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Great story but has some inconsistencies,
This review is from: Dragon Bound (Elder Races Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Pia Giovanni has just stolen a treasured item from the horde of an ancient and powerful dragon. A feat that has never been accomplished before. The worst part was she had not wanted to do it in the first place. An ex-boyfriend blackmailed her a few months after their break-up with the threat of revealing secrets she had entrusted him with while they were still together. So for her, she had no choice but to use her unique talents to obtain the item he wanted. Now she is on the run and fearing for her life.
Dragos, the ancient dragon Pia stole from is furious that anyone could gain access to his horde and steal something. His outraged reaction can be felt thoughout New York. He becomes focused on the identity of thief and has every intention of exacting retribution for the crime. Yet once he discovers who the person is, everything doesn't go quite as planned. Pia is like no other woman he has met in his long existence. Soon they are working together to find who orchestrated the theft. They have realized both their lives are on the line as part of a play for power. Before it is all over, neither of them will be the same.
The story line and plot for this novel are great. The book is entertaining and can keep the reader engrossed in what will happen next. The real problems come with the dialog. In most cases, when an author has a character who is thousands of years old, that person tends to speak more formally without a lot of slang. This was not the case with Dragos. He cursed often and generally used modern terminology that is heard from young people. I'm not saying this isn't possible for him to have adapted, but it caused him to lose his own voice. He and Pia spoke nearly the same way. I really couldn't differentiate between the two character's dialog which made the story not quite as good as it could have been. In fact, most of the characters in the book tended to talk this way, including the other older ones. It seemed contradictory to how they should have been.
Despite this being a bit frustrating while reading, I did finish the book. It had a great tale to keep the reader in suspense. Also, the romantic scenes were very well written. Some of the best I have seen. This helped to keep me going even when the dialog became annoying. For those who are a stickler for characters appearing as their nature dictates, this book may be a bit rough to get through. On the other hand, if you enjoy the ancient guys speaking in a modern fashion, this may not bother you at all. Everyone has their own preferences.