WaterBound (A Sister’s of the Heart Series) book 1 by Christine Feehan
The last thing Lev Prakenskii remembered was being lost in the swirling currents of the ocean and getting sucked deeper into the nothingness of a freezing black eddy off the coastal town of Sea Haven. Just as quickly, just a miraculously, he was saved–pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. But Lev has no memory of who he is–or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. All he knows is that he fears for his life, and for the life of his unexpected savior.
Her name is Rikki, a sea-urchin diver in Sea Haven. She has always felt an affinity for the ocean, and for the seductive pull of the tides. And now she feels drawn in the same way to the enigmatic man she rescued. But soon they will be bound by something even stronger, and their tantalizing secrets will engulf them both in a whirlpool of dizzying passion and inescapable danger.
This series is based in Sea Haven, and one of the heroine’s in this series is actually a cousin to the Drake Sisters.
Lev Prakenskii (Is a brother to Ilya, who’s book is “Turbulent Sea) was on the boat that Elle was held hostage on (her story was Hidden Currents) He tried to save her, tried to get her off the boat, he knew his boss was interested in Elle. He had to standby and watch her being abused, he couldn’t risk saving her and blowing his cover. He bitterly regretted not doing anything, but he knew they both would be killed. But she got away and he was pleased. He wasn’t pleased when his boss found Elle again and tried to take her back. Elle retaliated and now Lev finds himself being blown off the boat and into the sea. But he’s ok with that, he’s done his job, he doesn’t need to worry about anything anymore…..
Rikki loves the water, that is where she is at home. The sea grounds her, keeps her calm. And diving for sea urchins, gives her purpose, focus and an excuse to be out on the water. Rikki lost her whole family due to a violent tragedy, back bad things always seem to happen around her, is she a jinx? Or is there something more sinister going on? And when she comes across a man in the water, Rikki has to decide wether to rescue him or let the sea claim him…..
Rikki hates anything that disturbs her peace of mind or her routine. And Lev does that on all levels, after rescuing him, he becomes a firm fixture in her life, but there is his memory loss to worry about, and the fact that he feels dangerous to Rikki and her way of life.
And when her “sisters” meet him (they aren’t blood related, they met at a self help group for abused women) they don’t like him, but Rikki sees past the harsh exterior, and maybe, just maybe Rikki will keep him.
Lev (or Levi as the name he now goes under) is suffering from memory loss, but he knows how to handle a gun. And as his memory returns, he’s worried his old life will come back and harm the woman he’s falling in love with.
I loved this book, it handled Rikki’s issues with care and sensitivity. Being autistic and having a life, was written really carefully. We never forgot that Rikki was different, and to find a man that would treat her with respect and love was love to to read. So many heroines are either kick ass or helpless, Rikki was neither. She is strong, independent, but very rigid in her daily life.
So will Levi and Rikki have a life by the sea? Or will both their pasts come back and haunt them?