This is the third book in theis series, maybe the best one. It's about a noble born healer whose first husband had been killed while trying to heal a duelist, and the noble born fighter who fell in love with her.
Healer Lark Collinson and Holm Holly....talk about an odd match! She hates fighting and thats what he is the best at! Her first husband was killed in a street dueling match and Holm Holly's life seems to be one endless duel after another and unfornately it seems to be with her father no less!!!
Now add to the mix, Holm finds out she is his HeartMate and again he can't tell her!!! What a mix!!!
Third book in this series and all the fam cat's and laughs and tears you can handle!!!
Interesting series! People in Celta have more "flair", a magical energy used to heal, teleport, talk mind-to-mind, and connect rare HeartMates - vibrant soul loves.
the romace is great, but the stories are quite interesting; I was not a romace reader, but these books are good with the added heat of great loving!
Both "Heart Thief" and "Heart Duel" are excellent. They are about this world that the author has created, a rather interesting world (sci-fi). Heart Thief is book 2 and follows Heart Mate, which I've not had the opportunity to read. The main male character in Heart Duel is mentioned in Heart Thief, and nothing more. You know of him and his family. A well-written story-line and likeable characterizations.
Heart Duel is book 3 in the Celta Heart Mates series and although a good read it is not my favorite of the books. Definitely a keeper but the hero is far more likable than the heroine who seems to suffer from an acute case of reverse snobbishness. Nothing and no one in the first families is acceptable to her; and as a healer she deplores all fighters. The hero, of course, is both. Their kitten fams [introduced by the delightful character, 'Vinni' T'Vine, the boy prophet] are amusing in their differences. The romance is resolved - but tragic events occur in both of their families and further developments await in later books. At least the 'star-crossed lovers' survive the experience...
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.
I absolutely love this series!! Watching the suave and handsome Holm Holly Jr. fumble, stumble, and botch the courtship was entertaining, even though I felt the heroine made things harder for him than it needed to be. I hate when the hero does absolutely everything right. My imagination can only be suspended so far!! LOL!!!
Healer Lark Collinson hates the street duelling that is a way of life among the noble families on Celta -- it was just such a skirmish that killerd her Healer husband and left her a grieving widow. The last thing she wants is to lov a man to whom fighting is a way of life -- a man like the brashly confident Holm Holly.
All it takes is one brief touch for Holm to know that Lark is his HeartMate, though wooing her will be his greatest challenge. For not only does she despise everything he represents, but the long-standing feud between theri families has exploded into even greater violence. Their destiny has been revealed...but at what cost to their own hearts?