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Heart of the Hunter (Dragon Chalice Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lara Adrian
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The Dragon Chalice series: Book 1

Ariana of Clairmont would risk anything to save her kidnapped brother, a quest she knows is fraught with peril. Her only ally is Braedon le Chasseur, a formidable knight with a mysterious past, whose scarred face and brooding nature mask a soul filled with pain. Ariana fears this dangerous man and the secrets he strives to conceal--but Braedon's touch is pure seduction, his kiss a potent lure that tempts her into a passion she is powerless to resist.

Once known as The Hunter, now haunted by a dark legacy he struggles to deny, Braedon lives in a world of shadow and isolation--until he is thrust together with an innocent beauty in need of his protection. Embarking on a journey that will lead them to a legendary treasure, Braedon will be forced to confront old enemies and the stunning secret of his true nature--or risk losing Ariana and the only happiness he has ever known. . . .

Dragon Chalice series reading order:
Heart of the Hunter
Heart of the Flame
Heart of the Dove


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

St. John's (Black Lion's Bride, etc.) new medieval fantasy romance series gets off to a rocky start with this thinly plotted installment. The story opens with a description of an artifact called the Dragon Chalice, which allegedly gives the one who wields it untold power. The cup has been sundered into four pieces, and one piece has fallen into the hands of an evil sorcerer. The sorcerer hopes to find a second piece with the help of research performed by a Templar knight, whom he's abducted. When Ariana of Clairmont receives a ransom demand for the knight, her brother, she sets out to deliver his notes. On her way there, she's waylaid by the magician's henchmen and rescued by Braedon, a mercenary called the Hunter. Braedon knows more than he lets on about the Dragon Chalice, and he agrees to help Ariana in her quest-though not for the reasons she imagines. Stuck in her ingénue role, Ariana has little chance to shine; she spends most of the novel being shoved out of danger or storming off and endangering her own mission. Braedon, however, is the kind of strong, charismatic, slightly dangerous hero that will have readers salivating. While Braedon's sexy appeal may be enough to keep some readers intrigued, others may not stick around to see the Dragon Chalice reformed in St. John's subsequent books.
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From Booklist

To deliver the ransom needed to free her brother, Lady Ariana of Clairmont would travel with the very devil himself. Now it seems she must, since the only one who can transport her safely to France is ruthless Braedon le Chasseur. Braedon never thought he would return to France, but somehow he finds himself nearly persuaded into escorting Ariana until he realizes the ransom consists of her brother's research into the location of the legendary Dragon Chalice. Ariana offers to let Braedon name his price in return for his help, and Braedon finds he might just be willing to battle danger, evil, and an old friend turned enemy in return for Ariana's love. A vividly detailed setting, bold and adventurous protagonists, and a compelling plot laced with passion, danger, and a bit of mysticism all come together brilliantly in the first in a bewitching new medieval paranormal series by the wonderfully gifted St. John. John Charles
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  • File Size: 894 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Lara Adrian, LLC; 3 edition (November 10, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging story April 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Heart of the Hunter
Reviewed by Ann & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

As a fan of Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series, I thought it would be nice to explore her previously released medieval romances under her pen name, Tina St. John. I was expecting a good romance, as is the case with all of Lara Adrian's work, but I had no idea that Tina could craft such an intricate and engaging story like HEART OF THE HUNTER turned out to be.

Ariana of Clairmont is on a mission to reach France and free her brother from the hands of his captors. Upon receiving a ransom note demanding her brother's work, Ariana gathers her brother's precious research and places them in a satchel for her to carry on her trip. Though Ariana is a well-bred woman with manners and beauty, she certainly holds her own against the scummy men she encounters on her trip. When her bodyguard is killed and her means of travel to France has backfired on her after a particularly close call with death, Ariana finds herself within the arms of a man who just happens to be called Le Chasseur - The Hunter.

Braedon is a knight with a dark past. His scar running along the left side of his face causes others to fear him, but Ariana sees more to him than the disfigurement the marks his face. She sees his strength, his virility and her way out to France. So although Braedon does all that he can to leave the woman after saving her life, Ariana sticks to him like a tick, never relenting until she gets what she wants.

And in the end, she does get what she wants because Braedon begins to soften around her, revealing the secrets of his past to her in slow increments.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the best vacation read! June 22, 2004
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I brought a bag of books with me to read on vacation last week and only one captured my attention: Heart of the Hunter by Tina St. John. I had forgot it was to be paranormal and there was no clue about it from reading the back cover (odd), but as I enjoy medievals I took a shot. I am so glad I did!

From the first line, that tells of the kingdom of Anvarin and the legend of how the Dragon Chalice was stolen from the people, I could not put the book down! Other reviewers on this page have mentioned how appealing of a hero Braedon le Chasseur is, and I agree 110%. Utterly dangerous and hot! I was melting as soon as Ariana sees him in the London tavern with the scar on his face and his dangerous air about him. I also liked Ariana. I agree she is a bit naiive at first, especially to trust Ferrand the merchant who I knew was going to be bad news. But she didn't have a lot of choices and I thought she was brave for venturing out to rescue her brother, Kenrick. I liked her spunk!
The paranormal aspects of Heart of the Hunter were so interesting, too! The legend of the Dragon Chalices is very cool, with the enchanted kingdom and the battle for the treasure now that it's been stolen into the mortal world. I was shocked when the first shapeshifter appeared and riveted to my seat (my beach blanket, actually!) to know what was going to happen next. It was a little spooky in places with the villains and their powers, but all that only added to the great story. I especially liked learning about Braedon's strange "skills" and where they came about. It was so cool! I don't want to spoil it for others in saying too much here!
And, I have saved the romance aspect for last on purpose.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I have enjoyed this author's previous medievals for their strong characters and sensual romance but now I can add that she also is great with adding in some fantasy and paranormal to her plots as well! Braeden "The Hunter" is exactly the kind of hero I love: tough and tortured yet tender with the lady who steals his heart. Ariana was resourceful and compassionate with him, just the kind of woman he needed to stand at his side and save him from himself. Now I am eagerly looking forward to the next book. Excellent! :->
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great April 17, 2012
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This book, Book 1 of the Dragon Chalice series, was written earlier in the career of Ms Adrian (Midnight Breed Series) when she was writing as Tina St Johns and it shows it as while it is good, it doesn't quite match her later series.

When Ariana of Clairmont went to the docks with her guard/escort James she had no idea what she was getting into, all she knew was that she had to get to France and deliver, as ransom, some papers her brother Kenrick had been working on before he was captured. When she goes to meet Ferrand, the ships master he was arguing with a man with a long knife scar on his face. When Ferrand takes her money and tries to kidnap her she is saved by the man, Braedon LeChasseur (The Hunter) and together they go to France to try and save her brother from Silas De Montaine. The man who has hired Braedon to recover a cup, on of the four parts of the Dragon Chalice, and the thief who took it and when it is recovered, along with Draec Le Nantres, who had been one of Breadons men, killed all but Braedon and one other.

Will Ariana learn to trust and even love Braedon? If she does will he be able to open his heart and let her in? Will they be able to save Kenrick and keep De Montaine from getting another part of the Dragon Chalice?

Find out as you read this very good (but not Great) sword and sorcery book.
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I like the historical romance novels so if you like that kind of story then you like this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book 1 in the Series
When I began this book I thought it was odd for a romance to be combined with shifters/sidthe and Knights gone a-grailing ... with a setting in medieval France ... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars good for a historical type
The story started off with a story that made no sense when the next chapter started. Come the last 1/4 of the story I was confused & afraid I missed a chapter along the way, but... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I started this book thinking I would just read the one. After all, my buy with one click is getting out of control. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Paula T.
4.0 out of 5 stars but after reading it I realized that it was just as amazing as her...
The first book I ever read of Lara's was her Midnight Breed series. From that very first book I was completely hooked to her books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ShoniRenee
1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't even finish it. There was no attraction ...
I couldn't even finish it. There was no attraction between the characters, and none of them were even likable. The story was not well developed.
Published 1 month ago by B. Floyd
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book
I liked the book. I enjoyed the main characters. Ariana had grit but didn't listen very well or think ahead, but then that wasn't in their "job descriptions" back then. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PCox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plot
There was a good balance between the mystery/action and the romance. I would have liked a bit more historical detail, but it was a great read. I fit it into all my spare moments.
Published 1 month ago by Lovesnow
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