I found this book to be a light, mildly enjoyable listen, but was not in love with it. Many things irked me and I don't typically go as much for the caveman style of seduction the dragon hero has going on. I can understand why he would be that way considering the whole civilization thing is a relatively new development in his lifetime, but still.
Overall, I just wasn't very impressed by this book and wasn't particularly moved by any bit of it. (Though I did LOL when we found out what Pia is, because, well, I just couldn't help it.) I really wanted to love this considering the subject matter (dragons, man! epic!), but I don't think I'll be picking up the next in the series.
Other paranormal/steampunk romance books that I LOVED:
Bec MacMaster's London Steampunk series beginning with Kiss of Steel
Kriten Callihan's Darkest London series beginning with Firelight
Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series beginning with Slave to Sensation
Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series beginning with The Iron Duke
Less predictable and little character development.
Poor fantasy book and should be listed under romance
I've been an audible addict for years, but have only recently given fiction a try when I started out with the Iron Druid Chronicles and was hooked. I was looking for another series and came upon this one. I listened to this book expecting to devour the remaining books in the series, but I don't think I'll order the others. I think it may be Luke Daniels, the narrator for the Iron Druid Chronicle series that I am comparing this to and why I am not so pleased with the performance of this book. Every male character came off speaking as bored and unemotional as to what they were saying. Pia came off so often as a immature, and defensive.... irritatingly so, even though in many areas I felt that the author may have not intended it to be so. I thought if I were reading it myself or if the narrator had just not tried to perform each male character in such a way, I might like it more. There were also so many 'big guy' comments that I started rolling my eyes when hearing them. As far as the sex goes, I understood it, but thought that throwing in a quick non tender sex scene in the last 3 minutes of the book was over the top. Just my opinion and I am about go and seek out some reviews of the Iron Druid Chronicles in hopes that I can see what other books reviewers there liked. Maybe I ruined myself for other fiction series since it was just that good???
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.