If you’re of a certain age, I’m going to assume that you saw the Disney movie Pete’s Dragon at some point in your childhood. Here’s a visual reminder in case you need one:
In Dragon Bound, Thea Harrison has created the complete antithesis of Pete’s invisible dragon pal in the hero, Dragos. Dragos has been around since the dawn of time and is a complete bad ass. He is not rotund with purple hair and fond of small children. Instead he is the leader of all Wyr kind, a prime physical specimen, an amazing warrior, and an OCD hoarder of epic proportions. (The Wyr are one of the Elder Races. They can appear as human or creature.)
Pia has an ex who is bad news. In a moment of loneliness, she shared a secret with him – she is a half-breed wyr and can get past any lock, whether it’s a safe or a cell or handcuffs. She also glows unless she is using a dampening spell learned from her mother to help her mix more easily with humans. Needless to say, her ex is into deep gambling debt with people you don’t want to borrow money from and brags that his girlfriend can steal anything with her special gift. As a result, he blackmails her into stealing something (anything!) from Dragos so he can get the money boys from Jersey off of his back. I guess even in an alternate New York City, you don’t want to be into the Jersey boys for a debt if you can avoid it.
What Pia steals and Dragos’s reaction is a meet cute of epic proportions. I can’t really go into anymore detail without giving too much away, but this book is a delight from beginning to end. Dragon Bound has a brave and valiant hero who is only a tad grumpy and grunty, and a feisty heroine that is just trying to get by, with a secret that I feel stupid for not figuring out sooner.
*Name Redacted* sent me this novel as an apology for the Kristen Ashley fiasco(s). After this, she is completely forgiven and I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the Elder Races series.