Review: Heart Fortune by Robin D. Owens

Posted August 29, 2013 by Vampbard in 4 stars, Rating A, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi or Fantasy Fiction Tags: , , ,

Heart Fortune
Author: Robin D. Owens   
Reviewer: VampBard
Rating: A-, 4 Stars

What I’m Talking About:

Heart Fortune is the fourth Celta book I’ve read by Robin D. Owens.  Each book is a fabulous venture into a world I never realize I’ve missed until I’m immersed and involved, unwilling to rejoin present-day.  The Celta series is twelve titles strong, and while I’ve been unable to pick up the backlist due to time constraints, I do hope I’m able to make that happen at some point in the future.  These titles do, however, function as stand-alone novels.  Long-time readers of the series will, no doubt, be delighted to see previous main characters resurface.

I think that what draws me to the world of Celta is the abilities – Flair – that the inhabitants have.  Each person goes through a transition-type event, in which their Flair is revealed.  These special gifts and talents are actually fairly representative of skills that every person has today.  Some are better at research, others are better at manual labor.  Some people don’t have their real gifts revealed until some point later in their lives.  The story line in Heart Fortune definitely supports this aspect of the human condition.  I also enjoy the FAMS – familiars.  They’re always a hoot in the Celta books, providing either comic relief or a ‘straight man’.  The living residences are a source of omniscient perspective.  Like the Fams, the Residence can ‘spill the beans’ about what’s going on with another character.  I think that both the Fams and the Licorice Residence were important to the progression of the plot, and the eventual Happily Ever After between our main characters, Glyssa and Jace.

Secondary characters, besides the Fams and Residences, are important in the world of Celta, and this definitely holds true in Heart Fortune.  We are treated to prominent roles from former main characters from previous titles:   Raz Cherry and Del D’Elecampane, Laev T’Hawthorne and Camillia Darjeeling.  Mentions of several previous main characters were made near the end, as well.  It’s always nice for me to see previous characters that I’ve grown to know and love resurface in subsequent titles of a series, even though they may play bit parts, or whether they’re major players in the current plot line, it’s still nice to see them!

Our four main characters were focused and able to hold the interest of the reader throughout the novel.  I did, however, find that some of the conflict was more drawn out than I’d like.  The Celta books have, for me, been a great SciFi/Romance break from my usual fare, and I’d like to see some of the plot tightened up a bit.  I probably would have cut two or three scenes of Glyssa’s inner turmoil over Jace.  Beyond this small, probably quite personal, annoyance, I really loved the four main characters.

I think the Fams should be considered as part of the main couple.  They play the voice of conscience.  Lepid, the sassy and impulsive Fox Fam of Glyssa is a direct contrast to her controlled and measured personality.  Structure is a mainstay of her organized world.  What I loved most about Glyssa was the way her character grew over the course of the book.  At the beginning, she was willing to go in search of her HeartMate, Jace.  They’d already had a fling, and she knew – and was willing to admit – that he was the ‘one’.  They’d been engaging in dream sex, and while it was hot, it left her wanting something more from Jace.  In her innocence, she went to the crash site of Lugh’s Spear, an Earth transport that crashed on Celta four centuries prior.  Glyssa is naturally a researcher – she is, by trade, one of the Librarians.  She comes from a family of librarians, and is expected to continue down that path.  While Glyssa is commissioned to document the exploration of the Earth transport for posterity, she arrives at the settlement with ulterior motives, as she was finally able to track down her HeartMate.  While Glyssa begins the story able to keep herself away from Jace, that doesn’t last long.  They begin with dream sex, and eventually things progress.  With the inner conflict Glyssa had regarding the project, her familial expectations, and the stuff with Jace – it’s amazing she didn’t self-destruct.  Just goes to show that women are really strong and can handle whatever life throws in their direction!  I enjoyed the way Glyssa’s character resolved at the end of the story, and I hope to see more of her in the future.

Jace, on the other hand, is a pompous ass at the beginning of the story.  Total playa.  I know why Glyssa let him do things at his own pace, but wow.  The way he acted until he realized she was important – ‘not just another lay’ as Laev put it – really annoyed and irritated me.  I thought Zem, his hawkcel Fam, was a great counterbalance.  Zem’s measured control was in direct opposition to Jace’s care-free, no-commitment attitude.  I liked that Zem got Jace thinking about long-term.  I liked that Jace seemed to naturally fall into a rhythm with Glyssa.  I wasn’t keen on Jace’s barbaric attitude that he was worthless because he couldn’t support Glyssa and himself on his earnings.  Yeah.  I don’t go for that in my SciFi.  What I really loved about Jace was how he reacted to Glyssa in the last twenty percent of the book.  He knew he screwed up.  He knew he needed to earn her respect again.  He didn’t want to rely on her as a method of salvation because he knew the rescue was dangerous.  And he cared too much about her.  There were several instances, however, that were completely swoon-worthy.  I leave you, to figure those out!

Over-all, as usual, I adored Robin D. Owens’s world of Celta, and Heart Fortune gave readers of the series one more couple to love.  New readers will also adore Glyssa and Jace, and will no doubt have their curiosity piqued about this fabulously crafted world.  I look forward to more novels of Celta.

4 stars: Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)


About the Book:

Jace Bayrum has always been a loner. Concerned more with getting an adrenaline fix and making money to live on his own, Jace cares little for family ties or matters of the heart. On the other hand Glyssa Licorice, Jace’s former fling and true mate, is both loving and loyal. She is determined to track down her HeartMate and have him claim her.

After hearing that Jace has been involved in an accident, Glyssa sets out to find him, departing for the excavation site of the lost starship Lugh’s Spear. Though her goal is to help Jace and finesse him into recognizing her as his mate, the excavation itself draws her in…

Thrust by fate into working side-by-side, Jace and Glyssa’s electric connection from years before sparks once more. She intrigues him, and Jace begins to realize that a HeartMate can make a difference. And one as magnetic as Glyssa could be exactly what he has been searching for…

Release Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Series: Celta’s Heartmates #12
ISBN: #978-0425263938
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Heart Fortune (Book 12)

Reviews in the Series:
Heart Search (Book 10)
Hearts and Swords (Anthology)
Heart Secret (Book 11)