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.
Why I Read this Book: Book Blogger buzz is the one and the only reason I read Dragon Bound. The buzz surrounding this book made it practically impossible for me to ignore. I didn’t read any reviews; I just saw the buzz circulating on Twitter. The main consensus was that while Dragon Bound is PNR but it isn’t your typical PNR. And I’d have to agree with that statement.
What I Liked: Dragon Bound is not a book I would have normally read had I come across it at a book store or the library. One reason being I haven’t read a PNR with dragons in it. I’m one of those people who generally sticks with what they know and love and for me, that’s vampires and werewolves. (I really need to expand my reading tastes.) Another reason being I was a bit intimated by the complex world building just from reading the blurb. I know that I, as a reader, don’t do well with complex world building. It’s not what I look for in a book; I don’t want to have to think too much. I’ve got so much going on in my brain already, I don’t have the capacity or the focus for all the extra details that come with a complex book. So I tend to stick with PNR with mild world building so that reading remains an (easy)enjoyment for me.
The first thing that I loved about the story was the coin that was stolen from Dragos. The ‘take a penny, leave a penny’ concept was genius! I knew from that point on that I was going to love this book.
I really liked Pia’s character. She is Dragos’ calm and serenity. He’s an entirely different being when he’s around her. She tries to teach him to ask instead of demand. She brings out a kinder side of him though he’s still the same tough and fearful alpha ruler. She doesn’t put up with his temperament; she demands respect and he gives it to her. She challenges him in ways he’s never been dared challenged before and he likes it. He’s jealous, possessive and obsessed with her – all of which is entirely new to him.
Another thing I liked about Pia is that she didn’t take Dragos’ hand outs. She wasn’t there to take advantage of his financial or power status. She can take care of herself and wasn’t dependent on anyone else.
I love the mystery behind Pia’s half wyr-half human heritage. The revealing was stunningly beautiful. I was a bit confused as to whether or not Pia herself knew what her wyr-half was. She seemed to know that she needed to hide as much information about herself as possible but I don’t think she knew the exact why to it.
I loved the dream Pia has towards the end and the meaning behind it. I can’t wait to see how that story arc plays out.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes that shows Dragos’ vulnerability:
“I meant to lay a trap for you with that dream. I trapped myself instead.”
What I Didn’t Like: There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book.
Overall Impression: Dragon Bound is the type of book I wanted to slowly ease into. It deserved my full and undivided attention and that’s what I gave it. I wanted to grasp every single detail I could to take it all in. It was like eating fine piece of chocolate from Godiva – you don’t just gobble it down and start on the next piece. No. You savor the flavor and enjoy the textures and indulge your senses to achieve the most exciting and exhilarating experience possible. (OMG, I can’t believe I just compared reading this book to eating chocolate! But you get the gist.)
I got Dragon Bound from the library but I am definitely going to get a copy for my shelf. This is definitely re-read material here and coming from me, that says a lot. And I’m definitely looking forward to reading Storm’s Heart.
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