Series: Elder Races #1
Published by Piatkus Books on 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Half-human and half-Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful—and passionate—of the Elder Races.
As the most feared and respected of the Wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they've ignited in each other.
Pia knows she must repay Dragos for her trespass, but refuses to become his slave—although she cannot deny wanting him, body and soul.
I’m going to start by telling you all you really want to read this book. Why? Because it has a really hot alpha hero, a heroine who pretty much kicks ass and a fast and sexy plot that kept me reading until five in the morning…ON A WORK NIGHT! Needless to say, my boss wasn’t impressed, but I really couldn’t care less because this book was amazing. Anyway, I digress; I’m going to really REALLY try not to give away any spoilers. You need to read it for yourselves…really, I insist 😀
I love Dragos. Dragos has gone to number two on my alpha male list of hotness (I’m sorry, but it will take a fricking miracle to knock Judd Lauren off the top).
Dragos is the ultimate Alpha warrior, an ancient being who has had to claw his way to the top of the hierarchy to organise the Wyr into a force to be reckoned with. Pia excites him, Pia makes him feel alive and, unwilling to let her escape, and he pretty much forces her into coming home with him. He is so dominant and so forceful that he made my stomach flutter. He constantly orders Pia around because his single focus is her. However, what was absolutely fab was his willingness to learn. At one point in the tale, he quite willingly admits he used to eat humans before he had a conversation with one, and now he is looking to claim one for himself so I think that shows how he has evolved! He has no idea how to deal with a relationship (I had a little grin on when he wondered if he was now a boyfriend) but he wanted to be with her so much that he was willing to learn. Don’t get me wrong, he is always going to be bossy, Dominant and completely in charge, but he tried to work around these character traits.
When they got into danger , everything in him screamed at him to protect her at all costs, but he knew it would do more harm than good. What he did was prepare her as much as possible, and then hope for the best. However, don’t think he did nothing. No, he definitely does not do nothing as he meticulously notes down who touches Pia and then plots their demise. Yum! 😀 He wanted Pia just as she was, he wouldn’t even accept her in her glamored form that she used to protect herself, and he just made me melt.
I loved Pia because she was such a strong character. She wanted Dragos and was willing to take him at face value. Apart from the whole ordering her around, she didn’t want him to change anything. At one point, she refers to him as her “hero”, and he honestly can’t believe that someone can see past the big scary monster to the man inside. She calms him down when the Dragon takes over, excites him with her refusal to cower and bow to his every whim, and revs up his libido to the point where rational thought leaves the building (The sex scenes in this book are amazing. Seriously. Think Dominant Dragon with a new lease for life and a ridiculous amount of stamina and you might get an idea. Oh and he has a big tail :D) They are amazing together but both have a lot to learn in order to have a successful relationship. Can she trust him with her secrets? Moreover, can he let go of his Wyr side enough to be with her without trying to control her?
One of the fab things about this book was the world building and the side characters. We meet a whole host of creatures who help bring this character to life. Dragos is the leader of the New York branch of Wyrs. Many different warriors report to him, all who play different roles in bringing this love story together. My favourite were the two gryphons Rune and Graydon who are put in charge of her care. They are big, bossy, sexy men with protective streaks a mile wide…love them and can’t wait for their books! 😀
This book is amazing. Sexy, funny, dark and magical, I just couldn’t put it down. I recommend it to Alpha fans who don’t mind a little darkness with their Romance. I leave you with my favourite exchange between Pia and Dragos….soooo bossy 😀
“You’re mine,” he said. “You can deny it, argue, throw fits, try to run away. But. You’re. Still. Mine.”
“That’s insane,” she whispered. “I have no idea what that means. I don’t belong to you or anyone else.”
“Yes, you do,” he told her. His thumbs stroked her lips. “You are mine and I will keep you. I will not hurt you and I will protect you. And You’re beginning to trust me. All of that is a good thing.”