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

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

by Christine Feehan

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Return to Sea Haven in the first novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan’s Sisters of the Heart series, as a diver and the man she rescues are engulfed in a storm of dangerous desire.

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 who he was—or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. All he knows is that he fears for his life, and the life of his unexpected savior.

Rikki has always felt an affinity for the ocean and the relentless flow of the tides. Now, she can’t deny the seductive pull of the enigmatic man she rescued. But soon they will be bound by something even stronger: the tantalizing secrets that threaten to engulf them both in a whirlpool of dizzying passion and inescapable danger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515148244
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Series: Sea Haven: Sisters of the Heart Series , #1
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 73,502
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.26(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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Water Bound 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 439 reviews.
jessieLsmb More than 1 year ago
**Caution spoilers in this review!!** This book just didn't do it for me. It wasn't even on the same level as the Drake sisters series! I was so disappointed. The story was repetitious, and the ending was anticlimactic. One of the biggest problems for me was that I truly thought Ricki was maybe a bit crazy. Her childish antics were sort of annoying, and I didn't understand what the heck was wrong with her until they finally said she was autistic. Then of course everything made a whole bunch more sense. I just wish it was informed a lot sooner in the book. Also her whole fear of fire got to be a bit much. And then the man who wanted to kill her and everyone she loved, all because of a car accident that wasn't even her families fault?? Seriously?? I don't know, maybe I'm being to hard on Christine Feehan. She is a great author, but I just loved the Drake sisters series so much and this one just wasn't up to par. Although I do see the potential she does have lined up with the next books in the series and that is something I look forward to reading.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Sea Haven, Rikki Sitmore dives for sea urchins. However, her attention radically changes when she notices a man in trouble in the swirling currents. Rikki rescues severely injured Lev Prakenskii. Besides his physical traumas, Lev suffers from situational amnesia, but is well aware he must remain hidden as someone wants him dead. Reluctantly Rikki takes Lev to the estate she and her five "sisters of the heart" call home. Like Lev, Rikki has issues as she cherishes the water and loathes the fire as a tragedy left its imprint on her. Each has deadly enemies coming for them, but together with two hearts beating as one, they can overcome anything even lethal predators and autism. Returning to Sea Haven, home of the Drake Sisters, Christine Feehan begins a new saga as once again some paranormal is blended inside a mystery, which in turn is inside a powerful romance. Though somewhat similar in tone to the "parent" Drake Sisters' series, the audience will relish this action-packed tale from the moment Rikki saves Lev from drowning and fans will enjoy this entertaining thriller. Ironically even with a strong love story between two traumatized souls and plenty of suspense, it is the deep look at what haunts the pair especially Rikki and the tragic fire that brings compassion to the tale. Harriet Klausner
hkocurek More than 1 year ago
I read all of Feehans books, but I HATED this one. Was long and had none of the excitement I read in other books. Had this been another author I would have thrown it away without finishing it. I think she should rethink this series.
SarsMICAMA More than 1 year ago
This is an almost 500 page book of repetitious writing, uninteresting characters, and a plot that gets lost in all of the repetitive descriptors. I really enjoyed the first 7 books in this series- light escapism with interesting and strong characters, but this book fell subject to Christine Feehan's new writing style- overly detailed and un-engaging. If the writing were really good I would have said the descriptions added color instead of it boring me to sleep. I will admit that I don't know what happened from about page 300-400- I couldn't make myself read any more so I skipped to the end.
hobby More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. If you read the one about Lev's brother then you know about his training and it all joins together. What do people expect when they read. To me it is an escape and that is what Christine Feehan does lets me escape. Don't let them stop you from doing this series as I am looking forward to the next one already.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by say I LOVE Christine Feehan's work. I have read all but one of her books from all her series and I'm a big fan. Now comes the kicker, this book just wasn't that good. People who loved the Drake series will be sadly disappointed by this book. The story itself wasn't bad but we've already seen the diver theme with Abigail Drake and this story could basically have been the same story with the names changed if it weren't for the oh so exciting issue of mental illness, of which there appears to be a definite lack of research for this book. The young woman in the book only shows signs of her supposed autism when it is convenient to the story line and comes off more as a poster-child for PTSD having lost several loved ones in fires but never getting counseling. I was especially annoyed, having a friend who IS a high functioning autistic, to have her even write in a scene where the main character 'turns on' her autism to fool an agent into believing she's nearly catatonic. Please, if you're going to write about a real issue like mental illness at least do some research.
In-bed-with-my-Nook More than 1 year ago
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 for 20 pages. Not bad. Every character is contrived. The local cop is married to an international super model. Good God! How many international super models do you know who live in a po-dunk town and are married to a local cop??? And a sister who makes her living making koleidescopes??? How quaint. And to top it all...so realistic...our hero is a life-long assassin who has killed maybe hundreds of people...by his own admission...has now suddenly found redemption and settles down to raise vegetables and go scuba diving. Could I make this up??? Well the author did. I recommend you find another book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too much sex and not enough drama! The text needed more dialoug and less tell tell!
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Rikki is a sea urchin diver, she learned to like a solitary life as it beats being ridiculed for being "different", until she goes diving and encounters a half dead man. What should she do with him, especially since he doesn't want in spite of his grave injuries medical help. Lev Prakenskii can't remember anything but his name and the fact that he's a killer and yet Rikki knows she's in no danger from him, that is until her heart is involved and then look out. Ms. Feehan gives us a brand new series with some old friends and some new faces in her brand new series in Sea Haven the home town of the beloved Drake Sisters. Her plot is straight forward with just enough woo woo to make it interesting for us her paranormal fans. You'll recognize her dialogue as she rarely strays from her unique style of storytelling and yet it's different enough from her other series that it has it's own flavor. Her characters are as usual over the top with personality and her readers won't be able to help themselves but to love the hero Lev and her heroine RIkki, and we get the added bonus of catching up with our old friends too. The romance is sweet and the audience will be pulling for them every step of the way as you will not meet two characters in more need of a happy ever after. The love scenes are hot, spicy, sensual and leave little to the imagination, but you will know there's love in every encounter. So if you finished Elle and Jackson's story and were a little misty eyed, this is your chance to go back to Sea Haven. If you love Christine's other series, you will love this one. If you love a great series that thinks just a little out of the box and adds a little paranormal to the persuasion, you'll love this. It's a great new series and I can't wait for the next volume.
hollykesten More than 1 year ago
Rikki is unlike any other heroine, an autistic girl who suddenly finds herself saddled with an injured Russian hit man. The book was well written with interesting plot twists that were very well liked and unexpected. Her inclusion of the Drake sisters was welcome and well done, not letting the bestselling series overtake this story. Lev was also well written, his dark persona a well done contrast to Rikki. The book was a slight bit unbelievable that Rikki who seems almost unable to do anything for herself except go on her boat can welcome him into her life. Overall, well done and recommended.
potatohead More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters and their story but did not like the fact that it overlapped with an ugly part of the Drake sisters series. I can't quite resolve that but I hope in future books of this series the author manages it. I like this author a lot and plan to read everything she writes. Also, what's with the sea urchins? I have no idea what they are and why anyone would make a career out of them. Do you eat them?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again Christine Feehan writes another great story. I thought Turbulent Seas was my most favorite of the Drake related books but this one quickly took it's place.
LynnHarris More than 1 year ago
A complete surprise from Feehan, in my opinion, and wonderfully so! I was very impressed with her character development and her implementation of the female protagonist's autism. Having a brother with said "handicap", I am very familiar with the traits of autism and felt that Feehan captured it perfectly! The romance was scorching and the vitality of each chapter was palpable. This was a definite can't-put-it-down novel and will be worth your while. I can almost guarantee it will be placed on your "favorites" shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Water Bound was my first Christine Feehan novel and I have to say I really liked it. There was just enough suspense to keep me reading and the romance was nice without being over the top. Great read and I think I willl read more of her novels.
DunnFunKat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me 30 pages to get into this book but once I did I really enjoyed it. Christine Feehan has started another series that I think will be just as interesting as the Drake's and I was delighted to find out that the Drake sisters will play a role in this series. The characters were very interesting and brought to awareness how people with autism can function and love.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Missing the Drake sisters? No need to go into withdrawal just yet. Feehan's new heroes are a bevy of "sisters" of the heart with elemental powers and close ties to Sea Haven. Sea-urchin diver Rikki revels in the ocean but has serious issues with human contact - sensitive to light and noise, and deathly afraid of fire, she leads a rigidly regimented life, with the sea her sole solace apart from the small family she and her sisters have built. But diving alone is a dangerous business - never more so than when a rogue wave plows into the coast. Rikki weathers the storm, but the unconscious man driven into her embrace by the sea isn't so lucky.Lev Prakenskii can't recall everything about his past, but he knows he's a dangerous man, a killer whose violent instincts are aroused by his need to protect his fragile rescuer. But can even Lev protect Rikki from the dangers of both his past - and hers?A bit long-winded, but entertaining.
VirginiaGill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are scenes in this book so beautifully written you can feel them, close your eyes and you can see them. Once again Christine Feehan breathes magic into the ordinary and creates places we all wish we could be. I want more!
dkthain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 this book was reading that the heroine had a form of high functioning autism. I thought this worked very well in the hero in Jennifer Ashley's The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie so I was curious as to how it would work in the heroine in a contemporary. And I'm quite pleased to say for me it worked very well. There is no question that Rikki Sitmore has her share of 'quirks'. She had a terribly sad childhood, losing her parents at an early age due to fire and having the nightmare of fires follow and destroy after that. She has finally found a home in Sea Haven, the same town setting as the Drake Sister series. She has found a family of sisters now; not sisters by blood, but sisters of the heart. She also has a successful job as a sea urchin hunter. She is drawn to water in many mysterious ways. For example, when having nightmares about the fires that have destroyed her life, all faucets in her home mysteriously turn on. She can manipulate rain and she is never completely at home unless she is diving in the ocean. Her life is going along as well as it can considering her quirks until she rescues a strange man in the middle of a ocean disruption. I know some of this sounds odd - it's odd to write it, but trust me, when reading this book, it made perfect sense. The man she rescues, Lev Prakenskii, is peculiar in his own right. He has no memory for quite some time, but he does know he is a dangerous man and one who should stay far, far away from Rikki. But he quickly becomes one of my favourite kinds of heroes, the kind that is wrecked for the heroine. He realizes that he is no good for Rikki, yet he can't leave her. Because of the fires that have dogged her all her life, Rikki is afraid she's been the one setting them, but Lev knows she couldn't possibly be the one and he is determined to keep her safe and take care of her. For example, she is very sensitive to different textures of food and exists almost exclusively on peanut butter. She refuses to allow others into her 'space' whether it's her boat, her house or even to the use of her dishes. But Lev 'gets' her and is determined to both protect her and expand her narrow live. He is constantly challenging her to move outside her narrow comfort zone but always there for her in case she stumbles. This is an odd book due to the nature of the heroine, but I adored it. Rikki is a heroine I really enjoyed; one who has had to adjust to the world because of her differences, but has done so very well. She's a tad to prickly at times for me to keep this book from being a five, but she is a very strong heroine and I really liked her. And Lev makes for a mighty fine hero. He has done some very violent things in his past. He's been pretty ruthless, but then again because of his history he has had to be. But he is totally redeemed by his acceptance and respect and protectiveness of Rikki. The reader knows he will die to protect her and as already mentioned, he is totally wrecked for her. This book was a real treat!
jedisakora on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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: The Last Airbender¿ style). Rikki is therefore surprised that she didn¿t sense the giant tidal wave until it was literally crashing down upon her. The tidal wave doesn¿t just bring water, however, but also the most dangerous-looking and handsome man Rikki has ever seen. Against her better instinct, she decides to save him. During the rescue, she shares a moment with this dangerous man that is sure to shake her world. Lev Prakenskii is a very dangerous, deadly, and handsome man. This is the one thing he knows as he finds himself slammed against the rocks after falling into the ocean. The next thing he knows, he is saved by a beautiful woman whom he can¿t help thinking must be a mermaid. She pulls Lev out of the ocean and the dizziness and uncertainly causes him to react in a way that would have King Triton stabbing him with his triton. Rather than throwing him back into the ocean, the strange woman responds angrily to his actions. This rather sobers Lev up to the fact that Ariel did not save him, since she is yelling and not singing to him. Despite his dangerous behavior, the woman takes him home. Lev soon realizes he can¿t remember anything except that he has killed a lot of people. The one thing he does know is that he wants to spend his life with this mermaid-like woman. I¿m the first to admit that I¿m no literary expert, but my biggest problem with this book was what I found to be poor writing. The author overuses adjectives and has the tendency to be repetitive and redundant. I did not need to be reminded on every page that Rikki is a strange woman. I also got the point after the first fifty times that Lev is a deadly and dangerous man who has killed a lot of people. I was tempted to start a drinking game every time I came across the words strange, deadly, dangerous, handsome, and a quite a few others. Needless to say, I would have been very drunk by the time I came to page two hundred, and the book is near five hundred pages long. Also, do we need a twenty page sex scene? A paragraph about walking into a grocery store? This book really could have benefitted from a strong editorial hand. The weak editing really ruined the story for me. I could not concentrate or care about the story because I kept trying to edit it in my mind. Setting aside the editing issue, the story was rather weak as well. I really felt no connection to either Lev or Rikki. None. I¿ve never read a book where I¿ve never even felt a small connection. Because I felt no connection to either of the characters, I could not care less about what happened to them. There were exciting scenes here and there, but they are quickly overridden with the overuse of repeating themes and thoughts. I really thought when Lev¿s past was revealed, the story would take an interesting turn. It didn¿t. The major plot points are who is starting the fires and trying to kill Rikki and whether Lev can escape from his dangerous and deadly past. Both are resolved in the most lackluster way possible. Oh yeah, Rikki and Lev got together at the end and I was relieved that the book was over. Those who don¿t mind a lot of adjectives and repetitiveness will probably like this book better than I did. As it is, it just wasn¿t my cup of tea.
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really weird story...and unbelievably boring. I expected to really enjoy this book. I know Christine Feehan is sort of a joke we love anyway, but this one was just boring. I¿m not kidding when I say I actually fell asleep more than once while reading this. That¿s how bad it is. Water Bound is the beginning of a spin off series from the extremely enjoyable Drake Sisters series. DO NOT read this before you read the Drake Sisters books. I don¿t even think this was written with a new audience in mind. I love Hannah and Jonas and the gang. Their stories weren¿t always perfect but I cared about them. This lot are just nothing. It¿s like the cheap, black-market rip-off of a designer brand. It¿s second-rate and you can tell the difference even if you don¿t want to admit it. It didn¿t help that the hero had amnesia for most of the book. So if you¿re expecting more Prakenskii brothers love you won¿t find it here. You can¿t be a sexy secret agent hero guy when you don¿t even know who you are. Because I¿m about to get snarky, here¿s what I liked about this book. #1 Ignore the awful cover and turn to the insert. That¿s a really nice picture of a really nice-looking man! #2 Uh, see #1. That¿s about it. On a side note, I suspect Feehan has picked up on the fact she¿s a little repetitive. For the first time ever, her heroine doesn¿t have a `velvet sheath¿. Nope, no siree. Rikki has a `velvet, scorching-hot sheath¿. Way to go Rikki! You¿ve upgraded your privates! Usually everybody can appreciate Christine Feehan¿s - uh - unique writing style. She is her own drinking game. Here, well, I¿ve already said she was boring. But it can¿t be said enough times. This book starts on the same day the final Drake Sisters book finished. The wave that wiped out the man trying to kill Elle Drake also nearly kills sea-urchin diver Rikki, and Lev Prakenskii - who was undercover on the bad guy¿s boat. Then Rikki takes Lev home. And they sit around. And sit around. And we learn Rikki has had a hard life and maybe she¿s autistic. And we sit around. Nothing happens. I don¿t know what went wrong here. In the past people have criticised Feehan for various things - such as too dominant men and too brutal assaults on the women. Here there¿s none of that. The thing is, there¿s not actually a story. Nothing happens for the first two-hundred and eighty pages. Then they have twenty-two pages of sex. I don¿t know about anyone else, but after TWO-HUNDRED AND EIGHTY pages of NOTHING I don¿t think any kind of sex can redeem a book. And it¿s not a short book either. This is a CHRISTINE FEEHAN book. She IS sex! But there wasn¿t even any of that to break up the monotony. My God this one went on and on with a whole lot of nothing. I have never felt this way about a Christine Feehan book before. Yes, you either love her or you hate her. Yes, she¿s often predictable in her writing. But never before has she bored me to sleep and tears. I don¿t know what she was thinking. Feehan¿s really getting into the research these days. Her last Ghostwalkers book was full to the brim with computer stuff, and she¿s started using a made up new language (think Klingon for vampires) in her Carpathians series. The heroine of this book is a sea-urchin diver, and in the acknowledgements at the beginning of the book Feehan thanks a real life diver for helping her out. The thing is, I¿m not at all interested in having every piece of diving equipment explained to me in great detail, and having every dive Rikki goes on being described step by step. It¿s boring. I actually got through the first few hundred pages thinking, ¿This is Christine Feehan - shouldn¿t somebody be having sex?!¿ Christine Feehan¿s speciality is the paranormal - no matter what she writes - be it military romance or a small town contemporary, there¿s always a paranormal element to it. The problem with this new series is that the paranormal aspect is so vague I never knew what was happening. If you haven¿t read book six in the D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little repetitive with explanations. But I will buy the next one and continue with the series. Over all, happy with it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story enjoyable read. Try it it's slow to start if you never read the drake sisters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storyline to add to the Drakes of Sea Haven. I love every book and CAN'T pick a favorite.