Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Published by Berkley, May 2011
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...
Dragon Bound is such an amazing book!! I have read this book before, as well as the second, but wanted to re-read them both in preparation for getting caught up with the series. I am so glad I revisited this book. Wow, the world building that takes place in this story is fantastic but even it pales when compared to the characters that Thea Harrison created in Dragos, Pia, and the other Wyr who work for and with Dragos (oh, and can't forget Tricks!)
Pia is having a really bad day--blackmailed by her ex-boyfriend who betrayed her in the course of some power games he was playing with some really bad people into committing a crime against Dragos Cuelebre--she knows her life isn't worth spit and that her best bet is to run hard and fast leaving everything and everyone she knows behind. All her life, her mother had told her to hide who and what she was, and the one time she let something slip--to her bottom feeder ex--she just hopes she gets to live to regret it. She heads to Charleston hoping that hiding in the midst of the Elven High Court might buy her some additional protection--Dragos would be breaking all kinds of treaties if he came into their lands without permission--something he is unlikely to be granted.
Dragos, being the fearsome predator that he is, in conjunction with his anger that anyone or anything would have the audacity to steal from him wastes no time in hunting Pia to ground. But. She isn't what he expected. He finds himself amused, bemused, confused. And he likes it. After a couple of centuries of boredom, Pia is refreshing, unpredictable. Not to mention resourceful which gets Dragos in a bit of trouble with the Elven High Council--this bit of trouble later compounds some much bigger trouble that Dragos and Pia get into when they are rather forcefully abducted by Goblins and taken into the Other land (pockets of land that are more magical but which don't support technological devices).
And this is all within the first 100 pages. The rest of the book continues to zoom forward at breakneck speeds as Pia strives to find her feet in this new life with Dragos and all that that entails. Dragos is old and autocratic and yet with Pia, he really tries to meet her halfway--he's not afraid to bend and compromise and there was something so sexy and heartwarming about his efforts. And the scene where he proposes? and gives her the ring? Hahahahahahaha! So stinking funny and yet so perfect because while he is trying, he doesn't magically become perfect or even all that domesticated. He can't undo his eons of existence and the ego that comes with being a head honcho for much of it.
I loved the world that Thea Harrison created with all of its politics and intrigues. It felt real and yet there were never any info-dumps. All of the information was seamlessly woven in with the characters and their thoughts and actions. This is an amazing book and if you have not read it, I sincerely urge you to do so. If you have read it, pull it back out to revisit. You won't regret it!
This book rates a 5/5.
This book is a part of my personal collection and was purchased with my own funds.