Narrator: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 15 hrs 2 min
Series: Sea Haven / Sisters of the Heart #4
Published by Jove on July 7, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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?
This jumping into a series without reading the beginning really is hard for me. It goes against everything I’ve always done. I did it though. Earth Bound was ok to be read out of order, but I felt like the power behind the sister’s talents was a little lost on me. Where I hadn’t read the previous books, I did not know what they could do or how strong they were at it.
Lexie had a truly horrific past and this life with her sisters helped her function. When it appears her peace has come to an end, a mysterious stranger appears to protect her. I think she was doing pretty damn good taking on these guys, but the rescue was really a necessity. it was such good timing that her sister’s mate’s brother showed up out of the blue.
The bond Gavrill felt towards Lexie right off the bat was kind of sudden. This is a man who has spent his whole life running as kind of a mercenary, with no plans for settling down. Now his mate appears and throws a big wrench in his plans. After growing up in the situation Gavrill did, settling down in one place is like setting his family up for danger. But he can’t leave his mate and continue his life as usual. I wasn’t really impressed with his sneaky actions that showed his brothers his intentions but Lexie had no idea.
After all Gavrill had been through, I was really impressed with the patience and respect he gave to Lexie. He may have been hit over the head with the mate thing, but she really needed the time to trust. With her cover blown and her past coming back to bite her, she needs to learn to trust. Gavrill definitely had that as an advantage.
I really loved Gavrill’s dogs. He treated them like family but yet they served a purpose. Working dogs need a purpose, and Gavrill was able to teach them. He showed even more patience as he introduced the dogs to the family and let them know who they were there to protect. I think they also served as a bridge to help bring Gavrill and Lexie together.
Earth Bound seemed like a much lighter read to me. The situations the characters endured were dark and scary, but resolution seemed quick and easy. The danger did not seem to be related to any previous situations the group encountered, so that made it somewhat easier to jump into. The character relationships were a little harder for me to put together. I think the romance interested me more than the action. It is possible that that was due to not knowing the capabilities of the side characters. I was focused on Gavrill and Lexie.
Overall, Earth Bound was a good read. I enjoyed the main characters and learning their stories. For me, it was not a book I could really be pulled into, but there were points that did hold my attention. I weaved in and out. Followers of this series would likely relate a lot better than I did.