By: Thea Harrison
Elder Races # 1 | 312 Pages | Pub. 2011
Dragon Bound At a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
- Heroine: Miss Independent Meets Alias
- Dude: Takes territorial to a whole new level
- Steaminess: *fanning ourselves*
- Brutality: I’m forever scared of goblins now
Pairs Well With
Flaming Dragon Cocktail
- 2 oz Bacardi Superior rum
- 1.5 fl oz thyme and raspberry syrup
- ¾ fl oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 ice cubes
- 2 tsp Bacardi rum
Our Spoiler Free Review
Dragon Bound brings together two of our favorite things: paranormal romances and dragons. While we didn’t love this one as much as we loved Moonshadow it was a great read that sets up a world we know we’re going to devour. The main characters are loveable yet flawed like all good humans, err Wyr. The world building is in-depth and full of intriguing components that’ll leave you gasping for more – which is good as this series currently contains 9 books.
What We Liked
Pia – This girl is I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T. Pia is not about to sit back and let some dragon take over her life – she fights Dragos and his gang of equally territorial Wyr bodyguards every step of the way. As Aelin would say, she does not put up with his territorial fae bullshit and we respect her for it. Pia isn’t a fighter but will kick your ass so don’t mess with her. Plus she has an amazing sense of humor and causes a war over a penny. We loved her so much and could use 100 other Pia-like characters in our lives.
“You know if you weren’t a multi-billionaire, you could make a good living as an elevator.”
Tricks – Who doesn’t want a friend to get day-drunk with and plot out all the different soap-opera antics of your society? Tricks is hilarious and honestly we are living for her in the next book. I cannot wait to see her and Tiago go at it some more.
The Balance of Plot vs. Steam – We love good steam but sometimes paranormal/urban romances tend to be 70% steam and 30% plot. And while that’s good every now and then, we appreciated that Harrison gave us more plot than steam in this one. The plot was well-paced and supported by high quality steamy scenes spread throughout. 10/10 would recommend this strategy.
Harrison’s Humor – Harrison rocks humor in her novels and Dragon Bound is no different. This book had us in stitches as multiple points and we appreciate a book that is serious but gives you a good chuckle. Case in point this quote:
“I am the best thing that ever happened to your sorry, deluded, preejaculating ass.”
The World – We love a world that doesn’t just give you one paranormal species this gives you the whole gang – shapeshifters, vampires, elves, fae?? The politics of this world were intriguing and one of the reasons we want to keep up with this series. It will be interesting to see things from a non-wyrr point of view.
What We Disliked
Dragos the Overbearing – Okay, we love a good alpha male but c’mon Dragos. You sir, took it too far. Dragos is basically a toddler than screams MINE and has never learned to be reasonable. Girl steals a penny and he destroys half of NYC. And we couldn’t handle his lack of respect for Pia’s wishes throughout this book. Yeah, we loved his romantic tendencies but this one walked a fine line with consent that we just weren’t comfortable with at many parts.
Pia Giving In – Pia was amazing and hilarious, but she gave in to Dragos way too many times. She whines about how love messed her up the last time and then she just dives right in without putting up any real resistance.
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Seriously. Here come the spoilers!
The Insta-Pregnancy – I’m numb. This is our least favorite trope and it seems like every book we pick up has this lately. Don’t get us wrong, we love babies, but insta-pregnancy, especially with birth control is overdone to the extreme lately. We just want to read about the love and not have to worry about the rest yet.
Men Treating Women Like Objects – Ladies we are all really over this, we know. But Dragos wasn’t the only one at fault. Keith was a slimy worm who probably deserved what he got and this Dark Fae King needed to get eaten by a dragon. Every man in this entire book was an overbearing monster, with the possible exception of Graydon.
Have you read Dragon Bound? Let us know what you thought in the comments!