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‘Dragon Bound’ is for those who like their paranormal romance by the book September 16, 2012

Posted by Diana McCabe in Reviews/summaries.
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I was excited to read DRAGON BOUND by Thea Harrison because it won top honors from RITA for best paranormal romance. And if you like the formulaic alpha male stuff — complete with sex scenes —  this book is for you. If not, there is enough world building to keep it interesting. But I was surprised it was the top pick.

Harrison starts out with a good idea. Pia Giovanni is running for her life. Her ex-boyfriend blackmailed her into stealing something from Dragos, a very powerful dragon. We don’t know exactly what Pia is other than she is half-human/half-wyr. And we know she is some sort of special supernatural because her mother — who died — taught her to hide her magic.  This part of the story and the friends in her supernatural world she half lives in — is interesting.

And  then we meet the mighty hero — Dragos, who is a powerful, ancient and rare dragon shifter. He is a big-time businessman in his world, too, so no one messes around with him. So he’s horribly ticked off when Pia steals something — and gets away with it — from his stash of goodies. What ensues is a cat-and-mouse game between the two.

Dragos finds Pia fascinating with her human world of Slurpees and Twizzlers. And Pia falls for the big, powerful Dragos. It definitely will remind you of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. The hero is super possessive with all of this “mine” stuff and the heroine — while somewhat independent — can’t help but be attracted to him. Still — she has no clue about her own powers, which Dragos eventually helps her discover.

In the background of this story is a bigger plot. A power struggle between  a dark fae king and the world of Dragos. And the poor humans who have no clue what is going on.

If Harrison develops these other worlds and power struggles — this could be a cool series. But can we please make the characters have a sense of humor? The caveman hero stuff wears thin. But the discovery of other supernatural characters, their allegiances and Pia’s background made this an easy read.


1. Diana McCabe - September 16, 2012

Maybe I’m getting picky about my paranormal romance. But where are the fun, quirky or super creative stories that should nab a top writing award. I’m not saying I don’t like the formulaic PR stuff. Every now and then ya need a good, quick book like that. But curious what others thought of this book. Or what their fave books — formulaic or not! — have been so far in 2012!

2. Emma - September 17, 2012

Look up Tegan’s Blood, Tegan’s Return and A Strange Fire by L.H. Cosway. They’re paranormal but not by the numbers, very enjoyable. They’re my faves so far this year.

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