Widowed healer Lark Hawthorne Collinson has good reason to despise the dueling and fighting common among noble clans. Although Lark is a FirstDaughter of the powerful Hawthornes, she chose to marry a healer with no family background, then lost him when he tried to help during a dueling skirmish.

Holm Holly is a highly skilled fighter. Until recently, Holm thought he was without a HeartMate. But now he learns that it was necessary for him to grow as a person before he was suitable for his mate. Lark despises the fighting that warrior Holm excels at, not to mention that their families have been waging a nasty feud. Holm will have his work cut out for him if he is to convince his HeartMate of their suitability.

In this new chapter of the stories of planet Celta, family loyalty and honor play an important role in deciding the fate of true love. The genre of futuristic romance is richer for marvelous writers like Owens providing such exciting and adventurous books. (Apr., 352 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith