Heart Search

Heart Search

Latest in the long-running series from the award-winning author of Heart Journey. Noble Laev T'Hawthorne must rebuild his life after marrying a woman he believed was his HeartMate, only to fall victim to her greed. Abandoned at fifteen, Camellia Darjeeling values her independence above all-even as her father and uncle emotionally scourge her and extort money. For Camell...

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Title:Heart Search
Author:Robin D. Owens
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Heart Search Reviews

  • Ana

    I'm a big fan of Celta's Heartmates, but after the last book which didn't impress me too much, I was a bit apprehensive about this one. But at the same time hopeful, after all Laev was someone I really wanted to learn more about. I was not disappointed at all. :-)

    Laev is still trying to get over his dead wife. She tricked him into believing they were Heartmates because she wanted the status of being a GreatLord's wife. She was a selfish, unfaithful harridan. After that fiasco Laev finds it hard

    I'm a big fan of Celta's Heartmates, but after the last book which didn't impress me too much, I was a bit apprehensive about this one. But at the same time hopeful, after all Laev was someone I really wanted to learn more about. I was not disappointed at all. :-)

    Laev is still trying to get over his dead wife. She tricked him into believing they were Heartmates because she wanted the status of being a GreatLord's wife. She was a selfish, unfaithful harridan. After that fiasco Laev finds it hard to trust a woman. And the last person he wants to meet is his real Heartmate. That connection is almost impossible to deny. But exploring this thing with Camellia Darjeeling shouldn't be as dangerous as that. But...

    Camellia knows who her Heartmate is. And that knowledge haunted her for years. Finding out that your friend is married to your Heartmate can be devastating. She learned to hide the truth of it from everyone, herself the most. But now, Laev is free again. And the temptation of him is perilous to her.

    I love both Camellia and Laev. With all their scars, issues, insecurities. Laev's come from his marriage, while Camellia's from her childhood and her abusive father and uncle. It causes them to be wary, and sometimes they react out of fear and hurt each other. But it's understandable.

    I love the world of Celta. It's amazing and I like the fact that we learn more of it's history throughout the books.

    As always, the Fams are great. A bit selfish, but so loving and brave and...

    It seems to me that Camellia two friends are going to be the heroines of the next books, and I'm looking forward to reading their stories. But the next book

    as the title says will contain four short stories. These are the heroes (it took me a while to find this, in the end found it on her blog): Kelse Bountry, Captain of the Starship Nuada's Sword when Celta is discovered. Next is Dri Paris, HeartMate to Arbusca Willow, Arbusca was in Heart Dance. Third is Cardus Parryl, he is Genista's Holly Furze's new love. Finally is Walker Clover, who has been mentioned in Heart Change, he wins the noble title for the Clovers.

    Rating:

  • Lady Lioness

    : Rather do a complete series re-read like I did last year, I'm just reading

    and

    before I start

    . Since

    's heroine is Glyssa, I wanted everything to be fresh.

    : I think this is my second favorite of the series, right behind

    .

    I love Robin D. Owens. I bought a second copy of

    during the literacy signing at RWA 2011 just so she would sign it. I caught one typo in

    and this is not a book you can just p

    : Rather do a complete series re-read like I did last year, I'm just reading

    and

    before I start

    . Since

    's heroine is Glyssa, I wanted everything to be fresh.

    : I think this is my second favorite of the series, right behind

    .

    I love Robin D. Owens. I bought a second copy of

    during the literacy signing at RWA 2011 just so she would sign it. I caught one typo in

    and this is not a book you can just pick up at random. If you don't already know the Celta series, you will be lost. Normally, I consider that a big no-no, but I irrationally think everyone should be reading this series anyway. I actually don't rec it that often because I feel it's not really for your average reader. For one thing, you have to be open to Wicca. In any case, I usually re-read the Celta series once a year. I promised myself I'd clean out my palate this weekend by concentrating on historicals, but now I'm jonesing to re-read

    .

  • Gail

    The hero married a woman he thought was his heart mate but wasn't. She wanted the prestige of being married into a wealthy prominent family, then proceeded to cheat on him, steal family heirlooms, and worse, stole and hid his heart gift. Then she died so she can never tell him where it is. The heroine knows she is the hero's heart mate, but doesn't want one. She's never known anything good from men--her father and uncle still break into her house to steal from her and abuse her-- and because she

    The hero married a woman he thought was his heart mate but wasn't. She wanted the prestige of being married into a wealthy prominent family, then proceeded to cheat on him, steal family heirlooms, and worse, stole and hid his heart gift. Then she died so she can never tell him where it is. The heroine knows she is the hero's heart mate, but doesn't want one. She's never known anything good from men--her father and uncle still break into her house to steal from her and abuse her-- and because she's from a lower social class with less money than the hero, she thinks he'll look down on her. So the whole story is basically about them proving themselves to each other. Plus a minor mystery or two. It's definitely a good read.

  • Aurian Booklover

    I have been looking forward to reading Laev’s story. I just knew in book 8 that he was duped. He did meet his HeartMate at 17, but he just locked eyes with a very beautiful girl, and thought that was it, overlooking his real HeartMate, who was only 13 at the time. And I was correct. Laev is T’Hawthorn now. His wife died three years ago, when a horrible illness swept Druida and killed a lot of people in all classes and ages. His FatherSire (grandfather) died three months ago, and Laev is dealing

    I have been looking forward to reading Laev’s story. I just knew in book 8 that he was duped. He did meet his HeartMate at 17, but he just locked eyes with a very beautiful girl, and thought that was it, overlooking his real HeartMate, who was only 13 at the time. And I was correct. Laev is T’Hawthorn now. His wife died three years ago, when a horrible illness swept Druida and killed a lot of people in all classes and ages. His FatherSire (grandfather) died three months ago, and Laev is dealing with his grief. He is also coming to terms with being T’Hawthorn, although the Residence and his Family are still treating him as a child. But he will remedy that. He is also ready to pick up his normal life again, and has hired a private investigator to retrieve all the Hawthorn possessions his wife stole and sold or gave away, including his HeartGift. And even though he wants it back, he is not ready for a new wife, or searching out his HeartMate.

    Camellia is content with her life. She has just opened her second teashop, furbished after what she thinks a HouseHeart looks like. Being a minor noble, she never has visited a real HouseHeart, the Darjeeling Residence was not sentient, and sold for her father’s debs when she was a teenager. She has two good friends, and now a FamCat of her own. She knows who her HeartMate is, has known it since she was a child. But as he was married, there was no use in searching him out, or making him a HeartGift as is usual during the Second Passage. The only bad thing in her life are her father and uncle, who are burgling her house regularly, breaking her stuff, defiling it and stealing her valuables. They extort money from her teahouses as well. But she is through with it, even if her weak brother doesn’t want to take action, she is reporting everything to the Guards.

    But of course Camellia and Laev cannot stay apart. They keep meeting each other at random (which is planned by both their FamCats!) and start having erotic dreams together. But Laev still doesn’t know who his HeartMate is. Until Camellia hints at it, and he draws away from her, hurting her horribly. Even though she is not ready for a husband yet. She likes her indepence, and she has some very important secrets her father may never find out.

    Again, I loved this book. I know, I am sounding like a broken record. But if you like a great fantasy world, filled with magic (Flair), and great characters and pets, and of course lots of romance and some hot love scenes, you can do no other than love this series. Just pick up the first book, although I am sure you can read them as stand alone novels too. There is often considerable time between the books.

    Camellia had a hard childhood with her abusive father and uncle, her weak mother and brother to take care of. She is doing fine now, with two teashops she is running, and some great friends. Taking time to get to know her HeartMate, become friends and lovers. Of course she is weary of men, but she takes action. She is taking self defence courses, learning to fight her father and uncle, and reporting them and their foul deeds. Laev really hurt her as well, when he thought some one else was his HeartMate.

    And then Laev, already struggling with almost killing a GreatLady as a teen, having been used by his wife who was not his HeartMate but who wanted the status and gilt she had as his wife. He is settling in his new position, not ready for a new wife, even if she is his HeartMate. But once they have met, destiny is set in motion, and they are drawn to each other. I loved both their FamCats this time, they were great characters and not so selfish as some previous mentioned cats.

    10 stars.

    Full review on my blog,

  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick

    Originally posted at

    Favorite Quote: “You are a Stup. Laev a stup. Even Brazos is a stup. I am the only Smart One in the Family.”

    Laev T’Hawthorne hasn’t had an easy life. His family has feuded with the Hollys for centuries-causing death and animosity on both sides. Then he married at a young age to who he assumed was his HeartMate, only to find she wasn’t. She only wanted the money and prestige of being married into a first family. After her death, Laev di

    Originally posted at

    Favorite Quote: “You are a Stup. Laev a stup. Even Brazos is a stup. I am the only Smart One in the Family.”

    Laev T’Hawthorne hasn’t had an easy life. His family has feuded with the Hollys for centuries-causing death and animosity on both sides. Then he married at a young age to who he assumed was his HeartMate, only to find she wasn’t. She only wanted the money and prestige of being married into a first family. After her death, Laev discovers she stole from his family and even gave his HeartMate gift away. Now that his Fathersire has passed, Laev is head of the residence and slowly putting his life and home back together. He has hired a private investigator to locate and retrieve the residence heirlooms. He knows that he has a true Heart Mate out there but his heart cannot bare the pain or shame that he might once again not be what a woman wants.

    Camiellia Darjeerling has always known who her HeartMate is but when he choose another woman, she buried the pain and went on with her life. Abandoned by her family at age 15, she has worked hard to built up a good life and business. Due to her cruel father’s and uncle’s constant abuse, Camiella finds it hard to trust any man-including her Heart Mate.

    I found Heart Search to be reminiscent of Ms. Owens earlier books in the series. A bit darker and edgier then what we have seen with the last few installments. We see more a realistic view of this society; the selfish, the cruel, and the social constructs that it’s built upon. Not everyone in here is nice and Ms. Owen’s shows their faces and lets their voices be heard.

    The story starts out introducing us to our protagonists and showing us the reasons behind the walls they have built around their hearts. Laev and Carmiella are strong, intelligent people-both the victims of cruel people. Family and friendship is important to them and they both shoulder more then their fair share of guilt. I like that while they are kind people; they aren’t push overs. Camiella continues to file complaints against her family and takes self defense classes while Laev is rebuilding his life, continuing to socialize and taking an active interest in his friends and family. They haven’t stop living because of the past.

    Mysterious little subplots run through the main storyline to enhance the main plot and give us clues to future books. Suspense and a slow forming romance to keeps the story fresh and the pace steady.

    The relationship between Laev and Camellia starts off hot yet unemotional as they come together in each other in dreams and engage in sexual pleasures without having to physically meet. Neither of them wants a HeartMate and Camellia has yet to forgive Laev for not listening to his heart so many years ago. Their bond is strong though and their friends and fam cats decide the couple needs some help so they maneuver and manipulate circumstances to bring them together. There is a lot of hurt in them and the emotional journey they take towards their future together is fraught with tension and sadness.

    The mystery and romance of the story blend well and play off each other nicely. The characters are all well developed and add depth and a sense of continuation to the arc of the story. We see many old friends and meet some very interesting new ones. I love the fam cats of this story. They have such wonderful dynamic personalities and add humor to their scenes. They also provided the bridge that allows our couple to come together.

    The ending is a taut mixture of suspense and action as the multiple story lines merge to form a climatic finale that leaves you stunned yet very happy with the outcomes. I look forward to visiting Ms. Owens futuristic world again soon as her HeartMate’s always bring a wealth of magic romance to the table. I also hope that she gives us more clues to Cal and T’Vinny’s future soon.

    Overall Rating: B

  • Melindeeloo

    They are two deeply wounded people, both with strong reasons for distrusting the opposite sex, but will Laev and Camellia learn to trust and leave hurt behind and discover the joy and love that can be theirs by acknowledging their Heartbond?

    Even though they are meant for each other, Owen's Heartmates always have a lot of obstacles to overcome and this time round the leads do a fair job of hurting each other before they are able to treasure the precious gift they have been given. Past hurts run d

    They are two deeply wounded people, both with strong reasons for distrusting the opposite sex, but will Laev and Camellia learn to trust and leave hurt behind and discover the joy and love that can be theirs by acknowledging their Heartbond?

    Even though they are meant for each other, Owen's Heartmates always have a lot of obstacles to overcome and this time round the leads do a fair job of hurting each other before they are able to treasure the precious gift they have been given. Past hurts run deep and this vulnerability makes both of the leads appealing, but the way that they cling to the fear associated with this vulnerability also at makes Laev and Camellia pretty frustrating at times. Also, both a plus and a minus, was Camellia's attempt to stand up to the father and uncle who use her and abuse her - they are very bad men - but even as she works on her physical strength, when everything comes to a crisis point with her odious kin, she seems to fall back into the victim role - instead using her friends and other resources.

    Neverless, I am still enjoying Owen's series, and I am still finding the magical wiccanish culture of Celta and the promise of a perfect love - and quirky telepathic pets - enjoyable. This time to it was fun to see the next generation of characters, the hero Laev was a teen in trouble in the earlier books and many of the children of the initial pairs are starting to make their way into the stories as 'fleglings'. I am really looking forward to the next journey to Celta -

    - a collection of shorts, and hoping to see a bit more of some old familiar faces as they get a turn in the spotlight.

  • Sahara Hoshi

    Robin D. Owens' Heartmate series is what turned me on to paranormal/romantic sci-fi or whatever you want to call it. So as a long-time lover of the series I was surprised about the time jump Owens chose to add to the series. However, reading the Heartmate series is like taking a warm shower and settling down with a cup of hot cocoa, it's comforting and you know what to expect. Laev and Camelia were both strong protagonists, in fact I really liked the heroine in this story and cannot wait to see

    Robin D. Owens' Heartmate series is what turned me on to paranormal/romantic sci-fi or whatever you want to call it. So as a long-time lover of the series I was surprised about the time jump Owens chose to add to the series. However, reading the Heartmate series is like taking a warm shower and settling down with a cup of hot cocoa, it's comforting and you know what to expect. Laev and Camelia were both strong protagonists, in fact I really liked the heroine in this story and cannot wait to see her friends receive their own stories. As usual we have sassy Fams, Celtan magic, and the notion of the healing power of love that outshines any past mistakes. My only wish is that we would have had to deal with more of the consequences of Laev marrying Nivea Sunflower, the way Owens handles Nivea is fine, but I might have preferred a more direct confrontation with Nivea rather than dealing with the consequences of Nivea's past actions. Over all 4 out 5 stars.

  • Jacqueline

    Solid addition to the series. Way too much sentient cats for my taste. I'm beginning to the think the people of Celta can't figure out how to wipe their own butts without assistance from their fams. I know I seem to be in the minority but they are sort of used as a type of 'deus ex machina' a little too often.

    In other news, the planet of Celta keeps getting richer. I like how the author had gone into the second generation. I liked the angsty suffering of the hero and how well the author showed

    Solid addition to the series. Way too much sentient cats for my taste. I'm beginning to the think the people of Celta can't figure out how to wipe their own butts without assistance from their fams. I know I seem to be in the minority but they are sort of used as a type of 'deus ex machina' a little too often.

    In other news, the planet of Celta keeps getting richer. I like how the author had gone into the second generation. I liked the angsty suffering of the hero and how well the author showed the closeknitness of the culture of Celta by the way that Laev's bad choice was still haunting him after years. I liked the toughness of the heroine.

    I did feel like the romance was not as intense as it could have been. The H and the h spent very little time together.

  • TINNGG

    Hoo boy... my favorite trope (said with much sarcasm). "Some member of the opposite sex messed w/ my mind so now I have issues with all members of the opposite sex". Doubled. Plus annoying spoiled brat talking cats. Yeesh. Oh, and characters who we were introduced to while they were barely out of diapers (that always gives me an icky feeling, rather like finding out the sex life of one's own offspring. I just doan wanna know...)

    So dumb lets dumber know when dumber starts attempting to get closer

    Hoo boy... my favorite trope (said with much sarcasm). "Some member of the opposite sex messed w/ my mind so now I have issues with all members of the opposite sex". Doubled. Plus annoying spoiled brat talking cats. Yeesh. Oh, and characters who we were introduced to while they were barely out of diapers (that always gives me an icky feeling, rather like finding out the sex life of one's own offspring. I just doan wanna know...)

    So dumb lets dumber know when dumber starts attempting to get closer to dumb that dumb is sharing those dreams dumber has been having. Dumber of course panics and backs off. A week or two later, dumber rethinks this idea. Thus, an affair is initiated (query - can you really have an affair with your mate if both parties are single?). Dumber has lost his heart gift (that mistake with a member of the opposite sex alluded to) so makes something and goes to give it to her. In a moment of sheer brilliance, he puts it on a table and initiates a conversation regarding his heart gift. Dumb of course panics at the word "heart gift" and doesn't exactly let him finish his sentence. Thus, the inevitable breakup 50 pages from the end.

    Dear author, could you please drop this formula? Seriously? I've read this entire series straight through and the pattern of breakup 50 pages from the end is irritating beyond belief.

  • Nenya

    This book left me devastated. And not in a good way. I'd been enjoying this series, but it had been getting worse and worse. This book was the ultimate. I understand angsty themes, but emotionally torturing the heroine, along with the readers, is stretching it too far.

    This book left me devastated. And not in a good way. I'd been enjoying this series, but it had been getting worse and worse. This book was the ultimate. I understand angsty themes, but emotionally torturing the heroine, along with the readers, is stretching it too far.

    I thought the whole concept of heartmate would render them less judgmental on superficial qualities. And no, it does not show any artistic creativity on the author's part, it was just cheap emotional torture for me.

    Enough of this series for me. Which is sad because I had been a huge fan of this series in the beginning.

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