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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Darlene TOP 50 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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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 1000 REVIEWER
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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
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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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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
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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
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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.
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT- sexy, heartbreaking, subtle seduction March 12 2011
By A. McKinnon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
No SPOILERS or plot summaries. Recommendations included.

HIGH LEVEL: Book 1 of a new para-romance series that builds off of Feehan's "Drake Sisters" series. I recommend you read the Drake books first. It isn't entirely necessary, but many of the supporting characters were introduced there first. This world is steeped in the magic of nature in addition to the varying psychic skills of the characters. The only monsters you'll find are the same ones we see in the world at large- except here they can read your mind.

ATMOSPHERE & MAGIC: If you read the previous series, this will feel very familiar to you. I was a HUGE fan of the Drake series and am finding myself completely enthralled with this new Sea Haven one as well. The magic is refreshing and the importance of the ocean and the environment makes me feel right at home. There is an abundance of wildlife featured in this book- from the ocean creatures to the gardens to the woods to the skies. The landscape plays a big part in this story.

CHARACTERS: The characters here are both damaged- with serious psychological injuries, some that will heal and some that won't. Watching them heal each other was a joy. I have to say that I REALLY, REALLY appreciated the care that went into creating Rikki- a woman who manages her independence in spite of autistic handicaps. As a person who edges close to some of those symptoms, I found her a wonderful character to relate to and watch others have to work around her strength. There was no pity, no need for rescue. It was an interesting- and HIGHLY insightful- angle on romance when the man has to work to be noticed "as a man" to a woman who clearly has no need of him at all. I am very impressed with this character.

It was a little confusing at first trying to work out how much Lev, the male lead, actually remembered versus how much he was trying to keep hidden from Rikki. From the middle of the book on, I felt we got almost too much of Lev's inner thoughts and not enough of Rikki, but it certainly cleared up any confusion around him from the early pages.

PLOT: Pretty simplistic overall, but just enough components to keep you interested. It felt a little too thin by the end as the resolutions came a little too easily.

BOTTOM LINE: I loved this book- it wasn't perfect, but it was worth any small complaints I might have around the plot to get to know Rikki and watch Lev work his butt off to win her over. It was also fun to get a lingering glance at a town and a few characters that I had already come to love.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (hard to find something very similar... these have something of a similar atmosphere)
1. Christine Feehan's Magic in the Wind (Drake Sisters, Book 1)
2. Anya Bast's Witch Fire (Elemental Witches, Book 1) - light para-romance
3. Nora Roberts' Dance upon the Air (Three Sisters Island Trilogy) - light, healing magical romance on the opposite coast
4. Moira Rogers' magically diverse romance series Crux: Southern Arcana, Book 1
5. Nalini Singh's Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changelings, Book 1) - romance series which features weres and psychics, but also carries plotlines with some substance
6. Eileen Wilks' procedural crime featuring werewolves and romance Tempting Danger (The World of the Lupi, Book 1)
7. Christine Warren's somewhat inconsistent, but often awesome series featuring werewolves, demons and vamps Wolf at the Door (The Others, Book 1) - skip the one about werecats, it had a weak female lead
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