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Heart Mate

(Celta's Heartmates #1)

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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,307 ratings  ·  256 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 magni
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published November 9th 2009 by Berkley Sensation (first published December 1st 2001)
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Not sure why I read this rather unpolished love story. Maybe because it's so very unpolished and set God knows in which galaxy.

- Stupid premise, though people tend to be rather stupid in general. Especially in the matters of heart. Sorry, fellow humans, but you tent to get deluded and even a bit deranged.

+ The dynamics added extra dimension.

+ The overly courteous (and frankly dated! and a tad Wiccan...) language added charm:
Q:
"You will leave when I request it?""Of course. I am an honorable Gre
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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
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Sep 03, 2010 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
SheLove2Read
Oct 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, dnf
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
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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
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Rhapsody
Jul 11, 2008 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.
Lizzy
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
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pauliree
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
Linda
Mar 01, 2011 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.
Sophia
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
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Cindy
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Rereading...
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
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namericanwordcat
Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy romance readers

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
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Dana Marton
Jun 29, 2010 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
Di
Dec 29, 2012 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
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
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Jen Davis
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
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Yodamom
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
Aarann
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
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Jackie
Jan 14, 2015 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
Darcy
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
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Rinelle Grey
Aug 25, 2012 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
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Shannon
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robin Owens has been added to my "Buy in Book" set. Which means that I think she's great and I want everything she's written. In my hand not just on my e-reader.

Heart Mate is the first in her Celta Series and also the first book I'd read by her and it blew me away. I've always loves fantasy and she takes it to a whole new level. Yes, this takes place on a different planet. Yes there is magic of the psychic variety. Yes, animals can talk - especially the cats.

If you are a fan of talking animals
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Gisela
3.5 stars
Holjo
Sep 19, 2011 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
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Netanella
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Netanella by: americanwordcat
I have mixed thoughts about this book, and will wait to see if a good night's sleep and a fresh pot of coffee in the morning will assist....

7:51 am local time....

Hot, fresh coffee in the morning, or kaff as the world of Celta would term it, is divine. I read ebooks almost exclusively now, and enjoy the fact that I can select whatever cover image happens to catch my eye for the book when I write my reviews. Being a cover whore is such fun. And, surprisingly, so is this cover, showing Rand T'Ash s
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Amy Hasten
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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
Sep
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of the Heart Mate series. In addition to the paranormal love story Ms. Owens introduces to the planet of Celta, populated by Earthlings who settled there 400 years earlier. The noble class have the most powerful magic (called flair) but everyone has some, locking doors, driving vehicles etc. Rand T'Ash, head of the Ash family falls in love with an orphan who is a commoner Danneth Mallow. Mallow was tested at the orphanage as having no flair, however sick animals heal by ju ...more
Yui
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
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