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Elder Races #1

Dragon Bound

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Goodreads Choice Award
Nominee for Best Romance (2011)
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.

312 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published May 1, 2011

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Thea Harrison

89 books5,264 followers
I write paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and other stuff. I taught myself to read when I was four. That was around the time I tried to ride my tricycle to work. I wasn't sure where work was, but I knew it had to be interesting if people went there every day. Now I combine my love of books with work, and I don't have to ride my tricycle to get there. My Elder Races series began May, 2011. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook!

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1,537 reviews33.9k followers
September 14, 2011
4.5 stars Oooo, smut smut smut smut smut. :D Is it terribly shallow to admit that I snapped up this book because I heard there was hot *whispers* dragon sex in it? I rarely read paranormal romances these days, but all of the reviews I saw for this book were raves, so I was wild with curiosity. Besides, I have a serious weakness for shapeshifters, which has sometimes led to disastrous reads and sometimes led to really fun ones. I'm happy to report that in this case, the book more than lives up to the hype.

The story is actually really good, and so well-plotted that in some ways, I'd say this is a lot closer to urban fantasy than your typical PNR; there's as much focus on the story as there is on the relationship. Pia, the central character, is very strong and principled. When we first meet her, she's just been coerced into stealing from a powerful dragon lord. Being a clever woman, she's stolen only a single penny, and she even left a note of apology in its place. Dragos doesn't care, however, and comes after her with all the force of his formidable powers and bristling with outrage and fury. Things begin to get interesting when they realize that Pia's coercion is actually part of a bigger political game between the Fae and the Elder Races...and when they discover their unwilling attraction to one another.

And boy oh boy, is this relationship HOT. Dragos is a very, um, masculine guy and he's overwhelmingly attracted to Pia. The rumors of crazy dragon sex in this book were not exaggerated, but what I also love is that the relationship between them is portrayed with a great deal of respect and tenderness. They're strong as individuals, but they're so great together that you really want them to overcome all their obstacles and get their happily ever after. The secondary characters are also great, and the set-up for the next book Storm's Heart is skillfully woven into the plot.

Aside from a small bit of info-dumping in the beginning, this is an exceptionally well-written novel for the genre, and filled with humorous situations and hilarious one-liners. Several of my friends have pulled this out as a favorite quote, and I have to share it as well, because it just makes me giggle:

“So is that your long, scaly reptilian tail or are you just happy to see me?”

Tee hee hee. How can you not laugh? This is a book that isn't afraid to poke fun at itself, which is a nice change from all the paranormal books that take their own mythology so seriously. Speaking of which, I also enjoyed the reveal of Pia's mysterious past and her...powers. It was a fun surprise and perfectly done.

If you're inclined to read this sort of book, I can't recommend this enough--it's truly the best PNR book I've ever read. Every element that you could consider--the story, the magic, the characters, the romance, the sex, the writing--is absolutely terrific. You really couldn't ask for a more entertaining read.
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1,461 reviews1,081 followers
August 8, 2017
Why did it take me so long to discover this series????

Dragon Bound is the 1st book in Thea Harrison's Elder Races Series. The world that she's created is unique, fun and so cool. A world where shape-shifters, vampires, dragons and humans all trying to live together.

I loved this book. It had everything I want in a story. An unique and fresh plot, romance, tension, action, unforgettable characters, exotic settings and great dialogue.

Dragos & Pia are my new favorite fiction couple. I adored them being together. Their chemistry is filled with hot sparks and sexual tension.....wow, off the charts!!! Their interaction was really fabulous.....the banter....I just loved their dialogue together..
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Dragos Cuelebre
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This is an incredibly dominant alpha male....and a gorgeous dragon too!!! He's sexy, possessive and totally dangerous!!!!
“I am cursed with a terminal case of curiosity," he said. "I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive. I have a terrible temper, and I know I can be a cruel son of a bitch."
Pia Giovanni
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Half Wyr, half human, but her animal form is a secret she keeps very well hidden. A totally fabulous heroine.....sexy, strong, funny, brave and not a doormat!!! Not afraid to stand up to Dragos......

I enjoyed the way their relationship developed through the story.

There are so many incredible characters that are introduced and I can't wait to read their stories.

Dragon Bound was absolutely fabulous and I am looking forward to reading the entire series.
May 22, 2020
Reread on Audible done in May 2020:

I was inspired to do a reread since I finished Serpent's Kiss and absolutely loved it. This book was as fantastic as I remembered it to be. It's strange to look back at a book nine years later. Some things struck me different, but I still really love this book. This time around, Dragos didn't seem as edgy as he did the first time. I guess it's because the edgy hero is fully in vogue now. I love Pia's sass and her tendency to talk to herself. The world-building is really excellent, and I can see why it was such a firm foundation for such a long series. I have rekindled my paranormal romance love and I'm off and running.

Thoughts on the Audible version (free with Audible Escape): I enjoyed Sophie Eastlake's narration immensely. She is very good at voicing the various characters down to their specific timbre and cadence. I loved how she voiced Dragos (he definitely seems like an ancient, bossy, grumpy, sexy dragon). I would recommend checking it out.

Dragon Bound was an awesome book. I loved just about everything about it. I'm not even going to pretend that my favorite element wasn't Dragos, 'cause it was! I have an unnatural attraction to possessive, jealous, stalkerific heroes who are scary as heck, and Dragos is going on my list of favorite heroes of this type. I liked that although Pia started out as a thief who dared to steal from him, she became his own personal hoard. He acted like a dragon of old, used to having his way in all things. Even though he came on kind of strong, it was clear that he wouldn't do anything to hurt Pia. He cared enough to make sure that Pia was happy! He brushed her hair all the time! He was actually a softie underneath all that hard scaly dragon armor! Ms. Harrison knows how to write this kind of hero very well!

Dragos is like a Harlequin Presents hero done well (with an intensity times one hundred). He is unbelievably wealthy, prominent and gorgeous. He is also immensely powerful. And he was done so well, there was never that incredulity factor where I have this sarcastic cheerleader moment in my head: "Yay, he is so awesome!" (rolls eyes). Dragos truly was awesome! Sick girl that I was, I liked that even though Pia found him hot and fell in love with him, she could still see he was a scary guy. Who doesn't like a guy who would give you the world, but he could also slaughter a whole army of enemies for you? Who's so jealous, he doesn't even like his crew touching you? (PSA awareness moment: Not okay in real life, but I like it in books. So shoot me!)

I thought the world-building was really good. I loved the fact that this book has a strong fantasy element, equal to the romance. It wasn't just a backdrop for paranormal loving (which was verra nice, mind you). There was a lot of thought put into creating this world in which humans live alongside Wyr (shapeshifters) and Faerie folk of all kinds, and old magic is alive and well in this world, and into the adjacent magic realms. It seemed eminently plausible that one of the most powerful economic figures could be an ancient dragon. Don't I wish?

Dragos is an awesome hero, and Pia is an equally awesome heroine. She is gutsy, intelligent, funny, and sweet. She never gave me the urge to ignore her and focus on the hero because I didn't like her. I loved her a lot. I could see myself having similar reactions to the strange circumstances she faces. I loved how utterly fearless (although inwardly quaking) she was when faced with the very scary Dragos, and especially at the end when she finds herself in a very rough situation. I loved her self-deprecating, humorous way of looking at the world, very down to earth and resourceful. I loved her secret heritage, and how Dragos cherished that part of her, and all parts of her. I felt tears brimming when she discovers what she truly is. (You have to understand that I was the little girl who was in love with Pegasus, Unicorns, and all mythical creatures. It was a sweet moment for this little girl who has never truly grown up inside).

I loved Dragos' crew, especially Graydon (who reminded me of Butch from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward), and Tricks (a very hip elf who works as Dragos' PR rep and happens to be the true heir to Throne of the Dark Fae). How cool was it that his sentinels consisted of four gryphons and a tough female Harpy (she reminded me of my girl Xhex from the Black Dagger books). It was funny how Dragos came to life when Pia came around, and seeing how his crew reacted to the new Dragos.

I don't think my review can really add anything because there are some great reviews out there of this book. I really did love everything about it. It was just hip enough (but not annoyingly so), the story and the fantasy elements were fantastic, there were many laugh out loud moments (this book was really funny), and some poignant moments. I loved the relationship between Pia and Dragos, and how they had to work at some things, but they weren't going to give up on being together.

I know I want to hug this book tight to my book-loving heart. I will put this out on my favorites shelf for a frequent reread. I can't wait to see what Ms. Harrison does in the next Elder Races books. She has a fan in me!

My friends who said I would love this were right. High five!
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3,492 reviews4,555 followers
August 20, 2014
5+ stars – Paranormal Romance

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! This time the author endorsements and reader hype are more than justified! I haven’t been this blown away by a paranormal romance debut or as energized and jazzed about a new PNR series in a long time. Not since diving into the addictive worlds of J.R. Ward’s bold, unbeatable Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lara Adrian’s mesmerizing Midnight Breed, Larissa Ione’s distinctive, dark Demonica, and Nalini Singh’s unique Psy-Changeling have I gotten such a thrill from discovering a new paranormal romance series. Dragon Bound, the first book in Thea Harrison’s innovative, compelling Elder Races, gave me the same kind of high. I absolutely loved it!

Paranormal romance was my first foray into the vast world of romance after devouring the Twilight Saga and jonesing for more mature (and hotter!) fare and therefore will always have a special place in my heart. But after reading so many and finding blissful escape in other romance sub-genres that I love, I find I’m much more selective about PNR. I’m ecstatic that I’ve found a new series that’s got me excited about paranormal romance once again!

Dragon shifter Dragos is one of the most ancient and powerful Wyr in the world and his rule over New York City is absolute. Nobody defies him, so he’s enraged and enchanted that a slip of a woman like Pia Giovanni would dare to steal from his prized treasure. Half-breed Pia was raised to closely guard her half-Wyr nature from other wyrkind, even if that means becoming a thief to protect her secrets from her ex-boyfriend’s threats of blackmail. The last thing she needs is to anger and arouse the fiercest Wyr predator in existence, but that’s exactly what happens when Pia invades a dragon’s private hoard. In exchange for a pardon and her very life, Dragos makes Pia a bargain she can’t refuse, and she finds herself thrust into the mysterious, dangerous world of magic she’s fought so desperately to avoid. If only she could resist the smoldering attraction that burns hotter than dragonfire between her and Dragos!

Dragos...Be still my predator lovin' heart! YUM! He’s a hot, dangerous, possessive, dominating alpha hero used to getting anything and anyone he wants and always having everything his way, and he’s completely undone by his unfamiliar feelings for Pia. It was hilarious to witness his attempts to tame and gentle his beastly side for Pia, and sexy-as-all-get-out when he let the beast loose in their lovemaking. YOWZA! I loved Dragos and Pia together, and they had such funny, sexy banter and explosive chemistry. Pia’s resistance to Dragos annoyed me at times because I would have rolled over and begged for him, but her spunk was also charming.

One of the things that impressed me the most is how the author created such an imaginative, complex alternate modern society with so many fascinating varieties of magical beings (shifters, raptors, fae, elves, witches, goblins) and yet managed to avoid bogging down the story with too many heavy details and excessive world-building. There is an amazing cast of secondary characters that has me very eager for future books in the series.

With a hotter-than-hell, possessive alpha hero, a quirky, feisty heroine, fast-paced action, clever dialogue, sexy banter, snarky humor, scorching sexual tension, strong, intriguing secondary characters, and steamy love scenes, Dragon Bound has everything I crave in a romance. It kept me thoroughly entertained!

I highly recommend this for fans of Ward, Ione, Singh, Cole, Showalter, and Feehan, and anyone who enjoys an excellent paranormal romance. I can’t wait for Storm's Heart to see what’s in store next for this thrilling series. Big 5 stars!

A few of my favorite lines:

Oh my God, not only is he older than the Grand Canyon, but he’s like the pope and the Fae King and the president of the United States all rolled up into one. To some ancient cultures he had been a god. He was going to hurt her so bad before he killed her so dead, and all she could think of was how hot his kiss had been in the dream and how delicate the touch of his finger was as it traced down her body.

For God’s sake. The male was injured and here she was ogling him like a pervert in a porn store.

He rested his cheek against her head and rubbed her back. “I am cursed with a terminal case of curiosity,” he said. “I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive. I have a terrible temper, and I know I can be a cruel son of a bitch.” He cocked his head. “I used to eat people, you know.”

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2,239 reviews3,435 followers
October 17, 2022
Dragos and Pia

“You took a 1962 penny,” Dragos said. His teeth were gritted. “You left a 1975 penny. It’s no replacement.”
She stared at him. “Oh my God, it’s scary you noticed that.”
“I know everything in my hoard and exactly where it is,” he told her. “Down to the smallest piece.”
“You could go to a doctor, get checked out for OCD,” she panted. “There might be medication for that.”
His chest moved in a silent laugh.

My God! I love Dragos! And Pia. You cannot find easily a couple so well matched in PNR.
And how can you not love a book about a powerful dragon?
A book which starts with the stealing of a penny.

Pia managed to infiltrate Dragos’ hoard and to steal a penny from him. She did that in order to save her douche ex-boyfriend by someone powerful (unknown in the beginning) who wanted something (anything) that belonged to Dragos Cuelebre, i.e.
*The most powerful being on Earth.
*A multi-billionaire tycoon.
*The boss of all the Wyrkind.
*Someone who used to be considered a god by many old civilizations.
*Born when the earth was formed and the sun shone with a different light
*The Great Beast.

And now twenty-five years old Pia Giovanni has managed to draw the ancient Great Beast’s attention to her.

“No one takes what is mine.” His growl reverberated through the ground. He bared his teeth and bent down until he was nose to nose with her. “No one.”

What Pia needs to realize really soon is that Dragos has already included her in his collection:

“She is mine.” Dragos bared his teeth, gold eyes flaring to lava. His growl shivered through the ground at her knees, and long fingers clenched on her wrist. He tensed and began to rise.

The chemistry between Pia and Dragos is explosive:

“There is not another entity in the world who would dare to act that way with me.”
She froze and the blood drained from her face.
His expression changed. He held a stiffened finger under her nose and said, “No! I did not mean that as a threat.”
Her lips trembled. “What did you mean then?”
He laid a hand on her cheek. It was so long it almost covered the length of her head. “You’re mine,” he said. “You can deny it, argue, throw fits, try to run away. But. You’re. Still. Mine.”
“That’s insane,” she whispered. “I have no idea what that means. I don’t belong to you or anyone else.”
“Yes, you do,” he told her. His thumb stroked her lips. “You are mine and I will keep you. I will not hurt you and I will protect you. And you’re beginning to trust me. All of that is a good thing.”
“I am not a piece of property, damn it!”
“But you are in my possession.”
She enunciated, “I think you are a lunatic.”
“Since you are too, that works well enough.”

Pia has many secrets. Mainly she needs to trust Dragos enough and tell him what she really is. And then Dragos will help her.
Dragos starts as a stubborn scary monster with OCD and as the book proceeds, he will melt for Pia.

So this is an alternative world full of magic. A world where the Elder Races and humankind had lived together openly since the Elizabethan Age.
The Elder Races comprises of the Wyrkind, the Elves, both Light and Dark Fae, Vampires and Djinns. Every book more or less introduces an Elder Race.

An amazing series. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
If you love PNR, or Urban Fantasy or Fantasy in general, you need to try this series!!!
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1,473 reviews442 followers
June 10, 2016
Loved Dragos and Pia. They meet after Pia achieves what no other has done before and steals from the Wyr leader. She goes on the run and he catches more than just his little thief. The connection between the two was strong. I loved Pia as a heroine because though she was physically weaker she was of strong conviction. The story was full of great action, progressive plot development, and written well. The characters are complex, unique, and pretty darn awesome. The world that the writer has created is captivating. I enjoyed this book and am SO glad it was recommended by a few friends <3 I am eternally grateful! Safety: No OW/OM/Sharing, though Pia's story starts off with ex boyfriend drama. No rape/abuse. No condoms. Neither were Vs.
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1,838 reviews6,227 followers
October 22, 2017
“So, is that your long, scaly, reptilian tail, or are you just happy to see me?”

This is funny, paranormal smut. The guy is a dragon, and the girl shifts into something so OTT that you will have to laugh.

Is that my voice?

So, our girl, Pia, steals a penny from the dragon-man, Dragos, and he's pretty pissed off. Until he gets a whiff of her lovely girly smell. You all know by now that girls smell like sunshine and flowers and boys smell like leather and masculine trees. It's nature.

Could be worse. A lot worse.

Instead of killing her, he finds himself falling for her. But, he's not even a bit civilized, which is hilarious.

She scratched an arm. “Did you kill the Fae horses?”

Dragos said in a cautious voice,“Was I not supposed to?”

She shrugged. “It just wasn’t their fault.”

“If it helps any, I was hungry and ate one.”

“I guess that does help some.”

Yeah, she's a vegan, and he's a carnivorous beast. It is a match made in heaven.

As long as you come into this book understanding that it's fluffy smut, you will have a good time with it. If you want a truly original storyline, a slow-burn romance, and amazing world-building, you need to keep shopping. As for me, I'm happy with this smutty little dragon-filled world for now. I'll keep with the series until I get bored.
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830 reviews4,717 followers
March 19, 2014
4 1/2–I'm In Love With A Dragon–Stars!

There are so many fantastic reviews for this book that my two cents won't bring anything new to the table, so I'll just say that if you like paranormal romance, this is one of the best. It's delightful, unique, humorous, and, oh, so sexy. To top it off, I dare you not to fall head-over-heels in love with a dragon!

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February 20, 2017
✌ Buddy read with my MacHalo Freaks

Warning: my reviewing mojo is still AWOL. This will therefore be a Super Crappy Review (SCR™). I really didn't feel like writing it, and tried to get out of it by subcontracting to one of my ungrateful dear friends, but not a single one of these wimps lovely people felt up to the task. So it's their fault if you have to suffer through this Piece of Crap (PoC™).

Confucianism Confusion is me. There usually are two possible outcomes when I read Freaking PNR Novels (FPN™):

➽ 99,99% of the time, these delightful pieces of literature make me feel like this:

➽ 0,01% of the time, a miracle happens I lose all judgement, and end up feeling like this:

Yeah, I get all pink and levitate and shake and stuff.

Well that was until today. Sorry, what was that? I finished reading this FPN™ almost a month ago, you say? Err, yes. And your point is? I shouldn't say "until today," because technically it's "until about a month ago," you say? Oh bloody hell, would you get off my back for once?! Would that be too much to ask?! Please don't bother to answer that, I think I know what you're going to say *sighs dramatically* Some friends you are. Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, the two possible outcomes and all that crap. So the whole feeling either like this or like that thing lasted until the day I finished this book . And until that glorious day, there had only been two glorious types of glorious FPN™ for me:

① The Bloody Hell Feminism Committed Suicide Again I Need to Kill this Stupid Stupid Stupid Lame-A-Saurus Piece of Crap with Fire before it Claims more Victims You're Welcome (BHFCSAINtKtSSSLASPoCwFbiCmVYW™) type.

② The Oh What the Freaking Hell is Wrong with me I Think I Have Finally Lost it I just Gave 5 Freaking Stars to a Freaking PNR Novel Halp this is the End of the World as We Know it (OWtFHiWwmITIHFLiIjG5FStaFPNHtitEofWaWKi™) type.

All was fine and dandy in my slightly bipolar PNR world when this book happened. I was anxiously awaiting to rage and rant and dismember and stuff. And what happened? This happened:

Introducing…the So Bland and Dull it won't Even Cut through Butter Freaking PNR Novel (SBaDiwECtBFPN™)! So flat and lackluster and uninteresting you won't suffer horribly while reading it! So uninspired and unexciting and unstimulating you will forget all about it two days after finishing it! So unexceptional and unremarkable and un-pretty much everything you will even forget to write a review for it! Be glad and rejoice, people, for this is Pain Free PNR (PFP™)! WOO HOO! YAY! ← these expressions of joy and excitement might be slightly sarcastic.

Bloody hell, what a total rip-off this book was. I mean, seriously?! PNR so insipid you don't even get a good rant out of it?! Who has ever heard of such a ridiculous thing?! This is a disgrace. This book brings shame to the glorious PNR genre. This will NOT do. Some things are just not done, Thea Harrison. The Murderous crustaceans are not happy, Thea Harrison. The Murderous crustaceans shall not condone such scandalous behavior, Thea Harrison. The Murderous crustaceans need to vent and bitch about something, Thea Harrison. They will get their ragey fix one way or another, Thea Harrison. Be afraid, be very afraid.

PS: this flat, lackluster, uninteresting, uninspired, unexciting, unstimulating, unexceptional, unremarkable, un-everything story is about dragons. It is kind of implied in the book title, but I thought I'd point it out anyway. You're welcome.

[Pre-review nonsense]

» We have survived fin-less, gill-less, scale-less, tail-less mermen.

» We have survived haunted vaginas.

» We have survived plushophilia.

» We have survived freaking corn porn (barely).

» We even survived a hilarious humor bestseller (I still wonder how we made it through this one).

»» Will we survive if this proves to be yet another crappy dragon read? I doubt it. Not sure the damage caused by Kiss of Fire can be undone.

I think we're going to need my faithful Gustav's help for this one.

There, that should do it.
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Author 28 books128k followers
February 1, 2012
Guys, this is 100% vaginal fantasy, and I enjoyed it. There were things I DID NOT enjoy about it, that take the stars down, but honestly I'm picking up the next book, so clearly I liked it and feel like this series can only get better.

I think my favorite thing was all the hugging. I seriously noticed I felt happy when the Dragon dude hugged the "so helpless I want to kick her" heroine. It's something that isn't in a lot of romance, that sort of casual affection between two people, and I really thought it was sweet and endearing. The world building in this is spotty, and the plotting uneven, I get it. The thousands of years old dragon talks completely inconsistently, sometimes very formally and sometimes like a dude you'd meet in a coffeeshop. There are corny bits. BUT the tone got way better the farther in the book it went. The main hero dude is a serious Cro-Magnon He-Man dude, but sometimes the heroine literally called it out spot-on, and it amused me to no end. I love how the author basically is telling the audience, yes this is seriously not PC to have a dude this controlling and chauvanist and jealous, but I'm writing this book about it anyway, because some base thing is going on here and I'm embracing it. I dunno, but despite its flaws I found the book refreshing.

Lots of naughty scenes, very RRRRRRR rated btw. BE WARNED A DRAGON WILL COPULATE!
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354 reviews4,594 followers
August 28, 2021
Writing? below average
World building? lazy
Plot? boring
Romance? same old same old
Smut? nothing special
Characters? unseasoned
I literally had to go and choose an edition with a less embarrassing cover because it's THAT bad.

Did I like it? HELLS YEA

Nobody said this was going to have a logical outcome.
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924 reviews505 followers
August 4, 2019
First read of paperback, July 22, 2011. See below for audiobook comment.

★★★★★ Yes, five full stars! One of the best paranormal/fantasy books I’ve read this year! I wanted to read it faster, but real life got in the way. As it was, I had it planned for a future “buddy read” and peeked at the first few pages. Three chapters later I was e-mailing my GR friend to hint around about moving this one up in our queue; luckily, she agreed. Ha! Indeed, she finished the book before I did. This is the first one this year that we didn’t stick to our reading schedule, but zipped ahead, gobbling up the book like hungry carnivores, as fast as possible.

Anywayz, back to the book: For those of you who want more insights into their heroes, this is the one for you. Almost half the book is spent inside the hero’s, Dragos’, head. He is scary, arrogant, “stalkerific”*, possessive, and perplexed about his burgeoning feelings toward Pia. He is such a delightful, swoon-worthy “hero-in-pursuit”** to read about.

Pia is no slouch herself, even if she is a thief. She is dismayed at the ruination of her life – and she’s scared of Dragos. Despite her “nightmarish week” and one furiously pissed-off dragon on her tail, she is also funny, clever, generous, and a radiant mystery that is a wonder to uncover. She stole her way into my heart in no time flat.

If the bad guy is obvious from almost the beginning, who cares? The interaction and dialogue between Dragos and Pia alone is worth the price of the book. Escape plans? Joint efforts. Misunderstandings? They are talked out within a reasonable time. Love scenes? Toe-curling! Secondary characters? Amazing too. All in all, it kept me transfixed.

I highly recommend this book! It is imaginative, sweet, H.O.T., funny, and magical. Ms. Harrison has built a compelling, enchanted world parallel to ours that you’ll want to discover for yourself. Personally, I can’t wait for the next in the series.

* “Stalkerific” is a term coined by the creative Lady Danielle; however, in true Pia inspired fashion, I stole it from her. :)
** “Hero-in-Pursuit” is a term from the All About Romance special title listing they have for same; Lady Danielle has a bookshelf dedicated to them.

Update: May 5, 2012 (Comment on audiobook.) Loved this one so much in paperback, I had to get the audio and listen to it again. Sophie Eastlake does a nice job narrating this one; she sometimes has what I can only describe a sultry, lazy delivery. I picked up different things this time around. It is always interesting to hear how someone else will ‘act out’ a scene in their vocal delivery; not exactly how I had it in my head, but enjoyable enough. I would give the narration ★★★★☆.

Pia is supposed to look like the great Greta Garbo, “star and icon during Hollywood's silent and classic period.” (Wiki)

The Elder Races Series
Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1) by Thea HarrisonStorm's Heart (Elder Races, #2) by Thea HarrisonSerpent's Kiss (Elder Races, #3) by Thea HarrisonTrue Colors (Elder Races, #3.5) by Thea HarrisonOracle's Moon (Elder Races, #4) by Thea HarrisonNatural Evil (Elder Races, #4.5) by Thea HarrisonDevil's Gate (Elder Races, #4.6) by Thea HarrisonLord's Fall (Elder Races, #5) by Thea Harrison
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722 reviews316 followers
June 15, 2015
Wow! I loved this one! Dragon Bound was the best new paranormal that I have read in a long time, I am so glad to finally be excited about a new paranormal series.

Pia Giovanni is forced to do something that is basically suicidal - steal something from the most powerful dragon shifter in the world. She knows Dragos will react swiftly, most likely with a torturous death for her but she has no choice because of a spell and blackmail from a sleazy ex-boyfriend. Dragos is an ancient Wyr dragon shifter who rules his kingdom with an iron fist. He is not happy that someone managed to steal from his treasure and hunts the thief with a savage intensity. However, he is intrigued with the wonderful scent on the note the female thief left behind.

When Dragos catches up with Pia, their chemistry lights up the pages. He is fascinated by this half-breed human/Wyr who dares to stand up to him. They are both intensely attracted to each other, despite the fact Pia is afraid he is about to kill her. Dragos decides right away that she belongs to him. Despite Pia's protests that he can't just own a person, she is in for a losing battle against a powerful alpha like Dragos. So she does what she can - she stands up to him and fights his hold over her (while occasionally giving into the intense passion between them!).

This book was such a fun, exciting romance. I loved Dragos, he was so alpha and possessive but he also tried to accommodate Pia and make her happy (in his life of course). Pia was a great heroine, she was strong and didn't just let Dragos run over her. She had a lot of secrets but she had good cause to keep her silence. Pia and Dragos were a great match and holy crap were they hot together! Yowza. I loved the story, it was exciting and well-written.

If you are looking for a great paranormal romance, make sure to check this one out! It was a great story that I will be rereading in the future because I had a fun time reading about these characters. Highly recommended!
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819 reviews694 followers
December 26, 2020
Relectura de uno de mis libros favoritos de todos los tiempos... y.... me gustó tanto como la primera vez! Incluso, si es posible, me he enamorado aún más de Dragos. Me derritió cuando aprende a decir “por favor” y luego lo usa para todo; es un manipulador de lo más encantador! También me sigue gustando el acierto de la autora al caracterizar la personalidad wyr de la pareja principal con los antagonistas más inmemoriales de la literatura fantástica, son la esencia del bien y el mal tratando de complementarse.

Reto #4 PopSugar 2018: Un libro que involucre un robo

Reseña primera lectura:
Realmente lo he pasado fenomenal leyendo este libro. Magia, pasión, seres sobrenaturales, fantásticos y mitológicos, mezclados con sumo cuidado en una historia muy original, del estilo fantasy–urban, que atrapa desde las primeras páginas. Personajes encantadores y una heroína de armas tomar, para nada remilgada como es común encontrar en el género. Diálogos exquisitos y muy ácidos, que sacan más de una sonrisa en el lector, sobre todo por la personalidad de Pía.

He investigado y al parecer, lamentablemente, éste es el único libro de la autora traducido al español ¡Qué pena! Así que, por lo menos hasta ahora, recomiendo de todas maneras disfrutar éste. Por mi parte, ya ha entrado en la categoría de las novelas que en algún momento releeré.
August 8, 2017
It happened, a dragon book we BR-ed that didn't suck dirty pond scum. Now my rating may be a bit high, but I will explain why (and I have low standards for dragon books anymore):

- The dragon guy was a badass monster. If you're a dragon, you should be badass and not a pansy dragon wimp like the ones in Dragon Tales on PBS.
- Sexy times. Yes, there were sexy times in this book. That's important, because it's a paranormal novel and a) that's always present, b) seems like something that'd be part of a dragon's virile vitality, and c) dragons know how to seal the deal. I'm just going to assume all the dragons in the 1 star books previously read that were sexless, had erectile dysfunction. They should ask their doctor about some little blue pills.
- The heroine, Pia, had skillz. She had mad thieving skills, even if she was way too morally sound to use them. She also could take care of herself and didn't do TSTL things. I'm so tired of heroines having zero fighting/problem solving skills and running at every problem with all the finesse of a stampede of elephants, (I'm looking at you, Owl.)
- The heroine had a really neat wyr beast.
- The book contained a large variance of mythological and paranormal creatures. There were Elves (I totally pictured them all haughty like the elves in The Hobbit/LOTR), Light Fae, Dark Fae, gryphons, a harpy, vampires, goblins, a medusa, and a dragon.
- Death. Lots of good killing went on in this book. Yay.
- Dragos, the dragon, he used to eat people. Way to be an apex predator. ::claps::
- Dragos was super alpha male and all cowered before his ancient power. Kind of like Smaug crossed with Sauron, minus the whole end the world agenda.

The bad:
- Way too much info given. So many info dumps.
- Filler. This could've had tighter editing.
- One of the plot devices was very cliché. Blah.
- I don't like the name Pia. Sounds like peas, or similar to the word for feet in Romance languages.
- More dragons.
- Could've used more dead bodies.

For the most part, this book was good - the dragon was alpha scary and the heroine wasn't a crying pain in the ass. I particularly liked how Dragos was written. The author made him very lacking in human qualities and thought patterns. He had to learn them as he went along with the half human heroine. I enjoyed the times he'd blunder and get mad, while yelling at the heroine to tell him what he did wrong.

Now while I said this book was good, it's a reflection of how horrid the previous so called dragon books we've read have been that I rated this so highly. My standards for dragon novels is low. I was pretty happy after I read violence and sexy times, that's a huge improvement over previous books. Nothing has yet rivaled the stunning majesty that is the Dragon Kin series and I'm losing hope that anything ever will.

MacHalo BR, or maybe just with Sarah.
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1,314 reviews2,777 followers
February 17, 2020
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*I Hate Insta-Love*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Second re-read: 17.02.2020
I don't know how I feel about this re-read. I mean, I like the story, the concept, but.. yeah there's the insta-love (that I haven't even tagged yet :O). The insta-love ruins everything. All of the story is pretty much within a week + two days (I think), and that's waaaaay too short for me. I love Dragos, I absolutely do. And Pia isn't a bad character, quite enjoyable, but there's something that do annoy me about - I just can't figure it out. Perhaps it's the way she handled finding out about her . Overall, I skimmed, I must admit to that. I didn't skim at the conversation parts, but the information part? I did. I truly did. I wasn't interested in that. I don't even know why I even started reading this one again.

I mean, I've changed in my opinions so much that me still liking this book was not something that was written in stone. But I wanted to read about an animalistic, controlling and possessive, alpha male and Dragos is pretty much all that. But the book has a too short timespan and there's something missing in my opinion. I just don't know what that is yet. That being said, the rating being lower and the spamming might have been due to my migraine, and me taking medicine for it that made me quite tried and unable to focus. So I'm not gonna take the star rating down from four stars to three even though I'm lowing the number rating. I feel like I need to re-read the book while I'm "clearheaded" and better to give it a proper rating.

The Characters:
Pia Alessandra Giovanni (25), half-human and half-Wyr.
Dragos Cuelebre (born along with the solar system, give or take), a dragon and one of the eldest and most powerful of the Wyr. He was universally acknowledged as one of the oldest Powers in the Elder Races and recognized as the iron-fisted ruler of the New York Wyrkind demesne. He was also a major, if shadowy, power player in the Washington political scene.
Rune Ainissesthai, Drago's first and a gryphon, and of of Dragos' sentinels. All seven of his sentinels were immortal creatures strong in Power. They were also raptors of some sort.
Quentin Caeravorn (could have been anywhere from 35 to 135), owner of Elfie’s bar (a good neighborhood club with a steady, loyal clientele of mixed breeds from all three races) and Pia's boss (worked there since she was twenty-one). Pia guesses he's part Elven.
Keith ‘Captain Fantastic’ Hollins, human and ex-boyfriend of Pia. A gambling addict.
Thistle ‘Tricks’ Periwinkle, a faerie and PR director for Cuelebre Enterprises and one of the more famous spokespersons from the Elder Races.
Urien Lorelle, the Dark Fae King, was one of the seven rulers of the Elder Races; his demesne was seated in the greater Chicago area, and he was the guy Dragos most loved to hate.
Constantine, Graydon and Bayne, gryphons and Dragos' sentinels. Each gryphons is responsible for keeping the peace in one of the four sectors of Dragos' demesne.
Grym, one of Dragos' sentinels, a gargoyle, was in charge of corporate security for Cuelebre Enterprises.
Tiago Black, one of Dragos' sentinels. One of the three known thunderbirds in existence, headed Dragos’s private army.
Aryal, one of Dragos' sentinels. A harpy who was in charge of investigations. She was not known for having a serene temperament. There was a reason she had risen to such preeminence in Dragos' Court.
Kristoff ‘Kris’, a Wyr-bear and one of four of Dragos' assistants.
Ferion, a powerful Elf.
Calondir, The Elven High Lord, and his consort, the lady Beluviel.
Adela, a witch and owner of the shop Divinus.

Quick basic facts:
Genre: - (Adult) Paranormal Romance (M/F).
Series: - Series, Book One.
Love triangle? -
Cheating? -
HEA? -
Favorite character? - Dragos Cuelebre.
Would I read more by this author/or of series? - Some of them.
Would I recommend this book/series? -Sure, Dragos is hot.
Will I read this again in the future? - Unsure.
New Rating - 3.5/3 stars.

Re-read: 05.10.15
"Sounds a lot love love to me.”

“I am cursed with a terminal case of curiosity," he said. "I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive. I have a terrible temper, and I know I can be a cruel son of a bitch." He cocked his head. "I used to eat people, you know.”

Rate: 4 stars.
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1,175 reviews2,568 followers
April 2, 2016
*** 3.70 ***

A buddy read with my MacHalo Freaks!!!

This is very much a Paranormal Romance and the rating is very much exactly because of this fact. I had no idea what expect. I thought it would be either Urban or just a classic Fantasy. After all - DRAGONS!!! If anyone knows me, I am the biggest fan of Dragons there could possibly be.... I like them powerful, arrogant, growly, selfish, ruthless, vain, merciless, and fabulous in their dragonly majestic wonderfulness!!!! I like them all!

This book has as the leading male one of those fabulous creatures, born as long ago as time itself. This has the trope which I mostly dislike in all PNRs - he is millions of years old, his love interest is in her 20s.... Yes, it could have been worse, she could have been a teenager and a virgin, which than the Stars, she is not!!! She is some mysterious type of shape shifting half-breed, who can bypass any locks and is terrified of her actual shape being discovered by anyone. So she is alone and constantly hiding in plain sight.... Until the big bad Dragon decides that she would be a perfect addition to his treasure hoard. Then her life explodes full of emotions - both positive and negative combined, and nothing is never the same.

I enjoyed the world building, the different Fae creatures, and the Happily Ever After, which is the big sale for me in all Romance Genres. He could have been stronger, she could have been more consistent in her reactions, and the romance was predictable, but it gave me the smiles and relief that at least in books Happily Ever Afters are still possible!!!

This is for all Romance lovers, but even more for those who like their love mixed with Magic and the Shifter classics. A fun read overall:-)

Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may your life be enriched by every book you read!!!
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2,053 reviews310 followers
April 15, 2020
Read 16/04/2014 - 4 Stars.
Read 24/12/2016 - Now a 5 Star read
Read 14/04/2020

I just love me some Dragons. This book is frigging awesome. – I still agree that this book is frigging awesome after reading it for the third time.

Pia is in a rock and a hard place. She is asked to steal something from the most powerful Wyr in all the demesne.

I'm sorry I had to take your penny. Here's another to replace it. Yep that is what it said. One corner of his mouth twitched. He gave himself a deep shock when he burst into an explosive guffaw.

She's dammed if she does and dammed if she isn't. Although Pia is a Wyr, she is a half blood. Never feeling as if she has ever fit in anywhere she has always had to leave at a moment’s notice. Don’t get attached to people, places or things. She makes one small error and it all blows up in her face.

Dragos one of the most powerful Wyr’s has had a thief take something from him. He is a dragon and dragon’s hoard.

Dragos doesn't like that something he owns has been taken from him doesn't matter that it is a penny. But he finds that there is something different about this particular scent. He is curious how to get a hold of the little thief and a cherry Coke with twizzlers.

I adore Pia. She is a riot, thinks she’s not right in the head but neither would I if I had so a hunk in me. She has always made the best out of a shitty situation but with this one she is clearly out of her depth. She has been having a shitty couple of weeks. She has had to steal, she is on the run, she gets kidnapped on top of that the Dark Fae King is very interested in her and destroying Dragos as Dragos has something he really wants.

What I didn't expect is what kind of Wyr Pia is. BIG SPOILER ALARM SO DON'T LOOK IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW. I loved that

Dragos and Pia fight together and become close but there is no insta love although there is an instant attraction but they get to know one another. This is entertaining, hilarious read and I loved every single second of it. All characters are a hoot and I have the next installment I bought the paperbacks. Yay!!

This book was received by the Houston, Texas Library. Thank you!
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546 reviews1,106 followers
August 4, 2011
I really was attracted by the story when I saw this book so said I gots to read it! Plus some of my friends rated it well so I said what the hell.

Now please don’t kill me or anything but I didn’t like it so much. I’ll even tell you why later on. I have good reasons and hopefully you won’t beat me up.. too much.

Ok so we have a dragon who’s older than dirt, a selfish little (or not) bastard who loved to collect shiny things. Then this girl comes and steals a penny. She replaces the penny but still! She stole it! Dun dun duuun *dramatic music* Killing starts in…. three….. two… one…… I expected something bloodier; revenge, verbal assault, maybe some spanking. But unfortunately he turned all mushy on her and nothing happened. And there’s my problem. I’ll get back to that later.

Now I have some questions. What is a penny to a filthy rich dragon? I get it, he minded the whole stealing and crap part but still. She took a freakin’ penny! She could have taken his dirty socks or something if they needed a tracking spell. How did she know it was a rare penny? What if it was just a regular one that he would use to buy his daily ice-cream. Now I get why he was so angry. Whoever touches my ice-cream money dies!!

Thea Harrison created a pretty decent universe in this book. We have lots of magical creatures running around doing their thing. Different realms where you can travel and have tea parties. Elf bread that makes an orgasm look like a walkabout surrounded by old people. You know? Crazy stuff. My problem was her passiveness towards all these cool elements. She could have done a wonderful job creating an action-filled story. She could have played with our emotions, make us love some characters, hate others. But unfortunately it didn’t work for me. Maybe it did for you, and if so cheers!, but on this side of the planet… nopes.

Another shortcoming came from the characters. They were too rigid. Their dialogue is too stiff and their reactions are the same. They’re too groomed, too shiny. Too much talk and little action gets boring after a while.

My biggest problem was Pia and Dragos’… relationship? The easiest turn of events evar? I mean the woman stole from the big bad dragon, which scares the shit out of everyone. What’s the logical reaction here? Ass kicking! Torture! Pillow fights! What happened in the book? The dude saw her got a huge boner and wanted to add her to his collection of treasures and whatnot. Ok you can say this could actually work. But now we go to Pia’s (the thief) camp. What did she do? She was übercalm and just accepted everything.

I actually loved his reaction towards her but it got me thinking why is he so possessive? Is it because he sees her as an object? A toy? A gem? He doesn’t want any other boys playing with his toys? I doubt it’s love since it’s too early. Lust? Maybe ‘cause they’re two horny bastards. But still this reaction is too much. Love at first sight… or lust at first sight as our case is. This combined with seeing her as an object. Way to go!

Pia is too much of a damsel in distress for my taste. I like fighters that put a bit of trouble in their relationships. And this must go both ways. I feel like their – whatever this is, flirt, fling, relationship – is just too easy. I have to put this in bold. The whole world’s on Dragos’ shoulders and he just carries it with a smile on his face. He’s actually the only one who puts a bit of action in the book. Pia is too passive and silly. She’s not heroine material, at least for me she’s not. She is a big part of the reason why I didn’t like the book so much.

Ok so Pia’s a vegetarian. I really wanna pick on this. It’s not like I have a problem with vegetarians but I know a joke or whatever this is so have to comment about it. What do carnivores say to vegetarians? Our food sh*ts on your food. And what do vegetarians say to carnivores? Your food eats ours with the sh*t on it. Loool it makes me have second thoughts about what I should be eating.

Another thought on Dragos. Shouldn’t a creature like him, once he lived for so many years, take an interest in studying? Imagine studying almost everything, you name it, math, physics, chemistry, etc for so many years. You end up being supersmart, then your brain swells up like Megamind and you rule the world. Why did he turn up just a businessman? Does he know Obama? Does he play golf with Putin? I think he does… Putin is his wingman…

Another big problem that I had was related to Dragos. The guy doesn’t seem like a - uhm how to put this? – guy (duh) in some scenes. Especially in dialogues. I feel like Pia is having a conversation with herself rather than a dangerous dragon. Badasses don’t talk like that. They’re too tough for this even when they’re in love – or whatever the hell Dragos is feeling for her. I was constantly screaming at my Kindle – GROW SOME BALLS!!!

Towards the mid-end or something Pia ended up locked inside the dragon’s house (aka nest). I saw this similar to a bird getting locked in a cage. A possession he’d visit from time to time, screw and then leave to get on with his business or whatever the hell he does. Beats the crap out of a blowup doll.

And my problem with all this is how calm she is! Too damn calm!!! Woman get angry and beat him up!! I guess she’s happy with being a kept woman. And in the end this whole situation didn’t get settled. I didn’t get my answer of how she’ll live with Dragos, if she’ll have a job or something. I’m not a feminist but some things are exaggerated. This is one of them.

Spoiler alert! I must pick on this so beware all you spidermonkeys!

Now as a conclusion…. If Thea Harrison improves her characters, focuses a bit more on the beauty of the environment she created and works out some hot ass action then this series will become great. Hell maybe even amazing. So if you’re looking for an action-packed gig this is not the book for you. If you like sweet love stories then give it a try. You’ll surely like it.

Top 5 quotes

#5 "I will not put you in harm’s way.” He kept her head cradled in one hand and put an arm around her. He murmured, “I do not endanger my treasures.”

#4 He turned his face, found her mouth and kissed her as he held them so tight together at pelvis and hip, for a while it felt as if they had fused together and become one creature, light and dark, yin and yang.

#3 “So, is that your long, scaly, reptilian tail, or are you just happy to see me?”
No, she did not just say that.

#2 "Hey, what if they stopped throwing a fit at you walking across their backyard. It’s not like you ate their tulips or dug holes in their lawn. You didn’t piss on any trees when I wasn’t looking, did you?”

#1 “I am cursed with a terminal case of curiosity,” he said. “I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive. I have a terrible temper, and I know I can be a cruel son of a bitch.” He cocked his head. “I used to eat people, you know.”

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648 reviews403 followers
February 17, 2018
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.

And this is how the story begins. Pia, a half-breed, is blackmailed by her ex-boyfriend into stealing something from the dragon's vault.She does just that, attracting the attention of the one and only dragon on earth, Dragos. He is extremely old (as old as the Solar System) and bored. Pia is just the thing to bring him back to life and give him something entertaining.

He stared at her neck. Realization pulsed. He was looking at the bite he had given her. A hard length was growing against her hip. “So, is that your long, scaly, reptilian tail, or are you just happy to see me?” No, she did not just say that. Did she?

They are funny together and one does not really realize the insta-lust until it is too late. If my calculations are correct they have sex (the real thing, not the dream sex) two or three days after they meet. And of course Pia is a special snowflake and Dragos mates with her. *eye roll* Her Wyr half is actually that of a mythical creature that even the dragon thought to be a legend. Special snowflake, told you!

"I think you’re my hero," she said. Only half-kidding.
He stared at her, the picture of incredulity. "Most people," he said, "think I am a very bad man."
She studied his eyes to try to find out if that bothered him. He didn’t seem bothered by them. He seemed discomfited by her. "Well," she said at last, "maybe you’re a very good dragon."

On the other hand, I have to appreciate the lack of love triangles. The story is just about the two of them and neither acts in that stupid YA let's-make-him/her-jealous way. Thank the Universe for small favours, right?

So this is not the worst PNR book out there, but not the best either. *shrugs*
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644 reviews358 followers
June 22, 2011
OH WOW!!! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this book would be this good! I absolutely adored it! Helloooooo new favorite! I'm totally hooked, and I can't wait to see more books released in the series.

What's not to love about a Dragon shifter? ...
Dragos Cuelebre = HAWT! You just don't have any idea how hot this guy was. Seriously, my fav in a while, I loved everything about him. The guy was totally alpha material, a caveman on the loose, LOL. He was all you're mine and there's no discussion about it.
"I am cursed with a terminal case of curiosity," he said. "I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive. I have a terrible temper, and I know I can be a cruel son of a bitch." He cocked his head. "I used to eat people, you know."

He made me laugh out loud so many times with his attitude, and it's not that he was annoying for being so MACHO because he constantly realized he was doing something wrong and tried to change it to make the heroine feel better. He just couldn't help being like that because the guy is 11000 years old,lol, let's just give him a break. What I loved the most was to see him comprehending what love was because of the new feelings the heroine awoke in him.
"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...I will always come for you, always want you, and always need you. We clear?"

She had begun to glow. "Sounds a lot like love to me."

You see? sweet and sexy. But he was so much more than an amazing personality ... he was a dragon, a being who was alive through the beginnings and ending of empires, who saw all the changes the world went through, someone you could talk to all your life and never get bored. And dude ---> A DRAGON, I don't know why but for some reason I just find that totally hot.

A very peculiar heroine ...
I usually never like heroines or remember them much, but I loved this one. I liked that while she preferred not to fight she was able to kick everybody's asses if she wanted to. I loved that through out all the story we knew there was a mystery around her but not exactly what. She had an amazing sense of humor and personality, some of the best jokes were from her. I really liked her.
"He stared at her neck. Realization pulsed. He was looking at the bite he had given her. A hard length was growing against her hip. “So, is that your long, scaly, reptilian tail, or are you just happy to see me?” No, she did not just say that. Did she?"

Then there was the most mind-blowing plot and world building you have ever seen ...
A Dragon king and his most trusted sentinels, the Gryphons. 2 different Fey Courts, Elves and other Elder races as some other minor races. So much power and magic, what's not to love about this series? The characters were amazing and I just can't wait to read more!

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2,299 reviews722 followers
May 2, 2011
Favorite Quote: “There’s my bad boy,” she whispered. God, he was breathtaking.

I read a lot of books. I read a lot of paranormal books. So when one comes into the Smexy household that is exciting, refreshing and just all around awesome, it is cause for celebration!

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison is the first book in the Elder Races series. Our hero, Dragos Cuelebre is of the Wyr, a group of powerful, ancient shapeshifters. Dragos more specifically is a rare dragon-shifter created around the time of the solar system – so yes, he is ancient to say the least. In present day he is head of the Wyr demesnes located in New York city. The other six demesnes, including Elven, Fae etc…reside in other parts of the United States. He is extremely powerful, wealthy and demands loyalty and obedience from everyone in his control. So when someone breaks into his hoard, something that has never happened before and steals from him, his anger as he takes to the sky in his dragon form can literally be felt and heard from everyone in the city.

Pia Giovanni is a half-breed – half human, half wyr. Raised by her mother who embedded in her mind to never tell anyone what her half-wyr side is, she has always been on the run. But now she has herself in a bit of a bind. She let her guard down with her ex-boyfriend Keith and revealed to him a bit about herself. Something she has never done with another before. Then Keith turned out to be a jerk and to cover his gambling debts, is now blackmailing her with this secret information about herself. He hands over to her a finding charm which with her special powers leads her directly into Dragos’ hoard and demands that she steal something from Dragos to appease his “associates.” She gets in and steals one of his pennies.

When Dragos discovers this theft, he makes it his mission to find who did this. But soon, they both realize there is a bigger player at stake. The Dark Fae King and Dragos have bad blood and a war is on the horizon.

When we first meet Dragos, he reminded me very much of Raphael from Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. He is extremely powerful, intense, dark and just a bad ass. But Dragos soon comes into his own. He has been around since the beginning of time, yet some modern things still confuse him. Like slurpees and twizzlers. But don’t let that trick you because he runs one of the biggest corporations in the world. Cuelebre Towers employees thousands of people and he rules with a strict hand. But his dragon side also rules his actions throughout this book - something Pia must come to terms with:

Something very light tickled her forearms that covered the back of her head. It whuffled in her hair.

She scratched an arm. “Did you kill the Fae horses?”

The whuffling stopped. Dragos said in a cautious voice, “Was I not supposed to?”

She shrugged. “It just wasn’t their fault.”

“If it helps any, I was hungry and ate one.” Another whuffle.

When Dragos finally tracks down Pia, his anger soon turns to fascination. He quickly discovers her sticky situation with being blackmailed and realizes a bigger player is calling the shots. He finds himself no longer bored, and very physically attracted to this half breed.

Pia is a really great heroine. Strong, outspoken, and stands up to the over-bearing Dragos. He is kind of a “caveman” when it comes to romance. He isn’t suave, or charming. He expects her to follow his orders when it comes to her safety but also in the romance department. But as Pia comes to mean more to him, he wants to learn to be a better lover. I love how we are constantly reminded of how powerful and old he really is:

“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.”

Pia is strong-willed and butts heads with him about this behavior on many occasions. But there is also humor and warmth in their relationship. Their romance is a quick one in this book – I believe the entire book takes place over about five days. Which I know seems crazy, but it is totally believable. Dragos has the “mine” concept from very early on, and Pia herself desperate not to be lonely in life, falls for him just as quickly.

The romance is very erotic, and just as intense as Dragos himself. I also adored the supporting characters. Rune, Dragos’ “First” and best friend along with Dragos’ other trusted friends guard Pia with their life, although they don’t like her at first. But Dragos soon puts them in their place:

“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.”

Oh yes, Dragos is that much of a bad ass.

The writing is just superb. There are a few scenes where the action is violent and rough that just made my hair stand on end. Chapter seven holds my absolute favorite scene in the book. Dragos and Pia have been captured and Dragos knows he can’t immediately get them out of harms way. For such a powerful, irate being having to tell this woman who he has started to have protective feelings for that she is going to get hurt, was really amazing to read. You can feel the fear coming off Pia. A brief moment from this chapter:

“Here’s what I think is going to happen. They’re going to separate us. They might hurt you.” His grip tightened to the point of pain. “They won’t kill you. They’ll have seen I was tending to you in some way, so they’ll want to use you as leverage to control me. Goblins have no interest in human women. They’ won’t rape you.”

A spasm of trembling hit her, and then it was gone again and she was calm. “It’s all right,” she told him. “I’m all right. I’m glad you’re telling me this.”

“That’s my good brave girl.”

What follows is a terribly violent, emotionally filled chapter that just blew me away.

This world is really fantastic – exciting, very sexy and humorous. Fans of paranormal romance must read this book.

Rating: A
Profile Image for Crystal~BIG book addict~.
278 reviews207 followers
March 17, 2014
4 Dragon Lovin' Stars!

Pia has done something very stupid. She has stolen something in hopes that her ex-boyfriend will keep his mouth shut about her secret. Unfortunately, she has stolen something from Dragos who does not take kindly to anyone stealing from him, no matter what it is.

Dragos is a dragon who has been around for thousands of years. He has collected a lot of treasures over the years. He is amazed that someone was able to steal from him and actually live. Once he figures out it was Pia who stole from him, he becomes very intrigued by her.

After Dragos finally catches up with her, it becomes clear to him that she is his mate. He has found her after thousands of years.

Dragos existed at the center of it all. He was her one point of stable reference, her compass point, true north.

Unfortunately, the Dark Fae King doesn't want to see Dragos live any longer. He wants his power and all of his riches. Now Pia and Dragos have to fight to stay alive before they can truly be together.

Profile Image for ♡Karlyn P♡.
605 reviews1,203 followers
May 13, 2011
I debated between 4 and 5 stars, but it ended so well I just had to bump it up to 5-stars. It was a really enjoyable steamy PNR story that never had a dull moment. Loved the H/h, the world building was solid, the humor was wicked fun, the steam hot, and the side characters were all well done too. My only issue were the rapid mood swings between the H/h toward the end. While they were understandable, it was jarring in places. I look forward to reading the next in this series. Highly recommend to PNR fans.
Profile Image for Maria Clara.
974 reviews489 followers
August 29, 2018
Me ha gustado bastante, es un buen inicio para una saga. El único pero que puedo ponerle es ella; en general bien perooooo no me ha convencido.
Profile Image for Anne.
3,854 reviews69.1k followers
October 27, 2011
4.5 stars

I can't help it. The entire time I was reading this a huge part of me felt like a traitor to The Cause. Domineering men are not sexy! Isn't that what we're supposed to teach our daughters?
And yet...my daughter wasn't reading this, was she?
No. I was. And it was hot!
Perhaps we should amend The Rules, and say that domineering men are only sexy in fantasy novels? Yes. I think that will do quite nicely.
But in all seriousness, marry the guy who helps you out with the laundry!
Mmmmmm. Look at him separate the lights from the darks...Growr!
What? Trust me, girls....one day the sight of a man with a mop in one hand, and a bucket of Pine Sol in the other will be the sexiest thing you've ever seen.

Ok, too many people have already done a great job reviewing the story, so I won't bore you with my version of the details. However, I will list the top three things I loved about the book.

1. The fun and witty banter between Pia and Dragos
2. The smokin' hot lurve scenes
3. The fact that you don't find out what Pia is until the book is almost over.

This is such a fun fantasy/romance novel that I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone with any interest in this genre!

On a side note, the dude on the cover could not look any goofier. First, he's too skinny to match the physical description of the main character. I could snap that kid like a twig!
Second, that purple gargoyle-thing looks like it's shooting out of the side of his poor malnourished shoulder, and for some reason that really bothered me.
Not that any of that has any bearing on the book...
Profile Image for Lady Heather .
1,290 reviews700 followers
April 7, 2018

Re-Read: April 5-6, 2018
Wonderful re-read!
Still one of my favourite books, and Dragos and Pia are still one of my favourite couples.

re-read February 23, 2015
Still a favorite.

June 22-27, 2011

It was so refreshing to read this story! The world the author has created with her amazing imagination is wonderful, exciting, and could be scary as hell!
The characters are complex, and interesting, and the bantering between the H/h is awesome.

What can I say, the lead is a scary-ass Dragon.
How cool is that!

I highly recommend this book to all who love reading Urban Fantasy, PNR... I don't think you'll be disappointed!
Profile Image for Floripiquita.
1,352 reviews152 followers
May 17, 2021
4,5 estrellazas para este primer libro de una serie que seguro seguiré. Me ha encantado el mundo fantástico que crea Thea Harrison, con sus Razas Antiguas -los wyr- conviviendo con los seres humanos. Y ¿qué decir de sus protagonistas? Dragos y Pia son dos grandes personajes, fuertes e independientes, capaces de relacionarse de tu a tu a pesar de sus diferencias y de evolucionar gracias a una historia de amor improbable pero no imposible, llena de momentos de acción trepidante y otros muy divertidos y sexys. Ese “por favor”, que Dragos empieza a utilizar gracias a Pia, es lo más.
Profile Image for Penny Reid.
Author 105 books20.5k followers
June 5, 2014
"What are you reading?"

"Oh... just a book."

"What's it about?"

"A dragon... and a ."

"... Is it, like, a fantasy version of Animal Farm?"

"Yes. That's exactly what it is."

Note my surprise, this book was REALLY fun, entertaining, hot, engaging, and-- therefore-- 5 stars. BAM!
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