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Friday, August 15, 2008

Turbulent Sea

Turbulent Sea by Christine Feehan
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: Contemporary; Action/Adventure; Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

The star: Joley Drake was born with a legacy of unexpected magical gifts, but it was the gift of singing that made her an overnight sensation—a rock and roll goddess trapped by fame, fortune, and ambition. Heated by the flush of success, Joley could have any man she wanted. But there’s only man who can give her what she really needs.

The bodyguard: Ilya Prakenskii, cool, inscrutable, dangerously sexy, and working in the shadow of his infamous reputation—that of a secret Russian hit man on the payroll of a notorious mobster. He’s the last man Joley should get close to, yet when her life is threatened on tour she has nowhere left to turn. But in the seductive safe keep of Ilya’s embrace, is Joley really as secure as she imagines?

Ever since I read Safe Harbor, I’ve had the itch to read about the next relationship which I was sure was going to be of Joley and Ilya Prakenskii. Especially Ilya – that man was dangled before us readers like a juicy worm on a hook and I took the bait…hook, line and sinker. I felt their story in Turbulent Sea was going to be filled with fireworks and passion and I was so very right!

Joley Drake is the singer in the family whose life of fame in the spotlight has had its rollercoaster ups and downs. When we enter this story, she’s on a downhill curve that would scare even the most intrepid of roller-coaster lovers. Joley is a contradiction; she wants what she doesn’t want. She wants it but fights it and in this case, the thing, the person she covets the most and fears the most is the same, Ilya Prakenskii. I think a guy like him would throw me for a loop too. Joley’s life is crazy, glamorous and frenetic so he’d have to be a powerful influence to make a dent, an impact in it. Don’t you love it when a powerful man’s control goes haywire because of a woman? Get ready for a treat when Joley figures out that the power works both ways.

The one thing that rings true is how groupies or avid fans of rock stars can act and what they’re willing to do for and with their favorite musical hottie. Sort of scary and disgusting actually and Ms. Feehan touches on that a bit -- gave the story a tone, that gritty and believable touch. It wove into the plot with effortless ease and provided important drama and push to the conflict.

I still enjoy the powerful love and support that Joley receives and gives to her sisters but I didn’t get the feeling that they were as potent a force as in recent books. The Drake sisters have some wonderful support for when the going gets rough. However, in Turbulent Sea, Ilya provides all the drama, intensity and dominate protection for any romance reader to swoon over that maybe the sisters’ influence wasn’t as necessary.

Ilya is a man’s man and woman’s secret desire. All the men in the Drake Sisters series have been alpha but for me, Ilya is number one. He has secrets, he has power, and he has dominating tendencies that will both irritate a woman and yet have her breathing heavy with anticipation. Ms. Feehan wrote his character with perfect balance. And that thing he does with her palm? How sexy is that? Yum!

Just as you might expect, Turbulent Sea has vile villains, gun fights worthy of The Terminator, action, suspense and a resounding Happily Ever After. The HEA left a goofy grin on my face because of certain revelations about Ilya and Joley’s future. I never even considered the hints that had been dropped throughout the book but if you’re careful, you might catch what I missed.

If you have been following this series, you are in for a treat. If you’ve never read any of the Drake Sisters series, I think this book can stand alone and provide you with one hundred percent enjoyment. Oh, and check out the picture of Ilya on the inside cover. When I imagine him holding ME in his protective embrace like when he rushes Joley through a stressful scene, it leaves me breathless.

Once again, Ms. Feehan has written a book that is staying on my keeper shelf.