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Dragon Bound - Thea Harrison 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.

I think every reader (and they’re mum) has heard about Dragon Bound by now even if they haven’t read it yet. After reading Smexy books review of Dragon Bound I was unsure if I wanted to read Dragon Bound but then I saw Katie from Babbling About Books and More tweeting about it and she seemed to like it and thought ah, why not give it ago. And I’m so glad I did!

I loved, loved, loved Dragon Bound. Gushing aside I haven’t read anything like this before and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series and hope it’s just as good. I understand why some people have been saying that Dragos is similar or reminds them of Raphael from Nalini Singh’s Archangels series and in some ways I can see it but in other ways Dragos is a million times more interesting character with a more interesting history, in my opinion. Dragos is as old as time if not possibly older, in today’s world he is extremely powerful, wealthy and everyone is scared of him. He’s ruthless, aggressive but also charming and extremely possessive of what he thinks of as his. In other words totally yum! I liked Dragos from the get–go and really enjoyed the way he was portrayed throughout the book. I immensely enjoyed his interaction with the secondary characters, who were his first and second in command, Rune and Graydon. Other characters such as Tricks and Tiago also helped add to the series and make it even more enjoyable. I can’t wait to read more about them in the future.
Pia, where do I start with Pia?! I seriously loved her right from the first opening sentence, which doesn’t happen often, normally it takes me a while before I like the heroine in most books, but not with Pia, right from the get-go like with Dragos I adored Pia. She was brilliant, funny, smart and resourceful. I really liked her take no crap attitude, even from herself and how she handled Dragos from the start of their relationship, even before they met face to face Pia made a lasting impression on him and even me.
Dragon Bound was an interesting paranormal adventure romance that really gripped me throughout the story. I was intrigued with the villain but not overly concerned because the story between Pia and Dragos had me thoroughly transfixed. I really liked how you don’t find out what Pia’s wyr half is until near the end and how special and unique it makes her. I liked how Dragos knows what she is but can’t remember what it was from the smell of her.

Favourite Quotes:
“Pia was blackmailed into committing a crime more suicidal than she could possibly have imagined, and she had no one to blame but herself.”
“It sucked so bad she might as well put a gun to her head and pull the trigger. Except she didn’t own a gun because she didn’t like them.”

“If she were in a race for her life, that roar was the starter pistol. If God were the referee, He had just shouted Go.”

“...smelled like wild sunshine and it was familiar in a way that pulled at all of Dragos’s deepest instincts.”

“He strained harder for that elusive time with a younger sun, a deep green forest and a celestial scent that drove him crashing through the underbrush-”

“I’m sorry I had to take your penny. Here’s another to replace it.”

“How could she be so damn charmed by such a primitive thug?”

“You might have noticed I’m a primitive kind of guy.” He showed his teeth and got into her face. “All those centuries of civilization? Just a veneer.”

Overall, Dragon Bound is a totally brilliant and wonderful story that had me totally enthralled from start to finish. It’s a must read for any paranormal romance fan and I really can’t wait to read the next book in the series Storm’s Heart out 2nd August 2011.