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Dragon Bound (Elder Races #1)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  29,714 Ratings  ·  2,273 Reviews
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 th
Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley Sensation (first published January 1st 2011)
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Laura B It is very much a romance. The whole book revolves around the two main characters meeting and falling head over heels..or should I say tail. I have…moreIt is very much a romance. The whole book revolves around the two main characters meeting and falling head over heels..or should I say tail. I have read ALL of the elder races books and they are excellent. Romance with shifters and paranormal characters. I loved all of it. (less)
Monica He's a dragon shifter. He does shift into a dragon and back to human.
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars Oooo, smut smut smut smut smut. :D Is it terribly shallow to admit that I snapped up this book because I heard there was hot *whispers* dragon sex in it? I rarely read paranormal romances these days, but all of the reviews I saw for this book were raves, so I was wild with curiosity. Besides, I have a serious weakness for shapeshifters, which has sometimes led to disastrous reads and sometimes led to really fun ones. I'm happy to report that in this case, the book more than lives up to ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Dragon Bound was an awesome book. I loved just about everything about it. I'm not even going to pretend that my favorite element wasn't Dragos, 'cause it was! I have an unnatural attraction to possessive, jealous, stalkerific heroes who are scary as heck, and Dragos is going on my list of favorite heroes of this type. I liked that although Pia started out as a thief who dared to steal from him, she became his own personal hoard. He acted like a dragon of old, used to having his way in all things ...more
Aug 20, 2014 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any PNR fan!
Recommended to Shawna by: RT Gold Medal & author endorsements: Singh, Ward, Feehan, etc.
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5+ stars – Paranormal Romance

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! This time the author endorsements and reader hype are more than justified! I haven’t been this blown away by a paranormal romance debut or as energized and jazzed about a new PNR series in a long time. Not since diving into the addictive worlds of J.R. Ward’s bold, unbeatable Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lara Adrian’s mesmerizing Midnight Breed, Larissa Ione’s distinctive, dark Demonica, and Nalini Singh’s unique Psy-Changeling have I gotten such a thrill
Nov 23, 2011 Flannery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dragon Lovers
Recommended to Flannery by: Wendy Darling
You know what is totally awkward? Listening to sexy books in audio format. There was a really great moment while I listened to this one when a friend of mine got in the car, I turned on the engine, and the narrator said something along the lines of “he caressed her breast as he pushed her legs further apart” and I frantically tried to switch to the radio, stumbling all over myself and hitting all the wrong buttons. Awkward City, population 1. Chalk that up as one more reason I prefer listening t ...more
Jun 10, 2016 XxTainaxX rated it it was amazing
Loved Dragos and Pia. They meet after Pia achieves what no other has done before and steals from the Wyr leader. She goes on the run and he catches more than just his little thief. The connection between the two was strong. I loved Pia as a heroine because though she was physically weaker she was of strong conviction. The story was full of great action, progressive plot development, and written well. The characters are complex, unique, and pretty darn awesome. The world that the writer has creat ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Buddy read with my MacHalo Freaks

Warning: my reviewing mojo is still AWOL. This will therefore be a Super Crappy Review (SCR). I really didn't feel like writing it, and tried to get out of it by subcontracting to one of my ungrateful dear friends, but not a single one of these wimps lovely people felt up to the task. So it's their fault if you have to suffer through this Piece of Crap (PoC).

Confucianism Confusion is me. There usually are two possible outcomes when I read Freaking PNR Novels (F
Jun 15, 2015 MelissaB rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance fans
Wow! I loved this one! Dragon Bound was the best new paranormal that I have read in a long time, I am so glad to finally be excited about a new paranormal series.

Pia Giovanni is forced to do something that is basically suicidal - steal something from the most powerful dragon shifter in the world. She knows Dragos will react swiftly, most likely with a torturous death for her but she has no choice because of a spell and blackmail from a sleazy ex-boyfriend. Dragos is an ancient Wyr dragon shifter
4 1/2–I'm In Love With A Dragon–Stars!

There are so many fantastic reviews for this book that my two cents won't bring anything new to the table, so I'll just say that if you like paranormal romance, this is one of the best. It's delightful, unique, humorous, and, oh, so sexy. To top it off, I dare you not to fall head-over-heels in love with a dragon!

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Sep 30, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads

Holy crackers, I loved this book! The world that Thea Harrison has created is flat out unique and amazing. It was so refreshing and so engrossing. There were amazingly tender moments, extremely sexy moments, laugh out loud moments and moments where our hero and heroine kicked some serious ass. I'm a sucker for a great fantasy novel, and Harrison does not disappoint with Dragon Bound.

Harrison introduces us to a powerful alpha-predator, Dragos. Even the name is fierce. No, itty bitty cutesy dragon
Lisa Kay
First read of paperback, July 22, 2011. See below for audiobook comment.

Yes, five full stars! One of the best paranormal/fantasy books I’ve read this year! I wanted to read it faster, but real life got in the way. As it was, I had it planned for a future “buddy read” and peeked at the first few pages. Three chapters later I was e-mailing my GR friend to hint around about moving this one up in our queue; luckily, she agreed. Ha! Indeed, she finished the book before I did. This is the first one
Apr 01, 2016 Choko rated it really liked it
*** 3.70 ***

A buddy read with my MacHalo Freaks!!!

This is very much a Paranormal Romance and the rating is very much exactly because of this fact. I had no idea what expect. I thought it would be either Urban or just a classic Fantasy. After all - DRAGONS!!! If anyone knows me, I am the biggest fan of Dragons there could possibly be.... I like them powerful, arrogant, growly, selfish, ruthless, vain, merciless, and fabulous in their dragonly majestic wonderfulness!!!! I like them all!

This book
Guys, this is 100% vaginal fantasy, and I enjoyed it. There were things I DID NOT enjoy about it, that take the stars down, but honestly I'm picking up the next book, so clearly I liked it and feel like this series can only get better.

I think my favorite thing was all the hugging. I seriously noticed I felt happy when the Dragon dude hugged the "so helpless I want to kick her" heroine. It's something that isn't in a lot of romance, that sort of casual affection between two people, and I really
OH WOW!!! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this book would be this good! I absolutely adored it! Helloooooo new favorite! I'm totally hooked, and I can't wait to see more books released in the series.

What's not to love about a Dragon shifter? ...
Dragos Cuelebre = HAWT! You just don't have any idea how hot this guy was. Seriously, my fav in a while, I loved everything about him. The guy was totally alpha material, a caveman on the loose, LOL. He was all you're mine and there's no d
Crystal~BIG book addict~
Mar 17, 2014 Crystal~BIG book addict~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
4 Dragon Lovin' Stars!

Pia has done something very stupid. She has stolen something in hopes that her ex-boyfriend will keep his mouth shut about her secret. Unfortunately, she has stolen something from Dragos who does not take kindly to anyone stealing from him, no matter what it is.

Dragos is a dragon who has been around for thousands of years. He has collected a lot of treasures over the years. He is amazed that someone was able to steal from him and actually live. Once he figures out it was P
Mandi Schreiner
May 02, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pnr, favorite-2011
Favorite Quote: “There’s my bad boy,” she whispered. God, he was breathtaking.

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
♡Karlyn P♡
May 12, 2011 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it it was amazing
I debated between 4 and 5 stars, but it ended so well I just had to bump it up to 5-stars. It was a really enjoyable steamy PNR story that never had a dull moment. Loved the H/h, the world building was solid, the humor was wicked fun, the steam hot, and the side characters were all well done too. My only issue were the rapid mood swings between the H/h toward the end. While they were understandable, it was jarring in places. I look forward to reading the next in this series. Highly recommend to ...more
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
It happened, a dragon book we BR-ed that didn't suck dirty pond scum. Now my rating may be a bit high, but I will explain why (and I have low standards for dragon books anymore):

- The dragon guy was a badass monster. If you're a dragon, you should be badass and not a pansy dragon wimp like the ones in Dragon Tales on PBS.
- Sexy times. Yes, there were sexy times in this book. That's important, because it's a paranormal novel and a) that's always present, b) seems like something that'd be part of
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I really was attracted by the story when I saw this book so said I gots to read it! Plus some of my friends rated it well so I said what the hell.

Now please don’t kill me or anything but I didn’t like it so much. I’ll even tell you why later on. I have good reasons and hopefully you won’t beat me up.. too much.

Ok so we have a dragon who’s older than dirt, a selfish little (or not) bastard who loved to collect shiny things. Then this girl comes and steals a penny. She replaces the penny but stil
Written October 22, 2014

4 Giggling Stars - Another drooling Dragos Dragon lover girl is born here far away. - A lot of fun and so very lovely told

It was the right time for some romantic "Dragon Shifters". This high raited popular m/f PNR had been waiting for nearly two years. ~ It wasn't a day to late to at last start "reading" (I went for the easy listening option again..).
“I am cursed with a terminal case of curiosity,” he said. “I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and poss
Laurie Garrison
Dragon Bound sizzling hot paranormal romance that should be on top of any RNR readers to be read pile. Yep, this should be your next book. If you love to read humor, danger, action, a dominating male dragon and some of the hottest sizzling hot sex well this is a must next read. I probably wouldn’t have read this book yet, but I got an email from a follower telling me how much she loved it. I have to say a big thanks to her because I know I would have never gotten around to reading this so soon.

May 09, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs, elder-races
What a great book and an exciting start to a new series. Dragos was perfect. He was so alpha yet he was willing to bend for Pia. I have a new place on my harem list and Dragos might have zoomed to the top.

Definitely a favorite for 2011.


Yay!! I emailed Ms. Harrison to tell her how much I like the book and she emailed me back and said:

Hi Jen!

Thanks so much for writing! I’m thrilled you had a good time with the book, and Dragos and Pia DO pop up in subsequent stories. Currently it lo
I made a mistake before reading this book and I wish I wouldn’t have. Usually when I know that I’ll be reading a book soon, I stay far away from reviews and conversations about the book. It’s not that I’m afraid I’ll be spoiled, it’s just that I don’t want to go into a book looking for a positive or a negative that someone else had. Often I’ll find myself focusing on things that I never would have noticed on my own, and I hate that. I want to go in blind and see what my raw reaction is.

Since I
Lady Heather
re-read February 23, 2015
Still a favorite.

June 22-27, 2011

It was so refreshing to read this story! The world the author has created with her amazing imagination is wonderful, exciting, and could be scary as hell!
The characters are complex, and interesting, and the bantering between the H/h is awesome.

What can I say, the lead is a scary-ass Dragon.
How cool is that!

I highly recommend this book to all who love reading Urban Fantasy, PNR... I don't think you'll be disappointed!

May 04, 2011 Saly rated it it was amazing
“I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive. I have a terrible temper, and I know I can be a cruel son of a bitch.” He cocked his head. “I used to eat people, you know.”

This dialogue is said by Dragos to Pia and sums up one the reasons I loved this book. An alpha, a predator falling like a ton of bricks check, a heroine who challenges him and calls him on it check, some sexy back-up sentinels check and an extremely well done world-building and romance check. So, see this book
Sep 06, 2011 Catie rated it liked it
Recommended to Catie by: Wendy Darling
Well, this is a nice diverting piece of fluff, which is just what I needed to kick off this week. The first week of school: that magical time when adult Catie, after spending an entire summer in hiding to make way for playgrounds, camps, and story time, gets to come out of hibernation. This book’s main appeal for me was the surprisingly well developed fantasy world. While it’s obvious that the author has borrowed a bit from Tolkien and (view spoiler), the mythical ...more
Dragon Bound begins with a gal on the run. Forced into stealing an object from an all powerful dragon shifter, Pia Giavanni is sure of one thing- her looming death. Dragos, ancient dragon shifter and top of the food chain, has never, ever, had anything he claims as his own taken from him- until recently. Now he’s determined to catch up to the thief and make her pay- perhaps even with her life.

But when he catches the thief's scent on the wind, priorities shift and within the space of seconds, Dra
Jen (Red Hot Books)
One million romance bloggers can't all be wrong. Honestly, I hardly ever read other people's reviews until after I finish a book. I'm always afraid it will color my opinions. But you would have had to be living under a rock to miss the huge response to this book when it came out. Reviewer after reviewer, gushed on how epic and awesome they thought it was. So by the time I finally got a copy of it in my hands, I was sure I was the last person on Earth who had not read it yet. And frankly, I was a ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
May 10, 2011 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance fans
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Nalini Singh's Blog
When top paranormal authors like J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh and Christine Feehan pimp your books, I’m expecting to be blown way when I flip the cover open. I’m not quite sure if it’s because I was expecting so much, but this book didn’t completely rock my socks off. I still really enjoyed it, but around 200 pages in, I finally accepted that maybe this wasn’t what I was expecting.

Before this, I was rereading one of my all-time favourite books, Singh’s Angels’ Blood. I’ve heard from others who have r
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon


God forbid I say something wrong witht this review.

Alright. Part 1 of my threeway review (because it's always fun when it's a threeway..)

The technicalities:This book was my first Paranormal Romance read and I'm still thanking the Lord above that I saw this book here in GR. Thea Harrison knows how to build a world so perfect that you just can't help wanting to live there.

The plot was the first thing that catched my attention. We have a gutsy albeit unwilling thief. One angry dragon. And a love st
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
Jun 14, 2016 Tink Magoo is bad at reviews rated it really liked it
Shelves: baking-buns
No review to come cause I'm lazy.
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“I am cursed with a terminal case of curiosity," he said. "I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive. I have a terrible temper, and I know I can be a cruel son of a bitch." He cocked his head. "I used to eat people, you know.” 333 likes
“A dragon just gave me a piece of jewelry,” she said. She took another swig and handed the bottle back to Graydon. “Have I been added to his hoard?”

He shook his head and drank too. “No, cupcake,” he said. “I’m pretty sure you’ve replaced it.”
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