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On the planet Celta, accepting a HeartMate can be the greatest challenge in the universe…
Antenn, an architect hired to build a cathedral in Druida City, dares not think of his HeartMate. Even though he yearns for her, he’s taken steps to ensure she will be forever unknown to him. After all, how could he, a commoner who grew up in the slums, the brother of a murderer, be worthy of any woman?
Tiana, a priestess, has her own fears about being a HeartMate. She's watched her friends struggle with such a stormy destiny. She's sure her HeartMate has never claimed her due to a terrible scandal involving her Family, and she's set aside hopes for love.
Antenn's gotten the commission of his life. The cathedral will make him famous, but more, it will last for ages and prove to others he can contribute to Celta...if the controversial structure isn't destroyed while being built. Tiana, too, is an integral part of this process, but the villain who wrecked her Family is ready with firebombs. Can they trust each other in dangerous circumstances to succeed...and to love?
The telepathic cats come off best in Owens's mediocre 13th far-future fantasy romance (after Heart Fortune). On the planet Celta, lowborn architect Antenn has just been commissioned to build a cathedral for a minority religious sect, and First Level Priestess of the quasi-Celtic majority cult Tiana Mugwort is trying to mix spirituality and ambition. She assumes that her unknown HeartMate has refused to seek her out because he personally dislikes her, but Antenn simply sees a HeartMate as a distraction from his professional objective. After they unwillingly collaborate on the cathedral project, however, the sexual tension starts to throb, and the HeartMates overcome wicked Traditionalist plots as well as their deep-seated psychological misgivings about commitment. Celta's talking houses, sentient interstellar ships, and mind-reading FamCats provide playful interludes between the requisite bodice-busting and trouser-straining passages. Tiana's scruffy FamCat, RatKiller, single-handedly almost makes up for the hackneyed motivations and fragile characterizations that Owens ladles onto this conventional chase to the bedroom.
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Once again Robin D Owens delivers a fun and magical Heartmate story. Loved the fams and residence personalities!