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Review: Earth Bound by Christine Feehan

Earth BoundTitle: Earth Bound

Author: Christine Feehan

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Sea Haven (Book #4)

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0515155578 (Jove/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0515155570 (Jove/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Air Bound returns to the mysterious coastal town of Sea Haven where six sisters of the heart are bound by the elements, and one is stalked by an inescapable past…

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?

Quick & Dirty: Can two broken people find love?

Opening Sentence: “Pain was a strange entity.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I haven’t read any books in this series, this is my first. That being said, it was definitely one that while you may be missing some of the backstory you don’t feel completely lost reading out of order. So for me to fill that backstory, I am going to definitely go back and read the first three books. Lexi is a survivor from a cult; she has joined her sisters on their farm and is in hiding from the cult. Gavriil is an assassin who is on his way to the farm to let his brothers know all of them are on a hit list. That was one of the few things that I want to find out more and I am hoping by reading the first three books that will be explained to me. Why are they on hit list? All of them seemed to have experienced tragic lost and horrible childhoods.

Gavriil was separated from his brothers after their parents were brutally murdered and forced into a brutal assassin program. So at the age of 37 he is a harden killer. Lexi was taken under duress at age 8 and forced to marry cult leader, Caine. She experiences all kinds of sexual, physical and mental abuse before escaping at 17. It was a little unclear how long she had been on the farm and how old she is now, so there is a bit of an age gap between her and Gavriil. They first meet after he saves her life when Caine and a couple of followers attack her outside the farm. They are immediately drawn to each other, especially since in his family some kind of itching on the hand indicates they have found the one! Okay seriously…that happened!

Lexi is earth bound and can make earthquakes and use the ground to swallow people and give her calm. From all the abuse she is isolated and hates being indoors and suffers from panic attacks and paranoia. Gavriil of course is the least likely mate for her, but she senses the pain inside and hopes to help him. I do like that while there was major instant love, the author really took her time with their love story and intimate relations. Gavriil showed major restraint and understanding with Lexi because of the abuse she has endured.

The cult despite Caine’s death is still stalking Lexi, so they do have to deal with them. I really enjoyed the fact that the sisters were the ones who really kicked butt and took names. I did enjoy this book and it wasn’t a struggle to read. I just didn’t quite connect as much as I hoped I would with the main characters. I am not sure if it was me or what, but I did feel the loss, with two broken individuals I really felt this could have been a powerful coming together. That is really the only thing bad I can say about the book, and more likely it’s more a me thing than something that is wrong with the book. It’s also not enough to deter me from reading more in this series.

Notable Scenes:

“She was the one person who never betrayed me.”

“That was it took, and she had his heart in the palm of her hand.”

“Determined to rise like the phoenix from the ashes of her past.”

Sea Haven Series:

1. Water Bound

2. Spirit Bound

3. Air Bound

4. Earth Bound

5. Fire Bound (2016)

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FTC Advisory: Jove/Penguin provided me with a copy of Earth Bound. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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One Response to “Review: Earth Bound by Christine Feehan

  1. Renee (Lover of Romance)No Gravatar
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    I actually loved this book, but it does help to read this series in order though. I think you will enjoy the first three books!!

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