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Heart Secret

(Celta's Heartmates #11)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,121 ratings  ·  60 reviews
On the faraway planet Celta, there are some things you can never tell—until someone discovers your Heart Secret…

When a virulent disease killed the woman he loved and her baby, Garrett Primross was left alive, a reluctant survivor. Now, as a private eye, he strives to banish the memories of his past and rebuild his life. The Healers of Celta have something else in mind:
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley (first published August 1st 2012)
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Lady Lioness
July 23, 2013: Just finished this and now I get to start Heart Fortune. I felt like I could probably skip this one and jump right to Fortune, but I didn't want to take the risk of not having some crucial detail fresh in my memory. I freaking can't wait to start Fortune, my lunch hour can't come soon enough!

July 4, 2012: I finished this book around 8pm last night and I'm still wrestling with how to write this review. I was all, Well, this is the part that I keep thinking about, but it's kind of a spoiler so I can't mention that,
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series who appreciate man angst and
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy series
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading but not her best work.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, romance-sff
Mind rape (which is forgiven) and stereotypical crazy villain: no thanks. Only finished due to getting more details on the world that will probably come up in the next book. I'm so disappointed.
Barb Lie
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart Secret is the latest book of Robin Owens' Heart Mate series, and it is the 11th book. I have really enjoyed this series, and Heart Secret continues the wonderful journey in the world of Celta. The destined mates in this book is Garrett Primross and Artemesia Mugwort Panax.

Garrett is a private investigator, whom we got to know in Heart Search. He is a friend of Laev T'Hawthorn. Artemesia, is a second level healer, whom we met in the last book also, and we know of her sister Tian
C.A. Szarek
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so I love the world of Celta and I always have. But this one was a bit slow-moving for me. And then the end seemed a bit rushed. The romance did the opposite spectrum thing for me--it was too slow and then it was too fast. I did like the book. Garrett was hot and the sex good like Robin's always is. I am having a hard time with being so far in the future from the other books. 15 years is a big jump even though this is the second of the series to be this far forward. I would've preferred tha ...more
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Deanna Roberts
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK. Robin D. Owens is on MY must have shelf. Amazon gets pre-orders from me every time I see one of her books.

I love the Celta world. Now, mind you, I am a SAP of the highest order, but these books go far beyond the typical romance books.

I love that they all have elements of romance, elements of suspense and intrigue, and just elements of all around fun. The familiars in this world just make me love not only the author all the more, but make me love Celta as a favorite series.
Jacqueline J
This one was pretty good. The romance element was stronger here than in the last Celta book that I read. Plus the book stayed pretty focused on the main couple. The hero was interesting in his torment over events in his past. The heroine was a good match for him being quiet and serene. I just gritted my teeth though the sentient animal parts which I never enjoy in any book. It's fun seeing this series progress and how the second generation is coming on now. The author keeps finding new ways to t ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Scyfy, Magic
Recommended to Elke by: Amy Horton
Shelves: robin-d-owens
Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Scyfy, Magic
there are just too many great things to say about this book. so read it and you will know that it was the best decision you made this year.
Do you want to leave Earth,, but stay with humans? Then you want to go to Celta.
Are you a wandering soul? Then you want to go to Celta.
Do you believe in Magic? Then you want to go to Celta.
Need I go on?
Love this series. Love Owens' voice. As this world continues to expand I get to see new glimpses. I also like how Owens circles back and includes characters who were introduced in early books. Seeing how they have changed and matured so they could be ready for their Heart Mates is great. I also like the inclusion of the new Fam species and the complex role they continue to play. It is great that 11 books in I continue to find them just as refreshing and enjoyable as the first one.
3.5 stars - Review to come but ... I liked Heart Secret - even though it pretty much had the heart of a short story and despite the fact that the leading man had some real jerk moments though - which the heroine forgave fairly easily. And I thought that there were loose ends to the story too - but I can see that if the next book stars the sister of the leading lady, some of those might get tied off there. There were lots of fam animals though which was fun.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

I enjoyed this story and it was good to see more characters that hadn't been featured much in other books of the series. Balmheal residence played a role, as did TQ. I thought Ura Heather a great hag in this story...hopefully she will get her comeuppance in a future story.
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Heart Secret (Celta’s Heartmate #11) by Robin D. Owens
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/ Romance
August 7, 2012
Berkley Trade

Favorite Quote: “I’m a woman, with a woman’s heart and feelings and needs. And since you can’t provide what I need-I’ll find someone who can.”

Garrett Primross lost his way and his heart when his childhood love and her child died of Iasc syndrome-a deadly disease that swept through his community and destroyed everyone it touched. As the o
Tamye Whitener
Review to follow shortly
Carol-Ann  Rhoads
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Am rereading the series and still enjoying it
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot less throbbing sex than other books, but a lot more story. I loved the intertwining of mystery, conflict and romance.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books-read
Is this the best sf romance series ever, or what?
Read this last night.

Thing about reading an author you know well--nothing slows you down, neither sleet nor rain nor any kind of hail. This week there was none of that in DC, but I'm work/school stressed and there's nothing like a speedy trip to Celta for a vay-cay. I'm working my way through Madame Bovary , which is psychologically tough wading, mostly because in Emma I recognize myself and my own unhappy mistakes of youth. Fortunately, I can't say the same for any of Ms. Owens' heroines. These wom
I didn't realize this was #11 in the series when I started, but apart from some character and setting confusion at the start, I was able to follow along. The setting is like a fantasy romance in a vaguely futuristic world, with different terms for things we're all familiar with (clucker = chicken, housefluff = bunny) and a mix of technology and magic-like abilities (healing, teleportation). I was really intrigued and on board with the romance until the last quarter of the book. Spoilers ahead! ( ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Originally posted at: Geekery and Book Reviews
The world Heart Secret is set in is of a Futuristic society of people that have settled on the planet of Celta. Books 1-9 in the series all happen around the same time frame. The previous book to Heart Secret is Heart Search featuring younger characters of the previous books but, grown up. You don’t read about too many previous characters and their lives but, there are some cameos. You don’t need to read any previous books in the series to understand thi
Aug 15, 2012 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Heart Secret, Celta’s Heartmates #11, by Robin D. Owens
Grade: DNF

Robin D. Owens’ Celta’s Heartmates series has been one of my favorite urban fantasy-science fiction-romance series for the past two years and I was so excited when I got to review the eleventh installment Heart Secret. Garrett Primrose and Artemesia Mugwort Panax are two characters that we have met before but did not know much about. Garrett is a private investigator and Artemesia is a second class healer and ther
Maggie Holmes
A Fam raccoon? I'm having trouble with that concept, however, Artemisia Mugwort certainly needed a Fam. Her nemesis Ura Heather is vicious, ignorant and who knows what else. And that isn't Artemisia's only problem. Her Heartmate Garrett Primross doesn't want any more loss, so he has decided to keep to his memories of his dead sweetheart and deny his Heartmate. His switch to wanting her comes pretty quickly, probably too quickly for "realism."
The conclusion of the Black Magic Cult is satisfactor
There was so much that I liked about this book. I loved the role that the Turquoise House played in the first half of the book, loved all the animal Fam's that were around, even the Feral Fam's. What I didn't like was how Garrett denied his Heartmate, Artemisia, was even cruel to her by denying her to her face. I liked that Artemisia then told him that that wouldn't stop her from what she really wanted, a husband and children, then proceeded to find someone she could love. I liked that Garrett w ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy these characters as much as many of the others in the series. The female lead was serene, but not as well fleshed out or as feisty as most of the other women in the series. The male lead was tortured, but somehow his change of mind wasn't compelling.
The cats, as always, were delightful.
The Residences were actually better fleshed out as characters than the people, and the mystery was ho-hum. I have enjoyed the other books in the series, but missed the insightful psychological by-
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series has been such a sweet one, with many different love situations, some sexy ones to boot. These books are always an easy read for me. Her plots are deep but not too complicated, the characters always real enough to believe (especially for someone who is used to sinking into a new world) and I love how she incorporates Fam's (animals) into her stories.

Her books always make me feel good. Someone had said this was the last book in the series, but I don't believe that's accurate. Especial
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2012-in-2012
Yet another satisfying book in the Celta series. There seems to be many challenges that can be explored that keep two people meant to be together from getting together. This book gave a chance for the Mugwort family, wrongly accused and forced into hiding many years earlier, to experience true love. But not without risk to both hero and heroine, and a conclusion to the Black Magic Cult drama that led to the family hiding. In addition, the couple get to truly hurt each other, and both have to fac ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back to pretty conventional gender norms here in installment 11, with our heroine once again a healer, our hero a detective. Interesting twist, though, having the hero falling in love with someone who refused to be with him, because she knew he had a heartmate, and then making him bitter after his beloved dies. So he has no interest at all in looking for his heartmate. Two threats—one on the health front, one on the murder front—bring Garrett and Artemesia continually together, until Garrett fin ...more
Sharon Mignerey
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I admit to being a huge fan of the Heartmate books. Just when I think that Robin Owens couldn't possibly come up with a character or idea that I didn't anticipate, she proves me wrong, as she did with Heart Secret. You'd think heart-bonded couples would be able to get together with no problem, right? So wrong. For entirely believable reasons, he believes he's too flawed, too damaged to approach his heart mate though he's known who she is for years. And she's a woman fully able to stand on her ow ...more
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