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Dragon Bound

(Elder Races #1)

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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
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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 re…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
Alex is The Romance Fox
Why did it take me so long to discover this series????

Dragon Bound is the 1st book in Thea Harrison's Elder Races Series. The world that she's created is unique, fun and so cool. A world where shape-shifters, vampires, dragons and humans all trying to live together.

I loved this book. It had everything I want in a story. An unique and fresh plot, romance, tension, action, unforgettable characters, exotic settings and great dialogue.

Dragos & Pia are my new favorite fiction couple. I adored them b
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Reread on Audible done in May 2020:

I was inspired to do a reread since I finished Serpent's Kiss and absolutely loved it. This book was as fantastic as I remembered it to be. It's strange to look back at a book nine years later. Some things struck me different, but I still really love this book. This time around, Dragos didn't seem as edgy as he did the first time. I guess it's because the edgy hero is fully in vogue now. I love Pia's sass and her tendency to talk to herself. The world-building
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Shawna
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
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Flannery
Sep 06, 2011 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
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Jun 04, 2016 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
Kristen
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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Jilly
“So, is that your long, scaly, reptilian tail, or are you just happy to see me?”

This is funny, paranormal smut. The guy is a dragon, and the girl shifts into something so OTT that you will have to laugh.


Is that my voice?


So, our girl, Pia, steals a penny from the dragon-man, Dragos, and he's pretty pissed off. Until he gets a whiff of her lovely girly smell. You all know by now that girls smell like sunshine and flowers and boys smell like leather and masculine trees. It's nature.


Could be wor
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✘✘ 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 Novel
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Sophia Triad
Dragos and Pia

“You took a 1962 penny,” Dragos said. His teeth were gritted. “You left a 1975 penny. It’s no replacement.”
She stared at him. “Oh my God, it’s scary you noticed that.”
“I know everything in my hoard and exactly where it is,” he told her. “Down to the smallest piece.”
“You could go to a doctor, get checked out for OCD,” she panted. “There might be medication for that.”
His chest moved in a silent laugh.


My God! I love Dragos! And Pia. You cannot find easily a couple so w
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MelissaB
Feb 09, 2011 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
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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
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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 fi
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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
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Choko
Aug 18, 2014 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
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*I Hate Insta-Love*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Second re-read: 17.02.2020
I don't know how I feel about this re-read. I mean, I like the story, the concept, but.. yeah there's the insta-love (that I haven't even tagged yet :O). The insta-love ruins everything. All of the story is pretty much within a week + two days (I think), and that's waaaaay too short for me. I love Dragos, I absolutely do. And Pia isn't a bad character, quite enjoyable, but there's something that do annoy me about - I just can't fig
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Kate
Read 16/04/2014 - 4 Stars.
Read 24/12/2016 - Now a 5 Star read
Read 14/04/2020

I just love me some Dragons. This book is frigging awesome. – I still agree that this book is frigging awesome after reading it for the third time.

Pia is in a rock and a hard place. She is asked to steal something from the most powerful Wyr in all the demesne.

I'm sorry I had to take your penny. Here's another to replace it. Yep that is what it said. One corner of his mouth twitched. He gave himself a deep shock when h
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valee
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
I’m sorry, the message said.
The theft was a violation of privacy. It was an unbelievable act of impudence and disrespect. Not only that, it was—baffling. He was murderous,
incandescent with fury. He was older than sin and could not remember when he had last been in such a rage.
He looked at the paper again.

I’m sorry I had to take your penny. Here’s another to replace it.
Yep, that’s what it said.
One corner of his mouth twitched. He gave himself a deep shock when he burst into an explosive guffaw.


A
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Crystal~BIG book addict~
Mar 29, 2013 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
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♡Karlyn P♡
May 10, 2011 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
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-2011, pnr
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
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Lady Heather

Re-Read: April 5-6, 2018
Wonderful re-read!
Still one of my favourite books, and Dragos and Pia are still one of my favourite couples.


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 tha
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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
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Aisling Zena
21/1/2017 Re-read as I don't remember a thing from this series..
Ingie
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, territor
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Anne
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I can't help it. The entire time I was reading this a huge part of me felt like a traitor to The Cause. Domineering men are not sexy! Isn't that what we're supposed to teach our daughters?
And yet...my daughter wasn't reading this, was she?
No. I was. And it was hot!
Perhaps we should amend The Rules, and say that domineering men are only sexy in fantasy novels? Yes. I think that will do quite nicely.
Pssst
But in all seriousness, marry the guy who helps you out with the laundry!
Mmm
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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
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Catie
Sep 05, 2011 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
Paige  Bookdragon

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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 s
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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.” 354 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?”

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