Review: Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan

“I want you, Judith. I want to live with you and love you. I want to be everything you need.”

In that statement you could substitute Judith’s name for any number of Christine Feehan’s previous heroines and you would capture the overwhelming theme of her books. Yet, for some reason, I cannot stop reading them. Each book I pick up I wonder if this one will be the one to break the mold and each book ends up following the same Spirit Boundpattern. Her books have an overwhelming alpha male who once he finds his mate pushes her beyond her comfort zone and gives her no chance to dismiss him.

Spirit Bound is no different than the rest. Set in Sea Haven and the second book in the Sisters of the Heart series Spirit Bound focuses on Judith and Stefan. Judith is an artist that translates her emotions through her painting and Stefan is a Prakenskii. If you have previously read Ms. Feehan you know being a Prakenskii means you are a yummy Russian, almost mobster-like figure. They are dominant, edgy, and dangerous men. Ilya and Lev have been featured in previous books. And I get very excited when I see another story about the Prakenskii boys. They are what use to define alpha heroes.

Stefan is sent to the town of Sea Haven to draw out his brother Lev. There a contract on Lev’s life and Stefan is determined to find the assassin and kill him before he gets to his brother. The bonus to the story is that he is to form a relationship with Judith as cover. No hardship for him since from seeing the first picture of Judith he has been captivated. Once he meets her he quickly realizes she is it- the one that will be the light to his dark.

Ms. Feehan has a tendency to be a little wordy. There is a lot of talk in this book. Talk about soul mates, and completion and light to his dark. You kind of pick up her books knowing that this is the way things are. I found myself skimming a lot of pages because the same theme is recycled. But there is comfort in that. I know exactly what I am going to get with Ms. Feehan. When I want a book with mated love and possessive heroes; I run straight to her books. She has never let me down in that area.

Another thing I liked about this book and about Ms. Feehan’s books in general is the relationship between the female characters. The women in this book are not sisters but they are very close. They are very supportive and loving of each other. They have banded together in this small town and raised a farm. Each of them represents a different element and they have harnessed their talents to promote the land. We found the same thing with the Drake sisters. The continued relationships over the series of books are something I really look forward to.

So yes, this book fulfilled my need for alpha and some yummy sex scenes. It wasn’t anything terribly original or stimulating. I would suggest reading the first book of the series as the character are recurring and are very important to the overall storyline. Final grade- C.

Favorite quote:

His eyes changed to piercing aquamarine, vivid and brilliant. She saw the darkness rush over him, obliterating every color of his aura until he was nothing but a shadow. Her breath caught in her lung, fingers digging into the sheet for an anchor.

“My name is Stefan. Stefan Prakenskii.”

Rating: C
Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan
December 27th 2011 by Jove
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    • Jen says

      You know, I say that everytime but I.cannot.stop. Both Feehan and Lora Leigh are like that for me. I pick up the new book hoping it will be different but it never is.

  1. Maria D. says

    Very nice review! There is a comfort to getting what you expect in certain books…they are like a warm cuddly blanket on a winter’s night:)

    • Jen says

      Thanks! And that is exactly why I read her. I know what I am going to get. She never lets me down in that aspect.

    • Jen says

      It is very similar to the Drake sisters. Even brothers from the same family! I did find some of the later Drake sisters like Elle and Hannah to be more interesting female characters though.

  2. SHZ says

    “Ms. Feehan has a tendency to be a little wordy. There is a lot of talk in this book.”

    You know, I used to overlook that, but the first book in this series put me to sleep with its wordiness, and I couldn’t even bring myself to buy this one! The wordiness at least used to be balanced out with an interesting story, but when I found myself starting to go off my beloved Drake sisters, I knew I had to stop reading!

    • Jen says

      Some of the Drake sister book were the best I have read from her (Hannah and Jonas). I do not think either of the first two in this series have come close yet.

  3. says

    Your review makes me a bit sad. I absolutely love everything she writes. Don’t you notice the suspense? The story itself? How it totally draws you in? I stil have to start reading this one, but that will be soon. Waterbound was one of the best books I have ever read. A heroine who is autistic, that is original and daring.

    • says

      I am sorry you are sad! Truly you should continue to read this series. I just finished Lothaire and when I compare a series like IAD to the ones that Feehan has recently written, well Feehan draws the short end of the stick. With IAD the plot, characters, relationship development, attitudes- they are all fresh. And different from book to book. I just haven’t found that to be the case with most of Feehan’s books. That is not to say they are bad. They are just all the same.

      Have you had a chance to read The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie? The hero is autistic and the book was so well written.

  4. says

    Yes, I am a big fan of Jennifer Ashley’s work, no matter the penname she uses. And don’t worry, I will read Spirit Bound soon, and have no doubt about enjoying it :)

  5. says

    Nice review, Jen. I used to inhale Feehan years ago, despite constantly bitching about the power imbalance between the h/h and the claustrophobic feel to the relationship. She was like crack to me early in my PNR days. But I finally had to give her up.

    • says

      Can you tell me how you did it? I do not seem to have that ability. It is both Feehan and LL. I need to quit them.

      Power imbalance and claustrophobic. Excellent descriptions.

      • says

        LL still has her hooks in me. :) But I still find the plot interesting, so I’m not ready to give it up.

        I eventually became dissatisfied with the plotting and realized that all that was left to entertain me was a relationship setup that makes me scream. Why keep torturing myself? Of course, I only left once I got more familiar with the PNR pool and realized that their were other great stories available that fit my taste more. I finally gave all her books away and felt like a weight was lifted. It used to be hard for me to give up a series once I was invested, even if it went down the tubes, so that was a big step for me.

        • says

          Exactly what I was saying aurian above. Having just read Lothaire and then this one? No comparison. Lothaire was fresh and fun, this one? Not so much. It was just the same as always.

  6. says

    Sigh this is my problem with trying to get away from YA and get back into Adult Romances. Everything is part of some long winded series that I don’t have time to be engrossed for 8-25 books in order to be up to date on what is going on.

    Thanks for the great review though but I don’t think this one will be for me.

    • Jen says

      This is only the second book in this series. However I would.not recommend starting it. It would be my least favorite series by her.

      If you are looking into paranormal, Thea Harrison started a new series in 2011 called Elder Races. There are only three full length novels at this time and the first one, Dragon Bound, is pretty awesome.

      • says

        I have already heard about Dragon Bound from several people. Trust me it is at the top of my adult romance wish list.

        Thanks for the recommendation though. :)