Thursday, December 8, 2011

[NOR and ARC Review]: "Spirit Bound"

Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan
Publisher: Jove (December 27, 2011)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Summary (
Lethally sexy undercover agent Stefan Prakenskii knows a thousand ways to kill a man-and twice as many ways to pleasure a woman. So he's looking forward to his new mission: arrive in the coastal town of Sea Haven and insinuate himself in the life of Judith Henderson, an ethereal beauty with mysterious ties to his past...

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My Review:

Judith Henderson is an artist that puts her whole heart and soul into her work. And since she is an element, with a strong psychic gift connected to spirit, that means that she puts a lot more than just passion into it, and it shows. But after an unfortunate occurrence in Paris, which leads to her brother's death in Greece, she suddenly finds herself unable to contain all her dark emotions. Scared that she might hurt others with their intensity, she begins to lock them away on secret paintings that she keeps hidden in her house. She's certain that she will never again have a normal life and has resigned herself to putting on a happy face whenever she's around others, never to experience true happiness, true love, for herself... Until she meets Thomas Vincent, a sexy, if a bit shy, businessman. Suddenly she finds herself opening up to him, something she hasn't done before—and it scares her.

Stefan Prakenskii is a tough, and very lethal, warrior. As an undercover agent, trained in horrible schools in Russia, he is a ghost; he doesn't really exist and his only mission is to carry out the orders of his handlers, killing without a thought. His latest mission has taken him to Sea Haven, where his cover is that of a businessman interested in buying the local gallery. He has worked for years on this cover, and anyone would believe that he is actually Thomas Vincent. But as he begins to fall hard for Judith, he finds himself wishing that he was actually Thomas, rather than who he is: a shadow of a man with the training of a beast. But as much as he loves Judith, how can he stay with her, knowing the dangers his presence would bring to her home, to her family, to her?

Judith wishes to hide herself and her emotions away from the world, locked away so no one can see. So no one can get hurt. Stefan has been taught since a child to keep emotions out of the equation, to be nothing more than a trained shadow, there and yet never seen. But for the first time in his life, Stefan wants to act on his new found emotions, and there is only one woman he wants to do that with: Judith.

For years he has been seducing women (for information and whatnot) as it was required for his missions. Every time he was the one in control, the one carrying out the seduction. But in Judith's presence, he loses all his control, and reacts to her like he's never reacted to any woman in his entire life. If he didn't know better, he'd say she was seducing him—but she is just as throw off by the powerful chemistry brewing between them. Be it fate, destiny, or simple human connection at work, they both must accept what is happening to them and realize that it can only end one way: with the two of them together forever. But can they move past the personal demons in each of their pasts and work towards a future together—before it is too late.

4.5 STARS! A tortured hero, almost non-stop action from start to finish and some very steamy love scenes—what more could a person want from a book? Spirit Bound is full of 'edge-of-your-seat' action and danger lurks around every corner, but there is also hope in the pages of this story, as well as love and trust for one another. It is romantic at all the right moments, enough so to make the reader almost want to cry, yet deliciously steamy during others. The story has its ups and downs, but you won't find a boring moment anywhere. Another truly magical story of second chances; because even though these two have never been together before, they each have had their own problems in the past and now is their chance to rise above them—together—and have a second chance at living, truly living, not merely existing like they were before. For a thrilling and sexy romance novel pick up Spirit Bound, or any of Ms. Feehan's other Sea Haven novels—you'll be glad you did!

Thanks to Night Owl Reviews, where I received this ARC for free in exchange for reviewing the book. (Free book does not equal biased review, however!) This review is the property of NOR.


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Blodeuedd said...

I still have not read a single Feehan book, I guess I am missing out

The_Book_Queen said...

Blodeuedd--Really, not one? :) Then I would have to agree, you are missing out! Lol. She's got a little bit of everything (pretty much all paranormal at this point)--from vampires to shifters to psychic gifts and more! I think you'd find at least one that you'd like, though I'd bet you find more. :D

Thanks for stopping by!

Kristie (J) said...

Although I haven't been able to get into her Carpathian series at all - tried twice - I really did like the first book in this new series. I've been waiting for the next one so I'm glad to see a good review for it.

The_Book_Queen said...

Kristie J-- Thanks for stopping by! :D

Even though I liked her Carpathian series (well, the ones I've read at least) I will admit they are a bit..difficult to get into and some parts of them had me wanting to through the book at the wall. However, I've enjoyed her Drake Sisters series, which was also set in Sea Haven, and I look forward to book one in this Sea Haven series. :) I'm glad that you enjoyed the first one, now I know it's one I definitely need to get!