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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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley Sensation (first published January 1st 2011)
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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 (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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
Shawna
Aug 20, 2014 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Flannery
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
MelissaB
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...more
Lisa Kay
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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...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
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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valee
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...more
Crystal~BIG book addict~
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...more
Mandi Schreiner
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...more
Lisa


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...more
Jen
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.

*****Update***

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...more
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.

B...more
Catherine
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...more
♡Karlyn P♡
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
Felicia
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...more
Catie
Sep 06, 2011 Catie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Saly
“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...more
Zeek
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...more
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 4 of 5 stars
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...more
AH
4 -4.5 stars...

Wow! Dragons are so hot!

What a nice break from reality.

Dragon Bound starts off with a theft from the dragon’s hoard. A brazen act accompanied by a small note of apology scrawled on the back of a receipt. Our dragon, the illustrious Dragos Cuelebre is angry but intrigued. Who is this thief? Suddenly, his existence is no longer boring. He must find the thief.

I’m beginning to understand why people love books about dragons. I loved the characterization of the dragon and his entourage...more
Eastofoz
Jul 15, 2011 Eastofoz rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Urban Fantasy, Gena Showalter
Shelves: paranormal, 2011
This book didn’t really work for me and I love dragons in PNRs. Some of the reviews I read for it were misleading and there’s so much hype around this new series that I was just doubly disappointed. I didn’t find anything phenomenal about the characters or the story when all was said and done. It took me a while to get through it and even at the last few pages I didn’t really care what happened.

One of the biggest problems was that the writing tone changes too much throughout the book. The hero,...more
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...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
So I've tried to write this review several times, and I've had to delete each one as it comes off as nothing more than fangirl squees-and now I've decided that too bad, you guys are getting fangirl squees!!!


OMG!!! Dragos!!! How on earth did I not read this sooner! I bought it the day it released as I saw my friends all going nuts over it, and yet my idiotic self waited like 3 weeks to read it! Why? It was amazing!

Beginning with Pia and her snarky sense of humor, and self-deprecating wry comments...more
Heather C
A great new [to me] series that I just might fall in love with!!

A Few of the Things I Loved:
♦ It was non-stop
♦ The world was well developed
♦ It was hilariously laugh out loud funny
♦ The H/h had great chemistry
♦ It had solid secondary characters. Loved Tricks and Graydon!
♦ The sex was HOT
♦ There were some Holy Shit! moments...Like when Pia finally shifted

A Few of the Things I Loved About Dragos:
♦ He was the big bad alpha dragon male with just a touch of psychosis
♦ He was sweet...in his own mess...more
Vilda
Jul 14, 2014 Vilda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal romance and/or dragon fans
I've heard so many fantastic things about this one and after seeing so many people keep recommending it, I knew I had to give it a try! I mean dragon shifters?! Yes, please.

Dragon Bound was a whole lot more than a book about dragons though and had tons of other fascinating creatures in an equally fascinating world! However, I think I might have wanted to love it a bit too much and instead ended up a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it was definitely a good and unique story, but there was ju...more
Plamena
5 stars!!!

“I meant to lay a trap for you with that dream. I trapped myself instead.”

Amazing and captivating story! It is fun, entertaining and seriously hot! I couldn’t even comprehend how much I was enjoying reading it! Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t stop reading it! I have so much to tell you guys…



So…let’s start with the actual story. Pia Giovanni has to make a tough choice- to be killed by some unknown people because of the ex-boyfriend or to be killed by one of the most ancient and scary c...more
Elenariel
A world in which humans live with immortal creatures, Power and Magic: Elves, Dark Fae, Vampires, shifters and the most ancient of all, the Wyrm. He's the one who saw the potential of living between humans, gaining status, riches and objects of beauty; he's the one every single shifter looks at for the well-being and security of their race, they obey and fear him, his closest respect him and care for him. New York's his current residence, he owns industries, companies and a legendary treasure. A...more
Shannon C.
Jun 06, 2012 Shannon C. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PNR fans, Larissa Ione fans, Nalini Singh fans, Kresley Cole fans
4.5 stars: Loved it as much as I do favs from Singh, Frost, Ione, etc.

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...more
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I write paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and other stuff. I taught myself to read when I was four. That was around the time I tried to ride my tricycle to work. I wasn't sure where work was, but I knew it had to be interesting if people went there every day. Now I combine my love of books with work, and I don't have to ride my tricycle to get there. My Elder Races series began May, 2011. You can...more
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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.” 287 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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