Sisters of the Heart bk 1

Christine Feehan

The last thing Lev Prakenskii remembered was being lost in the swirling currents of the ocean and getting sucked deeper into the nothingness of a freezing black eddy off the coastal town of Sea Haven. Just as quickly, just a miraculously, he was saved—pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. But Lev has no memory of who he is—or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. All he knows is that he fears for his life, and for the life of his unexpected savior.

Her name is Rikki, a sea~urchin diver in Sea Haven. She has always felt an affinity for the ocean, and for the seductive pull of the tides. And now she feels drawn in the same way to the enigmatic man she rescued. But soon they will be bound by something even stronger, and their tantalizing secrets will engulf them both in a whirlpool of dizzying passion and inescapable danger.

Okay I have to say that I am a bit of a fan girl when it comes to Christine and the fact that I got to meet her and sit next to her for a full 30 min may make me gush a bit about this book.

If you have ever read a Christine Feehan book before than know that this book is unlike any of her other books, in that her heroine Rikki is autistic. For those that have family members that are autistic or on the spectrum you know what life is like for these people. Christine does a fabulous job of describing Rikki and how she has to live.

I have been waiting for this book ever since I realized that this is the book that is going to start the series that has Ilya’s brother’s. If you haven’t read a Christine Feehan, Ilya is the hero in the 6th Drake Sisters book, and we know very little about his family. Most of those questions will be answered in this book.

For me reading this book, it was like stepping into my brother and sister in law’s house and watching what they have to go through every day with their two boys who are on different parts of the autism spectrum.

Rikki is a high functioning autistic that has to live her life with a very specific routine and any deviation of that routine will send her into her own mind where she can be safe. When she pulls Lev from the ocean all she can think about is getting him healthy so that he will leave, she struggles with having him in her space.

Lev however sees Rikki as his safe haven and his chance to escape the life that he has been forced to live his entire life. He knows Rikki and understands her like no other person ever has. As he works towards making sure that his past stays dead, and ensuring that he can have a future with Rikki, he has to always be aware of how everything he does will impact Rikki.

This is one of those books that you don’t want to put down because you have to see how everything is going to work out. I loved everything about this book and am so glad that she wrote a book that shows just what autism is and how it effects everyone.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5

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