Series: Elder Races, #1
Author: Thea Harrison
Pages: 312 (Mass Market Paperback)
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: May 3, 2011
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.
It all starts with the theft of a 1962 penny. Yes, a penny. That one cent causes a ton of trouble of Pia, as well as for its owner, Dragos. Pia runs, Dragos finds her, goblins find them, and hijinks ensue! Yep, pretty silly plot, but it took over 100 pages to catch my attention. Although at that point I still didn't have a good sense about who the characters were. Aside from her mysterious "what kind of supernatural creature are you" trait, I didn't really know what kind of person Pia was. She seemed like a hopeless romantic, and maybe standoffish, but other than that, nothing.
Dragos was arrogant, controlling and possessive, but that's to be expected from a many millennium old multi-billionaire dragon. He's also really hott! However...How can a being that has been around since the beginning of time not know what a Slurpee, Twizzlers, or Ziplock bags are? I know he really has no use for these seemingly random items, but come on! He's been in the human world for a long time. :P
This was a fun, light read but nothing about it really stood out to me. Except for the Sex & the City reference! It may have been accidental, but probably not, and I loved it! The story does pick up near the end and was very enjoyable. I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the series.