May 24, 2011

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Review plus giveaway: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #1)

Paranormal Romance
May 3 2011
Mass Market Paperback
336 pages

Yummy Man – Dragos
Kick Ass Chick – Pia Giovanni

From Goodreads
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.

5plus stars

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!

  1. Adriana Cabrera says:

    Hi, I have read good reviews about this book and I want it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Ok, you’ve convinced me, i’ll have to get it.

  3. After reading tons of reviews, this book hit my “can’t-wait-a-moment-longer list. I paid full price for an ebook. Yep, $7.99 for an ebook. The frickin paper book cost $7.99. I absolutely don’t regret it. It is so worth the money. I’ll be getting the paper version to put on my bookshelf.

  4. THis books sounds absolutely incredible. I love it when the hero has a possessive streak and the heroine is not completely helpless. That is why I often prefer PNR to Historical. I like books with a kick and lots of action in and out of the bedroom.

    Hope to win this and be able to read it very soon.


  5. You referred to it on twitter and my interest got picked. Now I read the review and I’m dying to read it. Whether I win this giaway or not, I’m going to be reading this book soon, I’m telling ya!


  6. Great review, Julie. This series reminds me of Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series – I read book one and then immediately wanted all the other books ASAP! I loved her Dragos would do things to make her more comfortable or happy. Or try to find out what he had done wrong if she was upset.

    Don’t count me in the giveaway – I was one of those who ran out and got a copy as soon as it came out.

  7. Great review ! I really like the quotes.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Vampire Lady says:

    Excellent review! I’m certain that if don’t win the book I’m going to buy it!

    mpp1501 AT gmail DOT com

  9. Yay!! Great review Julie…I am so glad that you liked it!! I Love Dragon Bound…(don’t enter me in the drawing.) smiles…

  10. Julie Witt says:

    I’m going to put this book on my TBR list right away! I love finding new books that get such great reviews 🙂

  11. Thanks for the great review and the giveaway! This book sounds awesome!

  12. Thanks for such an enthusiastic review & giveaway! Would love to win this to review on my blog.

  13. Love the review Julie! After hearing everyone gush about this book I was so very VERY close to picking it up at the book store yesterday but decided to hold off…it won’t hurt waiting to purchase it due to having so many other books I can fill my time with. LOL. I’m so happy that you enjoyed this book so much and I really really really can’t wait to check it out! 😀

  14. Fabulous book! I hope to win a copy so I can give one to my friend who actually introduced me to the genre several years ago.

  15. This book has to be the most buzzed-about book of the year (well, next to the Fever book). I can’t wait to read it. I don’t want to be a Greedy Gerty since I just won two books but I really hope to win this one too!!!

    I like dragon books especially G.A. Aiken’s series (Dragon Actually-bk 1).

  16. Fantastic, count me in!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  17. Thanks for the review Julie. 🙂 Been seeing all the hype and sometimes that makes me leary but really this one sounds deserving. Please count me in for the giveaway!

  18. I thought it was ok..yup sadly I was one of those that was not wowed

  19. I’m so glad you loved this book, Dragos is so dreamy!!
    Great review.
    Please do not enter me in the giveaway.

  20. Now this book sounds even yummier.
    I have been wanting to read this.

  21. This book sounds like a keeper. I loved the blurbs!
    Count me in.

  22. Barbara Elness says:

    Dragon Bound sound like a fantastic book. I loved the giggle worthy quotes – I can’t wait to read this book.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  23. Julie Witt says:

    I keep seeing this book getting great reviews and I want it! Great giveaway 🙂

  24. Thanks for the chance to win, it seems to be a great debut and something I would like to read

  25. This has got to be one of the most inspiring romantic books I have ever read. But the most important catches, who wouldn’t want to the the treasure of a hunky dragon?

  26. I have heard so many great things about this book! I’d love to win a copy! The giggle worthy quotes are great, especially the first one!

  27. I’m not entering the giveaway, but this book is just so swoonworthy! I adored it. Loved your review!

  28. Thanks for the review. Can’t wait to read it!

  29. Chrissy says:

    I have heard such great things about this book – please count me in!
    Thanks for the chance!

  30. Hummm, a sexy dragon!


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  31. Great review and great quotes! Serious love for this book and hopefully the series!

  32. This book sounds good. Can’t wait to read it.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. Everyone says this book is awesome. Clearly, I must read it.

    Jen at Red Hot Books

  34. Book Bloggers have influenced me to put this on my TBR list. I’m curious about these Dragos guy. Please enter me 🙂

  35. I keep seeing everyone singing the praises of this novel, so of course I can’t wait to read it and see for myself. And besides that, dragons are exciting and so sexy! ;-D

    Thank you for the great giveaway Julie and again Happy Happy Blogoversary! 😀

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  36. Great review. I can’t wait to start this book myself. Don’t enter me Julie, just wanted you to know that your review has just moved this book up in my TBR, like maybe next! lol

  37. The cover and the fact that the hero is a dragon shifter doesn’t do much for me, but EVERY review I’ve read has been about how fantastic this book is, so I have to give it a read.

  38. TheOnlyLisa says:

    Great review, this book sounds so good. Please enter me in the contest. Good luck to everyone!

  39. LMAO with some of those quotes! 5 star, huh? The review was great! Would love to try it out. 😉

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