Review: DRAGON BOUND by Thea Harrison

Review: DRAGON BOUND by Thea Harrison

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.
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Release Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genre: Paranormal Romance
336 Pages

Single Title/Series: DRAGON BOUND is book one in the Elder Races Series.

Cover Thoughts: Love it! I particularly love the incorporated details that are specific to the plot like the hero's golden eyes. Very nicely done.

Origin: I purchased this book for my own reading pleasure.

My Review:

The Plot:

In general, most people who value their lives don't steal from a dragon as old as our Solar System but Pia Giovanni is not most people. Blackmailed by her scumbag ex-boyfriend and aided by powerful tracking magic, Pia locates the hoard of wyrkinds' feared leader, Dragos Cuelebre, and steals from him a mere penny that nevertheless ignites the wrath of the most powerful of all Elder Races. On the run from the now very angry Dragos, Pia doesn't get far before she's captured and enthralled by the most sensually dangerous creature on the planet.

As a being who can either command with his voice or apply the force of his might to grant his every wish, Dragos has found little inspiration over the last several revolving centuries. But when he catches the enigmatic scent of his thief, he becomes engulfed by emotions ranging from rage to desperation. With an overwhelming need to possess leading his charge, Dragos tracks his prey and finds the most beautiful of creatures that baffles his all encompassing knowledge of wyrkind. A half-breed, Pia's strange but scintillating scent calls to every one of his protection instincts along with the dominating urge to possess her with a reverberating mantra of mine. Managing to keep her true wyr identity a secret behind a network of powerfully strong protection spells, Dragos is intrigued by both her courage and her vulnerability. From the moment he touches his beautiful Pia, every one of his decisions hence forth revolves around her with a driving compulsion that she manages to both inflame and enrage.

Seized by an emotional turmoil where stark fear wages war with combustible desire, Pia constantly shifts between the instinct to fight or flee. Confused by Dragos and his gruff alien responses that are completely counter to his gentle handling, Pia hungers desperately for the tantalizing safety his strong arms promise while simultaneously repulsed by his overwhelming dominance. But Pia has little time to reconcile her feelings before both she and Dragos are captured by Goblins and the Dark Fae King who would love nothing more than to see Dragos killed. Plagued by inconvenient sexual thoughts where her luscious dragon is concerned, Pia unveils her guarded secrets when the all too often life or death situation arises. But nothing is more frightening than her burgeoning feelings for a dragon who by his own proclamation doesn't know what love is. Will Pia become a mere trinket in Dragos's hoard, something to be kept in a gilded cage, or does he have the emotional capacity to let her soar the vast skies along side him?

The Heroine:

Pia Giovanni has long known that her survival relies solely on her ability to maintain her complete anonymity. Taught since birth how to guard her true self, how to run and disappear, Pia has known nothing except a driving need for secrecy but loneliness can turn even the strongest weak. Unveiling some of her secrets to her ex-boyfriend, Pia is soon paying harshly for the love her misguided heart once felt for a man who's parting gift was betrayal. Now on the run for her life, Pia utilizes all the survival tricks in her arsenal but her skills are rusty after first being suppressed by loneliness and then lured into relaxation by love.

Incredibly strong amidst the most deadly and dire of situations, Pia's emotional crumbling manifests during moments when she's allowed to process the sheer enormity of the life altering changes that have taken place in a relatively small amount of time. Dragos is such an overwhelming presence that Pia is often left scrambling for purchase and trying to assimilate herself with the life her thievery has wrought her. Yet despite her fear and confusion, Pia finds herself gravitating instinctively towards Dragos's strong embrace and his genuine but often misguided approaches to comforting her offer a thrilling peace. While awakening within her a powerfully sensual woman, freedom is still relative for Pia as she continues to fight against her desire to entrust Dragos with all her secrets. She'll not be able to give her heart totally until all the boundaries have been tested and the dragon that demands her soul reciprocates with his own.

The Hero:

An ancient being who's amber eyes reflect the hefty burden of unimaginable time, Dragos Cuelebre is a surly enigma to a select few and a dangerous enemy to all others. Enraged to the killing edge by the first thief to ever succeed in stealing from his hoard, no one is more surprised than Dragos when he finds himself willingly captivated by the mysterious female half-breed wyr that his thief ultimately proves to be.

Faced with Pia's fear of being trapped, Dragos learns with no small amount of mistakes, how to protect Pia without smothering her. This is a new found concept for a dragon who hoards his treasures with the constricting might of his powerful grip. And while Pia is slow to reveal her secrets, Dragos will never stop fighting to win her heart or her trust for there is one thing Dragos is certain of, Pia Giovanni is his to keep and keep her he shall.

My Final Thoughts:

Undoutedly catapulting its heretofore unknown author into the superstar strasophere, DRAGON BOUND is stunningly bold, sharply witty and a blazing hot action packed thrill ride that never forgets its central core of romance. Ultra alpha and ultra hot, Dragos is every bit the hero that romance readers are clamoring to get their grips on. Paired with a fiesty and intelligent heroine, Harrison treats readers with the fully three dimensional characters we deserve.

DRAGON BOUND, dear readers, is why we profess our love for paranormal romance. Enjoy!

5 Stars

The Series:

STORM'S HEAT - Releases August 2, 2011
SERPENT'S KISS - Releases October 4, 2011


Patti (Book Addict) said...

I loved this book too! Loved the sexy, loved the funny ;)

Can't wait for Storm's Heat - the excerpts up on her blog aren't enough!!

Blodeuedd said...

I am glad you loved it :D I am so the only one that felt nothing

Becky said...

This sounds like a book that I would enjoy reading. I will have to find it so I can get it to read. Thanks for sharing this review of this book with us.

Amy Lichtenhan said...

Amazing review...definitely adding this to my TBR pile!

Ing said...

Another wonderful review, girl! I haven't read this book yet but it's one that I plan to eventually. I've heard nothing but good things about this book.

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