Title: Dragon Bound
Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races, book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
“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.”
Dragon Bound is the first book in the new series Elder Races by Thea Harrison.
Pia Giovanni a half-breed wyr, has lived all her life by the rules imposed by her mother, rules she set to protect her. But after her mother’s dead and the pass of the years, Pia feels very lonely and trusts the wrong person, her boyfriend at the time, Keith. Pia realizes her mistake but it’s too late. Keith is a gambler with many debts and now he has some leverage over her. Keith blackmails Pia with the secret information he has on her, forcing her to steal from the hoard of the most powerful being in the planet, Dragos Culebre. Keith never stipulates to her what to steal, just to get something from Dragos’ horde for him to give to his “associates”. When Pia enters the horde she takes a Penny from a jar she found in there. Pia knows this is the end for her; nobody does something like this to Dragos and lives to tell the tale.
After giving Keith the penny, Pia does the only thing left for her to do, to try to hide, running away from New York City.
Dragos has lived since the creation of the universe. He is a wyr, more specifically a dragon shape shifter. If this is not enough he belongs to the most powerful of the Elders Races.
When Dragos discovers somebody had the nerve to steal from him, he is livid and cannot believe it happened; in all his existence nobody has ever succeed in taking anything from him. And when he realizes the one who did it was a woman, he makes her capture his mission. He founds her easily thanks to a note she left him in his horde, the note is written in the back of a receipt from a 7-11.
“I’m sorry“, the message said.
The theft was a violation of privacy. It was an unbelievable act of impudence and disrespect. Not only that, it was—baffling. He was murderous, incandescent with fury. He was older than sin and could not remember when he had last been in such a rage.
He looked at the paper again.
“I’m sorry I had to take your penny. Here’s another to replace it.”
Yep, that’s what it said.
One corner of his mouth twitched. He gave himself a deep shock when he burst into an explosive guffaw
Dragos wants to render Pia to pieces but when he finally gets to her, his anger melts away with just her mere presence. This young woman intrigues him deeply and he wants to discover what is about her that attracts him so much. Dragos also realizes Pia was just a pawn who was force to do it. Furthermore he learns there is a bigger player behind all this. Now his only focus is to get to this player and destroy him. But things are a little bit more complicated for Dragos, he feels he needs to protect Pia and this presents a distraction for him.
Where to start with the praises for this book… yes, I said praises, because there isn’t anything negative about it… ok, let’s try to start with the characters.
Pia Giovanni is a heroine you start to love since the first page of the book, she wants to feel loved and she wants to feel she belongs somewhere; all her life she has hidden her truth making her feel inappropriate. This doesn’t take anything off from her, she is still a kick ass heroine with a feminine style. She is strong and direct. She stands for herself and doesn’t back down. She is also kind of a mystery during a big part of the book and after her “revelation” she ends up been a beautiful and an unexpected surprise. She is an environmentalist and sometimes thinks more about others than herself. Plus she has a great sense of humor. So what’s really not to like about her.
“So, is that your long, scaly, reptilian tail, or are you just happy to see me?”
Now about Dragos, mmm, yummy, mmm, dreamy, mmm, Dragos. Ok, let’s try to be more specific, when the term Alpha male was created who ever created it had Dragos in mind as an example of the perfect Alpha male, and it may be possible, Dragos exists since the creation of the universe.
Dragos is also a protector, he is sexy as hell, he is also interesting in a very arrogant and dark way. He has lived since ever and sometimes technology or modern living are a challenge for him, making him more “human”.
“Thief or not, she is mine and I’m keeping her. If a single hair on that young woman’s head is harmed, you four bastards better be slaughtered and in pieces when I find you.”
Pia and Dragos relationship happens really fast but it was completely believable. Pia is afraid to love and Dragos doesn’t know what love is, both are coming a long way and are willing to yield when necessary to get to where they need to get. Their conversations are fluid and humorous, with plenty of sarcasms and bantering to keep you entertain from beginning to end. Their attraction sizzle the pages and their “sexy time” will leave you wanting to be one of them (Pia in my case).
“You are never to do that again,” he said between his teeth. “Do you understand?”
“Dragos,” she said, speaking with care because he was still so upset. “You’ve got to stop giving me orders.”
No matter how gently she said it, it was still like a spark to dry tinder.
“Fuck you,” he snapped. He thrust his face down to hers, eyes flaring to lava and features hardening. “You’re mine. And you. Can’t. Leave.”
“Whoa, there. I don’t know what to say to you. You’re like some stalker guy on steroids.” She threw back her hands and rolled her eyes. “You are aware, aren’t you, that you can’t have slaves any longer. You know, abolition. Big war. Happened a hundred and forty, forty-five years ago.”
“Human history, human terms,” he snarled. “They mean nothing to me.”
The supporting characters are wonderful with great personalities and qualities. I love Dragos’ friends especially Rune, Graydon and Tricks. Rune is always there for Dragos, he is his first in command and best friend. I loved Graydon, I loved that he was there for Pia when she nedded a friend the most. And Tricks, she was refreshing and funny, I loved the scene in which she had lunch with Pia, it was hilarious!
The world building in Dragon Bound is superb, with many different variables (Fae, elves, wyr, different realms, etc) that intercept perfectly making it beautiful and realistic.
Mrs. Harrison writing is spotless and entangling. Dragon Bound has action, romance, and everything you will expect a great paranormal book to have.
Dragon Bound is a fantastic book, it has become one of my all time favorite paranormal books. I really cannot recommend it enough. Please listen to me and go and get your own copy NOW. You can thank me later.
The next installment in this series, Storm Heart will be Tricks and Tiago’s book. It will be release in August 2011 and I can’t wait to get my greedy hands on it.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
Other books in the series
Storm’s Heart (8/2/2011)
Serpent’s Kiss (10/4/2011)
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