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Water Bound (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #1)

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Christine Feehan’s #1 New York Times bestselling Hidden Currents may have closed the Drake Sisters saga—which “brought paranormal romance to a new high”*—but it has opened the door to an all-new series of startling magic, mystery, and the soul-stirring elements of nature…

The last thing Lev Prakenskii remembered was being lost in the swirling currents of the ocean and getti
ebook, 480 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Jove Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
*Listened to audiobook from 6/23-6/29/11*
My thoughts:

*I thought the narrator was pretty good. I think she tried to vary her speech to signify that different people were talking. Her Russian accent was pretty good. Sometimes her female voices (for Rikki's 'sisters', particularly Blythe) sounded a little hokey. But overall I was happy, because she brought the characters to life. I could easily picture them in my mind as I listened. She made Rikki adorable and fierce and loving. Lev was the sexy,
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

Water Bound is the first book in Christine Feehan's spinoff series, Sisters of the Heart. It's exciting, beautiful, passionate, and fans of the Drake Sisters series are sure to love this story!
Off the shores of Sea Haven, a beautiful diver rescues a man from drowning, a man with no memory of who he is-or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. But soon, he and his savior will be engulfed in a storm of dizzying passion and inescapable danger...
Generally speaking, I don'
Rikki Sitmore is not your average female. She has strange reactions to things people may consider normal. She only likes to eat peanut butter and broccoli and likes everything to be pristine and untouched. She might also be a sociopath because her parents, foster families, and fiancé’s houses all burned down and many of them died. But being a possible serial arsonist is not even the oddest thing about her. The winner is that she has the ability to control water (think water-bending in “Avatar: ...more
Penny Watson
Water Bound by Christine Feehan

Okay, I'm the first one to admit Christine Feehan's stuff is sometimes over the top. Her Dark series is extremely melodramatic, her alpha male heroes are one step short of cavemen, her 80-pg. love scenes go on and on about creamy skin and velvet sheaths. Nevertheless, I love her books.


Well, Christine Feehan knows something about what women want, and what is the essence of romantic fiction. One man, filled with purpose and integrity and courage, whose entire lif
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Aug 02, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal contemporary romance
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Laura for Book Chick City.

I have to confess to being quite a closet Christine Feehan fan. I've read nearly all of her Carpathian books and every one of the Sea Haven series. It's no secret that they can be quite formulaic and dare I say it, a little bit cheesy! But when you're looking for some escapism and indulgence, they're perfect.

'Waterbound' is a new series, which is a spin off from her Sea Haven books. Although, a lot of the characters are mentioned and pop in the narrative, I
Re-read 9/10 - I wasn't sure what to expect when I re-read this. I loved it the first time around, but many of the Drake books didn't hold up on second read.

I'm happy to report this one did. I adored everything just as much this time around. Definitely one of my top reads of 2010.


It was lovely returning to Sea Haven and I very much enjoyed the new characters introduced her, as well as the glimpses we had of the previous characters. This book picks up right where Hidden Curren
A year ago, I was sad to see the end of the Drake sisters. But with the telling of Elle's story, what more could there be? The seven sisters had fought and survived their ways to a happily ever after, especially in the case of Elle. But in that final story, we met...a chance for more, in the form of one Sid. A.k.a Lev Prakenskii. And that led to The Sisters of the Heart series. And it was worth the wait.

The Sisters of the Heart are just that. Six unique and individual women, different ages and b
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Christine Feehan’s Water Bound is sort-of a continuation of her Drake Sisters series, but not really. It is set in the same town of Sea Haven and features a handful of our familiar characters. Our hero is Lev Prakenskii –an undercover Russian operative who has lost chunks of his memory and identity following an accident at sea. Our heroine is the spunky sea urchin diver, Rikki, who finds him in the water and saves his life and later, his soul.

The book picks up loosely where Hidden
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 wit
May 08, 2013 Ally rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, 2013
Wow! This was not at all what I was expecting. It wasn't what I imagined it to be like. I was thinking it would go down the same line as the Drake Sister's series but it didn't. It wasn't good but it wasn't bad either, it was different.

For Sid, the last thing he remembered was been on board a yacht that was quickly sinking, the mysterious bodyguard was lost in the swirling currents of the ocean, and sucked deeper into the nothingness of a freezing black eddy. Just as quickly, just as miraculous
Lev es un hombre con un pasado difícil. Rikki es una chica que aprende a sobrevivir cada día. Ambos se encuentran. Una conexión explota. Encuentran en el otro lo que han buscado, sin querer, toda su vida. Tienen mucho que ofrecer el uno al otro. Esta conexión especial más los días de convivencia y una particular atracción, hacen que terminen juntos.
Las cosas no serán fáciles para ellos por la conexión de Lev con las Drake. Los chicos solo quieren un hogar, lejos de todo, un nuevo comienzo, pero
I really liked this book a lot and rate it a 4 1/2 star read for me. The characters were so different from any other I have ever read and that made this book special. It took a while for the heat but the wait was well worth it. There were parts that had me LOL. I just wish that the action would have been just a bit more. I am very interested in reading the next book in this series and possibly also reading The Drake sister series.
After the last Drake sister book, I was a bit hesitant about reading Water Bound because I wasn't sure I was up to more literally tortured or brutalized leads, but Feehan takes it easy on her starring pair for a change in this new Drake Sister's series spin-off. I believe that each book will star one of the remaining seven magical Prakenskii brothers and pair him with with one of six equally magical woman who are not sisters by birth but who are 'sisters' by choice.

Waterbound begins just before
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
Dear Mrs. Feehan,

Yes yes yes I know Rikki has a form of autism, that she acts/thinks different, people think she is rude, got quirks, she stares at people, doesn't like to be around a lot of people/crowds or have them touch her, and doesn't like people in her home. I also know she likes to be near the ocean, loves her routines and that she loves peanut butter and so on with lots of other things. And yes we know Lev is the big bad dangerous alpha male with lots of weapons and a smoking hot body.
Michelle ♣ Ndayeni
I'm not really sure what to say about this book, for I find myself somewhat conflicted regarding how I feel about it. On the one hand, I loved it, hence my 5 star rating, on the other, there were several things that annoyed me to a greater or lesser extent in it. Overall my reaction is definitely positive, though that might have changed had the book been very much longer. One thing I will note is that I think you'll get a lot more out of this book, or at least some things will make a lot more se ...more
When you mention the name of paranormal romance writer Christine Feehan, most anyone that enjoys reading romance has picked up at least one of her books out of the many series she has written. I started with the Carpathians in the Dark series several years back. I think I made it to the eighth or ninth book and then became burnt out on the repetitive, one dimensional, alpha men reciting the famous "you are my lifemate” speech. So when Water Bound, the first release of the Sisters of the Heart se ...more
You remember how good the first couple of Shadow Walkers was and how good those first couple of her Seven Sisters was? This book was good like those books were, she took her time and wrote the best story she could and I loved it! I won't go over the entire story, but Lev and Rikki really worked well together for me as a couple and their romance was hot. Rikki's autism and raw childhood never slowed her down. They were both broken people from their past but together they were whole. The magic was ...more
Water Bound was my first Christine Feehan and honestly I'm very torn about how to rate it. This is very different to my usual fare, but I was in the mood for a little old fashioned romance and wanted to try this writer because she's very prolific and obviously has a big and loyal following. I figured she's prolific for a reason!

Having read some reviews, I see that people either love it or hate it and there are quite a few complaints of a little repetition problem that the author has. I totally g
Lover of Romance
Rikki, a diver in Sea Haven, is a woman that enjoys solitude and has a affinity with the sea and its elements. So when she went diving she ends up rescuing Lev Prekenskii, who has no memory of his past, and almost kills her viewing her as a threat. After he realizes who she really is, she takes him home with her. At first Rikki has a hard time with Lev so close to her, but amazingly she adjusts to his presence in her home and she is drawn to this enigmatic man that has wakened up every cell in h ...more
I have an odd relationship with Ms. Feehan. Either I adore her stories or I can't stand them. I don't like the Carpathian books at all, at all. And I read Lair of the Lion and HUGE yuckers. But still I didn't totally abandon her and tried Wild Rain and loved it and then read the first couple of the Ghostwalker series and really enjoyed them. But for some reason she kind of dropped off my radar and I hadn't read any other of her books for a while.

I'll be honest and say what intrigued me about th
I loved the Drake sisters series so when I hear that the author was spinning off the series I had high hopes for this book and was glad to not be disappointed.

I loved how the end of the Drake series was worked so that it was the beginning of this one. I have a feeling that Rikki and her sisters will be more than up for the challenge of this set of Prakenskii brothers. After learning about Rikki, her background and her special abilities I can't wait to learn about the other women.

I know Rikki w
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
I've been a die-hard Feehan fan since I picked up my first Dark novel. I then crossed over to her Game series and the Drake Sister. After getting all that off my chest, I had some problems with Feehan's latest Water Bound. Although this is a semi-spin-off from the Drake series, I felt the story moved a bit slow. This is just my humble opinion, I think if you read and liked the Drake books then you'll be just as happy to read Water Bound.

Things I Liked

Autistic Heroine - you don't see many romanc
I loved this story which is a spin off of The Drake sisters books. I would also suggest to read those first because some of the characters pop up in this one and it would ruin their stories if you read this one first.

This book was about Lev and Rikki, who were both very different from other characters. Lev has amnesia and can't remember anything about himself, but through the book he slowly gains back some memories. Rikki was very interesting, and she was a different heroine than we normally see
As the first book in a new series Water Bound works well for me. I really enjoyed the interaction between Lev and Rikki, two very unique characters that were perfect for each other. The insights into how Rikki's mind worked and why were fascinating to me.

If I wished for more of that interaction between the two instead of the other details that set up the new series I guess that's normal for the first book in a series.

In the end it was a very good story, with none of the gruesome violence CF can
Review from Backchatting Books

Rikki is collecting sea urchins off Sea Haven when a huge wave hits. In the wave’s wake she spots the body of a man, Lev Prakenskii. She rescues him and he persuades her to take him home. He can’t remember exactly who he is but he knows that he was doing dodgy things for the Russian government. He wants a chance to be someone else however and take care of Rikki.

This might seem like a fairly generic romance from the cheesy cover but there is a lot to like about it. O
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
That was a lovely extension of the Drake sisters books, with a different set of interesting heroines. The heroine of this book, Rikki, is not someone that I could really connect with, but having said that I found her intensely interesting partly because she is autistic, so that's something very different and something which I only know a tiny little bit about IRL, and also that she is water bound and can control water with her mind. Some of the descriptions of her doing this was just fascinating ...more
A solid 3.5 rating, but I just can't give it more. The Drake books always caught me up much more than Feehan's Carpathians because they contained more action and less emotional drama. The first half of Water Bound was all angsty stuff, as the author was showing us the emotional interaction between Lev Paraniskii and Rikki Sitham. She definitely delved well into the mind and actions of a high-functioning autistic woman with water elemental talents; she also convinced me early on that Lev was sinc ...more
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“And maybe that was love. Being so vulnerable and allowing someone else in so far they could hurt you, but they also give you everything.” 278 likes
“He felt safe with her. He'd never been safe with another human being, not since he'd been taken as a child from his home. He'd never been able to trust. He could never give that last small piece - all that was left of his humanity - into someone else's keeping. And now there was Rikki. She let him be whatever he had to be to survive. She didn't ask anything of him. There was no hidden motive. No agenda. Just acceptance. She was different - imperfect, or so she thought - and she knew what it was like to fight to carve out a space for herself. She was willing for him to do thar.” 27 likes
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