Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WATER BOUND by Christine Feehan

Book 1 in Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart Series
Publisher: Jove Books
Date published: July 2010
ISBN: 978-0515148244
Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained by publisher

The first book in Christine Feehan’s new Sea Haven series, WATER BOUND, combines magic, mystery and the elements in a whirlpool of passion and danger.

Sea Haven sea urchin diver Rikki has an affinity for water and a need to be close to it at all times. After an enormous wave tosses Rikki into the ocean, she comes upon a man sinking into the ocean’s frozen depths and pulls him to the surface, saving his life. Lev Prakenskii is a dangerous man with no memory of his past, just lightning fast reflexes and a fear for his life when he regains consciousness in the arms of a beautiful stranger.

Now that her Drake Sisters saga has come to a close, Christine Feehan has opened the door to the Drake’s neighbors, a family of “sisters of the heart” in her Sea Haven series and the debut novel, WATER BOUND. When readers were introduced to the magic of the Prakenskii men, it didn’t take paranormal abilities to see that they were bound to be prominent figures in future storylines. WATER BOUND is the story of Lev Prakenskii and Rikki. As with the Drake stories, the elements and magic are central to this story as well. Rikki is portrayed as autistic. She has always had problems interacting with people and needs order and routine to keep her functional. When she connects with Lev, no one is more surprised than Rikki. She allows him into her life and her heart, even knowing that danger surrounds him.

Like most of Feehan’s stories, WATER BOUND draws readers in by creating a deep emotional bond with the characters. It wasn’t difficult to empathize with Rikki and her difficulty of fitting in and interacting with others. And it doesn’t take much for our hero to become bigger than life as he sees the desirable woman beneath her handicap. The story has an element of danger and suspense that keep the storyline moving along nicely. And most importantly for those of us that have been reading Feehan’s Sea Haven series, all our favorite characters are still in town and the Prakenskiis are getting their day in the sun and adding their touch of magic to the landscape.

Congratulations to Ms. Feehan on yet another terrific series off to a great start. This reader can not wait to meet the rest of the Prakenskii siblings.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of the book.

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