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Water Bound [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Christine Feehan
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Nov. 1 2010 Sisters of the Heart; Sea Haven
For Lev Prakenskii, the last thing he remembers is being lost in the swirling currents of the ocean and sucked deeper into the nothingness of a freezing black eddy off the coastal town of Sea Haven. Just as quickly, just as miraculously, he was saved - pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger - but Lev has no memory of who he was - or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. All he knows is that he fears for his life, and the life of his unexpected saviour. Her name is Rikki, a sea-urchin diver in the small town of Sea Haven. She always felt an affinity for the ocean and the seductive pull of the tides - and now, for the enigmatic man she rescued. But soon they will be bound by something even stronger - each other's tantalising secrets that will engulf them both in a whirlpool of dizzying passion and inescapable danger.
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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Christine Feehan has received numerous honours including being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America RITA and receiving a Career Achievement Award from ROMANTIC TIMES. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christine Feehan at her best Aug. 21 2010
By Lotusland Lady TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I became a fan of Christine Feehan when I first read "Dark Prince," the first of her Carpathian series. Since then I have purchased every book of hers published, and that is a lot of books! But she has been my guilty secret because her prose can be more than a little purple and I sometimes want to count the number of times per page she uses her favourite cliches, "molten lava" and "hot silk" and others any faithful reader would recognize. Nonetheless, I have read and reread her many times and have my favourites, generally determined by how "hot" the male hero might be in my imagination.
With four series and the odd one-off out there the lady has created a lot of heat.
"Water Bound", described as a Sea Haven Novel, is a spin off from the Drake Sisters series.
I was not all that fond of the Drake sisters whom I found rather insipid as were their respective "mates," until Feehan created Ilya Prakensii. She hit the jack pot with him and must have realized it because he appears in the last three novels involving the Drakes.
"Water Bound" continues the story with Lev, Ilya's brother, who was introduced in the previous book "Oceans of Fire." As important, she has given us a heroine unique to a Feehan novel. Perhaps she was influenced by the Liz Salander character in "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" or maybe it was just a coincidence but Rikki is autistic. She is seriously incapacitated by her limitations and is not "cured" by the end of the novel. Her fears and pathology are very believable and Lev Prakensii must adjust to her world since she is incapable of becoming "normal." Their love story is the basis of one of the best books Christine Feehan has ever written.
Refreshingly,in this book she has dropped most of her standard metaphors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Was Titilatting Aug. 4 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was like all Christine's books... suspense filled... I could hardly put it down it was so good. I think they should make her books into movies. They would be more popular than the Twilight series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Darlene TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Feehan is a new-to-me author. This series, Sisters of the Heart, revolves around six women who meet during grief counselling and are all victims of violent crimes. The women are drawn to each other and decide to jointly purchase a 130-acre farm in Sea Haven, where they share the responsibility of taking care of the property in addition to pursuing their own interests. They work to restore the farm so that it is operational, and each of them receives five acres to herself. They all work together in building each other's homes. Each of the women also has a psychic gift: They all appear to be bound to an element. Their love for each other also binds them together. Although they may not be related by blood, their affinity for each other binds them in their hearts.

Rikki, the protagonist, is a sea urchin diver. She loves the water and is drawn to it. Her autism makes every-day life a challenge: She cannot buy groceries because fluorescent lighting has a negative effect on her, she needs her routines to give her stability, her diet is very limited because she doesn't like certain food textures, and she does not like anyone in her personal space. However, when she is in the water - her element - she is free. There is nothing more calming for her. Rikki cannot create water that isn't there, but she can manipulate the water around her - directing the rain to beat down faster or slower or making the waves increase or decrease in intensity.

As if her autism was not challenging enough, Rikki has had a lot of tragedy in her life. At the age of 13, her parents were killed in a house fire. Rikki was bounced around from foster home to foster home, and two of the foster homes that she lived in were also destroyed by fire although there were no casualties in either incident.
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An atypical heroine and a fierce alpha hero July 27 2010
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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Water Bound (A Sea Haven Novel) by Christine Feehan
Paranormal Romance- July 27, 2010
5 stars

Water Bound is a spellbinding romance that will sweep you away and never let you go! I was mesmerized by the beauty and moving romance in this new paranormal series set in the same world as the Drake sisters' series.

Rikki has a talent for water. It soothes and comforts her and she is able to manipulate it. But Rikki is troubled. Her parents were murdered and disaster after disaster has followed her since their death. She has finally found a small place where she can find peace with a band of adopted sisters who have their own special brand of magic. When she decides to go out to a dangerous part of the ocean to hunt for the precious sea urchins that support her living a freak disaster causes the water to nearly kill her. But in the water she finds another human set adrift, a man who draws her. She saves him and instantly regrets it. Although he is handsome and magnetic she realizes he carries secrets and they will disrupt the hard earned serenity she has finally found. But for some reason she is unable to abandon him.

Lev Prakenskii is a man without a past or an identity. He has killed, lied and seduced for his country. A country that feels he is expendable. But since he was violently taken from his family and indoctrinated by the Soviet government he has no other purpose. That is until he meets the courageous and eccentric Rikki. She draws him and only with her does he feel human. Lev knows Rikki is his only chance at humanity and he wants to stay and love her. But his government is set to exterminate him and an evil from Rikki's past threatens to tear them apart.

This was a highly emotional and poignant story. This book was unusual in that while Rikki was attracted to Lev she really did want to get rid of him since his presence disrupted her own mental health. He is a complication she doesn't need or want. But Lev immediately realizes a good thing when he sees it and although Rikki has many quirks only he sees the true woman who can accept him when he cannot. Rikki is his salvation. Reading how such a fierce alpha male is determined to be gentle and strong enough to fight for their relationship was very moving. As Christine Feehan explores their love I really felt I knew each of these individuals and I became so invested in each of them that I craved for them to be together. These characters were intensely 3 dimensional. I really got the feeling that they were the only ones who could truly understand each other.

In addition, the author seamlessly adds touches of her Drake series by introducing beloved characters which adds a feeling of coming home that devoted readers will be sure to embrace.

This is a book to cherish. I loved this story and only regret I read it so fast that I didn't get to savor it more! I only hope her future books will have more mesmerizing Prakenskii brothers featured!

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong, Emotion-Packed Start to Feehan's New Series July 28 2010
By Jennifer Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rikki has felt isolated from the rest of humanity since she was young. Bound to the element of water, she has unique gifts that allow her to control it in whatever form it takes. But in Rikki's case, having fantastic, mystical abilities doesn't translate well towards being a "normal" member of society. At a loss to really fit in except with her family of adopted "sisters", she turns to her best source of comfort: the sea, where she makes a living diving for urchins. Then one day, she rescues a man from drowning in the ocean, and nothing can be the same again.

Lev is a damaged hero with emotional pain to rival Rikki's. His memories are broken, but he knows that he is an assassin. His mission and how he ended up being cared for by the element-tied woman remain a mystery to him, but he does know that he has never before experienced a connection like he has with Rikki; able to read her thoughts and communicate with her telepathically, he is perhaps the only man truly able to understand her as she needs to be understood.

These are both very unique characters; I know the idea of characters having special, element-associated abilities has been played with before, and an assassin-hero is nothing new, but Feehan has given a lot of depth to the concepts. Rikki is far from perfect, but so is Lev, in a different way - together they complement and strengthen one another, understanding and reassuring each other in spite of their own failings.

Though a little slow to start moving, plot-wise, the book takes a lot of time to introduce the characters and the dynamics between them, and it really helps to develop the romantic aspects of the story. This is bolstered by excellent descriptions, especially of the settings, which really color this book and give it life; it's easy to get caught up in her world and picture it, which adds so much to the story.

Set alongside Feehan's "Drake Sisters" books but still standalone, "Water Bound" should be picked up by anyone looking for a romance well-based in emotion and interaction between the characters -- this isn't just for paranormal fans. I really like this start to her new series and I look forward to seeing more of these books.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Gem July 28 2010
By Jacqueline - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a very good read. I am always looking for something different. The heroine here is a very high functioning autistic. Plus she has a magical power. The hero was briefly in the book about Elle in the Drake sisters series. He is the brother of Ilya who is married to Joley. He is one of seven brothers who all also have some sort of powers.

He seemed to be more damaged than Ilya. But once he discovers Rikki he leaves his old life behind and never looks back. He does a very good job coping with someone who is different. You know that he will continue to do everything he can to make her life easy. I loved the way he loved her.

She is very well written. I'm sure it might have been easy to make her a stereotype. You could see her OCD/autism but you could see how she learned to function around it. She was a flawed yet very strong character. I enjoyed reading about her.

Here and there the writing was a bit heavy handed when the author kept mentioning for example that she had no people skills. Once would have done it with some follow up showing scenes. But that is a pretty minor quibble. There were 3 rather lengthly love scenes that for me held up the action. They weren't bad or anything but I guess I was so interested in the story that they dragged the pace down.

This one avoided the overly sweet feeling that some of the Drake books gave me. I really enjoyed it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story! July 30 2010
By Felicia The Geeky Blogger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mild Spoilers:

What I Loved: This book delivered with everything that I expected! Christine has a knack for writing about love between a man and woman (often how it is unexplainable) but also a love between families (born to or formed). This book is no exception! This book is not only the love story between Rikki and Lev but also the story of how she began to trust because of 5 other special women in her life. Her sisters, not by birth, but by heart!

What I Liked: I really liked how she wove in the past Sea Haven stories without making it about them. There is a point where you know later in the series, Lev is going to have to deal with something between him and Jackson (that is my mild spoiler) but I liked that she left that till later. I also love that Christine tend to write where the men need the women just as much(if not more) than the women need the men. I like how they just accept each other for who they are and work through it!

What I thought was So-So: Nothing

Why I gave it a 4: To be honest, I hovered between 4 and 5 while trying to decide. The only reason it ended up a 4 was because I felt it took a little to long in the middle to bring in the rest of the family. Other than that, it pretty much rocked!

Who I would recommend this too: I recommend this to PNR readers and even some romance readers. It is not about vampires, werewolves, ect but it is about "magic" for lack of a better term. Also, I have found that people either love Christine's writing or don't! This is a very typical (stellar) Christine Feehan book. I loved it but I love her writing so keep that in mind!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of my least-favorite Feehan books Aug. 20 2012
By MrsMO - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I usually like Feehan's books, while they're all very similar, character and story-wise, they're still good books, with good, likable characters. This one just didn't do it for me. I guess Rikki's behaviors were just odd. It was nice to see the details on autism, and they were accurate, but it was just strange how all of a sudden they go away when Levi is around? Or she's suddenly able to deal with them easier? Not sure about that.

It was still a good story, and it's good to read if you're planning on reading the rest of the series, but it's not my favorite.
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