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Heart Fire (Celta’s Heartmates, #13) by Robin D. Owens

Heart Fire (Celta's Heartmates, #13)Heart Fire by Robin D. Owens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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?

Thirteen? This can’t possibly be the thirteenth story in the Celta’s Heartmates series. I have loved these books since the first one was published. I have no idea how I discovered them, but I am so glad I did. Like every series, there are some books (and Fams) I prefer more than others, but I enjoy them all.

Heart Fire is one of the good ones. Antenn and Tiana are both likeable people with their own personal problems to overcome. Antenn comes from a violent background and Tiana suffered from a violent episode in her childhood. Both of them keep too much bottled inside which interferes with the Heartbond.

They are both dedicated to their careers and neither feel that it is the right time to begin a serious relationship. Sex? Of course. There is plenty of time for a sexual relationship, but not time enough to commit to a Heartbond.

But this is Celta and the Heartbond will win out.

Antenn’s Famcat Pinky was introduced in an earlier book and has been with him since he was a child. Tianna has just met her Famcat Ratkiller although he also made a small appearance in an earlier book. Another recurring character is the Turquoise House. He is a young sentient house and I love him. I enjoyed watching his development towards becoming a Residence.

Since this is the thirteenth book, there is plenty of history available. The author does an excellent job of reminding longtime fans of what has happened before without overwhelming them with backstory. However, there is enough backstory to keep new readers from being confused.

I have to say, she gives just enough of the earlier books to make me want to go back and read them again.

Heart Fire is wonderful as a stand alone novel, but I highly recommend the entire series. We’re in the next generation of characters and it is fun to see their lives now.

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Rules for a Proper Governess (Mackenzies & McBrides, #7) by Jennifer Ashley

Rules For A Proper Governess (MacKenzies & McBrides, #7)

Rules For A Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley

To Kiss A Thief…

Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride can face the most sinister criminals in London – but the widower’s two unruly children are a different matter.Little Caitlin and Andrew go through a governess a week, sending the ladies fleeing in tears.

Roberta “Bertie” Frasier enters Sinclair’s life by stealing his watch – and then stealing a kiss. Intrigued by the handsome highlander, Bertie winds up saving his children from a dangerous situation and returns them to their father. Impressed with how they listen to her, Sinclair asks the lively beauty to be their governess, never guessing that the unconventional lady will teach him a lesson or two in love.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first thing I have to get out of the way is the discrepancy in the timeline. Daniel Mackenzie (Book 6) is only nineteen in this book and still living at home. So, obviously, Rules for a Proper Governess should fall somewhere before Daniel’s book. Did it make a difference in my enjoyment of the story? Not at all, but I am compulsive about reading a series in order and Daniel threw me.

Sinclair McBride is still grieving for his bride even though she died many years earlier.  He buries himself in his work and spends little time at home.  His two children, Caitlin and Andrew, are hell raisers and completely out of control.  Sinclair is unable to keep a governess for them and his household staff have given up trying to control them.

Enter Bertie Frasier . . . Bertie comes from the lower class . . . the way lower class.  Her father is a career criminal and Bertie works for him.  So, of course, she ends up with Sinclair who spends his days prosecuting criminals.

Sinclair coerces Bertie into becoming the governess for his children.  She knows nothing about being a governess, but since she has some control over them, she does a better job than any of her predecessors.

And Bertie and Sinclair fall in lust.

To add spice to the plot, there are two different villains after Bertie and Sinclair.  We know who they are.  They know who they are.  The problem is how to stop them.

Of course, all comes out right in the end.  Even though Bertie and Sinclair are from two totally different worlds, they find each other and fall in love.  This is a romance after all.

Most of the Mackenzies make an appearance and Lord Ian (my absolute favorite of all the Mackenzies) has a fairly large role in this book.  It was wonderful to see how his and Beth’s relationship has progressed.

I have loved all of the books in this series, but I have to say Bertie is my favorite heroine.  She is smart and not at all shy about saying what she thinks is right.  She doesn’t fit the normal mold for the family, but she still fits right in.

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Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1) by Faith Hunter

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1)Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she’s been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps…

This book reminded me a little of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy books, but I think it was just the Skinwalker angle. Jane is far more supernatural than Mercy is portrayed.

I really enjoyed it, especially Jane’s relationship with Beast. There is no romance in the first book and I hope the later books are different in that respect.

There seems to be several in between and prequel stories. Normally I jump right on those, but there are so many I don’t know whether I will bother this time.

Yes, it was really a good book, but I haven’t fallen in love with the series yet.

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