on April 26th 2016
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sea Haven novels returns to the circle of the six sisters of the heart, bound by the elements—and to one who possesses the power to inflame the most dangerous passions of all. Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong. Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit—something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Fire Bound is the 5th book in the Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart Series by Christine Feehan. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but I don’t think you need to in order to understand what is going on in this book.
This is the story about a woman, Lissa Piner. She is a flame elemental and can use her powers for defence and offence. She likes to use them to create beautiful glass blown chandeliers and it’s that work that gives her licence to travel far and wide. People know her work is unique even though they have no idea why, and they spend a lot to purchase them. That is the persona that the world sees. In actual fact she is the daughter of what I can only describe as a mafia type family. Her parents were killed when she was a child, and her uncle took her in. He trained her for combat, to be an assassin, and she vowed to kill everybody in the family that were behind the killing of her parents. She’s taken most of them out over the years, but there are still a couple left, including the Don.
Lissa lives on a farm with 5 women who are her sisters in friendship but not blood, and each of them are married to Prakenskii brothers. Each brother is a trained assassin too, but trained in the most brutal way in schools where if you didn’t achieve their goals they would torture you or kill your family. The man who ran those schools now has to get rid of any evidence of theme ever being in existence, including all the men that were trained there including the Prakenskii brothers. Lissa decides that as well as assassinating the last of the mafia family responsible for her parent’s deaths, she would kill the man putting the Prakenskii brothers at risk. She doesn’t tell them that she is doing that though because she knows they would try to stop her.
Fortunately one of the brothers realises what she is up to, and he asks one of his brothers that Lissa doesn’t know to follow her and make sure no harm comes to her. His name is Casmir Prakenskii. When she finds out who he is and why he is at her uncle’s in the ruse of a new security guard for him, she is furious. She is also very attracted to him, and as with her ‘sisters’ and their men, a unique bond is forming between them, one that will tie them together for life. Once the bond is formed, Casmir will be her mate for life and do all in his power to protect her from any and everything. They will also have a psychic connection.
Between them they have their work cut out for them with the assassinations they have planned, and the book goes on to tell all about them, who the people are, how they attempt the kills. If they succeed and what dangers they find themselves in. Also Lissa learns a horrifying secret that turns her world upside down. Will Casmir be able to help her hold it together. They bond in the book but will that bond help her get past what she finds out and what she needs to do.
I am not into mafia type stories, assassinations and all, but even though this book wasn’t my cup of tea, it was still intriguing and well written. There was also quite a lot of sex in this book, not just your passionate love making, but hot, dirty, rated 18 and over sex. I am surprised this book isn’t sold as erotica. Again, that’s not my cup of tea, especially the more perverted stuff mentioned occasionally. And again, although I didn’t like it, it was written in context and proved the relationships, or lack of them, between the people taking part. So if you like a good killing spree book, with some paranormal elements thrown in, some crazy sex and a dominant alpha male, this is the perfect book for you.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.