Spirit Bound (sisters of the Heart series) book 2 by Christine Feehan
Lethal undercover agent Stefan Prakenskii knew a thousand ways to kills a man–and twice as many ways to pleasure a woman. That’s what made him look forward to his new mission: arrive in the coastal town of Sea Haven and insinuate himself in the life of an elusive beauty who had mysterious ties to his past, and a link to a dangerously seductive, and equally elusive master criminal who wanted only one thing: to possess her.
Judith Henderson was an artist on the rise–an ethereal, and haunted woman whose own picture-perfect beauty stirred the souls of two men who have made her their obsession. For years she has been waiting for someone to come and unlock the passion and fire within her–waiting for the right man to surrender it to. But only one man can survive her secrets, and the shadow she has cast over both their lives.
Judith is part of a sisterhood, they aren’t related by blood or marriage, but of a violent past.
Coming together in a support group, the women now live together on a farm, protecting and supporting each other.
Meeting a charismatic man, a young Judith falls in love, and a whirlwind romance follows, but finding out he killed her brother changed all that for her, and so she runs.
Hiding away from the world. Her only comforts are her “sisters” and her talent. She paints, she restores art work and she makes kaleidoscopes.
Stefan is another of Prakenskii brother’s, but he’s not here for his brothers, he’s following a lead, one he hopes will catch him a master criminal.
But meeting Judith in the flesh catches him off guard (he’s seen her in a photo and was instantly attracted, but he’s using her as bait, well that’s what he tells himself)
Have to admit this wasn’t one of my favourite books in this series. But it’s a great addition. We get to meet another Prakenskii brother. And when he marks his woman (they zap the hand and it somehow connects them) they are sealed for life.
We also get to witness the interaction with the brothers (Lev and Stefan) both are going by different names, but there is no mistaking the Prakenskii lineage. You’d think their meeting would be a happy one, but it’s not, Levi suspects his brother of using Judith, and tells him to leave her alone, he loves Judith like a sister, and to make Rikki cry will being out the bear in Lev.
So will Stefan leave Judith once he gets the job done? Will he be able to walk away? And what else is Judith hiding?