Water Bound (Sisters of the Heart Series #1) By Christine Feehan
July 27, 2010
Paperback, 480 Pages
Reviewed by Tori
Lev Prakenskii remembers nothing before being lost in the the cold, icy current of the ocean. When he is rescued by a beautiful stranger he realizes he doesn’t know who he is. Or why he seems to possess the instincts of a deadly killer. All he knows is something is out there. And it wants him…dead or alive.
Rikki is a sea urchin diver in the tranquil town of Sea Haven. She has always felt more at home in the water then anywhere else. When she rescues Lev she realizes that she cannot deny him anymore then she can deny the water. As they risk it all for passion, both their secrets will plunge them into a battle for their lives.
Sisters of the Heart is a spin off of Feehan’s Drake Sisters series. We are introduced to five "sisters" who have settled in Sea Haven; each in need of healing. Water Bound is the first in this series. An interesting aspect of this book is it overlaps Feehan’s last Drake Sister book-Hidden Currents. For those of you who have read it, you will be surprised and intrigued. For those of you who have not, I recommend starting at the beginning. While they all have a stand alone plot, the over all arc in defined and expanded in each book.
I found the entire story to be suspenseful, engaging-fraught with magic, action, and romance. Rikki has always felt an affinity to the ocean and the tides. As a sea urchin diver she is able to have the water and the solitude she requires for survival. As a child she escaped a deadly fire that killed her parents. The devastating results have shaped her into the solitary person she is now. While Rikki is diving one morning she is overtaken by an unnatural caustic storm.
As she fights to regain control in the water, she is surprised to see a body being swept along in it’s wake. She rescues him and brings him aboard her boat. From the moment he awakes there is a strong bond between them. Two people forced due to circumstances to remain alone and disconnected from the world; one for their own good and one for the world’s good. Though Lev has no idea who he is or what happened to cast him in the water, he does knows he is dangerous. And that he will protect Rikki with his life.
Rikki is especially interesting as she has Aspergers. Highly intelligent, she has made her life as safe as she can while dealing with this particularly cruel condition. The sounds and textures of the world overwhelm her to almost catatonic condition so her solitude is self imposed and necessary.Watching her deal with certain situations tugged at my heart strings; she tries so hard and she knows what the problem is but cannot help any of it. But she is strong and brave. She tackles what she can until her mind can handle no more.
Lev is a quiet VERY bad boy. And you all know I have a thing for quiet bad boys. I had initial problems with him in the beginning but once his background story comes to light you can’t help but sympathize with him. He was as much the victim as the villain. With Rikki he instinctively understands how she is. Rather then toss her a side as a problem he doesn’t want to deal with, he treats her gently but firmly. He uses his own experiences to insulate himself into her life and bed. He grounds her; and by doing so he gives her the greatest gift of all-her freedom.
The chemistry between them is slow burning and hot. The love scenes are detailed and add plenty of spice to the book. Feehan doesn’t rush their love which makes it all the more tantalizing and better to savor.
You meet new characters and visit with some old. Always personable and larger then life; the secondary characters add depth to the story and allow for a smooth flowing storyline. The main plot actually split into two stories as Lev and Rikki both have turbulent pasts that come back to haunt them. The suspense builds through out the book intertwining and adding more flavor to the romance.
The ending was wonderful and left just enough open ends to ensure I HAVE to read the next one in the series.