Type: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Sent
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?
Earth Bound is the fourth book in Feehan’s Sisters of the Heart series. Fans of this paranormal romance series will be delighted to return to Sea Haven for Lexi and Gavriil’s story. Christine Feehan is a master at creating a believable love-at-first-sight storyline, and I am a sucker for the alpha hero falling like a ton of bricks.
Like the previous Sea Haven books, Earth Bound tells the story of one of six “sisters” – women who survived traumatic murders of those close to them and who formed an unbreakable bond with each other through a support group. That bond has only strengthened as the women forge a new life as a family, a life centered around the farm they all live on. Like the other women, Lexi Thompson has a gift – an element –that she uses to help make Harmony Farms a success. She is connected to the earth and she makes the most of that gift by ensuring their crops and plants grow and thrive.
One of the things Christine Feehan does best is bring together two vulnerable, damaged people, and this book is no exception. To say Lexi has had a tough life would be a gross understatement. Kidnapped as a young girl, she spent a decade “married” to a religious fanatic/pedophile, living at various compounds and suffering every sort of abuse possible. When she finally worked up the courage to escape, her entire family was murdered, leaving her completely alone. The Witness Protection Program gave her a new identity and she is doing her best to put her past behind her and focus on her life with her sisters.
That new life comes crashing down around her when two things happen: the monster from her past discovers her whereabouts, intending to reclaim his “wife”, and another Prakenskii brother shows up in Sea Haven. Gavriil Prakenskii, brother to Ilya, Lev, Thomas and Max (all Prakenskii heroes from previous books), has come to Sea Haven in search of his brothers. Separated as boys, they have all lived their lives apart from each other until they each began finding their homes, and their women, in Sea Haven. When he learned that Ilya was on the hit list of their family’s enemy, Gavriil is determined to warn him and the rest of his brothers before leaving Sea Haven, leading the enemy away from them and their new families.
Like his brothers, Gavriil was trained as a ruthless operative and assassin, able to take care of himself and not having much else in his life to care about. He is a dark, violent, broken man, trained to fight and kill. He is completely blindsided when he first sees Lexi. He knows the instant he lays eyes on her that she is the one woman in the world for him – just like his brothers knew with their women. These Prakenskii men are like a dog with a bone once their heart makes its choice. Having done his research before coming to the farm, he is very aware that Lexi has a dark past and is extremely fragile. She’s also way too good for someone like him. He has no business wanting anything from her, but when the opportunity presents itself, he wastes no time in forcing a connection between them.
Most of this book focuses on Gavriil and Lexi and how they learn to work through their issues and find a way to love and trust each other. There is quite a bit of interaction between them and the sisters and his brothers, and some drama towards the end as they all work to get rid of Lexi’s enemy once and for all. I loved Gavriil (no surprise) and I loved Lexi. I even loved them together. The one thing that put a damper on this book was how repetitive it was. Constantly reading how Gavriil “lived his life in the shadows” and how he was more broken than Lexi – or she thought she was more broken than him – was a bit of a downer. I feel that the internal dialogue was the same thing over and over.
Gavriil Prakenskii is the ultimate tough guy with a heart of gold. He would rip his own arm off before he did anything to hurt Lexi. I could feel his desperation when he told her that he couldn’t breathe when he didn’t know where she was. He was overprotective and alpha to the core, but I could sympathize with him as he struggled to make sense of having strong feelings for a woman for the first time in his life. Lexi needed a safe place, and Gavriil could be that for her. Before they had spent more than an hour together, the first time Lexi looked into his eyes, she felt safe and protected – something she hadn’t ever had. If you’re looking for an emotional story of two broken souls finding peace with each other, this is it. Just don’t expect a ton of action – this book is high on feelings and a little low on the suspense.
I give Earth Bound by Christine Feehan 3.5 stars