Review plus giveaway: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #1)
May 3 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Yummy Man – Dragos
Kick Ass Chick – Pia Giovanni
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.
Something I have learned in my year of blogging is that book bloggers influence each other…a lot. It will always start with one or two bloggers. They will get their hands on an ARC that they simply fall in love with. So they blog and blog and blog about it. This makes other bloggers want this book. What can I say. We are book addicts and have very little resistance. As soon as we can, we bloggers run to the store and pick up this gem. We then read it and often fall in love with it too. So we blog and blog and blog about it. Suddenly, this book is everywhere and everyone loves it…because it is made of awesome.
I call this phenomenon “finding and pimping the ‘it’ book of the moment”. And right now, that ‘it’ book is Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison. And it totally deserves all the attention that it seems to be getting because this book is simply wonderful.
The way the world is introduced to you is like it’s always been and you know what it’s like. There is no long ramble about how things work because honestly, this world is pretty straight forward and simple. There are Wyr (shifters), Fae and Vampyre (but we don’t actually meet any in this book). They are out. There is the human realm and there is the Other realm. That’s it, and I was glad. Without a bunch of unnecessary complication, you are really able to focus on the story and the character development. And that character development is worth paying attention to because it is incredibly done.
I can’t gush enough about the hero and heroine in this book. Dragos is your typical Alpha. He’s older than dirt so people respect/fear him and always do what he says…and never question him. That is until Pia. First of all, I love her name. Next, I love it when a heroine stands up to the guy who never gets stood up to. And Pia does it without seeming too righteous or like a bitch. I found her to be likeable and a perfect match for our dear alpha Dragos. I loved how he was confused and baffled by some ‘unnecessary’ modern conveniences. And I love that he did things for Pia without really knowing why but simply because his gut told him it would make her happy. And all that macho possessive game he pulls? I’m sorry but in books, I’m a sucker for that.
I also enjoyed each and every supporting character in this book. Dragos’ entourage is filled with people I want to know more about. They already made me laugh and shake my head. I’m already hoping each and every one of them gets their own book!
And the story was great. It moved along at a nice pace and was interesting to read. Twists and turns galore too that keeps you on your toes.
I have to say that I have not been this excited about a Paranormal Romance series by a ‘new to the genre’ author in…well, ever. The cast of characters is just incredible and I can’t wait for each and every one of their stories to be told. Next up, and not too far from now, is Storm’s Heat (Tricks and Tiago’s story). That one hits shelves August 2 2011. After that it’s Serpent’s Kiss (Rune and Carling’s story). We don’t have to wait too long for that one either. It’s due out October 4 2011. I really enjoyed Tricks and Rune…and even Tiago (what we saw of him) in Dragon Bound. I am very anxious to read their tales.
Overall I found this book simply fantastic. Neat world, great alpha hero, wonderful strong heroine, well constructed supporting characters and a gripping story. To me, simply put, it was a perfect Paranormal Romance read.
Giggle worthy quotes
“’So, is that your long, scaly, reptilian tail, or are you just happy to see me?’
No, she did not just say that.”
“’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 it. He seemed discomfited by her. ‘Well,’ she said at last, ‘maybe you’re a very good dragon.’”
“’You cringed from me. Don’t ever cringe from me again.’
‘Dragos,’ she said in a sensible voice. ‘If you turn on me and snarl like a wild animal when I’m not expecting it, I think I might cringe again. Call me a girly girl if you want, but that’s just how it is.’”
“She dragged the tunic and leggings on and sat on the ground to pull on her tennis shoes. She bit back a grimace at their dingy state and added it to her list of grievances. A hundred thousand dollars down the toilet. Three IDs gone. No car. No socks. No underwear.
And what did she do? She went and had sex with the cause of all of her problems. Sure, it wasn’t the yawn-and-make-up-a-grocery-list-until-he’s-finished kind of sex. It was the kind she had never even imagined was possible, a what-the-hell-is-my-name-again kind of sex.”
This book hit my favorites list. And because I enjoyed this book so much, I want you guys to have the opportunity to read it too. So I am giving away one copy of it to one lucky commenter. Just leave a comment to enter. Easy-peasy.
Giveaway open until June 1st 2011 11:59pm EST and wherever Book Depository ships. Good luck!