Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Elder Races, #1) [A+]
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Finished Reading: 6/14/2011
In six words: Breathtaking journey of romance and dragons.
Book Order: 1) Dragon Bound [A+], 2) Storm’s Heart (August 2011), 3) Serpent’s Kiss (October 2011), 4) Oracle’s Moon (2012)
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.
Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts
I first learned of this book when I read Christi’s review. It nearly instantly went on my wishlist. I let it stay there until both Tara and Felicia had picked up the book. When I could not resist any longer, I bought the book for myself, and downloaded it to my Kindle. I am not quite sure what I expected from Dragon Bound, but it far surpassed my expectations and burrowed its way into my heart, giving it the honor of being one of my favorite reads this year.
A More In-Depth Look
When I first fell in love with romance novels, I was a die-hard fan of Linda Howard and Elizabeth Lowell because they wrote love stories that were both heart- and gut-wrenching. Thea Harrison has managed to remind me why I love to read romance novels. In many ways, this is the book that I have been dying to read for months; the kind of book that makes your heart clench and soar right along with its characters.
Dragos was a fascinating character from the beginning. Though a dragon, he can assume the appearance of a human. But he lacks the kind of complexities that weigh humans down and keep them from experiencing life in its truest form. He is narrow-minded and focused on getting what he wants (Pia). In a genre where instant attraction can go awry so easily, Thea Harrison had a way of making the romance between Dragos and Pia seems as if it had to happen; their love was as natural as it was necessary. You put a male lead who is terrifying and seemingly unlovable in his ruthlessness and desire to be alone along with a heroine that is headstrong and insecure, yet still able to stand up for what she thinks is right, and you’ve got me swooning.
There is so much emotional tension between Dragos and Pia. Every book that I have read lately falls flat in their ability to tap into the roller-coaster of emotions that I look for in a book. Pia is distrustful, and rightfully so. Dragos is determined, but confused by his feelings. The ensuing conflict that this creates makes the story so much more believable — and amazing. They fought others, they fought with each other, and they fought their inner selves. And yet, we all — reader and character, alike — yearned for a resolution.
There was never a dull moment in Dragon Bound. Even has I noted how much had happened in such a short time, I hoped that the story would go on forever. I was disappointed when it was over, because I had been irrevocably drawn to Dragos and Pia, and couldn’t stand an end to their love story. I felt compelled to read at the risk of shucking my responsibilities as a teacher — my students probably wouldn’t have minded not having a quiz, but it was with much difficulty that I pulled myself away from this story to do anything remotely productive. Dragon Bound rates among some of the best books I have read this year, right along side books such as the Night Huntress series.
“He was like nothing she had ever experienced, a tsunami crashing over her head and destroying her old identity, reshaping her life.”
“Don’t deflect,” he said. “Tell me why.”
“What if I don’t want to,” she snapped.
“Tough,” he told her. He took hold of her shoulders and drew her into his arms. “You have to tell me so I can learn not to do whatever it is I did.” — if only all our men were this willing to change.
His expression had eased as she talked. He kissed the palm of her hand. “It means, you stupid woman, that I am learning too. Now you listen to me. I never stop thinking about you. You’re with me everywhere I go but I miss you when we’re apart. I’ve already shown that I will kill for you. I would also die for you. You make me laugh. You make me happy. You’re my miracle and my home. If you as much as twitch, I get a hardon. I will always come for you, always want you, and always need you. We clear?” — Dragos to Pia
You Might Enjoy This Book If…
Lovers of all things paranormal romance will probably like this book.