RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison


Title: Dragon Bound
Author: Thea Harrison
Publication Info: Berkley 2011
ISBN: 978-0425241509
Genre: Paranormal

Dragon Bound This review was written by Zulma. This story was nominated in the Best Paranormal Romance category.

The summary:     

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.

And here is Zulma's review:

There are a handful of books that I return to when I need to escape into a well written story that contains the elements that appeal to me as a reader of romance novels – a good story, a strong and smart female character, and a smoking hot male lead. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison is one of those books.

There are so many things that are right about Dragon Bound. From the beginning of the book when we encounter Pia Giovanni running for her life because she has been blackmailed into stealing from the most feared and powerful Wyr dragon shifter, Dragos Culebre, to the sexy HEA ending, readers are taken on a breathtaking and exciting adventure.

Pia and Dragos are one of my favorite romantic couples. Pia is lonely because she has been brought up to hide her true Wyr nature, which is powerful and magical. She has been taught by her mother to run and hide among humans, to deny the animal side of herself because to reveal it would put her life in danger. Yet she is aware of the “caged creature” that lives inside her, the elusive part of her that is slowly revealed as the story progresses. She is resourceful and outspoken and manages to tame the fearsome dragon. In the end, she comes into her Wyr power with the help of Dragos.

Pia is overwhelmed by Dragos, who is a “what-the-hell-is-my-name-again kind of guy.” He describes himself as “jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive.” Yet he changes for her. He works on his autocratic tendencies and his “communication issues.” Throughout the book he asks her, “What do you want?” a question that enables Pia to articulate her feelings and allows her to trust him.

Other aspects of the book that need mentioning are the explosive and exciting sex scenes between Pia and Dragos. They are some of the best I’ve encountered in romantic fiction. The action scenes that have Pia, Dragos, and company fighting goblins and evil fae stand out for their fierceness and the fact that Pia holds her own alongside the man/dragon. The climactic battle and rescue at the end is the edge-of-your-seat kind. The interactions between Pia and the secondary characters (who will get their own books) are funny and heartwarming.

Finally, Harrison is a wonderful writer! The plot of Dragon Bound is cleverly developed, her characters are fleshed out, she writes witty, laugh out loud dialogue, and her writing style is hip and refreshing. I love this book!

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  1. 1
    Jeannie B says:

    Great review…I absolutely loved this book!  Plus you’ve given me the reminder to read it again.

  2. 2
    Holly says:

    This book is one of my faves, too.  Looking forward to Lord’s Fall in November. 

  3. 3
    Bnbsrose says:

    I love, love, love this series for all the reasons above and because at somepoint during all the action, adventure and sexxing there is always something that makes you laugh out loud.

  4. 4
    Brunette Librarian says:

    I really loved this book too!! Wholeheartedly agree with the A+!

  5. 5
    JaneDrew says:

    I did not expect to love this book the way that I did—it was fantastic, and I loved the twists and humorous moments as much as the action and romance. Glad to see it get reviewed here, with well-deserved praise.

  6. 6
    Julia Broadbooks says:

    I love this series too, for all these reasons. I’ve already reread it once and I know I’ll be back for more.

  7. 7
    infinitieh says:

    This was a fun, exciting read and I like the cover, too!

  8. 8
    Ejaygirl says:

    One of my most favorite books.  Love, love, love it!!!!

  9. 9
    Kim says:

    I never read paranormal romance, but I heard so much about this book and wanted to like it SO badly.  Unfortunately, I could not get into it and was a DNF for me. The fact that so many others liked it so much, just shows that I am a bit narrow-minded when it comes to romance.  I’ll just stick to historical and the occasional contemporary. :/

  10. 10
    Blueheronsld says:

    I re-read this book immediately upon finishing it the first time.  I have never done that with any other book.  I have read it at least twice since then and was just thinking about re-reading it again yesterday.  Love it!

  11. 11
    Cerulean says:

    I enjoyed this book, but would give it more of a B than an A+. I liked how Dragos changed for her and I liked Pia’s spirit, but there was some awkwardness in some of the scenes that could’ve been written more smoothly. I would still suggest this book, but it does have a lighter side to it. It’s not cartoony chick-lit at all, but it’s definitely not dark fantasy serious.

  12. 12
    kkw says:

    It’s not just you.
    I like paranormal, but this book…I found it an uphill slog.  I stuck with it out of perverse curiosity (it can’t really be this ridiculous, can it? Just wait for it).
    The sequel baiting is out of control.
    The dragon is an utterly unlikable character. 
    The heroine…I don’t want to spoil it in case there are those who wish to read it and somehow manage not to see it coming, but I actually wept I was laughing so hard at her absurd character development.
    I prefer to laugh with a book than at it, but even so the book gets points for making me laugh so hard, enough so that it might squeak a C.

  13. 13
    Kmitc56 says:

    Completely agree. It’s been a while since I tried to read this one – it was a DNF.  I can’t remember exactly what I didn’t like about it.  I remember it started out good and went steadily downhill.  By the middle of the book I couldn’t stand the female lead, or perhaps it was the author’s inconsistent handling of the female lead’s character. Can’t fathom why so many people liked this book.

  14. 14
    Kaetrin says:

    I’m another who loved this book.  The audiobook is great too.

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