Series: Elementary Mysteries #1
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
"No secret stays hidden forever."
A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery he'd abandoned years before. He never expected a young librarian could hold the key to the search, nor could he have expected the danger she would attract. Now he and Beatrice De Novo will follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation they never could have predicted.
A Hidden Fire is a paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers. It is the first book in the Elemental Mysteries Series.
First of all can I just say... Holy Giovanni Vecchio Batman!
I had this book on my iBooks shelf for a little over a month as I got it free from amazon. It was amongst a list of many that I have still yet to read and if it hadn't been for my goodreads friend's status update it would no doubt still be there.
First we meet Giovanni, a mysteriously dark Italian scholar who's attentions are turned toward Beatrice, a student and library assistant whom he meets while translating text from an ancient manuscript.
Beatrice is one of those female characters that I could relate to very easily. She is strong, smart and I really enjoyed the way she interacted with Gio, the five hundred year old vampire with his old fashioned ways, and his reaction to her humour was adorable.
She didn’t know why, but she felt like he wanted something from her. She had an uneasy feeling prickling at the back of her neck and a strange energy suddenly seemed to buzz around her. She didn’t feel unsafe, just like there was some piece of a puzzle she was missing, an angle to him she couldn’t quite see. She looked at the pale hands he had folded across his chest and a headache began to grow behind her eyes.I loved that we actually get to see the romance developing between Gio and Beatrice. Their friendship and growing affections for each other was sweet and endearing to say the least. Their cautious approach to their feelings towards one another made their relationship feel even more real and honest and really had me routing for them. I thoroughly enjoyed being on the journey. Plus, Giovanni is just swoon-worthy... No, really! He is loving, caring, sometimes possessive and I positively melted into his charms.
Giovanni kissed her for a few heated moments, stealing her breath and causing her head to swim. His fang nicked her lip and she felt his tongue swipe at the trickle of blood near the corner of her mouth before he gave a deep groan and pulled away. He stared into her eyes, panting before he bent down to whisper in her ear. “It’s not just your blood.”Mysteries surrounding B's fathers death begin to unfold bringing circumstances to light that will change both of their lives for ever. Unwillingly pulled into a world full of immortal beings, B soon finds herself in danger and Gio is forced to realise that maybe his feelings for the human female are far more than he'd intended.
Another thing I loved about this book was the great supporting characters: Caspar and B's lovably grandmother Isadora, but my absolute favourite is definitely Gio's good friend Carwyn. He is witty and sarcastic and very loveable and really cares for his long time friend. I also loved, loved, loved the fact that he's a Welshman (as I myself am a Welsh girl!) and that he lives close to me in North Wales. Yes, this actually excited me no end.
This book is another WOW for me. It's a beautiful love story with lots of emotion, mystery and drama. It will take you on a unique journey of friendship, romance and self discovery and all of it is done in brilliant way. Hunter has a great writing style. Her unique take on the Vampire genre is thoroughly enjoyable and the solid storyline had me engrossed from the start. The intense love affair that develops between B and Giovanni was really beautiful to read, that together with all of the strong, well developed characters and the historical references was the reason I couldn't put this book down. And after the very last line on the very last page, I just had to purchase the second book straight away and I really suggest that you do the same.
Yes, make sure you have This Same Earth ready as the end may just surprise you!
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