separate letters]—same with "fl" though I couldn't find the character for that. Inferior product, it was enough
Oct 11, 2014 Darcy rated it really liked it
I loved this book but I don't know if it was for the reason the author wanted me to. Since they have first shown up I have really liked Vinni and Avellana, both little kids in age but not in their minds. I loved how these 2 were at the heart of the story along with Signet and Cratag. They seemed to form an odd family unit, one which they all needed. Signet and Cratag needed to be needed, while the kids needed a little freedom and someone to trust them. I also loved that there wasn't a lot with t ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Zvezdana rated it it was ok
This was one of the weaker books in the series, I felt. The villain's motivation was not explained very well at all. It was hinted that he had accomplices, but we never found out who they were. The all-knowing Vinnie failed several times in this book, which was not handled well, in my opinion. The ending was pretty abrupt. All in all, this is not my favorite book of the series.

I looked up the next few books and was disappointed that there is a whole new cast of characters. I think I will try on
Juana "Darkness" Duran
Signet is trying to find a way out of the loneliness encasing her in it's grip. When signet finally figures out that she is catalyst for chamge. So in finding out her special gift, Signet gets assigned a young girl and a body guared. They are helping the girl named Avellana with getting her gifts, she is having problems because of an accident that happens when she was a little girl. Signet and their body guard Cratag start falling in love. They go on as lovers and doing their duty at the same ti ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Sep rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet tale in Owens' Heartmate series. The conflict is a hero from the "lower" and less magically gifted class. NOTE Magic is called "flair" in Owens series. The heroine is a lonely minor noble with no definite magic skill. (Though she does have plenty of flair.) He doesn't think he's could stand being a kept man and cannot see how his leaving his job to marry her would be anything else. Old friends are present: Avellana and her friend Vinnie are there as poor Avellana is facing her fi ...more
Apr 06, 2010 Therinia rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. The tone was the same as the first book, but I liked the story better. It delved a bit into what Flair is and revisited--albeit briefly--familiar characters. I also liked how the story centered around the protagonists of this story, and the romance between them was constantly at the forefront. I also liked how the author was considerate of the reader. There was one scene in the book that could have touched on the icky, but she handled it so well that most readers probab ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
As always, I enjoyed the people of Celta. Their "Flair" is a kind of magic that is unlike any other. Signet and Cratag both feel like misfits or outsiders, and slowly they see their self worth, and worth to their world. As their confidence builds, so does their feelings for each other. I would recommend this series for anyone that is tired of the usual shift shaper, or Vampire story. It is fresh and original.
Apr 27, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance
GrandLady Signet D’Marigold’s lonely life changes when she’s asked to help young Avellana Hazel through her First Passage. Concerned for the highborn child, Signet accepts, fully aware of the danger involved. Cratag Maytree is assigned as their guardsman, but can she guard her heart against this rugged warrior? He’s attracted to her, and yet their social stations set them apart. Will they unite in time to identify the killer whose target is the child under their protection?
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

I really enjoyed this book, mostly because it had lots of appearances of favorite characters from other books, Vinni, Cratag, Avalanna etc.

Signet and Cratag were interesting, likeable characters.
Nov 23, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, keep, para-romance
Fun! I really do enjoy this series. The basic plot is essentially the same each time (it is romance, after all) but the details are excellent. I think I may a bit tired of the pets; they're getting overused a little in the stories, even if they do provide a bit of comic relief.
Jan 30, 2011 Natalie rated it liked it
This book took me forever to read. I felt lost and confused most of the time. It just didn't hold my interest. I guess I should have started on book one instead of 8. I am sure it's good from the beginning.
Oct 20, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it
I was really anxious for this book as I've been getting caught up with this series the last month or so. Although I enjoyed it, I was left somewhat unsatisfied at the end. Mostly I think b/c of some threads Owens left open with one of the secondary characters.
Mar 18, 2010 Joycrazy rated it it was amazing
Magic seriously magic. Brillantly Continues the overall storyline of Druida and made me love two little known characters. One of my favorite books in the series
Mar 31, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it
One of the weaker installments in the series, in part because the villain comes out of left field so close to book's end, in part because the romance was rather flat compared to others in the series.
Jan 12, 2010 Slynne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fantasy
Toss up as to whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. Since I devoured it quickly and have only minor complaints, I'll err on the side of beneficence.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Ghost Hunter (Ghost Hunters, #3)
  • Rejar (Matrix of Destiny, #2)
  • Beyond the Rain (Realms Beyond, #1)
  • Shadow Fires (Shielder, #5)
  • The Master (Sons of Destiny, #3)
  • The Star Princess (Star, #3)
  • The Dare (Rystani #2)
  • Unmasked (UN-Forgettable, #4)
  • The Down Home Zombie Blues

Other Books in the Series

Celta's Heartmates (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Heart Mate (Celta's Heartmates, #1)
  • Heart Thief (Celta's Heartmates, #2)
  • Heart Duel (Celta's Heartmates, #3)
  • Heart Choice (Celta's Heartmates, #4)
  • Heart Quest (Celta's Heartmates, #5)
  • Heart Dance (Celta's Heartmates, #6)
  • Heart Fate (Celta's Heartmates, #7)
  • Heart Journey (Celta's Heartmates, #9)
  • Heart Search (Celta's Heartmates, #10)
  • Heart Secret (Celta's Heartmates, #11)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »