A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter
Published by E. Hunter on October 18, 2011
Series: Elemental Mysteries, #1
Genre(s): fantasy, paranormal, romance, mystery
Format & Length: e-book, 302
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“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.
This was another free ebook I found through Book Bub, so my expectations were low going into it. And quite honestly, the first few chapters didn’t do much for me. But I wanted to give it a decent shot, so I stuck with it, and about a quarter of the way into the book the plot quickened and the story became more interesting.
I thoroughly enjoyed the romance in this book. There was a slow build of chemistry and tension between Beatrice and Giovanni. And I appreciated the straight romance, without an unnecessary love triangle that so many books seem to have.
I also liked the premise of this story. Hunter’s take on vampires intrigued me. Granted, I have not read too many books in the vampire category, but the way she tied the elements in made for a more comprehensive understanding of this world she built.
The main characters – and some of the secondary characters – felt well rounded. The dialogue was snappy and realistic. I stumbled across a few typos, but not enough to slow the story.
Despite the slow start, the pacing of the rest of the book was pretty on point, with a twist I didn’t see coming. If paranormal romance with a mystery is your thing, give this one a shot.