Series: Sisters of the Heart #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on 27 July 2010
Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Mini Review Alert! Lots of things good things come in small packages like truffles, chocolate, vanilla slices, cookies and baklava. While you can’t eat this review, hopefully you will enjoy it.
Rikki is collecting sea urchins off Sea Haven when a huge wave hits. In the wave’s wake she spots the body of a man, Lev Prakenskii. She rescues him and he persuades her to take him home. He can’t remember exactly who he is but he knows that he was doing dodgy things for the Russian government. He wants a chance to be someone else however and take care of Rikki.
This might seem like a fairly generic romance from the cheesy cover but there is a lot to like about it. On the one hand you have a sexy assassin Russian and on the other an autistic and possibly psychopathic fire-lighting heroine. Kudos to Feehan for tackling autism in a fairly sensitive fashion. I haven’t read that many romance books where one of the lead characters had a neurobiological disorder and was pleasantly surprised when the other characters focused less on Rikki’s deficits and more on her capabilities. She was strong, had mastered her water gift and was key in the group’s survival.
I absolutely loved the way that Lev fitted himself into Rikki’s life. He quickly worked out what she could and couldn’t handle and didn’t force her to change. The relationship progressed on her terms and she gradually began to see the advantages of having him around. He gained a measure of peace from her that he hadn’t managed before and a chance to redeem himself.
The downside to the series is that Feehan loves to use a lot of descriptive language and seems to take a more is more approach. Why settle for a sentence when a paragraph or a page will do? This means that there is a fair amount of repetition and the pace is slow for the first half of the book. I wish the action sequences at the end had been lengthened however as they were wrapped up fairly quickly.
I had fun with this book and can unreservedly recommend it to fans of Feehan as they would be familiar with her wordy style. If you haven’t tried one of her books before, I suggest you start with the other Sea Haven series which focuses on the Drake sisters to see if it works for you.