Type: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Sent
Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.
Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit—something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned.
Christine Feehan is normally an auto-buy author for me (with the exception of the Carpathian series), and two of my favorite series are the Drake Sisters and the Sisters of the Heart. Despite that, I was a little hesitant about reading and reviewing this book. I’ve read all of the previous books and have loved them. Something about those Prakenskii men gets to me every time. Lissa has been my least favorite of the “sisters”, though, and going into this book I knew nothing about Casimir Prakenskii. I don’t know what I was worried about.
Lissa Piner lives with five women on their farm in Sea Haven – a sanctuary for these “sisters” who are kindred spirits in the fact that they all have a tragic past in common. They are all, with the exception of Lissa, married to a Prakenskii man, and they are all ruled by an element. Lissa is a fire element, something she has harnessed and channeled into creating a successful career as a glass blower. While she is a true artist, she is not who her sisters think she is. Born an ocean away in Italy and raised and trained to be an assassin by her uncle, she has made it her mission to rid the world of those responsible for her parents’ death.
Lissa is on the verge of completing that mission, and having watched each of her sisters finally find happiness, she has decided to go after the two men who threaten the lives of her sisters’ men and their happiness. As boys, the seven Prakenskii brothers were kidnapped and forced to endure brutal training to become ruthless warriors and assassins – schooled in every form of seduction, torture and murder possible. While the schools where they were raised no longer exist, the men who created them do, and they are determined to rid the world of any evidence of the program, including the men who came out of it.
Lissa leaves Sea Haven, en route to Europe to sell her unique chandeliers to three different hotels. Not coincidentally, one of those hotels is in Italy in close proximity to her uncle and the men from her past who she’s been hunting. Another of the hotels is in Russia, owned by the men responsible for the hits put out on the Prakenskii men. While Lissa’s sisters do not know her true identity or the real reason for her trip, one of their husbands has figured both out. Gavriil Prakenskii recruits his long lost brother Casimir to watch over Lissa and keep her safe.
At first Lissa has no use for Casimir. She can’t deny the instant attraction she feels for him, and while she knows each of her sisters is bound to a Prakenskii and she’s just as likely to end up with the same fate, Lissa wants no part of it. Her family back at the farm is everything to her, and she will do whatever it takes to make those men and women safe, even risk her own life to go after the men threatening their safety. Both fire elements, it doesn’t take long for a strong bond to grow between Lissa and Casimir. Even though she doesn’t plan on making it home alive, and Casimir has been alone ever since his escape from Russia, the two of them can’t deny they belong only to each other. What starts out as a bodyguard mission turns into a partnership where Lissa and Casimir learn to trust each other and work together to not only make their family safe, but to come out of it alive in order to find their own happiness.
Some of this book was a little formulaic and repetitive, but Christine Feehan makes it very easy to fall in love with a Prakenskii. Casimir was like the rest – alpha and protective and sexy. He wasn’t as bossy or overbearing as some of his brothers, and he was so romantic and loving with Lissa. While he was determined to keep her safe, he also proudly supported her and trusted her abilities. My biggest complaint about this book was the lack of an epilogue. I wanted to “see” Lissa and Casimir come home to Sea Haven and watch him reunite with the brothers he’s spent a lifetime apart from.
I give Fire Bound 4 by Christine Feehan stars!