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. Hes 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?
Turbulent Sea receives glowing reviews all over the place, and I guess readers are seeing the surface with the dark and dangerous and obsessive hero (appealing traits for plenty of readers), and don’t see what this dark, dangerous, obsessive man actually DOES to his heroine.
The whole thing about ‘reviewing the book, not the author’ doesn’t work for Christine Feehan. She is from a family of fourteen and has eleven children of her own, which means her obsession with having babies bleeds into all of her books.
I’m going to safely assume that I’m in the majority, and that most women DO NOT find anything appealing or romantic about THAT MANY children, and especially not about having no choice in it. And nor does our heroine.
Dot points you should know:
- Our heroine is one of seven magical sisters. There are seven sisters in every generation, and the youngest has no choice – birth control doesn’t work – but to be impregnated over and over to make the next generation of seven sisters.
- Our hero is the youngest of seven magical brothers. His “mate” or whatever you wish to call her has no choice – birth control doesn’t work – but to be impregnated over and over to make the next generation of seven brothers.
- Our hero has already put his mark on our heroine without her permission. They’re permanently linked.
- At the fifty percent mark in the book, hero and heroine have sex, and he looks very smug about something, hand resting on her stomach. She tells him not to worry because she’s on birth control. He finds that amusing, but doesn’t explain why.
- Throughout the rest of the book, the hero makes lots and lots of vague comments about marriage and lots of sons, but she doesn’t know he is from an identical family to hers.
- She is quite adamant she has her big music career (she’s an international star) and has no interest in marriage or children.
- Too late though, because he’s already impregnated her against her will, and without even coming clean after the event.
Near the very end of the book, the other sisters figure out what’s going on and question the hero:
Ilya bent and brushed a kiss on top of her head. I told you not to rely so much on your birth control.
‘You’re not funny. I’m not having children, let alone seven of them. Sheesh. Everyone can just quit looking at us that way.’
It’s all presented as a silly little misunderstanding that that silly woman will get over soon. Then she can just happily settle into her life as a broodmare.
Look. On the surface this book has appeal.
But ask yourself. What kind of crazy lady would let herself be violated in so many ways and then go running back for more?