Hidden Currents (Drake Sisters Series #7)

Hidden Currents (Drake Sisters Series #7)

by Christine Feehan

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ISBN-13: 9780515146479
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Series: Drake Sisters Series , #7
Edition description: Original
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 78,365
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series.

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HIDDEN CURRENTS: CHAPTER ONE

"Having fun, Sheena?" Stavros Gratsos rubbed his palms up and down Elle Drake's bare arms to warm her as he stood behind her at the railing of his large yacht.

All around them the sound of laughter and snatches of conversation drifted past her out to the shimmering Mediterranean Sea.

Sheena MacKenzie, Elle's undercover name—and her alter ego. Sheena could sit at any dinner table and rule, her polish and sophistication and air of mystery guaranteeing she'd get attention. Devoid of make-up, with her hair in a ponytail, Elle Drake could slide into the shadows and disappear. They made a nearly unbeatable combination and Sheena had done exactly what Elle needed her to do— she'd lured Stavros and kept him interested long enough for Elle to poke around in his glamorous life and see what she could turn up—which so far was—… nothing.

Elle couldn't read Stavros's thoughts and emotions the way she did others when they touched her, and that amazed her. Her psychic ability to read thoughts was disturbing most of the time, but there were a very few who seemed to have natural barriers and she had to purposely ‘invade' if she wanted to see what they were thinking. Elle rarely ever intruded, even when she was using her undercover persona, Sheena MacKenzie, but she would have made an exception in Stavros's case. She had been investigating him for months and had found nothing to either clear him—or to point toward his guilt.

She glanced over her shoulder at Stavros. "It's been wonderful. Amazing. But I think everything you do is like this and you know it." Stavros always put on the best parties and his yacht was bigger than most people's homes. He served the best food, had the best music, and surrounded himself with intelligent people, fun people.

In all the months she'd been watching him, she had yet to discover even a hint of criminal activity. Stavros had been kind and generous, giving millions to charities, supporting art and working out deals with his employees in a hands-on discussion that avoided laying off an entire group of workers. She had come to respect the man in spite of earlier suspicions and she was ready to go back to Dane Phelps, her boss, and write a very strongly worded report that the rumors concerning Stavros were wrong—except that his aura indicated danger and a strong penchant for violence. Of course some of the men her sisters had chosen as their mates had that same vivid color swirling around them.

"I held this party in your honor, Sheena," Stavros admitted. "My elusive butterfly." He tugged on her arm to turn her around so that her back was against the rail and she was caged in by his body. "I want you to come to my island with me, to see my private home."

Her heart jumped. According to rumor, Stavros never took any woman to his island. He had homes all over the world, but the island was his private retreat. Most under-cover operatives would have relished the opportunity to enter Stravos's private sanctum, but her boss had been adamant that she not go, even if the opportunity presented itself. There was no way to communicate from that island.

Stavros took her hand and carried her knuckles to his mouth. "Come with me, Sheena."

She tried not to wince. Sheena. She was such a fraud. This was the man she should fall in love with, not the worm—he—who—could-never-be-named—who had broken her heart. Here was Stavros, handsome, intelligent, wealthy, a man who solved problems and seemed to care for many of the same causes she did. Why couldn't he be the man she fell madly in love with?

"I can't," she said gently. "Really, Stavros. I want to, but I can't."

His eyes darkened, became stormy. Stavros liked his way and was definitely used to getting it. "You mean you won't."

"I mean I can't. You want things from me I can't give you. I told you from the beginning we could be friends—not lovers."

"You're not married."

"You know I'm not." But she should have been. She should have been settled in her family home with the man destiny had provided for her, but he had rejected her. Her stomach churned at the thought. She'd put an ocean between them and still he tried to reach her, his voice a faint buzz in her head, trying to persuade her to return—to what? A man who didn't want children or a legacy of magic. He refused to understand that was who she was—what she was. In rejecting her legacy, he rejected her. And she needed a man who would help her. Who would understand how difficult it was for her to face her future. She needed someone to lean on, not someone she had to coax or take care of.

"Come home with me," he repeated.

Elle shook her head. "I can't, Stavros. You know what would happen if I did and we can't go there."

His white teeth flashed at her. "So at least you've thought about it."

Elle tipped her head back and looked up at him. "You know how charming you are. What woman wouldn't be tempted by you?" And she was. It would be so easy. He was so sweet to her, always attentive, wanting to give her the world. She reached up and touched his face regretfully. "You're a good man, Stavros."

She was ashamed she'd suspected him of the heinous things she had—human trafficking among the worst. Yes, he'd started out smuggling guns in his freighters, years earlier when he had nothing. But he seemed to have more than made up for all of his mistakes and as far as she could ascertain, he was truly legitimate. At least she could clear his name with Interpol and the other agencies around the world where his name kept cropping up. That would make her feel better about spending these last months working to befriend him and earn his trust.

"I'm hearing a 'but' in there, Sheena," Stavros said.

Elle spread her arms wide, taking in the yacht and the shimmering sea. "All this. This is your world and I can step into it occasionally, but I could never live in it comfortably. I've looked at your track record, Stavros, and you don't believe in permanency, and no, I'm not holding out for marriage with you. I just know myself. I get attached to people and breaking up is terribly painful."

"Who says we have to break up?" Stavros said. "Come home with me." His voice was soft, persuasive, and for a moment she wanted to give in, wanted to take what he was offering. He made her feel like a beautiful, desirable woman, when no one else had—but in the end, she wasn't glamorous, sophisticated Sheena, she was really Elle Drake and she carried her baggage with her everywhere she went.

"I can't tell you how much I want to go with you, Stavros," she said sincerely, "but I really can't."

Swift impatience crossed his handsome face and he blinked, his dark eyes growing a little frosty. "The boats are beginning to take some of our guests back to shore. I need to speak with a few of them. Stay here and wait for me."

Elle nodded. Where was the harm in that? After tonight, Sheena MacKenzie was going to disappear and Stavros would never see her again. Maybe he already knew she was saying goodbye. She couldn't blame him for being upset. She'd tried to stay within boundaries, not lead him on, yet gain his trust enough to get into his inner circles. She'd attended his charities and his parties, and never once had she heard the whisper of illegal activity. If he was the criminal her boss suspected, he was amazingly adept at hiding it and she no longer believed it was possible.

So why couldn't she fall in love with him? What was wrong with her? Certainly the worm—he-who-could-not-be-named—ever—again was not worth holding out hope for. Was she stupid enough to do that? Hope that he would come after her? That would never happen. He didn't want her. He didn't want her legacy—or her name—or her house—and he certainly didn't want the seven daughters that would come with along with her.

No, she had stopped hoping Jackson Deveau would ever come to love or even want her.

Now she just had to stop hurting.

She watched Stavros as he talked to his guests, smiling and seemingly happy. As if sensing her looking at him, he turned his head and sent her a warm smile. Her heart did a funny little flip, not the way it did when the worm smiled at her, but because she knew Stavros was half in love with her and it was so unfair. The smile she sent Stavros back was sadder than she knew.

Could she live like this? This glamorous, whirlwind life? She was born with a legacy few others—if anyone—ever had or would know. As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Elle's psychic gifts ran deep in her genes and would be passed on to her seven daughters. And her seventh daughter would carry that same bittersweet legacy. Would Elle fulfill her destiny? Or would the Drake's legacy of magic die quietly with her?

Elle used to envision a life of laughter and happiness with her soulmate. That was before she'd met him. He was a morose, silent, brooding, very dominant male. She knew he could bring stillness and peace to her, or with one smoldering look, turn her veins to liquid fire. But he refused to accept who she was—refused to love her as she was. And if he didn't, she feared no other man ever would—or could. Not the real Elle Drake, at least.

She turned around, and leaned out over the rail, watching the boats coming in to take Stavros's guests back to shore. Night had long since given way to dawn and she was tired, suppressing a yawn as she tried to figure out what she'd do next with her life. Sea Haven, a small village nestled on the northern California coast, had always been home—a refuge. Her family house was there, a large estate overlooking the turbulent ocean.

The sea was so different here, like glass, a beautiful lure promising a sun-filled life of luxury, but she knew better than to think such a life was meant for her. Deep inside, she was a home girl, a woman born to be a wife and mother. She loved adventure and spice, but eventually, her need to pass on her Drake legacy would grow so strong she wouldn't be able to ignore it. Did she have the right to deny the world someone like her sister Libby, who could heal with a touch of her hands? Or Joley, with her voice? Kate, who's books gave so many people solace and an escape? Each of her sisters had incredible gifts passed down generation after generation. If she didn't fulfill her destiny the line would end with her.

Movement caught her eye and she shifted her gaze to see the captain approach Stavros and whisper something in his ear. She was adept at reading lips, but she couldn't see his mouth clearly. Stavros frowned and shook his head, glanced at his watch and then over at Elle. She kept her face still, and turned her gaze back to the sea. Stavros's bodyguard, Sid, said something as well. He was facing her and she caught his words distinctly.

"It will be dangerous to have her on the island, sir. Think about this. Take her off the boat now and we'll give the driver orders to take her to your villa. They can hold her there until the meeting is over."

Elle's stomach tightened. The bodyguard was talking about her. Stavros shook his head and said something she couldn't catch, but the bodyguard and captain both looked toward her again and neither looked happy.

That built in alarm, the one that had saved her numerous times on countless assignments shrieked at her, and she didn't hesitate. She moved quickly through the thinning crowd toward the side of the yacht where the boats were coming in to pick up the guests and return them to shore. Though her purse and overnight bag were still in the cabin down below, Elle was careful never to carry anything in her purse or her belongings that could betray her. She would leave the yacht and if Dane wanted her to return, she could use the retrieval of her things as an excuse to contact Stavros again.

She made herself small, trying to blend in with the other guests. As Elle she could disappear easily into the shadows, but Sheena stood out. Her heart sped up and a sense of urgency rode her as she wound her way to the departing boats. It wouldn't do to look back and check to see if she was being hunted, she already knew she was. She had one chance, to step into the departing boat as it was taking off. She had to time it perfectly.

(Continues…)



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readtolive_livetoread More than 1 year ago
This is the final book in the Drake Sisters series (one of my favorite CF series, I might add). Although this wasn't what I would consider her normal type of story - this was definitely a good closing for a fantastic series. Elle and Jackson were so needy of each other - their love was poignant and just a beautiful thing to read about. I loved that we finally get Jackson's story - we've known all along that he had been held prisoner against his will and we finally get to see how that affected him and makes him the quiet, brooding man that he is today. Elle's experience was just as heart-wrenching and unfathomable as his. They are kindred spirits who used those negative experiences to help heal and eventually make them a force to be reckoned with. Warning! (Very dark, very sad dealing with rape). This book is not for the faint-hearted. "Hidden Currents" exposes dark aspects of human nature and a deviant subculture that exists within our society of which most are unaware and many more wish to so remain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Mrs. Feehan books and this one I am disappointed and disgusted that she would to resort to rape and torture of a beloved character (who is a virgin)to make a plot! Would a women who was beaten and raped repeatedly over a month really have sex two days after being rescued? In all the books the sisters are extremely close yet you don't feel it in this book because she puts distance between herself and them. The ending is short and forced, especially since this was the last book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Christine Feehan's books and the Drake sister's series is my favorite. That being said, this is, by far, the WORST book of the lot. It was stomach-turning for the first third of the book and unbelievable for the rest. That's not to say it wasn't well-written, I will give credit where credit is due. However, this book was the black sheep of the series. The brutality and rape is so far afield from the Drake sisters normal content. I also think it short-changed the Elle character, as she was the walking wounded and not her normal self throughout the book. I do not recommend this for people new to the series. To veterans of the series I recommend skimming this one instead of torturing yourselves. For crying out loud CF--I read your books for entertainment and fun! Stop trying to depress me!!!! If I want to be depressed I will watch the news!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Psychic though many will say psycho businessman Stavros Gratsos kidnaps Elle Drake who had just returned to her family home Sea Haven. Although Elle and her six older sisters are also psychics, Stavros has somehow been able to electronically disable their telepathic abilities. Her siblings are distraught, but plan to do whatever it takes to rescue the youngest of this generation Drake brood. Sea Haven Deputy Sheriff Jackson Deveau has loved Elle from afar forever and vows to save his beloved. Elle has reciprocated his feelings so that a telepathic link built on love connects them in spite of Stavros' gizmo. He along with the Drake clan extract Elle from the psychopath, but not before Stavros tortured and raped her. Jackson is there for his emotionally shattered beloved and she begins to mentally heal due to his nurturing. However, Stavros wants her back and threatens all her loved ones leading to the extended Drake family (stars of the previous six entries) taking on a maniac and his horde of mercenaries. The seventh and final Drake sister romantic fantasy is a strong finish to a powerful series. The lead couple is a likable pairing as both have issues; especially timely and poignant is the consequences on an individual who was tortures. The villain is a clever and brilliant but insane psychic whose demented vile mind enhances the plot as he forces the return of all the Drake sisters and their mates to unite to counter fight this lunatic. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've loved this series from the beginning. Now I wish I hadn't read it at all. Feehan managed to create a situation where the series ends in a disappointing and abrupt way. After having Elle suffer a month of rapes and torture she never actually seemed to have her work through it. I'm still not sure what Elle is really like. I was so disappointed that Feehan would torment the main character in the book like this. And the ending of the series just felt as if she were using it to transition to a new series based on the Prakenskii brothers. All in all, I wish I had not read this book and just kept the series incomplete. I could easily have thought of a much more satisfying and happier ending for Elle, Jackson, and all of the Drakes.
Lainey More than 1 year ago
I am addicted to CF's books and think they are excellent, this one, not so much. I have spent most of this book wondering if someone else wrote it. I agree, no one is going to go through what she goes through and bounce back the way she does. Even the love scenes are a little unusual for CF. I don't want to give too much away but just her physical wounds would have prevented much initimacy, not to mention the emotional ones. And would you consider torture and rape a learning experience? **yuck** This story line should have been pursued in her Ghostwalker series not the sweet Drake sisters. If you have read the rest of the Drake Sister's novels then you need to read this one but do NOT start with this one. I did like how she brought all the characters from the previous novels together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read the other books to understand the youngest Drake. You can truly escape into the land of magic and the deep love that Ellie and Jackson share. I hope that Ms Feehan finds someway to keep the series going as I miss the Drake sisters already.
Leigh30 More than 1 year ago
I bought "Hidden Currents" yesterday and just finished it earlier this afternoon. I thought it was fantastic. I had been so looking forward to Elle and Jackson's story and I can say that I was not in any way disappointed. I appreciated how Feehan used her novel as a platform to bring attention to human trafficking that's occurring every single day in our society. There were scenes that were hard to read because of their brutality but I made myself get through it because if human trafficking is not talked about the problem will never get solved. I enjoyed how we got to see the story behind who Jackson is and what had happened to him to make him such a calculated killer. Elle and Jackson's story was lovely and heart warming and the ending was what I had hoped for, so I'm very pleased with this book. I read on Feehan's website that this is the last book in the Drake Sisters Series and I was sad to see that because I have enjoyed each sister's journey and I will miss them greatly. I'm thinking about starting at book one again and re-reading them all. I don't think I could ever get tired of the town, the sisters and people of Sea Haven.
IrishHeart More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! It was a little hard to read in some scenes. I did wonder why Ms Feehan took this beautiful character down this very very tough path. But her family and the love of her life get her through it. It is a wonderful book and a great read!! I love the entire series!! Can't wait for the next one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never written a review before but I felt so strongly about this that here I am. I have loved every single one of Ms. Feehan's book, but this one is just wrong. I couldn't even get past the first part of the book. Rape, torture, that's not enjoyable to read. So, for the first time ever, I have stopped reading a book and I'm returning it. I had better hopes for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TMI again, especially for some people who have had hard traumatic life experiences. PTSD show its face on reading this. No one can recover this fast from such trauma physically and emotionally (even for a piece of fiction). Concentrates too much on rape, torture and viciousness. Spreads out too thin on all the sisters and their fiances. Traumatic reading. Leave this book to people who never had bad experiences in their life. It may bring them to new consciousness. After reading to the last third of the book, I spot read it only, because I wanted to get a general feel for the ending of the series. The good of the end did not make up for the much too realistic horrors of the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too graphic and the character's motivations did not make sense. Elle does not seem like the type to be an undercover agent especially with her responsibility to the Drake legacy. Jackson allowing her to put herself in that kind of danger is ridiculous. Also, the way Feehan dealt with the reverend RJ seemed like she was trying to wrap up the series quickly. At least it was a paperback. I am a huge fan, but this was my least favorite of her novels.
manyflighs More than 1 year ago
I read the first chapter, and I am anxiously awaiting the release of this book. Knowing this is the story of the youngest Drake sister, I can only hope this is not the end of this series. I have come to love the sisters, and look forward to a continuing saga.
mom19 More than 1 year ago
Christnie Feehan has out done her self yet again. I have read all her book and they are all fabulous. I read the first chapter for this one and agian its fabulous as allways she is a wonderful writer i recomened her books to anyone and everyone.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Still in love with Jackson, but having resigned herself to the fact that he doesn't want to be what she needs, Elle Drake has assumed the persona of a rich playgirl and gone deep undercover to investigate a wealthy Greek suspected of human trafficking. Almost set to clear him, Elle is suddenly aware that her target not only isn't what he seems, he's much worse than her wildest nightmares could possibly prepare her for. Now, caught, raped, tortured and abused, Elle has only the most tenuous psychic connection with Jackson to sustain her - and she'd dying.The final installment in the Drake Sisters series is darker and more intense than previous books in the series. It definitely isn't for the faint-hearted or squeamish. But thick as it is, I read it through in just a couple of sittings, and thought it was one of Feehan's better recent efforts.
susanbevans on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Hidden Currents is book 7 (the final installment, perhaps...) of Christine Feehan's enjoyable Drake Sisters series. In it, we find the story of the youngest sister Elle Drake, and the man destined to help her shoulder the intimidating Drake legacy, Jackson Deveau. Years ago, as Jackson lay in enemy hands, tortured and broken, Elle filled his mind and shared her psychic energy and strength with him to save his soul. After his escape, Jackson moved to Sea Haven with his friend Jonas Harrington to meet Elle. For years, he has lived on the outskirts of her life, afraid that Elle will never be able to accept the violence that taints him, terrified of the Drake legacy, until the day comes that he must save her life. Working undercover to bring down a powerful human trafficking ring, Elle is taken prisoner by a strong psychic. She must trust that Jackson and her sisters will come for her, as she endures sadistic torture from a violent man determined to break her spirit, dominate her life, and control her.Hidden Currents is the most disturbing installment yet in the Drake Sisters saga. The first six chapters are full of shocking details of Elle's kidnap and the subsequent physical and psychological torture she experienced at the hands of a madman. It is sickening and alarming, and is really difficult to read. In fact, I put the book down for a few days after reading those chapters - I was simply overwhelmed. But once I picked it back up, I couldn't put it down. Elle and Jackson are very powerful couple with a dynamic story. I was happy to see the other sisters and their husbands/fiancés in Hidden Currents as well. Feehan always does an incredible job of tying her characters together with characters from other books in her series, and I am always ready to embrace them and find out what they've been up to. As the last book in this series, Hidden Currents doesn't quite live up to the earlier books. Don't get me wrong, everything ends neatly, but it seemed as if something was missing. Perhaps Feehan was trying to leave an opening for further books - maybe from the perspective of Ilya's brothers? I suppose we'll have to stay tuned to see if anything comes from that.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Elle Drake is the youngest of the seven Drake sisters and we¿ve known all along that Sheriff Jackson Deveau has been destined to love her. Still knowing that she is next in line to find love - since all her sisters have now paired up with their significant others - she is farther away from home and Jackson then ever. Elle is working as undercover agent and is involved with a very dangerous and powerful man. When Elle fails to arrive home, her disappearance leaves Jackson and those witchy sisters of hers no option but to find her and rescue her from an unseen danger. But Sea Haven is no longer safe for anyone, and it will take the powers of all the Drake sisters and their men to survive the oncoming storm.This is the final book in the Drake Sisters series (one of my favorite CF series, I might add). You all know what a sucker I am for Christine Feehan¿s books and although this wasn¿t what I would consider her normal type of story - this was definitely a good closing for a fantastic series. Elle and Jackson were so needy of each other - their love was poignant and just a beautiful thing to read about. I loved that we finally get Jackson¿s story - we¿ve known all along that he had been held prisoner against his will and we finally get to see how that affected him and makes him the quiet, brooding man that he is today. Elle¿s experience was just as heart-wrenching and unfathomable as his. They are kindred spirits who used those negative experiences to help heal and eventually make them a force to be reckoned with.I will forewarn, this is not for the faint of heart - there are scenes of rape and torture and although these scenes were explicit in nature, I am glad Ms. Feehan did not gloss or sugar coat them. I did feel that Elle¿s recovery to such severe trauma was quick and not very realistic - but in the end we must just take it as it is and come to the realization that it is romantic fiction.To anyone picking this series up for the first time, I would recommend you start from the beginning with Sarah¿s story - only because you come to love and cherish each sister independently.With that said, I am sad that this series has finally come to an end - but I¿ll keep my fingers crossed that there will be a new series featuring Ilya¿s brothers (which might not be too far fetched since one of them did have a cameo in this story). I really enjoyed seeing where the other sisters were in their lives and, of course, those sexy men we¿ve all fallen in love with along the way. This was dark and edgy - but also full of love, hope and forgiveness. A fantastic read and highly recommended to romance lovers.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The last of the seven Drake sisters novel, this is the story of Elle and Jackson. While the book was fast paced and full of action, I felt like there wasn't enough time devoted to telling how the two actually fell in love. It seemed that the backstory was already out there in the last books, and therefore not really expanded on. It was just assumed that the two were in love and meant to be together. Aside from that, I found the ending rushed and too nicely tied up.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Least favorite book of the series if only because of the first 5 chapters. She went a little to much over to the dark side for my taste but she ended the book strong! I do like Elle/Jackson as a couple and felt she tied the series up nicely. You have to read this one if for no other reason to see how all 7 men and women work together in the end showing what true family, love, and devotion is all about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always... just amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not like the rest of thr rest of the Drake Sisters Series . That does not mean that it's not fantastic , it's just a lot darker and more likely to tear your heart out at the horrendous things that are done to poor Elle. But know that her and Jackson's love is so strong that they can overcome anything ; even a sadistic psychopath.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a pleasure reading books by Feehan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
violent rape scene in the begining of story I just can't get past that point.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last book in the Drake Sisters series did not disappoint. What happens to Elle in the beginning, though, causes what happened to Hannah pale in comparison. Elle goes through hell early on in the book, which causes Jackson to take the final step towards committing to Elle and her legacy. It was quite awkward being with Elle and Jackson when he finds her, psychically speaking. When she goes through, while Jackson "witnesses" it made me feel like I shouldn't have been in the same room! The hell that Jackson goes through after he loses the link made me want to cry, his pain was so real. The conflict and the bad guy were great (story-wise), he added to the tensity of the storyline. Elle and Jackson's story, once she is home safe, is touching and heartbreaking, but Jackson does all of the right things and his love for her is very touching. I loved the story, was sad to see the series end, but am looking forward to reading the spin-off series. Great series, very entertaining, lots of touching moments throughout the 7 books, strong female leads with males that perfectly match up. My favorite in the series is still Abby and Aleksander's story, followed by Hannah and Jonas. Coming in for third favorite is Joley and Ilya's story, and fourth is this story.