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Water Bound

(Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #1)

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On the shores of Sea Haven, six women touched by great loss have come together in a sisterhood strengthened by the elements—a bond each will need as new love and danger enter their lives...

The last thing Lev Prakenskii remembers is being lost in the swirling currents of the ocean. Just as quickly, he is saved—pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. But Lev has no memory of
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Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Berkley Books
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
*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,
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Water Bound is the 1st book in Christine Feehan's Sisters of the Heart Series, a spinoff from her Drake Sisters Series.
The synopsis of the series:
Six women of varying age meet in special grief counseling group composed of victims of violent crimes. Each has suffered unbelievable loss. Working through their grief, they learn to love one another and trust only each other. Pooling their resources, they purchase a large farming community. Each has their own home and five acres, sharing the rest of t
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Melissa
Jul 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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'
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Penny Watson
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
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
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Mollie *scoutrmom*
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal contemporary romance
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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.
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*TANYA*
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
The story in itself was good, this book had so much potential. But how many times did I really need to know that Rikki was a water element and that she had a deep connection with water!?!?
GymGuy
Oct 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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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
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Jen Davis
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 Hidd
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Kathleen
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Pete
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feehan-christine
Water Bound is book 2 of the Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart series by Christine Feehan . Having been in the seas of the Pacific, I quickly resonated with a sea rescue to grab my attention immediately. Rikki rescues Lev who struggles with her thinking she was an enemy trying to kill him. Drama and mistrust emerged from both of them. She takes him to her home to help him recover.

Recovery was difficult due to potential dangers from attackers. Rikki’s abilities and psychic powers were intriguin
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Ally
Jul 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, 2010
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
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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
Jacqueline J
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
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Varied Books
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
1/9/17 on sale for $1.99.
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
Bree Hill
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A full review is to come over on my blog.

I haven't given paranormal romance the chance it deserves and I have a personal goal to fix that this year. One random night at Barnes and Noble I was browsing the shelves and came across Christine Feehan and was amazed at how many titles she had. I didn't leave the store that night with anything but she stuck in my mind. Fast forward about a month or so later and I couldn't take it anymore. I started hauling books in her Sea Haven series and finally read
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Stephanie
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I found this book in one of those take a book leave a book libraries. I was really disappointed. I always want to give Feehan a chance but I just need to accept that I am not her target audience for books. I really wanted to live it because for some strange reason I have an obsession with Russians in my romance novels. It’s just one of those things that I love. I just love the whole falling in love with the Russian bodyguard/ assassin cliche. To be honest it’s probably the only reason I will con ...more
Becky
I actually loved this book. The heroine’s autism is handled really well and is only labeled as such maybe 2-3 times total.

Here, in this house, there’s only us. What we do, how we act, doesn’t matter to anyone else. If you need order, teach me your order and I’ll follow it.

I’d have given it 5 stars but there were some times where the plot dragged, IMO. Loved the romance and the hero, though.

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Amy
Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fv-review
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
Bookaholics
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melindeeloo
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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Georgia
Aug 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only have a few pages left to read in order to finish the book. To be honest I had other expectations. Sorry, I can't wait to express my disappointment about the book.

I divide the book in 3 parts:
1) Woman with issues saves-meets killer-handsome-hurt man.
2) The love making (a full chapter of love making?? )
3) A few paragraphs of some kind of adventure. The End.

I would have appreciated it more if more adventure and danger had taken place throughout the whole book. The story would be more balan
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Satyros Brucato
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Anne
Apr 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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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
Meredith
Aug 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
Good lord! Two DNFs in one week, it's a record for me. I was almost 150 pages in when I gave up. Nothing had happened, and all Feehan did was repeat herself over and over again. I get it: Rikki is autistic, she doesn't like people in her house, she doesn't cook, blah blah blah, and Lev is a man of action, he knows how to kill people, blah blah blah. Did Feehan think our reading comprehension skills were SO POOR that repeating everything was the only way she would get us to remember just how spec ...more
Ira
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
My review coming soon, not sure what to say yet.

For now it's a magical romance, and rather thin in action bits for a paranormal story, but an enjoyable read.
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