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Heart of the Hunter (Dragon Chalice Book 1) by [Adrian, Lara]
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Book 1 of 3 in Dragon Chalice (3 Book Series)
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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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Product Details

  • File Size: 3913 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Lara Adrian, LLC (November 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OMSHHU
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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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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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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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I would really like to like this story more,to be able to give it a 4 star, but it has some real problems for me. As a 1 star reviewer said it was repetitive in the extreme, but I found that whole plot of story somehow just failed to engage me as I think it could have. The prologue promised great things that the story failed to deliver to its fullest measure.

I think the author tried to hard to envelope too many types of the stories into this one. She tried to incorporate the supernatural realms of the fairy/dragon worlds with the human and shifter elements and I think she failed to do this on many levels. I think if she had picked one and stuck with it this could have been a super, super story.

My first problem was the princess running off with a real louse from the human world and allowing him to escape with the sacred dragon cup to begin with. Then to be told they never married and she was more or less his whore, well the story just sort slid away from there for me. Then it picked up when the heroine meets hero but even he was not a great hero. He was supposed to be this great Hunter due to we find out his shifter blood.

The final blow for me was the near death of the heroine, who is saved due to the water being drunk from the 2nd dragon cup of the four cups they are seeking. It was just too over the top for me. Even the epilogue wasn't enough to salvage the story for me.

As i have said before reading material is subjective and there are probably others like the the other 5 and 4 star reveiwers who will really like this story. So, my advise is again, read the top reviewers, read the bottom reviewers and then read it for yourself. YOU BE THE JUDGE.
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