Alliances and secrets can come back to haunt, as the protagonists in Owens' newest spellbinding tale of the planet Celta discover. Owens' worldbuilding skills are quite evident, and she continues to deliver stories that are heartfelt and intensely riveting.
Dufleur Thyme survived kidnapping and near murder, only to lose her father and family name to a time experiment gone bad. Determined to clear her father, Dufleur experiments
in secret with only her Famcat, named Fairyfoot, as witness. She knows she
has a potential heartmate, but she has no time for marriage.
GreatLord Saille T'Willow recently gained control of his "Matchmaking" Family House after his vicious grandmother, D'Willow, was placed in
a cryogenics tube. It seems that his grandmother did a lot of damage, including keeping Saille from his
heartmate, Dufleur. But since it was D'Willow who helped destroy the Thymes' reputation, matchmaker
Saille knows he has a tough courtship ahead of him. He does have an ally
in Fairyfoot, however, so all is not
lost. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 367 pp., $14.00)