I have recently had poor experiences with very popular novels in the paranormal romance genre, but this one is very good. I like the narrator Sophie Eastlake - she gives her characters different tones of voice and is easy to listen to. She is not what I consider brilliant, but good. I would give her 3.5 stars if it were possible.
The story itself if quite entertaining. I had no idea about a few of the twists (Pia's second form) which was nice, since you can clearly anticipate some of the story line. Harrison does a nice job of making the characters completely inhuman and fantastical, and yet lets them have common failings, which I enjoy.
There is nothing extraordinary about this story, but it is entertaining. I will listen to the next one.
I did not read the print version. This audio book was sexy, funny, action packed and overall very entertaining. Sophie Eastlake did a great job narrating. She has great timing and delivery.
I love Pia. She is witty, smart, funny, tough but very sweet. She is just totally likable. Dragos grows on you as his character develops. Not only is he extremely sexy and masculine, he can be very kind and caring and is willing to learn to love and understand Pia. Since he is an ancient dragon, it's a big step.
I loved all the big scenes between Pia and Dragos, but one that stands out is when Pia walks out of her jail cell in the goblin stronghold (locks cannot hold her) and walks into the cell where Dragos is chained down. He is just so relieved to see that she is ok. Here is this extremely powerful, strong, prone-to-violence man who admits he does not even know what the word "love" means, but when he sees that Pia is still alive after being beaten and taken away, his relief fills him and all he wants is to be close to her and feel her next to him. Their strong connection to each other is electrifying.
I would not say that I had any extreme reactions, but truly I did chuckle at the funny internal dialogues going on in Pia's head, and I was close to tears when Dragos finally understands what love is all about and tells Pia how he feels about her.
I've listened to the first 3 books in this series, and although I enjoyed numbers 2 and 3, Dragon Bound is my favorite.
Paranormal Romances are my favorite.
Storm Born. The writing is similar and deals with the fae and other magical creatures.
Dragos. He just emanates power..although I didn't care for the way he sounded. A little too nasally. But I did like Pia.
Great story with a pace that keeps you interested.
I really enjoyed the different "world" that the author created. With elves, wyr and the rest of faerie as part of current society.
the depth of characters, each individual, the various fantasy creatures and their worlds touched upon but mostly the completeness of the main and supporting characters. It is an adult book, but not the basis for writing the book, really part of the characters. Constantly learning more and more of this new world that is alive in our world. Strong, compelling and hated that it ended. there is a second book which I am purchasing today and really hope it can stand up to the first in the series because it will have to work hard to meet the stands of the first in the series.
It reminds me of Alton series, the Haustur series. This book is the world of fantasy but it doesn't allude to sexual privacy, it explores it just often enough to show the depth the main characters end up feeling, they are falling in love wo even noticing due to the main story which is how fantasy lives in our world, and the hidden worlds they also exist in. I has all the depth of character of the Pern series or the others but adds the sexuality that is often part of newer fiction.
the inflection of her voice for each character allows you to recognize him or her at once. She sounds interested in reading it and breathing life into it. She is excited, depressed, happy, sad to the bones. She covers it all.
Yes and am purchasing the second in the series and already wondering when the third will be out.
I will be rereading this series for a long time. It is worth my time.
Love to read. High stress job and books in any form takes me away from the job and into a different world for a little while. Prefer fantasy and alternate reality. Something completely divorced from my helter skelter life. Lite comedy is great also. Nothing helps the rush hour commute than listening to a good book.
I have not read the hard copy of this book, but have read other Harrison books. I bought this book because I love dragon lore and had a long drive. I think, from now on, I will just go for the audio versions of her books and hope Eastlake narrates. Sophie Eastlake brings out the shades of life you loose on the black and white page.
The tension between Dragos and Pia is pulsing and sweet at the same time. I will be listening to the rest of the series.
Not a book, but a series. Nalini Singhs' Angel series. Strong/bullying (but caring) male protaganist and a fragile/strong female who wears down the ego of said male and changes his life and hers at the same time.
No, but I am buying an anthology in which she narrates a Katie MacAlister novella. I am sure I will not be disappointed.
Yes, but unfortunately it took a while....life does barge in.
I have a list of authors I only listen to, because their narrators make the books for me.
MaryJanice Davidson and Janet Evonivich to name just 2. I have added Thea Harrison to that list and look forward more from her.
All the graphic descriptions of abusive sex were totally uneccessary!
I think I give a known mystery writer a try next time.
I enjoyed the tone quality of Eastlakes voice.
The story line is goo.d The mystery of what the main character was kept me guessing.
If Harlequin did paranormal in the '80's, this would have been it. I think I was expecting more nail-biting drama, but overall I was adequately satisfied with this fully fleshed out, somewhat lighthearted tale. Maybe lighthearted isn't the right word. There was conflict and suspense after all, it just never really gripped me in a way that had me emotionally invested. I'd give it a weak 4 stars or perhaps a strong 3 stars, just slightly better than average. I was concerned about the narration because I read one review that said all the characters sounded like surfers from Southern California even though the characters reside in New York. Born and raised near the beach in Southern California, I did not think I could handle that for 16 hours--had enough of that, thank you very much. But, seriously, they did not sound like So Cal surfers, except for maybe the character Tricks. To me, a lot of the characters sounded more like bored socialites. Maybe not from New York, but definitely not surfers from So Cal either. (I mean, seriously, I would like, you know, totally know.) The narrator did an average job. There was not enough distinction between characters to warrant any more than an average rating for narration. She didn't necessarily detract from the story, but she certainly didn't add. I might listen to another in the series. I just need to reset my expectation level.
I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...
Thought Dragon's breath Fire ... those pages were hot to the touch. Drago and Pia's attraction sizzled and left me wanting for more. I never wanted this book to end.
Great book! The performance was really well done! I literally could not stop listening.