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Dragon Bound (Elder Races Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Thea Harrison
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)

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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.

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Black Dagger Brotherhood readers will love this! Dragon Bound has it all: a smart heroine, a sexy alpha hero and a dark, compelling world. I'm hooked! -- J R Ward I absolutely loved Dragon Bound! Once I started reading, I was mesmerized to the very last page. Thea Harrison is a master storyteller, and she transported me to a fascinating world I want to visit again and again. It's a fabulous, exciting read that paranormal romance readers will love -- Christine Feehan Every now and then a book comes along that blows your socks off - this is one of those books! Romantic Times A really fabulous start to a new paranormal romance series, which I cannot wait to continue. Wonderful characters with a strong but vulnerable heroine and a sexy as hell dragon, this is a book you definitely do not want to miss! Book Chick City

About the Author

Thea Harrison is the pen name for author Teddy Harrison. Thea has travelled extensively, having lived in England and explored Europe for several years. She has graduate degrees in Philanthropic Studies and Library Information Science, but her first love has always been writing fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 844 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q7DQLS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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207 of 215 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Bound May 3, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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121 of 140 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been seeing a lot of people recommending this book as a fantastic read. I must say I wasn't that impressed.

The premise was good. The book opens with Pia Giovanni basically running for her life. Her ex boyfriend managed to blackmail her into stealing something from Dragos, a very powerful dragon. We find out during the course of the book that her mom told her to hide before she died, and taught her the means to do so.

I think my issue with the book had a lot to do with the characters' interactions. Dragos seemed alternately wooden in speech and mannerisms, then would randomly throw out cool-sounding slang. I never really got a handle on his personality.

Pia was the same way. In the opening chapters, she's depicted as a "good girl" who fell into a bad situation, and on several occasions there were long monologues on how she just felt so bad about having to hurt people to save herself. But then, like Dragos, she'd randomly start yelling, screaming, and generally throwing hissy fits.

The characterisations gave me whiplash, to the point that it was difficult to enjoy the pretty awesome plotline. I just didn't get a good feel for Pia and Dragos's motivations behind many of their actions.

Based on the other ratings, I was in the minority on this, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing World of the Elder Races May 3, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am so glad I read the first installment of Thea Harrison's new Elder Races series. The world she builds is believable and interesting, with magical creatures more-or-less openly living in political states that overlay the political boundaries of the US that we mere mortals inhabit.

Each area is controlled by one Elder Race. In New York City, the Wyr are lead by a dragon-shapeshifter s powerful, so demanding, so ancient, so enticing, that he puts other romantic heroes to shame. There is also a much lesser-known half-Wyr named Pia who cannot shapeshift, but who is smart, knows her own mind, and isn't easily lead astray by male machinations (well not usually). When these two characters meet, sparks fly in more ways than one.

The plot is mesmerizing, the romance breathtaking, and the outcome thrilling. I'm not going to say more because I don't want to take one moment of pleasure from readers. Harrison is one of the wittiest paranormal romance writers to come along in a very long time. If you enjoy the work of writers like JD Ward and Nalini Singh, you will love this stunning debut. Highly recommended!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I wish I could say I loved this book as much as other reviewers. Taken as an action oriented paranormal romance, it was great. The plot moved at a nice pace, and I never felt bored with the story. The world was interesting. The characterization is where this story lost me. It's an odd personal quirk of mine that I need likeable characters in my fiction. I need to care about my protagonist, their romance options, and even my antagonists if I'm going to enjoy a story.

And I DID love the main character. Pia is strong, smart, and capable. She's also balanced in a way man urban fantasy chics are not - she doesn't mouth off without cause, or "shoot first ask questions later." She will give you the harsher side of her wit if you piss her off. She's honorable - the kind of girl that would steal from a dragon, but leave an apology note and a replacement item as recompense. I loved her.

What I did not love was Dragos. I had absolutely no sense of him - who he was, what his motivations were. He was about as real to me as card board with a "Alpha Male" label tacked on. He's the kind of guy that yells, rages, and bruises you before he makes sweet sweet love to you. Hot right? Ya, not so much. I like a good possessive alpha male as much as any girl that enjoys romance. But I like to feel that under all that bluster is a real man, with feelings, and reasons for being the way he is. Reasons I can understand, and even sympathize with. The only thing I thing I was given to help me understand Dragos is, he's old. Yup, massively old - like before the dawn of time old. Now I know that'd make a guy a little ... errr... different than the norm, and I really tried to understand him from that perspective, but I just couldn't.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it so much
Published 3 days ago by Nicky Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, Funny Paranormal Romance
"Pia was blackmailed into committing a crime more suicidal than she could possibly have imagined, and she had no one to blame but herself. Read more
Published 23 days ago by S. Melo
5.0 out of 5 stars I am now and wow!
Not really one for fantasy story lines. This book changed my mind. Loved Pia from the first paragraph, she is taking on Dragos by stealing from him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cat Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE THIS BOOK.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Honbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Humorous and sexy! A great read written in a well developed world with a wonderfully grouchy alpha male dragon and a sassy, tough heroine.
Published 1 month ago by Natalie Villafane
4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant suprise
I will admit that I didn't think that I was gonna like this book. I mean its a romance about a thief who steals from a dragon and then they fall for each other. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tamara Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I'm a sucker for all things elves, fae, dragons, and unicorns!! This book managed to hit every one of those buttons. Now onto book2.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Adore This Book and the Series!
I just did a reread of this book. I think this is maybe my 5th read. It never gets old. The world building is masterful, the chemistry between Dragos and Pia perfect, the plot... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cat's Books: Romance Novel Theme Park
5.0 out of 5 stars magical
A great book, enhanced by amazingly talented narrator.
Magical world building of an alternate America, elves, vampires, Wyr-various shape shifting beings is closest... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Randy S
4.0 out of 5 stars I can see why so many are huge fans of the book/series
This series has been one that has been on my radar for a while now. I have heard many people saying wonderful things about it, but I never seemed to find the time to work it into... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Musings & Ramblings
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Thea Harrison resides in Colorado. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen, and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter. She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child. Now she writes in a variety of genres, including sci-fi fantasy, paranormal and contemporary romance.

You can check out her website and/or sign up for her newsletter at: www.theaharrison.com, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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