Just ignore the attack of the apostrophes. Formerly a street rat he is now a respected nobleman with a talent for shaping stones. He has crafted a necklace as a HeartGift, as is customary in their culture, for his HeartMate, the woman who is destined to be his. Thus the story and the apostrophes begin.
I had trouble with the names at first. I was later told by a friend that it appears to be standard in futuristic fantasy now, and I do not think this is a trend I would like to continue. Having an apostrophe does not make you all fancy, you know. That said, the world building was excellent, if a bit complicated at first.
While I understand that he was raised in the gutter and had no manners, sometimes I really expected him to grunt when he was talking to Danith: Me Tarzan, You Jane, Us belong together. The end. This conflict did not get resolved until the end, and all the other external conflicts and side plots were fixed, which kind of had me feeling that this bit was a bit rushed.
While the main conflict in the story is the romance between the two, there are a lot of tiny side plots that fit well with the story, although I found that Owens could have done with fewer. This being the first book in a series, it seems as though a lot of these side plots were necessary to establish the other families for future books. His full name, Zanthoxyl, sounded a lot like medication to me, though. The kind that would be banned for recreational use.
Name nitpicking aside, I enjoyed this book and found it a good start to the series. This book was first published in by Jove and reissued by Berkley in LOL, as my first published book 10 yrs next year I am very fond of it. I finished Heart Mate last night after reading Heart Dance on a whim last year. The apostrophes killed me, but I thought this was a sweet series.
Editorial Reviews. Review. A poignant, sensual story as usual, Ms. Owens's brilliant writing makes this character-driven tale difficult to put down. -- Romance . bottmesakalas.ml: Heart Dance: Celta, Book 6 (Audible Audio Edition): Robin D. Owens, Robin D. Owens continues this amazing futuristic romantic series on Celta.
I wanted to slap him, but I could see why he was the way he was, and that he fit into his society and his childhood. I would have personally left him in the dust, but that is because most of the men in my family are macho control freaks too LOL.
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