Series: Elder Races #9.8
on May 14th 2018
Genres: PNR, Shifters, Paranormal
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Pia’s latest pregnancy has become a daily challenge, her relationship with Dragos strained with argument. That hasn’t stopped them from achieving a compromise and traveling to Las Vegas to celebrate their friend Rune’s wedding to his mate Carling.
From the moment they arrive, the trip goes awry. Death walks in Vegas, and Pia is kidnapped as an ancient enemy makes a move to destroy the Great Beast once and for all.
But the Great Beast has other plans.
On Planet Dragos everything goes the way he arranges it—unless someone decides to cross him, and God help them then, because he doesn’t know how to back down, and he doesn’t ever, ever let up….
by Thea Harrison
We all have them: books by authors we know we’ll have a great time with. For me, Thea Harrison is one of those. I remember when I first read Dragon Bound by her – I was on the beach in Italy (a word of advice – don’t do that, that book is HOT). Ever since I’ve been trying to find a PNR series that comes close to Thea’s but haven’t been successful. I enjoyed others immensely but The Elder Races world will always have a special place in my heart.
Now let’s talk about Planet Dragos – this is the last of Dragos and Pia’s POV stories and I’m a little sad to let them go but I understand that at some point all stories have been told and Ms. Harrison has my full respect for recognizing and acknowledging this.
On their last adventure Pia and Dragos have to deal with an old enemy, an enemy who wants to destroy Dragos and knows the best way to get to him is through the dragon’s beloved and REALLY pregnant mate. This pregnancy has taken a toll on her and in typical male manner Dragos doesn’t miss a chance to put his foot in his mouth.
“You’re very pregnant,” he told her. “And as you are well aware, I’ve read several books about pregnancy. I’ve decided to consider you somewhat insane until the baby is born.”
He isn’t cruel though, not with Pia who he loves with the fire of a thousand suns. Lately something has been on his mind, something that will change the future of the whole New York demesne. He is preoccupied and doesn’t even realize how his words and actions hurt his mate. When Pia is being kidnapped it’s a wake-up call for him and he will burn down the world to get her back.
Dragos is larger than life – he has come a long way though. The dragon we met in the first book is still there, arrogant, dominating, demanding, charismatic and complicated but Pia has smoothed the edges and has made him almost human – there is a tenderness about him now that is enthralling. What I find fascinating, even after so many books, is that I really feel that Dragos is ancient. Thea Harrison made his character believable.
He pressed his face against her inner thigh to muffle his laugh, and that was a miraculous treasure too. He adored how laughter had crept into their love life.
Pia has always been one of my favorite female characters – she has the heart of a warrior and a softness that is sweet and endearing. Her snark, however, is one of my most favorite things about her. But she’s also real – her insecurities, living with such an old, powerful and sexual creature and I can only imagine how hard it is to step out of the shadow he casts. Pia does it though, she’s always been special in her own right.
“You aren’t what is wrong. I can say with absolute certainty that you are the one thing that is most perfect and right in my world. You are the center around which everything else revolves, always.”
A new character is being introduced in Planet Dragos and I have a hunch that we’ll see more of him in future books. We also get a little bit of Liam who isn’t the peanut any longer. I know the author said she wouldn’t write a college series about Liam but it feels like she made a distinction here – maybe we will see a completely grown up Liam fighting for his own mate at some point? I definitely hope so!
This novella is a lovely and solid conclusion to Pia and Dragos’s storyline. I’m sure we’ll hear of them and see them as cameos in other books but it’s really hard to send them off into their HEA. Planet Dragos has everything I love about this series – most of the sentinels, especially Rune and Carling and a snarky Aryal, action and Dragos’ and Pia’s love. Thea Harrison has announced three more stories in the New York demesne and now I’m really curious who these will be about!