Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
If Pia Giovanni had learned one thing from her mother, it was keep your identity secret and never let anyone know that you are special. Well, too much to drink and one sleazebag of a boyfriend blew that lesson right out of the water. Now she was being blackmailed into stealing from the most powerful being in the northeast United States. She fully expected to die because of her actions, but she was determined to make Dragos Cuelebre put some effort into the hunt before he tore her limb from limb. As leader of the Wyr faction and an ancient dragon, nobody was stupid enough to try and find Dragos' hoard, let alone actually steal something from it. Not only was this a theft, but a slap at his alpha pride, and that would never be tolerated.
I had heard so many wonderful things about this new series that I was leary of actually reading it, because of the huge build up. Rarely does a book ever live up to the hype, or even come close. Dragon Bound exceeded the hype and became one of my favorite top picks of the year. Normally I am all about the heroes, and I did love the sexy, domineering Dragos. However Pia was an OUTSTANDING heroine. She was full of snark, bitchiness, and had attitude oozing out the ying yang. She was also smart enough to know when to shut up, listen and follow directions. She also wouldn't hesitate to throw hands or tell someone to eff off. These two characters combined created one of the most entertaining literary duos I have had the privilege to meet. There was not one passage of this book I skimmed over. Each word of every sentence grabbed my attention and held on for dear life.
This fantastic world Ms. Harrison has created is filled with an abundance of sexy beasts. Dragos' Wyr sentinels alone are fodder for several months worth of fantasies. Every element of this story is perfectly balanced to compliment the other elements. The emotion, the action, drama, humor and "too hot to be believed' chemistry all work together so that no one aspect takes over the book. This is a book for everyone, regardless of what genre you prefer. Dragon Bound covers all the bases. One of the things about this book that I admired was the strong way the women were represented. From Pia to Thistle Periwinkle aka Tricks, they were all strong, intelligent women who contributed as much, if not more, than their male counterparts. I will be a rabid fan of this author for as long as she continues to feed my addiction for her excellent brand of storytelling. Thea Harrison is truly a force to be reckoned with and this series is going to be monumental. I am sick that I waited so long to start this series, but I also wish I was reading it for the first time all over. Brava, my good woman and job well done.