Heart Fire is the 13th book in the Celta's Heartmates series by Robin D. Owens. I absolutely love her Heartmates series, where the couples create HeartGifts to attract their mates, but I must admit that I didn't realize that we were up to book #13. But good news, readers won't be lost in her paranormal world if this is the first book they pick-up from her series.
Heart Fire focuses on Antenn and Tianna, characters who both perceive themselves to be outcasts and unworthy of their Heartmates, even though they have spent their entire lives devoted to becoming respectable members in their society. This book goes beyond the standard love story as it explores religious tolerance, the power of forgiveness, and the imbalance of the class system. As much as I love the main couple, the character that stole every scene was Ratkiller, her stray cat with *major* attitude. My only regret is that even though this book is 340 pages, I wish there would have been 20 more pages to give a more active resolution with the villain instead of just a recap of what happened to him. Otherwise a very satisfying book, surprising full of zest, and showing no signs of author fatigue for a series with over a dozen novels.
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?