May 3rd 2011 by Berkley
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...
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Front cover, back cover, first page flap and the page after that is brimming with Author ravings and I can see why! Dragon Bound, book one in the Elder Races series is packed with heat.
Dragos Cuelebre, the only known dragon in existence has been alive far a long time and has found life all too comfortable at the top of the food chain. Pia Giovanni is just the person Dragos's been looking for and didn't even know it. "Pia was his mystery. No one else's." (p 167)
Pia is out on a limb. Desperate times calls for desperate measures. She is on the run and trying to cover her tracks but in a world dripping with magic and magic creatures hiding is not so easy. No one has ever broke through Dragos's barriers and wards much less steal something from his horde. Dragos wants that thief for more reasons then one... in fact, the letter left in place of the missing coin has his knickers in a twist.
The romance is hot and sweet. Is that possible? Yes, it is. Thea Harrison does a tremendously fine job writing her characters. Dragos's character achieves a total alpha male sizzling with dominance while still remaining to be cute because he's honestly clueless.
Pia knows all too well the animal within-the Wyr aspect of Dragos. She knows when to push and when to cool back but at the same time never letting him step on her toes. Their shared romance is a paranormal romance fan's dream read. The relationship begins with lust and the confusion of the parameters. Pia's suppose to be a slave to repay Dragos for her crime but something else is happening. I enjoy complex story lines like this because the author then has the challenge of proving to me that love really exists between the two and really make me believe the happy outcome. I call this 'relationship of forced circumstance.' It is my favorite element in romance story lines but also the easiest to mess up if not written with care. Kudos, Thea Harrison has made me a believe in Pia and Dragos."This is an unexpected honor, my lord," she gushed. "What can I do for you?""There are plastic bags with zippers on them. I've seen them in commercials," Dragos said to her. He snapped his fingers, trying to remember the name. "You put food in them.""Ziploc bags?" she asked in a cautious voice.He pointed at her. "Yes. I want one." (page 37)
All in all, Dynamite read. Loved every page and looking forward to the entire series!
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