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?
Thoughts: I’m not going to lie I was one book away from breaking up with this series and pretending that this series didn’t exist and that Ilya had found a new family and didn’t need his brothers. So when I got this book I was extremely leary about reading it until I saw that Gavriil was going by his real name and was there to see not just the brothers on the farm, but also Ilya. Something none of the other brothers had tried to do in the other books. I found it extremely convenient that Ilya and Joley were out of town for the first three books.
So when Ilya FINALLY showed up in this series I was like okay now we’re getting somewhere. The scene between Gavriil and Ilya is probably one of my favorites. I was also expecting more from the scene when he meets his brothers who are already living there. But because of what was going on, I understood why Feehan wrote it the way she did.
Okay…now for the story line.
Both Gavriil and Lexi are extremely broken. Their pasts have shaped them into who they are now, when the see each other for the first time they instantly recognize in each other their brokenness and reach out for each other.
This causes all sorts of problems for her sisters and Gavriil’s brothers because they are terrified that the darkness that is inside of Gavriil was to much for Lexi. It doesn’t take long however for them to see that when it comes to Lexi Gavriil will do anything for her. As Lexi’s past comes calling and he will do anything to protect her, no matter how it impacts him.
Lexi has never let anyone as close to her as she’s let Gavriil. At times it scares her, and others she wants to do nothing more than overcome what was done to her so that he can give herself fully to Gavriil.
Where I’ve barely tolerated the other books in this spin-off series I loved this book. It had everything that I loved about the original Sea Haven series especially the interactions between the Prakenskii siblings.
You don’t need to have read the other books in this series to read this one…enough back story is given about the other three books for you be able to pick it up.
I’m glad I didn’t ignore this book and if you’ve been on the fence about reading it, do.