Dragon Bound Audiobook
By: Thea Harrison
Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
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 one another.
This book had one of the biggest hypes of 2011, so I approached it with very high expectations, and these are my thoughts after reading and listening to this book.
This is a fantastic introduction to the Elder Races Series. It’s very unusual starting a new series with a bang, but there is no other way I can describe this exciting, burning, sexy and completely original paranormal world.
Thea Harrison has done an incredible job creating this unique world, and this sweet, incredibly hot, hot romance. When you first start to read/listen to this book, you might think “oh well…this is good, but I’m not impressed yet”, as you continue to read, and become more familiar with the setting and the characters, you can’t help but to become very taken by the sensibility and the vulnerability of the heroine, Pea Giovanni, a half breed with a very big secret about her identity, and one she strongly guards for her own safety. I loved her character; her personality had had the right mixture that made her believable, convincing and a very likable, her sense of humor brought an amusing side that soften the story.
As the head of one of the most powerful and biggest corporations in the world, and one of the most ancient beings of the Elder Races, Dragos, is not in the habit of forgiving anyone who dares to take or steal anything that belongs to him, until he meets Pia Giovanni, the intriguing little creature that dared to steal a penny from his lair.
What would a paranormal romance book be, without our perfect alpha, impossibly masculine, sexy, dangerous, menacing, and stubborn hero? A boring one, that’s for sure.
Dragos, a dragon shape shifter, is an over the top possessive male with a very protective way about everything that he considers his property and fortunately or, unfortunately, depending on your point of view, he considers Pia his most precious property.
Driven by a sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness, Dragos has become completely enamored with this little thief, now, is Pia’s job to show this brute (lovable brute) that there’s a new Girly girl in town.
The love story between the protagonists was timed perfectly; I love when the main couple gets to know each other in a real, sensible way before they get hot and heavy. To me, is all about developing the romance, and that was certainly and skillfully done is this book, their chemistry was erotic (yes, the sex scenes are explicit) explosive, full of passion and at times humorous.
This story is romantic without lacking action and suspense, introducing a world where paranormal creatures are not just widespread, they are also known about by humans and exist among them. Just about every paranormal creature you can think of is in existence in this novel, but the focus of the book is on the wyr, which are a different form of shape shifters. These beings have the ability to shift into a real or mythological animal, and most often take a human form to be able to blend in.
Ms. Harrison beautifully laid the groundwork for the development of future stories with the creation of very interesting, exciting and likable secondary characters.
I have to start by mentioning what I love about Sophie Eastlake’s narration of this book, and that is the perfect and right on target interpretation of Pia; I loved the way she was brought to life, I undoubtedly got her sweetness, vulnerability, strength, as well as her sharp sense of humor. Sophie Eastlakeexpertly performed this character with the all the dimensions she was written in. I love it when I like the character even more after I’ve listened to the audiobook, and that’s most definitely the case here.
The interpretation of Dragos was very adequate and believable, same with the rest of the male characters. The sensuality was conveyed in one the most natural and erotic ways.
The one complaint I have, is the performance of some of the dialogue, I didn’t like the valley girl tone of some of the characters, the empty-headed tone was a little out of character for one the strongest females, and one destined to become a queen. I felt the interpretation of this character was not true to the story, I found it hard to believe that a powerful, dangerous man is going to have her as one of his closest allies and in the circle of powerful friends, this is just a minor complaint, and it mostly comes from having read the book before I listened to it, and of course I had a pretty strong idea in my head of what the characters should sound like. Having said that, I truly think this was a very good performance.
In the end, what counts is how much I enjoyed the book, which I most definitely did; I certainly recommend the Dragon Bound audiobook, especially to those that have not yet read it. This is a great paranormal romance with great characters, and the hottest romance thus far of 2011.
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