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Heart Fate, by Robin D Owens

21 Mar

Heart Fate cover(Color me flabbergasted–this was supposed to post on Friday, but didn’t. In fact, it wasn’t anywhere in the blog. So I had to wait until I could access the original file at home, copy it and schedule it again. It’s not technology, it’s the user–I know 😉 )

Continuing on my quest to review all the Celta books I have in my possession, until such a time I actually catch up with the series, here’s another one! (Blame HollyAgain.)

Reader beware: there is past physical and sexual violence against the heroine starting when she was only fourteen, as well as references to a miscarriage. Also, the setup for this novel depends so heavily on events from the previous books–particularly the male protagonist’s current situation, which fuels the conflict between him and the heroine–that spoilers for those novels cannot be avoided when reviewing this one. Consider yourself warned.

Heart Fate, by Robin D Owens

This is the seventh book in the Heart/Celta books, and rightfully one of both Holly’s and my favorites. Both main characters are very likable, well fleshed out, and grow a lot through the story. The setting is wonderful in many ways, and some of the secondary characters are fantastic in their own right (Strother, I’m looking at you).

The worldbuiling in this series is unusual and specific enough to make coming into it cold at this point a rather dicey proposition. I strongly recommend starting at the beginning, with HeartMate. If you want to start here regardless, do yourself a favor and read the primer for the series that I wrote after the blurb in this review.

Without any further ado, here’s the blurb:

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Mr Irresistible, by Karina Bliss

2 Mar

Mr IrresistibleI have mentioned before that I really like Ms Bliss’ writing, despite the inexplicable long time between reading Mr Imperfect and these last two in the trilogy, Mr Irresistible and Mr Unforgettable.

Slowly, but surely, I’m correcting the oversight.

Mr Irresistible, by Karina Bliss

This is the middle book in the Lost Boys trilogy, and once again we have a winner. I will never understand how Ms Bliss manages to pack to much emotional impact in a relatively short length, particularly considering all the constraints of writing a category romance.

The important thing, I suppose, is that she does. Boy, does she ever!

Here’s the blurb, from the author’s website:
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Heart Thief, by Robin D. Owens

29 Jan

Heart ThiefA while back I wrote a short piece on how I can be a devoted fan of a specific series by an author and have no interest whatsoever in the rest of their work. This is the case with Ms Owens. I really, really enjoy her Heart/Celta books. I find the series as a whole—or at least as far as I’ve read, I think I’m a couple of books behind—wonderful and refreshing, for many reasons. And yet, I have never felt any interest in trying her other work. Your mileage, obviously, may vary.

Which brings me to…

Despite being a fan of the world and the novels, I am also aware that this is not a series that should be glommed. In fact, two books straight is my limit. Why? Because there are some writing mannerisms that start getting on my nerves as soon as I start on a third novel in a row. And here again, your mileage may vary.

Now, on with the actual review.

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Heart Thief, by Robin D. Owens

This is only the second of the Celta novels and also only Ms Owens’ second published book. The world building is very consistent with what we learn in HeartMate, but the whole concept of fated mates (one SLWendy so despises¹) is explored from a completely different direction. Heart Thief is one of my favorites in the series so far.

Okay, I’m again getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the much hated blurb:
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Synchronicity–yeah, it does happen

28 Sep

Isn’t it funny how, when you are into something, it seems like suddenly everyone else is into it as well?

Probably it’s just that one is more attuned to any mentions whatsoever of one’s current obsession, but this one instance struck me as particularly funny.

I am reading Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series right now–and enjoying the absolute bejeesus out of it.

Oh my good lord, I love it!

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It all started a while back when I got Wicked Intentions during RWA 2010 and devoured it. Mid seventeen hundreds, the heroine is genteel poor and runs an orphan home in one of the most notorious and dangerous slums of the time in London. The hero is a Lord–a simple Baron, mind you!–with a reputation as a Greek scholar and as a sexual deviant. Ms Hoyt populates her world with numerous secondary characters (more than 20, in fact) with not only speaking parts, but enough personality as to be more than just named plot contrivances; they are not sequel bait, they are people you want to know better, whose stories you can’t wait to know. There is a number of plot threads running through the book, and only a handful of them seem to be solved by the novel’s end. The sex between hero and heroine is hot but never gratuitous, the conflicts between them are realistic–it’s never just a matter of “he can’t love me!” or “she’s too good for me!” or some other shorthand for “all the issues between the main characters would be solved if they could communicate like rational adults sometime.” And the solution to these problems is just dramatic enough to be convincing without being so neat it becomes a fairy tale no one beyond the age of six can buy.¹

*takes a breath*

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