EARTH BOUND by Christine Feehan
Sisters of the Heart #4 / Sea Haven #11
released July 7, 2015
Rating: Really liked it!
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Air Bound returns to the mysterious coastal town of Sea Haven where six sisters of the heart are bound by the elements, and one is stalked by an inescapable past . . .
After escaping from a cult, Lesi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body - it nurtured her soul as well. But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again, and claim her. Then her nightmare came true.
Lexi was discovered and threatened - only to be suddenly saved by a stranger. He is Gavriil Prakenskii, and he's awestruck by the woman he has rescued. She is destined for him. He can feel it in his soul. But how can Lexi find happiness with a man steeped in secrets and shadows, one intimately acquainted with violence, and whose very love could be the death of them?
This is another one of those series that I read compulsively and love to an unhealthy degree. The stories are formulaic and sort of blur together - especially when you read them back-to-back like I did with the original seven Sea Haven books - but I don't care because I love the characters.
The women of the Sisters of the Heart series are especially close to my heart. As an adoptee, the whole "blood is thicker than water" argument makes my blood boil. Seeing these women freely refer to themselves as sisters despite any actual blood relations makes me happy, because I strongly believe that your chosen family is your real family, regardless of what your genealogy says. The people who are there for you, who have your back no matter what, whom you know you can lean on through the tough times, those are your real family. To see that reflected in this series has been a powerful experience.
Gavriil Prakenskii has come to see his brothers one last time before leading danger away from their door. Unfortunately for him, life had other plans, throwing Lexi into his path just when she most needed him. He can feel that she is the woman he is destined to be with and finds himself unable to leave her side. Together they face the new threat to her life.
Sure, there's instalove, a rather thin plot, and some seriously ridiculous glossing over the amount of work that would need to go into a victim like Lexi establishing her first sexual relationship. But there's also hot Russian assassins and a bunch of talented, badass women. Just let it go and enjoy the ride.
Probably my favorite thing about this particular installment is that we are finally starting to see the Prakenskii brothers interact more. We met Ilya in Turbulent Sea, Lev in Water Bound, Stefan in Spirit Bound, Maxim in Air Bound, and now Gavriil in Earth Bound. That's a lot of Prakenskiis in one little town! It was lovely to watch them finally start to learn to interact as family again rather than as just one killer to another.
Two more brothers to go!