Title: Dragon Bound
Author: Thea Harrison
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Elder Races (Book 1)
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Format: Paperback, 312 Pages
ISBN-10: 0425241505 (Berkley)
ISBN-13: 9780425241509 (Berkley)
Reviewed by: Rachael
A Fiery Temper is Not Easily Extinguished
Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful–and passionate—of the Elder Races.
As the most feared and respected of the wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they’ve ignited in one another.
Quick & Dirty: A steamy new paranormal romance that will keep you strapped to your seat as you enter a new world filled with fantasy and magic.
Opening Sentence: Pia was blackmailed into committing a crime more suicidal than she could possibly have imagined, and she had no one to blame but herself.
To start off, let me be honest, I love Dragons. I bought Dragon Bound because 1) it had Dragon shifters and 2) J. R. Ward had a blurb on the cover, but it was Thea Harrison’s writing that kept me glued to my chair turning pages all night long with her extensive world building and dynamic characters. It has been a while since a book grabbed me from the start and kept me reading start to finish, but Dragon Bound managed to keep me intrigued and left me wanting more when it was over.
Dragon Bound starts with the heroine, Pia, being blackmailed into stealing from a dragon’s hoard. Pia is half human and half wyr and she has lived her entire life hiding what kind of wyr she is and her abilities from others. Her mother taught her to keep a low profile and to never trust anyone with her secret. She has several contingency plans in place to run if need be. After using her unique abilities to steal to from Dragos she goes on the run and all hell breaks lose. I liked Pia and her personality. She did not take Dragos’ arrogant attitude and abrasive behavior sitting down and made him strive to be a better man. I had fun trying to figure out what kind of a wyr animal she was throughout the book and as it turns out I guessed right.
Dragos Cuelebre is a very old dragon; he is described as being born with the solar system. Dragos is the iron-fisted leader of the Wyr Demesne, the ultimate predator ruling other predators. He is an extremely possessive creature and is very much used to getting his way without regard to others feelings. He sets out to catch the criminal that stole from him and instead gets caught himself by Pia. He finds himself feeling things and doing things that he never saw coming. He becomes protective and caring and finally realizes that he has found his mate.
The passion and heat between Pia and Dragos is explosive. Harrison writes several very steamy sex scenes between them. The progression to a couple takes some time because of Pia’s mistrust and wariness. At one point in the book when she tries to run again I am literally screaming “no don’t run just talk to him about it!” Dragos surprised me throughout the book because he tries his best to gain Pia’s trust and change his ways to make her happy, even though you would assume he would just demand things happen his way. I was pleased with the way things ended and can’t wait to see more of them in future books.
Harrison also delivers the goods with her supporting cast of secondary characters in Dragon Bound. I was amazed at the various beings that inhabit the world that she created. Rune, a gryphon that is Dragos’ First in his court; Tricks, the faery, who handles the PR for Dragos’ firm; and my personal favorite, Graydon, another gryphon in Dragos’ court. There is also a Thunderbird and a Harpy among the many other mythical beings in this unique fantasy world that stands side by side in the open with the human one.
Dragon Bound is a great addition to the paranormal romance genre and a great start for Harrison as she blasts onto the scene with The Elder Races series. Harrison delivers with a new, complex world filled with magic and her own unique paranormal beings along with a compelling storyline.
The hypnotic voice ordered, “You will come inside now.”
All of a sudden that was the only thing Pia wanted to do. She went to the curtains and gathered them up in one hand as she looked inside onto a huge shadowed bedroom. She caught an impression of a fireplace and large sturdy furniture sprinkled throughout the room.
A male reclined on pale covers on an enormous dark framed bed. He had a massive physique, thick muscles bulging over long limbs, the bare skin of his dark torso dark against pale linen. The fall of hair onto his strong forehead was darker still. A sensual mouth quirked in a cynical smile. Only his eyes gleamed against the darkness with a faint, calculating, witchy glow…
Power like champagne filled the room until she felt like she was swimming in it. She had never been in the presence of so much magic before. It pressed against her skin, exhilarating and terrifying, addicting. It turned the fire the voice had ignited in her into liquid desire. An animal sound came out of her…
The Elder Races Series:
1. Dragon Bound
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