Heart Quest is book 5 in the Celtan Heart Mates series. Another winning hero and heroine. Both have been introduced in earlier Heartmate books. Ilex Winterberry has been a quiet presence in earlier novels in his role as a guardsman. He knows his heartmate is Trif Clover. As an honorable man he refuses to pursue the bond since he is convinced he will die soon and refuses to take a heartmate with him [heartmates do not survive the death of their partner]. Trif, however, is actively pursuing her heartmate and every time they come together, Ilex sinks a little deeper. And then Trif is kidnapped by the black magic cult that Ilex has been hunting...
One of the strengths of Robin Owens' writing is her believable world-building. She has crafted a fascinating, self-consistent world that she draws the reader into - background information always appears when needed and is never presented out of context. The characters have depth and you see their world, and their stories through their eyes.
Do not read the series out of order...
Celta Heart Mates series
1. Heart Mate (2001)
2. Heart Thief (2003)
3. Heart Duel (2004)
4. Heart Choice (2005)
5. Heart Quest (2006)
6. Heart Dance (2007)
7. Heart Fate (2008)
8. Heart Change (2009)
Nice addition to this series, though I wouldn't say the best one. I did like the hero much better than the heroine.
This is one of my favorite books from this excellent series.
I enjoyed the book, really getting hooked on this series!