Review: Heart Mate by Robin D. Owens

heart mateReviewed by Jen

I am always looking for new series to love. I stumbled across the blurb to book 13 in this series and I was intrigued. I picked it up and was completely overwhelmed by the glossary and cast of characters, so I decided to go back to the beginning to see if I’d get a better understanding of the series on the ground floor. Turns out, yes, I did.  I understood everything.  But that didn’t mean I’m ever going to make it to book 13.

This book was not for me. I can’t say with 100% certainty that I won’t try book 2, but if the romance in that installment is anything like this one, I am going to have to pass. I think part of the problem is that there really isn’t any romance here at all. It’s a fated mate story, which doesn’t really bother me. But I was totally unable to connect with the hero or the heroine and I didn’t believe in the love between them.  And the progression of their relationship felt almost entirely driven by external factors.

The hero is a D’Ash, who is a member of the Nobility with a powerful psychic link to stones and gems.  In his world, men create something called a Heart Gift with their talent to draw their mate to them. In D’Ash’s case, it is a necklace.  Only his True Mate will be drawn to it, so when Danith is visibly moved by the piece, he knows she is The One. The thing is, he can’t tell her. She has to accept it –and him– on her own.  So what better way to reel her in than to bully her, right?

Danith is a simple woman, with a simple life.  All she really wants is a family. But D’Ash isn’t very interested in what she wants.  He only knows he wants her. So he pushes and pushes his way into her life. He turns her entire world upside down and is unwilling to share any true part of himself.  D’Ash had the potential for some fairly good angst with his backstory. But very little of it was explored. It was a missed opportunity.  Instead, we go round and round with this dance of D’Ash forcing himself in Danith’s space, trying to make her accept him. Then she runs. Then something pushes them together. Rinse and repeat. I didn’t really care for either one of them.

heart mate2D’Ash wouldn’t talk to Danith. He did, however, talk to his cat. A lot. Psychically. It was weird.  So was some of the language. (The original cover of this book is much more representative of the content.) I don’t know how I feel about the worldbuilding. It was interesting. It’s based on a magical caste system on another planet. Maybe I could try going back for another installment. But the romance would have to be dramatically different. This one made me feel nothing, except mildly annoyed.  I barely even felt a sexual tension, much less any kind of emotion between these characters. It was like they ended up together, just because the universe said they should.  I need more than that.

Rating: C-/D+

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Heart Mate
by Robin D. Owens
Release Date: December 1, 2001
Publisher: Jove

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