Title: Dragon Bound
Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Berkley (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: May 3rd, 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 one another.
There are always new Paranormal Romance series coming out. All the time, left and right. Really, there’s an endless supply. But, one thing that seems to be consistent with any new PNR series is mixed reviews. Sure, not all the time. But most of the time there will be people who love it and people who didn’t. So how can any Paranormal Romance fan possibly resist a new series that has practically everyone gushing their hearts out. It’s not every day that a brand new PNR series can take the genre by storm like that. But Dragon Bound has done just that. I, like many others, couldn’t resist.
I wasn’t disappointed and I can certainly see why there’s so much hype surrounding this new series. Thea Harrison has a true talent for creating a layered and interesting world of paranormal creatures (or Wyr’s as they’re called in this world). But while the world is wonderful, what made this book for me was the characters.
It’s been awhile since I’ve come across a PNR that I loved both the hero and heroine so much. Dragos is hard-edged and can sometimes be your typical primal overly-protective male. But while he has these tendencies, he also has these extremely rare and out-of-character moments with Pia that have you melting for him.
As for Pia, she is not afraid to push back when the big bad hero pushes her buttons. Of course, this is your typical female heroine in any PNR. But somehow it’s different at the same time. There are moments when Pia demands that Dragos doesn’t own her and that she is not his property. Sound familiar? Sure, we all see it in a lot of PNR novels — hell, most PNR novels. But it’s different this time somehow. Things I would have found annoying and aggravating on another heroine I instead found endearing and entertaining on Pia.
I can’t exactly pinpoint exactly what’s different except just that Thea Harrison knows how to write characters really well, and she wrote these two perfectly. They are both the absolute perfect balance of the things we both love (and sometimes hate) in our favorite PNR characters. Their relationship as well was extremely well written, and despite only spanning a short period of time it felt realistic and natural, not forced at all.
What I liked most about them though was that they both were very aware about their feelings for each other. I think they struggled to some extent what to make of their feelings. But in some books you have the constant pushing and pulling — I love you, I hate you — going on. In this story they are both extremely head over heals most of the time, and yet it didn’t feel boring or missing anything despite that.
Overall, this is a fantastic top-notch new PNR series. I guess all the raving reviews weren’t for nothing. If you love paranormal romance, pick this one up for sure. It’ll give you a whole new appreciation for dragon-shifters!
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