Let me preface my review by stating that I understand romance novels should not, generally, be expected to be written with a stellar level of quality. I know that they are supposed to be light-reads that appeal to various fantasies of the readers. That said, I would strongly recommend that any person with any amount of common sense forego this book. It will only aggravate you.
Performance: The reader who performed this audio book really distracted me from the story itself. The main female character is supposed to be a 25 year old woman who has lived on her own in New York for 6 years, but the reader voices her in such a way that I can only think of her as a whiny 17-19 year old girl still in throws of adolescent rebellion. And ALL of the male characters sound like surfers. Let me repeat that: All the male characters (who all live in New York City), including the elf, dragon (who was born at the dawn of time), and gryphon, sound like 20-something-year-old surfers from California. Furthermore, it seems that the only emotions the performer is able to give voice to are petulance, ignorance, confusion, and giddy. If you MUST try this book, I do NOT recommend listening to this version. You’d be better off just buying the book and reading it yourself.
Book: The story is what you’d expect from a poorly written romance novel. The main female character is somehow able to accomplish an “impossible” feat that no one else has ever been able to do since the beginning of time - despite the fact that she can’t even properly protect herself since she has absolutely no common sense. Within the first chapter you already know who will be the “surprise traitor” against the powerful main male character. The main male character is supposed to be, literally, as old as Earth; and yet, he comes across as being nearly as dumb as a rock. Oh, yes, and of course, despite being as old as Earth, instead of being a mature character who would want a mature mate, he chooses a 25 year old with a mommy-complex who was stupid enough to allow her (surfer) ex-boyfriend to blackmail her.
I would have never tried this book based on the summary, but there were so many good reviews of it that I thought it must be better than it sounded. Clearly, I was misled.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
Pia Giovanni is blackmailed into stealing a coin from a very powerful Dragon. He gets supremely pissed off and goes after her. The funny adventure, romance and fantasy world that develops in this book is really interesting and hot! The narrator does a good job with this book. Her voice is pleasant and full of emotions...I loved the details of the Otherlands. This is very different from all the other paranormal romance book I've listened to. I really enjoyed e whole book and already got the second one in the series.
Just A little bibliophile!
This is a pretty good paranormal story and decent start to a series. The characters were a bit unusual (not cookie-cutter, even for this genre) and the whole dragon thing was different. The writing is decent and I felt the story flowed pretty well. This story only flirted a little bit with cliche', but was by no means burdened with it. Any traces of cliche' are mainly found in Dragos' character, with the whole Alpha-male Paranormal supreme-being type of thing. All things considered, I liked the characters pretty well. I was entertained by the story, though some of the dialogue and the ways the characters related to each other did not keep me completely connected to them throughout the entire story. Some of the dialogue and interaction seemed a bit like people on a reality-tv show to me, and that's not really my favorite. Just my opinion. The narration was good. Overall a worthwhile listen, engaging enough that I would continue on with the series.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Audio has put reading a book to shame.....Narration brings the characters and story to life. I can picture the story in my head while listening.....it's awesome! I love Audible!
It's a tie between Pia and Dragoes. Pia for her strength and determination and Dragoes for his will to learn to know love!
I think Dragoes but she did an awesome job with all the characters....I could see lavender haired Trix as Ms. Eastlake narrated.
No love like a dragons....
I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
This is a well done adventure story. Dragos & Pia, as the romantic leads, are interesting, intelligent & courageous. Their characters & relationships develop as they are carried from one adventure to the next. The interest continues as things settle down for a bit while Pia finds her place in Dragos' world. The sex is steamy although there isn't a whole lot of down-time for that.
The supporting characters are fun too. So much so that I have listened to & enjoyed the entire series! However, this one is my favorite, and one I turn to when I can't sleep at night - just because it makes me feel good.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
While I knew this was going to be a romance novel, what I didn't know is how damn much I'd enjoy it. Take 50 Shades of Grey, substitute Sebastian Grey with a 1,500 year old dragon and add in a wicked sense of humor by a really talented author and you have the formula for Dragon Bound. It's light, playful, and doesn't take itself too seriously where the Psy-Changeling series sometimes does. While it has some of the same predictability that all romance novels tend to, the ability of the author to be playful and laugh a little really brought this book home for me.
I think I've found a new series.
Did I just say that? Yes, I did and, at least in this book, it is true!
This was my first Thea Harrison book, but not my last. Her writing is fun, adventurous, sexy and sexy. Did I mention sexy? Combined with Sophia Eastlake's proven talent, "Dragon Bound" is a winner.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Very good book. I read other reviews before I got this, and I couldn't find one bad review. Not one! I see why. This was so good. The idea of Wyr, was great. I liked how Dragos was like a billion years old, and he was sooo unknowledgeable on the ways of loved. It really showed u how closed off he kept himself and how stuck in his ways he was. I liked how Pria was sooo freakin funny. I remember laughing out loud several times. She felt so real. Like a real person who didn't know what creature she was, but she knew she had to protect herself. Loved it. The romance between Dragos and Pria was great. Awesome loved story, b/c she really thought she was gonna kill her. I liked how author actually made Pria scared of Dragos and didn't make them fall in love right away, b/c one... Pria was scared, and two Dragos had no idea what love was... This book was written so well. The only think I didn't like was the Harpee... What a bi*ch! But I guess harpees are like that. I also love Dragos chain of command, awesome! If I had to sum up this book in three words it would be
Awesome Fantasy Romantic! Totally worth the credit. I must in every Audible Library... soo good.
The narrator was really good. I could tell the difference between each voice. At times I found myself rewinding just to make sure the narrator didn't change, because her male voices are super good.
Don't waste your credits on anything else...Get this book. Will not disappoint.
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This wasn't a bad book, but if you've read very many paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy romance novels, you'll be able to predict this storyline about 1/4 of the way through the first half of the book. It's decently written and decently narrated. The story is ok and the sex scenes are ok. It's engaging enough, but it wasn't a stand out. I'm not sure if I'll get any of the other books in the series.
Love anything about shifters and lycanthropy. Paranormal romance is my thing! best escape and entertainment I can imagine! :]
Yes! Moved along nicely. GREAT characters and personality definition! Perfect sprinkling of erotic and humor!
I loved the humor sprinkled in. It was modern and fun. GREAT ride!!
I loved Dragos and how he evolved throughout the book. Pia was great too and her evolotion was expected. But the author did a great job of showing how Dragos had never loved and why that would feel so forgein to him. His changes throughout the book were inspiring to me as an author.
This was an easy listen. Great narrator. Fun story. Some Erotica and lots of humor from the distinctly different characters. I got it on sale and would recommend waiting for it to cost less than one credit but overall a really fun romp for a weekend of listening!