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Heart Journey

(Celta's Heartmates #9)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,225 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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New in the award-winning series of futuristic romance, fantasy, and sensual adventure.

Helena, a renowned cartographer, is exploring Celta when she finds out she has a HeartMate. Yearning for a partner, she is drawn to meet him.

Actor Raz Cherry is dedicated to his career. Uninterested in long-term commitments, he ignores
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published (first published July 23rd 2010)
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Missy Ann
Oct 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Worst in the series.

Terrible cover art. Really horrendous. I know that's not the author's fault, so the book doesn't loose points for it - but I hope the publisher knows who to blame for decreased sales of this one (hint, look in the mirror).

I struggled to finish Heart Journey. The hero was an awful spoiled little brat, who ended the story as a spoiled brat. Really, how did his character develop? He still ended up getting everything his way, maybe not 100% like he had envisioned, just 90%.

Jacqueline J
By far my least favorite of the series so far. The hero was pretty feminine. All my hero's don't have to be alpha male warriors but this guy was much too metrosexual for my tastes. Her character was much more interesting. I like tough women. She was a traveller and quite competent on her own and didn't really need him at all except for the heartmate thing. So he was basically a wimpy jerk and didn't redeem himself until the very end and then just barely. They should have communicated more honest ...more
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart Journey by Robin D. Owens
Paranormal Romance- Aug. 3, 2010
4 stars

Fantasy and engaging romance combine in the 9th installment of the heartwarming Heart Books of Celta series. This was an engrossing read and I felt the strong heroine and the sly Fam (animal familiars that talk telepathically to them) really stole the show!

I love the world the author has created on Celta! Where the citizens have special powers according to their family. (It is a world I would love to live in!) And if they a
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 8, ebooks, fantasy, romance, 2013
I started it yesterday, needing a change of pace from my current “real” read, which is Valentine Pontifex by Robert Silverberg. I’m really enjoying it, but I wasn’t feeling ready to read the next bit of political shenanigans so I took a break to read something totally different.

I really enjoyed the book; I liked the hero and loved the heroine. She was strong and well-developed and totally straight-talking. So there were no big misunderstandings because she set off to have them talked through imm
I spent the entirety of this book visualizing Topper Harley sitting in front of a dressing table, wearing a transparent, frilly white robe, and flipping his goldilocks (or is that Shirley Temple) curls with a silver backed hair brush. Now, the H didn't actually DO that but sheesh. My daughter, when I told her the H's name, started doing the :cough:care bears:cough: every time she saw me reading it. It makes it HARD to look past the silliness to the actual book when the author does things like th ...more
This was an ok read. I really like the Celta series by Owen but this one was just kind of blah. Her last one was also. I like the animals in this one the fox and kitten. I just didn't like Raz Cherry the leading man in this book. He was to selfish. It was all about him. What he wanted, he didn't really care that he hurt her over and over. Even saying this I will still read the next book because I love the world she has built up for her novels. I never see editing mistakes or continuity issues w ...more
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I pretty much like everything Robin Owens writes. This is one of her "heart" series books, set on the planet of Celta. The heroine is a mapmaker who can't stand living in cities, but she's also the last of her line. She wants to settle down, start a family, then go back on the road again. The hero is an actor dedicated to his craft, who is just getting his career untracked. He needs people who will come to his plays, but since Celta is a colony planet, without many large cities, it's not a place ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Del and Raz, as all of the main Hero and Heroine combos of the Celta books are both strong characters with their own past baggage. We get to see some of our old favorites, follow along as a mystery is set out and solved, and differences emerge and overcome in this far off love story. The Heart Mate series is truly a wonderful one, and one I relish returning to.
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story deals with the romance between a women who is established in her career that is not at all compatible with her heartmates'. Her famfox's story seems a little incomplete. Perhaps, there will be more in a later novel.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should be read concurrently with Script of the Heart, as events overlap between the two stories.
Tamye Whitener
I loved it! Review to follow shortly.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as big a fan of this one. Good ending though.
Aurian Booklover
Helena D’Elecampane is a cartographer, exploring the most remote places on Celta and making three dimensional maps of it. She feels constricted in a city, could never live there. Del likes being alone on the trail with her FamFox Shunuk. She is on her way home to Druida to claim her HeartMate when she gets the news her whole family has died in a fire, except the youngest baby. Her erstwhile lover and his wife Straif T’Blackthorn have taken her in and want to adopt her. But little Helendula is he ...more
Kaylinn Stormo
I found this book in the series tedious. There were many missed opportunities to expand upon the world she has created, especially the end. : (
Robin d Owens has said she may only write one more of her Celta books and then cease writing then altogether--supposedly because of a change in publishers. When I heard that I felt like weeping for days. Yes, for days I felt abject sorrow like I'd lost a family member.

Well I just did lose a family member--my father died in August after a brief interlude of congestive heart failure, medical mistake, and coma. I am not terribly distraught about it because despite the fact that he was my father he
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. My least favourite in the series so far. It dragged on and on. The heroine basically spent the whole book pursuing (stealthily) her heart mate hero who doesn't want to be her heart mate. I can understand the hero's concerns and his reasoning, but I wasn't a big fan of his character. I didn't find them to be a great couple. Probably should have skipped this book in the series.
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was looking forward to this one, as the gendered set-up is opposite many of the previous books in the Celta series. Our heroine, Helena (Del) D'Elecampane, is the head of her house, and her profession (cartographer) leads her all around the world. Our hero, Raz Cherry, is the son of a GrandLord, but not his heir; instead, he's an actor. Del is 36, while Raz is 28. And it's Del who knows that they are Heartmates, while Raz is left in the dark, needing to be wooed.

Del, an introvert, hates city lif
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who appreciate a heroine in her 30s
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy author
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2010
First off, the cover had nothing to do with the book whatsoever ^^.

Secondly I really like that Robin Owens concentrates on two heroines in her most recent two Celta books, who are established in their life and secure in their work - if not emotionally secure as that is what the story is about.

The Celta stories always revolve around not just finding love but also making it into a partnership and a family (again the last two books emphasized family even more than the previous ones). I think this i
Martina the Book Fairy
I actually give this book more like 4.5 stars - it wasn't quite a 5 star book.

This series is one of my all-time favorites! It takes place on Celta, a world settled hundred of years ago by a generational ship from Earth. The settlers had various psychic powers that bred true and now a certain amount of psychic power (or Flair as it's called in this series) is inherent in almost the entire Celtan population. There's a rich cultural background to the series which makes these books a joy to read and
Heart Journey returns us to the magical world of Celta. Cartographer Del decides to take a break from her travels to search out her Heartmate. The brash practical frontier women figures that she'll find him, claim him and resume her gypsy-like lifestyle. Of course it's not going to be that easy, because her Heartmate Raz's calling is as an actor and his career is his focus, and even if Del could tolerate living in Raz's world he doesn't want a heartmate or a family.

So Del is forced to patiently
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This is the Oddest book of the series so far..

Odd Cover - I can understand if the cover had a woman - after all, the heroine is a cartographer and "frontier" type. The hero, on the other hand, is definitely not the outdoorsy type! Something with a map on the cover would make much better sense, giving the storyline.

Odd Couple - got to admit this is the oddest match so far. Not only do we have the older woman - younger man thing going on, we also have the outdoorsy-can't-cope-in-the-city heroine v
Autumn Hanna
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started book one, I assumed it was just another book with sex and an interestingly enough story to hold my interest. I don't mind sex in my books, enjoy it at times, but my heart is after a good story, and that above all makes a story stick with me. These books have satisfied those needs in me. The writer has grown since the first book, as have her stories. She brings a realness to the people, she lets the stories and characters evolve, and the reader does not have large questions of why ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-pnr
Uggh I love the world Owen's has created, and the fams are so much fun, but it is not enough to keep me interested. I wouldn't have picked this one up if I wasn't waiting for another book to become available at the library, and now I remember why. There isn't much romance. They have a heartmate and they are drawn to eachother, but for whatever reason one of them resists the match. Eventually the other person comes around and the end. No strong emotions between the hero and heroine aside from sex ...more
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank goodness the storyline and author was the hook for me to pick up this book. If I had never read anything by this author the atrocious cover art would have made me pass this by. Ick!!! Not the best in the Celta series by any means, but nothing that will prevent me from buying the next in the series. This one was just ok in my opinion. The hero was a bit too selfish and the relationship resolved itself in just the last few pages (along with every other obstacle). I'm ready for the next one i ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid Celta novel. This time it's an actor, Raz Cherry, and a cartographer, Del, also known as Helena D'elecampane.

Raz is happily pursuing his dream of being an actor, far from the family business of transportation. Del has been exploring the planet as a cartographer but is suddenly called back to Druida City because she's the sole remaining adult in her Family.

Will they carve out a life together or continue to pursue the careers they love?

Great characters, solid plot, and the continuing
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love this series and this newest addition did not disappoint!!! I didn't think that I would care for this story because Raz did not seem such a likable character in previous books.

Del a traveler, finds her heartmate in Raz the actor who lives for the crowds. How can they find happiness when they live such different lives? Overlapping this story is the mystery surrounding the attacks on Raz's family and their houses.
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
It was really nice romance which was not typical by being set in a fantasy world of Celta where you can find your heartmate. Follows other books from the series and has a strong female character who is a cartographer (!) and ay some point it looks like there won't be a happy ending because the male doesn't want to compromise and put his career first. In the end we get the happy ending with a couple of tears shed. I liked it.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book although not as much as other Celta books. Raz & Del were sort of annoying as a couple ... she was supposed to be this straight forward no holds barred woman but then she doesn't talk to her Heart Mate about big important stuff ... the woman she's supposed to be doesn't go with the decisions she makes. And Raz.... a little too prissy for my taste. Despite their issues it was an enjoyable read. I just love the Fam's!
Maggie Holmes
I really like the main characters in this one. Ruis really wants to succeed as an actor and Del cannot imagine life in the city or anywhere with a lot of people. How they compromise and find what they have in common makes up most of the story. Unlike some in this series, there is not a lot of danger threatening them -- at least not until near the end. I hope we get to discover more about the ship, Lugh's Spear.
I have greatly enjoyed this series, but this book fell flat for me. Part of it was the couple itself. They were such opposites of each other, that it was hard to believe they could find happiness together. It didn't help that Raz was such an ass! While he was ok with sleeping with Del, he didn't want a more complicated relationship. He was always doing things to turn Del away and was flat out rude when she tried to claim him as her heartmate and it made me hate him.
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