Turbulent Sea by Christine Feehan
Series: Drake Sisters #6,
Also in this series: Hidden Currents, Magic in the Wind, The Twilight Before Christmas, Oceans of Fire, Dangerous Tides, Safe Harbor, Turbulent Sea, Hidden Currents
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: July 29th 2008
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An All-New Drake Sisters Novel
Bewitching rock superstar Joley Drake can have any lover she wants. But when her life is threatened, her dangerously sexy bodyguard is the only man she needs. There’s just one problem: his shadowy reputation as a secret Russian hit man may put Joley in even greater peril…
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Turbulent Sea is book 6 in Christine Feehan‘s Drake Sisters series. I gave up on reading her Dark series and never really got into her Ghostwalker series, but I absolutely adore this series. There’s something very compelling about the Drake sisters. This is by far my favorite entry to date. The problem is, I don’t really know why.
I admit the main reason I wanted to read this novel was because of Ilya. We first met him in Oceans of Fire (book 3) and he immediately intrigued me. He was so powerful and mysterious. While I think part of my curiosity was satisfied, I feel like there was a lot of information about him that wasn’t imparted. Still, what I did learn was enough to make him my favorite character from this series so far.
I was on the fence about Joley going into this, because I knew from previous books that she had a tendency to act before she thought, which meant she acted TSTL on occasion. I’m happy to report, however, that she was an excellent character. She really annoyed me in the beginning of the novel, because though she talked a big game, she didn’t seem to follow through with anything. She kept getting distracted by Ilya, or the band or whatever. But after the first few chapters she seemed to get her head on straight and start dealing with things.
The Good: Joley and Ilya together. They had excellent chemistry and really bonded with each other. Ilya wanted to take care of Joley, but he also respected her and wanted her to be strong and independent. Although Joley is scared of a relationship and resists Ilya in the beginning, her reasons for doing so made a lot of sense. She never took it too far and though she was scared, she still moved forward.
The intimacy between them was written beautifully and I truly felt their connection to each other. I absolutely adored their interactions with each other. And yeah, Ilya made me all melty, what of it?
The band was great, too, and seeing how they interacted with each other was wonderful. I liked them all (for the most part) and the dramas that happened between them only enhanced the story. I actually laughed out loud during a couple scenes with them.
The Bad: The plot. Joley sees a couple members of her band with what she thinks might be underage girls and demands they be fired if they knew they were underage. Then she gets distracted by Ilya and some band drama and doesn’t follow through for awhile (see above), but eventually she and Ilya figure out things are not what they seem and they’re battling Ilya’s employer and her lead guitarists psycho ex-girlfriend. It wasn’t hard for me to figure out what was going on and who the villains were (and what their motivations were), but it wasn’t badly done. I think the overall plot could have been cleaned up some, but it wasn’t horrible.
The Ugly: I don’t feel like we were given much more about Ilya’s past than we’d already been given in previous novels. I expected to learn everything about his past and really were only saw glimpses. I feel like I was kind of robbed by that. I even feel like I shouldn’t have liked this book as much as I did..but the relationship was so well written I couldn’t help it.
Overall the relationship rocked, the storyline was alright and the back story really lacked. I’d highly recommend it for the relationship, and because it’s part of the series.
4.0 out of 5