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.
I don't mind light fantasy fluff, but this book did not work for me. By the time the writer used the description of an ostrich with a hot fudge sundae on its head for the third time, I had to stop listening. This book was not for me - if there is a romance, I certainly didn't get to that part. This book might work for some, but it didn’t work for me.
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
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.
I have read a lot of paranormal, and I was surprised by how awesome - and how funny - this was. There is tons of action and I grew to really love Pia over the course of the book. She is stubborn, but not stubbornly stupid like some you just want to slap across the face. There is one scene in particular (let's just say it involved too much alcohol and girl bonding with a fae princess) that had me in tears it was so funny. Sophie Eastlake is a great narrator for this series.
This is a great series so far the characters are funny and interesting, it ranks up there with the Immortal after Dark series. I really liked Sophie Eastlake as a narrator, she does a wonderful job. There are some cases in which the narrator can ruin a book but not this one. I love paranormal romance books and its worth a credit. It started out a little slow, but I am glad I got it. Just downloaded the 3rd book hope its as good as the first 2.
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.