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Heart Secret (Celta) Paperback – August 7, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Celta
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780425253144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425253144
  • ASIN: 0425253147
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Heart books are like fine chocolate. I am compelled to go back for just one more over and over again."






"[A] wonderfully imaginative series."




About the Author

Robin D. Owens is a RITA Award-winning author.


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http://www.robindowens.com RITA Winner (Oscars of Romance) 2002 for HeartMate. Heart Thief out 06/03/03, Heart Duel out 04/04, Heart Choice 7/05, Heart Quest 8/06. Creativity exercises, affirmations on my website. I am a serious writer of 10 years, past President and contest chair of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. My most pressing interest in the craft of writing is CREATIVITY. My book, HeartMate, was the first futuristic-fantasy romantic adventure published by Jove in it's Magical Love line. It won the RITA for Best Paranormal Romance and finalled in Best First Book.

Customer Reviews

The whole book feels like lots of detail have been left out, and the end was rushed.
saffy
If this is your first book in the series that you could read, you could enjoy it but it would be like only reading one chapter from the middle of a book.
Daniel A. Womack
I enjoy the way Owens uses some of her characters from earlier books, and this was a great way to see them again.
Barb thereadingcafe

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By saffy on September 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Robin D Owens is one of my favourite authors and I have read every book of the Celta series.

I didn't find this book up to her usual standards.
This book is not one story, it's more two different plots, the first one is about Garrett, what he went through with a disease that killed many others
Then it drops that plot and goes into a murder mystery.
The murder mystery is a interesting plot, and I hadn't worked out who was the killer by the time we were informed in the end.
I enjoyed the murder mystery, but the first one didn't feel finished at all.
(I hope something nasty happens to a certain healer in a future book).

The whole book feels like lots of detail have been left out, and the end was rushed.
And of all the charactors I like TG the most.
Hopefully her next book will finished off questions this one started, that should get me to enjoy this book more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By |Karma| on December 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I usually read the Heart books in a day and then re-read them repeatedly. I was shocked to find myself constantly putting down Heart Secret and not wanting to return to it. I pushed myself to give it just one more chance several times but at about 75% through I couldn't get up the interest needed to finish the story.

The romantic couple is boring and difficult to relate to, and the "romance" between them was lackluster and not romantic at all. Pretty early on I was hoping that the heroine, Artemisia, would walk away from her hateful, cruel, rude, emotionally immature heartmate and find a husband who wanted her, loved her, valued her for the strong, smart, gifted woman she is. I don't understand why she gives him chance after chance. He does NOTHING to deserve it. Like I said, I couldn't relate to her doormat personality at all.

The hero does, however, do many things to justify the heroine walking away--if only she would. ****SPOILERS**** He breaks the heartmate law concerning her (with ZERO repercussions), mind-rapes her in her sleep using the heartmate link (for which she is angry about for two seconds and then just lets it go), and he only starts wanting her when she tries to move on to find a man who will treat her right, then he's suddenly jealous and possessive of her when he didn't value her at all over the many many many years he had a chance to claim her.

When they do hook up physically, it's not about love but the lust that naturally occurs between heartmates. I didn't feel any sparks between them. In fact, reading the love scene was like watching two people who dislike each other hook up only because they are horny, which was a big turn off.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barb thereadingcafe on August 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Heart Secret is the latest book of Robin Owens' Heart Mate series, and it is the 11th book. I have really enjoyed this series, and Heart Secret continues the wonderful journey in the world of Celta. The destined mates in this book is Garrett Primross and Artemesia Mugwort Panax.

Garrett is a private investigator, whom we got to know in Heart Search. He is a friend of Laev T'Hawthorn. Artemesia, is a second level healer, whom we met in the last book also, and we know of her sister Tiana as Camellia's friend.

A few years have passed since a terrible sickness caused many deaths, including Garrett's ex love. He has never been able to get over this loss. Until now, there have been no repeat of this Iasc sickness, when a young boy becomes sick. The healers decide to be proactive, and they have asked Garrett to help discover why he was the only one who got sick at that time, and survived. They know it is something with his blood, and they want him to volunteer to help be a guinea pig. The first level healers assign Artemisa to be his healer, and they are locked in a residence to block the disease for getting out. Garrett is injected with the virus.

One of the fun things of this series, is how residences talk like people. Very cool. I enjoyed the Turquoise House (TQ) helping clean the germs, and talk to both Garrett Artemesia. Later we meet another residence in the Mugwort home...Balm Heal House.

While infected and sick with the virus, Garrett has many nightmares, and Artemesia learns about his dead love, Dinni. It is Artemesia who helps Garrett through the roughest part of the virus, which he eventually will overcome again. During his lock down, a kitten gets into the house and decides he is Garrett's FamCat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neker VINE VOICE on February 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've read everything by Owens, but her Heart series had always been my favorite. I enjoy the strange Earth-twisted futuristic world she created. Normally, the novels are heavy on romance, but with a vein of mystery that has to be solved. This one was off for me. It was like Owen didn't start the actual mystery until the very end of the story, or better yet, she was telling two different stories with the same characters. It made the novel feel disjointed in the reading. Regardless, I still enjoyed it, just didn't think it was up to par.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shumack on January 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was so disappointed with this book, tt could have been so much more! I felt Celta is decaying in this story, there was too much negativity and not enough substance. The characters were wishy washy - not a good place for Primross to be, and one of my favourite characters, TQ, was just obnoxious. Don't know I'll be continuing with this series..
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