Genre: paranormal romance
Cover: I so prefer my smaller paperback cover to the insipid hardcover cover. That fits the heroine beautifully.
The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Air Bound returns to the mysterious coastal town of Sea Haven, where six sisters of the heart are bound by the elements, and one is stalked by an inescapable past.
After escaping from a cult, Lexi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body - it nurtured her soul as well. But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again and claim her. Then her nightmare came true.
Lexi was discovered and threatened - only to be suddenly saved by a stranger. He is Gavriil Prakenskii, and he's awestruck by the woman he's rescued. She is destined for him. He can feel it in his soul. But how can Lexi find happiness with a man steeped in secrets and shadows, one intimately acquainted with violence and whose very love could be the death of them?
Gavriil Prakenski came to America to warn his youngest brother Ilya that his name was added to the hitlist by their enemy, and to draw the hunters away from his brothers, now living a happy life in Sea Haven. But the moment he set eyes on Lexi, he found his own destiny, and suddenly he had someone he wanted to live for, instead of die for. He is the most ruthless killer of them all though, incapable of feeling emotion, or so he thought.
But Lexi is so very much broken herself, how can she ever deal with a man like him? Abducted from her house when she was 8 years old, forced to “marry” a man from a cult and be his wife and slave, until she escaped at 17 and turned them in. In retaliation, her entire family was murdered, and her “husband” and some other leaders escaped. Lexi has a gift for growing things, she is an Earth elemental, and the farm is thriving under her very hard work.
And now, after she has finally built a new life for herself on the farm, with the best friends, her sisters of the Heart, they have found her again. And Caine wants her back … and punished.
Gavriil saves her just in time, after she has used her powers to trap Caine in the Earth, but his henchman are coming after her to kill her. Gavriil doesn’t hesitate to kill them instead; he knows real evil when he sees it.
Lexi is sorry he had to kill on her behalf, but Gavriil is not, it is what he does. He has been a killer since he was 14 and a bad man killed his parents and took him and his six brothers because of their psychic gifts, and made them all into assassins and spooks. And now they are hunted to protect that man’s secrets as his son is running for president in Russia. But so far, they are still better than the men sent to kill them.
I really enjoyed this book. I love this series, as much as I did the 7 Drake Sisters books. Yes, Gavriil knows that Lexi is his, the moment he sees her, and he claims her in front of his brothers. But he is so very careful with her, he knows he can’t rush her because she is still dealing with her past, the memories, the panic attacks, and her revulsion of men.
But for the first time Lexi is feeling attracted to a man as well, and she sees into him, and she is so not powerless anymore. I loved how they interacted together. Yes, as with all of Christine Feehan’s heroes, he is very dominant, but he is patient and passionate and gentle. Everything that Lexi needs. She is healing him, inside and outside and I loved that he brought dogs with him.
Of course there is some action, first with Gavriil and Ilya, and later with all of them when fighting the bad men of the cult. I loved those parts. The women fighting with their psychic and elemental skills, and then Gavriil as the deadly killer he is. I so look forward to the next book in the series. A bit was revealed about Lessa, and I hope she will be the next heroine to fall in love with a Prakenskii. It won’t be easy.
I love the interaction between the ladies, how different they all are, and how their hard pasts makes them strong. They do know how to handle the alpha men in their lives. Until it comes to their safety.
© 2015 Reviews by Aurian