More than the previous novels, this story is filled with wrenching emotion and damaged individuals. Owens does an excellent job of getting into the minds of her young protagonists as they struggle to build new lives. The genuine emotion makes this book one you won't soon forget.
For two destined HeartMates, fate has not been especially kind. Forced into a violent marriage at 14, Lashin Yew despises her GrandLord husband. Tinne Holly, knowing his HeartMate was already married, unwisely entered a marriage of his own. Tragedy has now ripped apart Tinne and his wife Genista, leading Genista to instigate a scandalous divorce.
At 17, Lashin is about to enter her second Flair passage and, if she survives, she will be an adult and can repudiate her forced marriage. Fleeing her husband, Lashin finds shelter in a long-abandoned residence. Tinne is in a difficult spot as he secretly befriends Lashin and vows to help her through her second passage. Will she forgive him once she learns they are HeartMates? (BERKLEY SENSATION, Sep., 400 pp., $14.00)