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.
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)