A Hidden Fire

Elizabeth Hunter
Paranormal Mystery
Self Published / 2011
PaperBack / 437 Pages
Series Elemental Mysteries #1

"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.

I picked this book up because the tag line pulled me in - I had to know the secret

What I liked the Most? The characters really came to life for me

What I liked the Least? It was waaaaay too slow to start

Review: Ok, let's start with B (Beatrice if you will) - she isn't a cookie cutter heroine. She's young, intelligent, border line gothic orphan being raised by her grandparents but grandpa recently passed away. She's not a secretly (never before heard of) para and she is not door mat ala Bella. She developes into a real person - quick witted, snarky, insecurities and oh lordy curiosity enough to sink a ship.

Giovanni - tall dark and moody may be a little bit more toward the traditional vamp, but I love the sparks he produces. Hehehe - read the book you'll understand. He has some major territorial issues, but that's what makes the book so interesting to read.

The mystery and the dramatical events drive these characters to & away each other in a dizzying pattern, but it works for this book

Recommended to: Fans of vampire fiction (but it's not traditional vamp)

Best Quote: “Far be it from me to keep a woman from her book. That could become dangerous”

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