FREE BOOK Review: Heart of the Hunter (Dragon Chalice #1) by Lara Adrian

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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. . . .

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Ariana of Clairmont needs to get to France to pay the ransom enemies are demanding while holding her brother captive.  Her plans fall apart and Braedon le Chasseur comes to her rescue.  He saves her life and ends up taking her to France.  Unfortunately he gets pulled into circumstances he thought he walked away from eighteen months ago.  The man that gave him the scar on his face is after the Dragon Chalice still.  Ariana’s brother has been kidnapped and Braedon is right in the middle of the mess.
His feelings for Ariana grow as they travel and run for their lives.  They both view things that are unbelievable.  They can’t trust anyone as their enemies’ reaches are far and wide.
Braedon also comes face to face with his past.  He can’t believe the shocking secret that is revealed.  The dragon chalice can’t be found and fall in the wrong hands.  Plus he refuses to put Ariana in anymore danger.  He needs to end this now.
This book was full of intrigue.  Ariana is off to save her brother.  Unfortunately she is extremely na├»ve.  It’s almost painful to read as she gets herself into all these situations.  I do give her props for being determined and never giving up.
However she has no clue what she has become a part in which is fun for the reader as the story evolves.  The disbelief is extremely strong.  I could see the jaws dropping and hear the sputtering in surprise.
Braedon’s past was interesting.  He enters this story as a dark, mysterious character.  He is a complete loner, dark and brooding.  Yet he still saves the damsel in distress.  The funny part is he keeps questioning whether he should have got involved at all.  I can just imagined his pained looks.

The paranormal spin that develops the story is interesting.  The search for the Dagon Chalice and the shifters give it a magical edge.  I like how it ended.  With the search continuing and the danger still real, I wonder what will happen next.  I give this book s 4 out of 5.

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