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Heart Mate (Celta's Heartmates #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,511 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews
All his life, Rand T’Ash has looked forward to meeting his HeartMate, with whom he could begin a family. Once a street tough, 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 magnif
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Berkley (first published December 1st 2001)
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

I don't read much pure romance, but if reading the blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books tells me everything, this is the purest example of romance you can get:

+ Alpha male
+ Delicate female
+ Big Misunderstandings
+ People Unable to Just Talk to Each Other
+ A Plot that Goes Nowhere
+ Unsexy Sexy times in the last 25%
+ Instalove (or something damn near like it)

Let this tide you over while I write up my full thoughts.

Full Review:

Rand T'Ash is the final member of GrandHouse Ash; he was the so
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Sep 28, 2010 Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog) by: Daffodil
Set on the distant planet of Celta, the human colony has grown in to a new world over the last 400 years. All the people there have small magical ability and alot have a Flair, a personal magical speciality, automatically putting them into the Noble class. They also have the potential to have HeartMates, their fated soulmate. GreatLord T'Ash has finally found his HeartMate and he trying to use all his wiles to try and get her to bond with him, but still trying to hide his past of that as a homel ...more
Nov 04, 2011 SheLove2Read rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, 2011
I debated starting this book because it's part of a series and I just didn't want to get invested in a new series....although to be fair, it's almost impossible these days to read a book that ISN'T part of some series in some way. Luckily, I won't have to worry about that. Let me tell you why this didn't work for me: the world building sucked.

First of all, there is no prologue. You would think if you're going to introduce this new world with new characters, there would be some sort of setting up
Lisa Kay
Posted on Robin Owens’ Pinterest board for Heart Mates.
Rating: (This is a review of the audiobook.) With one exception, I liked Noah Michael Levine’s narration. He is a good storyteller, his pacing for the fight scenes are great, and he delivers the humor nicely. However, I didn't like the way he did the hero’s voice. I lay some of that at the feet of the author, not necessarily the narrator. The hero, Rand T’Ash, speaks in an abrupt, gruff, staccato delivery. Kind of like Tarzan saying, “Yo
Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranoraml/fantasy romance readers, Anne Bishop/Dara Joy fans
Excellent paranormal romance, and not formulaic the way almost all the others I've read lately have been. It was a mixture of paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi. A regency-like society, where those with powerful Flair (magic) are the nobles, lives on a planet named Celtan. T'Ash was nobleborn, then grew up Downwind (in the slums) after his family was murdered. He eventually managed to regain his noble place in society and get his vengeance and now owns a jewel shop, where he uses his particular Fla ...more
Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave
Well I liked it but it didn't feel like the first book of a series to me. I needed more of an introduction to the world. It felt like a 2nd or 3d book. Like I should already know what a lot of things meant. Not that it was hard to figure out or follow. The cats were funny. I would read more of the series but I don't feel an overwhelming need to rush out and find the rest.
It was hard to categorise this book, being that although it is clearly SF, set on another planet and the characters having psy powers, it portrays itself as more a magical setting, with wonderful psy gifts almost fantastical in appearance. Whatever the category, I loved it. This is the second time I have read this, the first much earlier on in my paranormal romance phase, and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I liked the original setting, not a vampire in sight, and the hero is suitably ang ...more
Misericordia ❣
Not sure why I read this. A rather unpolished love story. Stupid premise, though people tend to be rather stupid in general. Especially in the matters of heart. Still I wasn't able to DNF this. Something about this was mesmerising...
The overly courteous language added cham. The dinamics added dimention. And the world-building - extremely cozy and engaging. Just what I needed for a leisurely read.
Nov 28, 2015 Lizzy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I was so disappointed with Heart Mate that when I finished reading it I simply rated and tried to forget. Now that I’m trying to expand my reviews on books that impacted me, I remembered it. Yes, it’s certainly easier for me to remember crushed hopes than simply good readings. Although I’d never read anything by Robin D. Owens before, I had built great anticipation around her work.

I liked Rand T’Ash, commiserated with his difficulties early in life and cheered for him to fulfill his desire to
I chose this book because I was intrigued by the description in the blurb and was looking for new fantasy romance to try. This one is actually a blend of sci-fi and fantasy and I was enthralled with the world building, the colorful characters, the all-encompassing story and series arc, but at the same time I think there was a bit of first book in a series syndrome that kept it from being as sharp as it could be.

The world building is complex in that the people of the planet Celta are descendants

This is hands down one of my favorite romance series and this first book is wonderful. I love this book because it straddles the genres of science fiction romance, fantasy romance, and regency.

The magic system in this world is compelling. The world building excellent and anthropological. The character development superb. The heroine and the heroine always grow. And then there are the talking cats. I LOVE THE TALKING CATS! They are great comic relief.

I have read this book at least 10 times. Eve
Mar 01, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I just re-read this book, it is the first in the series. I love this world that Robin Owens has created. It is different, but not so out there that you don't understand what is going on. If you enjoy the Jayne Castle books I would aslo recommend this series.
Oct 05, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Heart Mate is a strong start to the Celtan Heart Mates series.

The hero is a man of the highest class who grew up in the slums after his family and home were destroyed by enemies when he was six. The man be became has destroyed those enemies and rebuilt his home - now he wants a wife, a heartmate who will love him exclusively and help him establish the family and home he so desperately wants. Once he identifies Danith as his heartmate, he expects her to fall into his arms. Unfortunat
Dec 29, 2012 Diana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh GoodReads, how you have failed me. How could your recommendation algorithm point me to this? Yes, I like romance. Yes, I like fantasy, and science fiction. But this story? The social structure, based on magic power, was the most interesting aspect... and the least prominent. This book reminded me of those cheesy novels where the "mate bond" is inexplicable and immediate, a final authority granting one woman the heart of a super hot, wealthy / powerful / famous / all-of-the-above man without r ...more
Dana Marton
Jun 29, 2010 Dana Marton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first taste of this new series and I'll be definitely coming back for more. T'Ash is a powerful lord on the distant planet of Celta. When divination tells him that he'll meet his heartmate that day, he has a fair idea who the woman might be, and is looking forward to bringing her home that night. Oh, how wrong he is! The most delightful courtship ensues, full of surprises and a comedy of errors at times. He is so not prepared for his lady resisting. A high level of danger adds to the ...more
This is another one I don't feel it's fair to rate because I just didn't get far enough into it before I put it down. I'm going through a funk and if I don't know if my reasons for putting it down were the book's fault or mine, I am not going to risk messing up the book's rating by giving a low review.

I will say that the Weird Capitalization of Words that were never e'explained, not to mention the Weird apostrophes put in front of words were Very D'Distracting and a'annoying. It would be one thi
Jan 14, 2015 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the earlier "fated mates" fantasy romance series (2001). Appealing writing, and some intriguing world-building, and characters with interesting backstories. But both Rand T'Ash and Danith Mallow are pretty annoying from a feminist standpoint. T'Ash, lonely and longing for companionship but having no idea how to foster relationships (having grown up on the streets since the age of 6), does nothing but dictate to and boss around his fated partner. I was hoping that over the course of the bo ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I am always looking for new series to love. I stumbled across the blurb to book 13 in this series and I was intrigued. I picked it up and was completely overwhelmed by the glossary and cast of characters, so I decided to go back to the beginning to see if I’d get a better understanding of the series on the ground floor. Turns out, yes, I did. I understood everything. But that didn’t mean I’m ever going to make it to book 13.

This book was not for me. I can’t say with 100% certainty that I won’t t
Sarah Maddaford
This definitely fits the classic definition of a romance novel. The focus of the story is on the romance between Danith and T’Ash who struggle with their feelings for one another until the last chapter. The goal of the romance is eventually marriage and children because Danith wants a large family and T’Ash needs to continue his family line. The narration is split between the two leads in order to show all of their feelings and emotions.

This book fits into the subgenre of alternate reality roma
I struggled with this one. I was tempted to drop it in the beginning. There were just too many details. I was over whelmed with information and strange names. There was a lot in inner dialog, about class, clothes, textures, powers.....after a 100 pages I had little idea what was going on. I let the obnoxious details go and just keep reading. The characters held my interest, they were unique in their creation, aliens from another world living on earth. i think that it, I was really blanking out, ...more
Lover of Romance
Rand T'Ash lost everything as a young boy, his home, his family, and had to learn to fend for himself most of his life until recently now that he is a nobleman and highly sought after artisan, he is now looking for his heartmate, and when he finds out who she is, he sets out to seduce her, only she doesn't seem to want to be seduced and keeps rejecting Him. Rand at first where Danith is coming from, because he once came from the kind of life that she is living currently, and he only desires to h ...more
For some reason this beginning of this book seemed really familiar. I don't know if at some point in the past that I read this book or not. I do know that it was only the first part. I did really like this book. I loved the world that the book is set in.

What I really loved about this one was Danith, how she keep telling T'Ash no, and not only no, but a hell no. Her resistance of being a heart mate was funny. Not many people tell T'Ash no and that is where the fun came. He was such a bulldozer an
Rinelle Grey
Sep 04, 2012 Rinelle Grey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-romance

This is a touching story of T'Ash and Danith, heartmates, who are destined to be together. But even destiny needs people to grow and accept it, and both T'Ash and Danith have some growing to do. I loved this story, and the growing romance between the characters, but my favourite character was Zanth, T'Ash's cat familiar. He made me laugh out loud several times

All this is set in a background of another world, where everything is both different and the same. Robin Owens manages to make this world
Apr 21, 2016 HJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
reread 4/2016
3.5 stars
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This was a hard read.
The world of Celta is intriguing and fresh.
It is full of new possibilities.
Sadly, it is poorly executed.
As an avid reader, I yearn for new ideas.
Few writer do this well enough.
Some over explain, some circle and avoid. And some let the story speak for itself.
It's exciting. But hard to be excited when you don't understand it.
Heart Mate was the worst I've read so far.
It read like there's a missing prequel.
Even the missing GLOSSARY would not be of help to improve my reading expe
Amy Hasten
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Sep 19, 2011 Holjo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: The planet of Celta has been settled and colonized by humans who left Earth in pursuit of magical freedom. On this planet, those who possess magical power (or flair as it is called in this book), are considered the nobility of the race. Those with no flair or very little flair are considered the lower class.

T’Ash is part of the highest magical class on Celta. He grew up in the slums called Downwind after his family was brutally murdered when he was only six years old. T’Ash has fought h
Dec 17, 2007 Turdlemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory
This book is a futuristic romance book and it takes place somewhere called Celta. This is another world because Earth had gotten too populated with people, so a whole bunch of them decides to set off to find another place where they could dwell. The "high class" people all have some sort of ability that runs in their family and there are such things as heartmates in this world. Heartmates is a couple that bonds with each other mentally, emotionally, etc. and there are things called Fams which ar ...more
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“Finding and winning HeartMates was rarely simple, but full of pitfalls and agonizing emotion. Love lost. Love found. The losing shredding pieces of the soul, carving deep hollows and filling it to the brim with love.” 1 likes
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