I just finished reading A Hidden Fire, the first book in the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter. Wow, what a nice surprise! This is a book that I downloaded to my Kindle because it was offered for free. It did not disappoint. While I wished there would have been more romance, this paranormal/ fantasy/ mystery was refreshing and intriguing!
I immediately fell in love with Dr. Giovanni “Gio” Vecchio, sexy Italian vampire. I really enjoyed Ms. Hunter’s take on vampires. Hers sleep during the day, drink blood to survive (they can have very minimal human food), are strong and fast, and the really neat part: they wield one of the elements. Gio’s element is fire. Gio is a handsome man of mystery with some really cool friends. I loved Carwyn, a Welsh vampire priest. Tenzin, affectionately know as bird girl, was definitely different and very, very old.
Beatrice “B” De Novo is an undergraduate student at a Houston University. She resides with her grandmother after her father was “killed” – turned into a vampire. B works in the library’s special collections section and captures Gio’s attention. The sexual tension between the two is unbearable, especially after the kiss at the pub (the night Gio educates B on scotch). Unfortunately, not all vampires in this story are good, and B attracts the ruthless Lorenzo. I won’t spoil what happens to her or how the book ends. I wouldn’t say this is a HEA, but the story spans more than just this book so I’m hoping there is a HEA at the end of the series.
Oh, I can’t forget to mention Gio’s cat, Doyle. He is so much fun as is Bran, Carwyn’s wolfhound who constantly digs up Gio’s roses.
I think my most favorite scene in the book is when B is working in the library, and Carwyn and Gio come in – Gio to work on the manuscript and Carwyn to devil. He and B exchange notes written in her notebook. At one point, Carwyn wrote, “Do you like Gio? Check yes or no.” B writes back that she made some bad choices about guys and decided to take a break. Carwyn’s response: “Well, obviously, you need to be dating a vampire.” Towards the end of the written conversation, they discuss love working miracles. B asks if friendship can do the same thing. Carwyn’s response is classic: “Silly B, love is friendship . . . just with less clothes, which makes it far more brilliant.”
I highly recommend this read. I can’t wait to start the next book in the series, This Same Earth. Elizabeth Hunter can be found at http://elizabethhunterwrites.com/
4.5 stars out of 5