All his life, Rand T’Ash has looked forward to meeting his HeartMate, with whom he could begin a family. Once a street tough, now a respected nobleman and artisan, he has crafted the perfect HeartGift, which, in the custom of the psychically gifted population of the planet Celta, is the way a man finds—and attracts—his wife…
Danith Mallow is irresistibly drawn to the magnificent necklace on display in T’Ash’s shop, but she is wary of its creator, despite an overpowering attraction. In a world where everyone is defined by their psychic ability, Danith has little, placing her at the opposite end of the social spectrum from T’Ash. But T’Ash refuses to accept her rejection and sees it as a challenge instead. They are HeartMates, but can T’Ash persuade his beloved to accept her destiny by his side?
©2001 Robin D. Owens (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
It sets the groundwork for the rest of this truly innovative series.
Holly Holm. Can't wait for his book to be released!
I've never heard him before, but he captures T'Ash's rough background and strong emotional walls perfectly.
Each Celta book gets better and better. T'Ash is not my favorite hero, but he is enough of an outsider to allow the reader to see all levels of Celtan society.
Feed up of the usual themes and looking for a new twist in the romance genre then this may be for you.
I was enthralled by the whole new world the author created, its customs and culture ... the characters also sucked you in ... you felt T'Ash frustration and Danith's initial fear to become involved. Bits of humour were sliced in nicely among the lines and the narration was great.
Well worth a credit... looking forward to more stories within this new world!
Original, dynamic, fascinating
Heart Mate is the first of the series and introduces Intriguing world building without an overabundance of backstory. Owens delivers very consistent writing with strong characters and a delightfully twisty plot. Lots to love here.
Inconsistent pronunciations, many that make no sense. I've read these numerous times, have talked with the author, and know the correct pronunciations of character names. Levine kept changing how he said T'Ash - which should sound like the Ash tree, not Tosh.
Small detail? Not if it pulls the reader/listener out of the story! I was more than a little irritated, especially when the character Tinne Holly started out rhyming with Wine and anded up rhyming with spin. Tin Holly? NO! Can't buy any more if this keeps up.
When the main character, T'Ash, finally lets go of his secrets and shares them with Danith.
Please, find a way for the narrators to talk to the authors so that names are done right! This is one of my biggest peeves about audio books, especially when the narrator is inconsistent. I already know I can't listen to the second in the series because of the way Levine says the main character's name. Ruiz Elder? How in the world does he get Rue-ish out of that?
mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.
This is the opening book to one of my favorite romance series of all time. I've been urging Audible to get this in it's library and they did it! In this book, Owens first introduces us to the wonderful world of Celta. She is masterful in creating a society with its own religion, method of time keeping and such. Yet you easily follow her as she immerses you in the story of Danith and T'Ash. It is romance of the first order set in a fantasy location. The narrator wasn't my absolute favorite but does do a fine job of helping you keep all the characters straight. Well worth a credit!
Someone else reading the story. Not so stunted in their speech.
Good idea on the story.
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This is the first story to a new series. The world, rather society that Robin D. Owens created is something more than creative, it's magical. Robin has written such a great story, so much that its hard to identify what genre it is. Rand T-Ash is looking for his heartmate and he's found her but he's having trouble winning her over. He's actually a nobleman, he's from a well known family, yet he lost everything when his family was murdered. He's lived in slums and has done what he's had to. He now owns his own little business and he's an artisan. When T-Ash finds Danith Mallow, he just knows she's his heartmate. He's having a problem, she continues to reject him. Will he get his heartmate?
The narrator, Noah Michael Levine blows me away with his narration of the first story in the Celta series. I've listened to Noah before and he always grabs my attention. He does a fantastic job with distinguishing the accents of each character. You can feel T-Ash's aggravation, his frustrations, and even his sadness through Noah. Noah makes me laugh out loud with Danith's character. He's a wonderful narrator and I'm happy he's done the other 12 audios. If you've never listened to anything by Noah, then this is a great start. I highly recommend you give this audio a listen.
This would have to be my most favourite book. The first in the celta series. Set in a futuristic world where everyone has talents...Danith has none. T'ash has more than enough but is rough around the edges.. When he finds out Danith is his heartmate he has to try and woo her..and prove she's not talentless, but his match in every way. You just have to cheer is awkward efforts on. The narrator had a soothing tone and was very pleasant to listen to. I have to admit I loved listening to him. Will be purchasing the other books in this series.
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Yes and no. I really enjoyed the world building, the time spent with the hero, his cat and his friends. I enjoyed the thrilling scenes, but these very things tended to bog down the pace on the central story. Then there was the relationship development. That was at a crawl for most of the book. it wasn't until the last third of the book that I even felt the heroine was tolerable. She drove me nuts with her default reactions to new things and new situations which was to refuse to get all the information so she lost her temper and flung around wrongful accusations, to even try to embrace something new just a little or to be the slightest bit understanding of someone else's side of things. It was 'no, no, no' and then the sound of her running feet away from anything that disturbed her gray, safe little bubble. I get it that the hero wasn't easy, but yeesh, neither was she. He at least was open to change.
So I probably would love to see some of the hot-cold stuff in the first half of the book cut out.
This was my first.
Pretty much everything! I enjoyed his pacing to match the tone of the scenes. The narrative and description scenes were fascinating. He did well with the male voices and okay with the women. His fight scenes and passion scenes were good too. He has a good voice for storytelling.
To pick up the pace. Less time spent setting things up. The heroine spent a lot of time refusing to even consider the possibility of a relationship and spent a lot of time in denial land. I got pretty frustrated with her.
This is one of those stories that one has to have a lot of patience with. I was barely into the story because of impatience with the heroine for most of the first half, but then it got its legs under it and took off. This was a hard fought romance and I enjoyed the uniqueness of the world. The characters including the cats were well drawn. I would definitely continue with the series.
32 years old and still addicted to happy endings!
I read the book and enjoyed it so much that years later I baught the audiobook so I could hear it again. The quality of the recording was bad (distracting). The narrator sounded barbaric, like he was always shouting... and his inflection left much to be desired.
The story was still good. I like it when the woman gets a choice and yet a soul mate is still in her future. The hero wasn't "desperate to make her his" but he was very exited to start his life with this charming woman (from a lower class) if she would only accept the mysterious gift and himself in her future. The futuristic world was well described and I didn't get bogged down with the descriptions of an environment I have never seen.
I agree with some of the reviews about NML's narration being stilted and seemingly unemotional but I must say that the voices and expressions of the various characters in this intriguing story are amazing, especially the female voices and drunken stuttering of Maggo (sp). As the story progressed NML's narration got better and in my estimation, the stiltedness was a description of who T'Ash was (is).
I'm hoping that this story really is the beginning of a new & exciting series as this is a new author for me. RDO must have an amazing imagination and ability to not just write a PNR copy of the masters such as Donna Grant, J.R. Ward, Lara Adrian, etc.
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