Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races Book 1
Publisher: Berkley Books
Date Released: May 3, 2011
Format Reviewed: Paper ARC
Source: ARC loaned to me by bookseller
Length: Novel (336 pages in paperback / 509 KB in Kindle format)
Genre: Fiction, Romance, 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. (from Amazon.com)
Pia Giovanni is a Wyr half-breed who has been hidden and taught to hide all her life but it’s a lonely way to live and the one time she dropped her guard, her now ex-boyfriend blackmails her into conducting the ultimate theft — stealing from a dragon’s hoard. Not just any dragon, either, this hoard belongs to Dragos Cuelebre, an ancient dragon shifter who is one of the most powerful of the Elder Races. When Dragos discovers the theft and sets out to get the thief at all costs but can’t make himself kill Pia. Instead he’s fascinated by her and driven to figure out just what she is after she begins to reveal small parts of her hidden and mysterious nature to him.
Trouble is, Pia doesn’t even know what she is and considers herself to have a single, useless party trick and that’s it. She does know she’s a Wyr, a shapeshifter, but has never been able to change shape. But there’s a lot more to her than it appears – enough to snare an ancient, stubborn, iron-fisted and dictatorial dragon as they work to uncover the reason Pia’s now dead ex-boyfriend blackmailed her and just what happen to the item stolen from Dragos’ hoard.
I have to say, I really loved this book. Pia is a strong heroine and can’t seem to stop herself from standing up to the overpowering Dragos. She may be destined to end her life speared by his talon but she’ll be damned if he gets away with being rude to her. She’s irreverent but polite at the same time and really cracked me up with some of the things that came out of her mouth.
Dragos is almost caveman (cave dragon?) in how he tries to order Pia around and have things done and arranged to just his liking. He may be rich and the owner of a mega-corporation as well as leader of the Wyr demesne but he’s not charming or suave at all. He’s more than a bit of a brute but Pia brings out feelings and emotions in him he’s never experienced before.
The world of the Elder Races is a compelling one with a myriad of races and a great mix with modern society. The romance in Dragon Bound includes both hot sex and lots of emotion. I loved the balance between the paranormal and the romance. Dragon Bound is rich in description and cast but without leaving me confused or overwhelmed. The final revelation of what Pia actually is was well-handled when it could easily have become trite.
My favorite thing, though, is Ms. Harrison’s voice. I was so caught up in Dragon Bound that I was reading sections aloud to my (long-suffering) partner. I laughed out loud quite a few times and I think yelled once or twice at the characters. If scrutinized in the cold light of day, the plot is a tad Mary Sue-ish but Ms. Harrison’s voice completely made me forget about that. I was heavily immersed and very sorry to have the story end. I’ve put this series on my auto-buy list now and can’t wait for the next one.