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?
My Review …….
Must admit this is my favourite book in the series.
Lexi is the youngest “sister of the heart”, trauma from her past made her into the scared mouse most people see.
But most people don’t know of her past, and she doesn’t share. But she’s fiercely loyal, and there is nothing she won’t do for her family. She loves the farm she owns with her sisters. She works mainly on her own, but she likes it that way. The bond she shares with the earth is a strong one, crops, flowers and shrubs all grow better under her careful care.
She thinks she’s safe, but can someone that was targeted be really safe? She was taken as a child, her family killed, so that she could be “married” into a new family. Beaten and abused, Lexi managed to escape, but her past has caught up with her!!!
Gavriil is another Prakenskii brother, injured and forced to lay low (the last book, we found out that he’d been gravely injured protecting someone) but he’s found out that someone is targeting his brother’s, so he’s going to draw them away from the farm, he’s willing to lay his life down for his family. He knows only killing and living in the shadows. Finding this young woman on the farm throws his life and control into total chaos.
The book focuses on the couple really well, Lexi has been mentally and physically abused, so instant sex and passion wasn’t going to work in this book. Gavriil is older than Lexi, so at first I didn’t think it would work, would it trigger her memories of her “husband”? So when the author concentrated on the relationship between the couple, rather than the sex, it made for a better read.
Plenty of fight scenes, lots of humour, and some really touching scenes between Gavriil and Lexi. Loved the way his brother’s looked out for Lexi, (including warning him away) they also had a few funny moments with their brother.