Water Bound (Sisters of the Heart, #1)
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Water Bound (Sisters of the Heart #1)

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The last thing Lev Prakenskii remembered was being lost in the swirling currents 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 is—or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. All he knows is that he fears for his...more
Kindle Edition, 481 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Jove (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,...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

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'...more
Melissa
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
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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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.

Why?

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...more
Holly
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.

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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...more
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...more
Kathleen
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.
Jacqueline
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...more
Kaleigha
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...more
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.

PLOT SPOILERS:
The book picks up loosely where Hidden...more
Ally
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...more
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
Melindeeloo
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...more
Bookaholics
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...more
Lisa
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....more
Amy
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
Keri
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
Lynsey
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...more
Kristiej
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...more
Darcy
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...more
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...more
Jess
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...more
Gamatst
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...more
Cindi
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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Satyrblade
REALLY damned good. A romance novel in which the lead character is autistic is a gutsy move to begin with, but author Feehan pulls it off with style and grace. Rikki's autism is revealed naturally, through events and perceptions; no one mentions it until halfway through the book, and though it's never treated as a "superpower" (thank all the gods that be...), it's not treated as a prison either. Seeing as how I have a lover who is high-functioning yet notably autistic herself, I related deeply t...more
GymGuy
Truly, the dumbest and worst books I've ever read!!

Unless you're into 100 pages of explicit sex, 100 pages of descriptions of autism (which are about as enlightened as Wikipedia) and 100 pages of ho-hum plot, RUN FROM THIS BOOK! I can't believe I finished it.

The characters are dumb, dumb, dumb. Some combination of reality and fantasy. What the heck is a 'water element'? Ever met one?? A 'fire element'? Well, that's an arsonist.

Have to hand it to the author....she managed to keep an orgasm going...more
Anne
I can't believe there were so many high reviews for this book.

#1 You do not have to read The Drake Sisters series before reading this one. They're lightly mentioned and this story is completely self contained.
#2 Lev finds out his youngest brother is alive and living locally and he NEVER!!!! makes an effort to see or contact him, doesn't even seem interested in meeting the brother he hasn't seen for 30 something years and was forcibly separated from. WHAT THE BLEEP!!!!! Really?!?!? His brother is...more
Jennifer
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series. Each of her four series has hit #1 on the NY Times. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7...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.” 244 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.” 24 likes
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