Let me first say that the posted Summary for this book is wrong: Publisher's Summary The last thing Sid remembered was being enlisted to prote..Show More »ct a vulnerable young woman in the coastal town of Sea Haven. Then, as if in some nightmare, he was lost in the swirling currents of the ocean, and sucked deeper into a freezing black eddy. Just as quickly, he was saved - pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. Her name is Rikki, a sea-urchin diver in Sea Haven. Soon they will be bound by tantalizing secrets, which will engulf them both in a whirlpool of passion and danger.
His name is not Sid nor was he enlisted to protect a vulnerable young woman in Sea Haven. His name is Lev and he was rescued by Rikki when he was on a ship that was went down near Sea Haven (from the last book in the Sea Haven Sisters Series). He isn't there to rescue anyone and he isn't needed to rescue Rikki either. She's a strong woman that can rescue herself - and does so.
The story is laid out as a first in the new series and I felt it lacked a little more of the introduction and connection to the other characters that were coming in the series within this book. Rikki is supposed to be close to her sisters and though not too close due to her condition the reader isn't given much information on the sisters, just a brief introduction to them with a little more for one of the other sisters. Of that I feel the story lacked the connection the reader should have as this is a series. The story does have it slow points, but I feel that the character Rikki needs this... and the action warms up in the last 1/4 of the book. If you've read the previous series it's a little reunion with Jonas and Hannah - just a little bit, but you are reminded of the history... some of which actually isn't resolved by the end of the book. This was disappointing to me personally as I feel it should have been resolved and done so in this book - but I can hope it does so within the next coming books in the series.
The narrator for this story didn't do a great job. She didn't make the male characters sound... well, male. Everything kind of blended when it came to character identification. I wish that the narrator for the original Sea Haven series had done this one. Also I feel that the narrator went to far in assuming what a high level Autistic adult would sound like. At times she was fine and at other it felt like a speech pattern was used that was very "different". Be consistent. Also the tone of the story was slow due to the narrator. Lastly the audio had an echo which can be quite disturbing. If you start and stop the story quite a few times this might be a huge problem.
This book carries on a story line arc that actually began in the Drake Sister's series, which preceeds the Sea Haven Novel series chronologically. I'm..Show More » not sure how well this book would stand alone. I've read this series and previous ones, so it's hard to un-know something and judge fairly, but I'm guessing it's much better having read the previous books in this series.
I bought and read Air Bound with something like lightening speed (for me) and a determined spirit. I love Phil Gigante, always do, so the narration was just to my liking. I'll get my small criticisms over with and out of the way first. There was one big reason I couldn't give this book 5 stars. I'm going to confess that my brain started auto muting fight scenes there for a while. There were just too many and there's one escape inspired fight that seems to go on for hours. Then the last few hours of the book were dedicated more to the developing relationship. Honestly, it would have been better if she'd mixed all that up a bit, cause too much of a good thing can go bad. Balance is everything in life, isn't it?
That problem aside, I really enjoyed the book. The Prakinski brothers are probably some of my most loved, sexiest, well written heroes in current genre fiction. Certainly, there are few heroes to equal them. They are a very good concept, and Ms Feehan can write a very good hero. When she gets it right, she gets it very very right. They are tortured heroes with special gifts. They are rugged, stalwart, brave and super smart government weapons. They ooze sexy.
Arianna is a prodigal genius. She was sent to a "government" school when young to work on her weather harnessing projects. Her mother winds up tortured to death, and Arianna leaves the "school" and stops her work on the program. Now the US government, the Russian government, a Greek billionaire biker boss and her father...wait huh? Her father?... are all out there looking for her, and even Maxim isn't always sure he can tell the good guys from the bad, but he's protecting her from any and all threats.
It's a great addition to the series. I'm not sure about how it would stand alone, but I would recommend reading "Drake Sisters", then "Sea Haven" novels. They start out rather light and fluffy, but seems to get darker and darker, or take on more serious, disturbing even, issues. These books are not appropriate for teens. Both their sexual content and discriptions of sexual child trafficking would likely be inappropriate or disturbing for a young teen. Of course, I leave things like that to the parents discretion, but from the commonly accepted norm, I'd say this book definitely falls into the "adult" category.