Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #1
Genres: PNR, 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 each other.
Pia knows she must repay Dragos for her trespass, but refuses to become his slave—although she cannot deny wanting him, body and soul.
Pia is a young half-wyr (were) who had been trained by her deceased mother to always stay aloof from others and to run and hide. Due to a combination of loneliness and slacking off on her mother’s teachings, Pia made the mistake of telling an ex-boyfriend of some of her abilities – that no door is locked to her. The ex-boyfriend later blackmailed her into stealing something from Dragos Cuelebre – the only known dragon in the world as well as the richest, most powerful and ruthless businessman and wyr alive. Dragos immediately goes on a search for his thief, not knowing that she would turn his life upside down.
What can I say? I love a good romance with a strong, dangerous hero. In Dragon Bound, Thea Harrison really delivered! I don’t give a lot of 5 star ratings but this book deserves it.
I loved the dynamics of Pia and Dragos’ relationship. Pia has a great sense of humor and she stands up for herself – she is *gasp* not TSTL! I love it! She doesn’t take Dragos’ aggressively over-protective male instincts lying down. She makes sure that her voice is heard. I also loved the fact that Pia’s mother required her to learn to take care of herself; she’s no damsel in distress looking for someone to come save her. I also loved Dragos’ aggressively over-protective male instincts (well, I did say I loved a strong dangerous hero, right?). Dragos knew the moment he met her that he was going to keep her and that was that. Dragos also had a caring side that he wasn’t too familiar with but he was willing to learn to deal with in order to keep Pia happy. While Pia is a very accessible character from the beginning of the novel, Dragos’ character starts off as rather aloof and over-bearing. He stays overbearing throughout the novel but the reader can clearly see him try (and as every woman knows, trying is the most important part) to become someone more gracious and loving.
The action in this book – which is all started by Pia stealing from Dragos – is quick and exciting. The reader gets a lot of experiences piled one on top of the other but it’s clear that the frenzy of activity was a chain of events started by Pia herself. The movement felt good and at no time did I feel the urge to stop and roll my eyes. There are a few twists and turns in the book but they never felt like deus ex machine.
It’s really hard to sum up how much I loved this book. I’m obviously gushing because I used the word “love” six times, lol! It is, hands down, one of the best PNRs I’ve read in years!
Note: I received an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book free through the Goodreads First Reads program.