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  • Publisher: Tantor; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (July 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145265364X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452653648
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #863,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lotusland Lady TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 30 2011
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I circled around this book for a long time because dragons have taken over from vampires and werewolves as the latest hot alpha fantasy-romance novel heroes. Which means some pretty dreadful books are now being written with dragons and maidens etc doing the boy meets girl,token resistance, jumping in the sack, running into a spot of trouble, and then big finish, love, marriage, baby carriage etc.
I am so glad I finally tried this first book in the series. Read it nonstop and immediately bought the next two. If you like GA Aikens, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews and/or Patricia Briggs I believe you will really enjoy Dragon Bound. I always prefer stories where the male is both intelligent, sexy, and truly dangerous if that is what the story implies and the female is not an embarrassment to her gender. Thea Harrison hits all the right spots but avoids the cliches along the way. Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 18 2011
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Dragos Cuelebre, Lord of the Wyrkind demesne, is an ancient dragon who takes on a human form. He has led all of the Wyrkind for centuries from his demesne based in New York. As founder and head of Cuelebre Enterprises, Dragos is very powerful, financially, politically and magically. He can be selfish, callous, possessive, territorial, wicked, cunning, and ruthless - and those are his kinder traits.

Then something happens that has never before been accomplished. Someone manages to locate his hidden horde and steals a small object. Finding the horde is a miracle in itself, but to somehow slip through all the magical wards and traps - and survive - should have been impossible. Worse, none of Dragos's wards ever warned him of an intruder. His bellow of rage shakes all of New York. He would find and tear the little thief to pieces.

Pia Giovanni's late mother had engraved the lessons into her mind. Pia was never to tell anyone about herself. She was to blend in with the humans. Stay under the radar and avoid scrutiny. Never tell anyone that she was half human and half something else. She was to live her life in secret. But her mother is dead and Pia did not want to be alone. She told one minor secret to her boyfriend, Keith, the man she once loved, while they had been tipsy. No lock can hold her. She can open any lock as if it was not there. Uttering that single fact marked the end of life as she knew it. Months after Pia broke up with him, Keith reappears and blackmails her into stealing an object, any object, from Dragos's secret horde. Pia takes a secret pleasure in retrieving a simple copper penny for Keith instead of anything valuable. Her conscience has her leaving another penny in its place, along with a short note of apology.
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By Betzy Bruck on Oct. 24 2013
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Charming, funny, fast paced. All the things I love about a good book. Get lost in the elder race books.
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By Dunkitkat on July 19 2014
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Great book. I just recently found this author and have enjoyed her books. I like this series's better then her other one but both are good.
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Dragon Bound May 3 2011
By A. Schreiner - Published on Amazon.com
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. But soon, they both realize there is a bigger player at stake. The Dark Fae King and Dragos have bad blood and a war is on the horizon.

When we first meet Dragos, he reminded me very much of Raphael from Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series. He is extremely powerful, intense, dark and just a bad ass. But Dragos soon comes into his own. He has been around since the beginning of time, yet some modern things still confuse him. Like slurpees and twizzlers. But don't let that trick you because he runs one of the biggest corporations in the world. Cuelebre Towers employees thousands of people and he rules with a strict hand. But his dragon side also rules his actions throughout this book - something Pia must come to terms with.

When Dragos finally tracks down Pia, his anger soon turns to fascination. He quickly discovers her sticky situation with being blackmailed and realizes a bigger player is calling the shots. He finds himself no longer bored, and very physically attracted to this half breed.

Pia is a really great heroine. Strong, outspoken, and stands up to the over-bearing Dragos. He is kind of a "caveman" when it comes to romance. He isn't suave, or charming. He expects her to follow his orders when it comes to her safety but also in the romance department. But as Pia comes to mean more to him, he wants to learn to be a better lover. I love how we are constantly reminded of how powerful and old he really is.

Pia is strong-willed and butts heads with him about this behavior on many occasions. But there is also humor and warmth in their relationship. Their romance is a quick one in this book - I believe the entire book takes place over about five days. Which I know seems crazy, but it is totally believable. Dragos has the "mine" concept from very early on, and Pia herself desperate not to be lonely in life, falls for him just as quickly.

The romance is very erotic, and just as intense as Dragos himself. I also adored the supporting characters. Rune, Dragos' "First" and best friend along with Dragos' other trusted friends guard Pia with their life, although they don't like her at first. But Dragos soon puts them in their place.

The writing is just superb. There are a few scenes where the action is violent and rough that just made my hair stand on end. Chapter seven holds my absolute favorite scene in the book. Dragos and Pia have been captured and Dragos knows he can't immediately get them out of harms way. For such a powerful, irate being having to tell this woman who he has started to have protective feelings for that she is going to get hurt, was really amazing to read. You can feel the fear coming off Pia. A brief moment from this chapter:

"Here's what I think is going to happen. They're going to separate us. They might hurt you." His grip tightened to the point of pain. "They won't kill you. They'll have seen I was tending to you in some way, so they'll want to use you as leverage to control me. Goblins have no interest in human women. They' won't rape you."

A spasm of trembling hit her, and then it was gone again and she was calm. "It's all right," she told him. "I'm all right. I'm glad you're telling me this."

"That's my good brave girl."

What follows is a terribly violent, emotionally filled chapter that just blew me away.

This world is really fantastic - exciting, very sexy and humorous. Fans of paranormal romance must read this book.
110 of 128 people found the following review helpful
Please don't hurt me - But this wasn't a good surprise for me May 11 2011
By L. Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
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.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Amazing World of the Elder Races May 3 2011
By Carol Mathis - Published on Amazon.com
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!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great action filled story - Dragos just needed some more character development Oct. 10 2011
By Mithrendiel - Published on Amazon.com
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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. He's an enigma to me, and didn't think he deserved Pia.

Dragon Bound, was fun read. The action flowed nicely from start to finish. I liked the world, the main character, and even the side characters. I just did not like Dragos and that threw off the whole romance plotline for me. If you are the type of reader that enjoys a good action, and steamy romance, but places less emphasis on being able to empthize with your progonists, I am confident you'll love this book.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Loved it as much as I do favs from Singh, Frost, Ione, etc. May 8 2011
By Shannon C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I had never heard of this author before. I came across her name in Amazon's paranormal romance forum. She was getting some buzz as a good new PNR author. I'm thrilled that I found her! I've read all of the major PNR series and many of the minor ones, and I struggle to find new great books to read in the genre. So many of the ones I've tried lately have just been good/ok, but not this one--it was great! I enjoyed it as much as I do books from some of my other fav PNR authors -- Frost, Singh, Ione, etc.

The series reminds me a lot in style to Ione's Demonica series--mix of action, adventure, suspense and very good romance; great character development; hot alpha, possessive hero; strong female lead; and good dialogue. I really liked the lead characters and supporting cast. The range character types was cool too--dragon shifters, gryphons, thunderbirds, Fae, elves, and more.

I can't wait to read the next one in the series (Trick's book) Storm's Heart (A Novel of the Elder Races), which will be out in August. Then the third book will be out this October (Rune's book).

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