Monday, August 22, 2011

HEART SEARCH by Robin D. Owens

HEART SEARCH - Robin D. Owens
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-24138-7
August 2011
Paranormal Romance

Druida City, Celta - 421 Years After Colonization

Laev T’Hawthorn made a terrible mistake as a young man and he’s still paying for it. He married a woman whom he thought was his HeartMate, but she was far from it. Nivea enjoyed all of the perks that come with marriage to a high noble, but had no interest in being loyal, or faithful. When she died along with others in the city after a plague hit, Laev was left with a broken heart and the realization that Nivea had not only stolen from his Residence, but had hidden or sold his HeartGift to her. Knowing that he has a true HeartMate somewhere, Laev is, however, not interested in finding her, or remarrying.

Camellia Darjeeling has picked herself up by her bootstraps after being deserted by her family at a young age. Opening up her second tea shop in the city, Camellia wants to stay independent, and isn’t interested in finding her HeartMate, even though she is aware who he is. Men have always hurt her in one way or the other, and she’s not going to allow pain to interfere in her existence any longer. She has her close friends, and her new Fam, Mica, and the success of her tea shops to keep her content. When her father and uncle storm back into her life, extorting money from her and destroying valuables in her house, Camellia is even more determined not to trust another man.

Life has a way of getting complicated, and for both Laev and Camellia it draws them together, whether they like it or not. Camellia’s father and uncle have been implicated in the theft of Laev’s Residence’s belongings, including some gifts he’d given his late wife. The tentative friendship that blossoms between Camellia and Laev soon becomes more than that, despite both of them trying to keep the other at arm’s length. But threats against Camellia and secrets both are trying to keep start to get in the way.

The Celta novels are so much fun to read, I really look forward to each one. The Fams, mostly cats, can talk telepathically with their owners, and they bring plenty of humor to the stories. HEART SEARCH is intense, romantic, and, at times, heart wrenching as both Laev and Camellia try to sort through their feelings for each other, and deal with their pasts. There are plenty of other characters from the previous novels to help with this romance, and the exciting conclusion will have readers on the edge of their seats.

HEART SEARCH is another terrific tale from the brilliant mind of Robin D. Owens. Don’t miss it. And do check out her website for the previous books: http://www.robindowens.com/ .

Jani Brooks

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