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"Tina St. John has shown us her wonderful talent with HEART OF THE HUNTER"

Lady Ariana of Clairmont just has to rescue her brother. When they were children, Ariana and her brother, Kenrick, were very close. Actually, he was all she had. Her father never paid any attention to her and her mother passed away. When Kenrick became old enough, he joined the Templars and Ariana was left with her father. Eventually, Kenrick quit the Templars and came home a very different man, secretive and keeping to his room. Then he left again. When her father died, Ariana was left in charge of Clairmont. Now she finds out Kenrick is being held for ransom in France and she only has a short time to get there. This is the only reason she is on her way to London now to meet with the only one she could find willing to take her across the channel in the middle of winter. Naturally, she doesn't trust the man and with good reason. When he kills her guard and attempts to take her to sell as a slave, she is saved by Braedon le Chasseur.

Braedon once had a company of mercenaries, until one of his company betrayed him while retrieving an object for a client. Only Braedon and one other of his loyal men survived the betrayal, both men bearing the scars. Ever since that time, Braedon has become a loner, which is why he can't believe he actually bothered to save Ariana. Of course, she is a beauty. When he takes her to the home of a friend, he believes himself well rid of her. However, this isn't the case. Just as he's getting ready to leave London, Ariana shows up and demands he take her to France to see her brother. When Ariana offers herself as payment, Braedon reluctantly agrees. He knows there's more to Ariana's story than what she's telling him.

When the two of them finally get to France, they find all kinds of people watching for them and end up evading capture time after time. Will Ariana ever confide in Braedon and tell him the truth about why she wants so desperately to get to her brother? Will Braedon reveal the truth about his "gift" to Ariana? What of the attraction between the two? Who is the one responsible for the kidnapping of Kenrick and what is he after?

HEART OF THE HUNTER is a bit of deviation from the normal type of tale expected from Tina St. John. With this one, we also get a paranormal twist with the ancient land of Anavrin and Braedon's unique "abilities". It is impossible not to become involved with the characters in Tina St. John's latest offering. Both our hero and our heroine are wounded and used to being lonely. Even though a sheltered lady, Ariana is no shrinking violet as she proves time and again. Not only brave and courageous, Ariana also won't give up on eventually owning Braedon's heart, much to Braedon's chagrin. We have a wonderful build up of action leading us to the thrilling conclusion of Ariana and Braedon's story. Tina St. John has shown us her wonderful talent with HEART OF THE HUNTER and I can't wait for the next in this series!

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 6, 2006

SUMMARY

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. . . .

 

Heart of the Hunter
(Dragon Chalice: Book 1)
by Tina St. John

Ballantine Books
June 1, 2004
ISBN #0345459946
EAN #9780345459947
384 pages
Paperback
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