A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries #1

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A call from an old friend sets 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, their twisted path will lead them toward a confrontation five hundred years in the making. A Hidden Fire is a paranormal romance/mystery for adult readers. More
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Published: Oct. 14, 2011
Words: 107,220
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466122253
About Elizabeth Hunter

Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with an eight-year-old ninja who claims to be her child. She enjoys music, writing, travel, and bowling (despite the fact that she's not very good at it). Someday, she plans to learn how to scuba dive. And maybe hang glide... but that looks like a lot of running.

She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, and other works of fiction.

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Review by: elena kovarschten on Oct. 25, 2013 : star star star star star
My Rating: 10
The story is unhurried but not slow,full of complex ,witty and intelligent characters,with great attention to detail.The writing is addictive,the book is superbly edited.
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Review by: Alison Gussack on Aug. 16, 2013 : star star star star
I very much enjoyed this well written story. It did start slowly, but by the end I had trouble putting it down. I downloaded the next in the series at 12:30 this morning because I just could not stand not knowing what happened next. So far, the 2nd book is just as enthralling!
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Review by: Miranda A on Aug. 06, 2013 : star star star star star
Great book that kept me engaged and interested, can't wait to read the entire series!
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Review by: Taylor Jensen on June 19, 2013 : star star star star
Pretty cool story though not 100% sure about the whole urban fantasy idea, might have to read this one a few times for this angle to really grow on me but I shall and will most likely review it or other stories from this author again. Really impressed with it though.
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Review by: Taylor Jensen on June 19, 2013 : star star star star
Pretty cool story though not 100% sure about the whole urban fantasy idea, might have to read this one a few times for this angle to really grow on me but I shall and will most likely review it or other stories from this author again. Really impressed with it though.
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Review by: Lesa Labbauf on April 24, 2013 : star star star star star
Great read. Well written, although, a bit slow to start, it rounded out fabulously. Cannot wait to read the next installment!
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Review by: Mel Hankin on March 17, 2013 : star star star star star
started a little slow but now can't wait to read the next installment!
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Review by: Jimmy Patterson on March 06, 2013 : star star star star star
excellent. plain and simple.
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Review by: allison bryndza on Feb. 11, 2013 : star star star star star
Fantastic story and characters! I am halfway through the 3rd book and can't wait to read more.
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Review by: Carla Giampapa on Jan. 26, 2013 : star star star star star
Fabulous! Kept me interested and engaged the entire time...felt a real connection to the characters. Great work and thank you so much for sharing.
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Review by: Rob Thompson on Jan. 15, 2013 : star star star star star
Great story telling. The characters are well written and make you want to cheer for the good guys. I like this take on the vampire character, it is original and has a plausible place in the real world. Can't wait to read the next installment
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Review by: Morgan Rayne on Jan. 07, 2013 : star star star star star
I don't normally read science fiction books, but I was told to read this book. I was completely hooked the whole time and ended up buying all 4 of them.
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Review by: Paula Carter on Dec. 03, 2012 : star star star star star
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and am eager to start reading the others.
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Review by: hrhsophia on Nov. 15, 2012 : star star star star star
A really engrossing and unusual story. i will be buying the next one.
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Review by: Rick Petrey on Oct. 22, 2012 : star star star star star
good read. very grabbing
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Review by: Kristy Hoover on Sep. 19, 2012 : star star star star star
A very engaging book with well developed characters with personality plus pivoting around a strong female lead with an awesome sense of humor. The plot will pull you into a world that somehow seems entirely possible - the gift of a truly talented author. It's a new twist on vampires that purists might not appreciate, but I loved. Before you know it you'll purchase the whole series and be glad you did.
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Review by: Gail Krause on Sep. 13, 2012 : star star star star star
I do not like vampire books as a rule, but this is very well put together and held me to the end. I went back and purchased the next 3 books in the series.
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Review by: pj gracia on Sep. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
I loved it!!!!!! IT WAS WONDERFUL, IT MADE ME LAUGH AND CRY AND IT WAS JUST THE MOST AMAZING BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
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Review by: marketchef on Aug. 06, 2012 : star star star star star
I have read all four books in this series and it is original and exceptional. Elizabeth Hunter is a terrific writer and her characters are incredibly vivid and fascinating. I love a book where the bookish librarian gets the guy/vampire. I also love a series where characters evolve, learn and the story progresses in unexpected ways. Hats off to Elizabeth Hunter.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kelly on Jan. 30, 2012 : star star star star star
I won this book a while ago. I didn't really know much about it but was intrigued as others had given it good reviews. What I found kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know more.
Beatrice(B) meets Dr Giovanni Vecchio in the special collection section of the library at the university. Gio is doing research there. As time passes, the two become closer. She soon learns that Gio is not a regular human but a vampire. She takes it well with her wit and something that seems to be at the back of her mind. She soon learns that the world is not as simple as it seems and the documents that she researches for Gio has something to do with her father.
Then the pace picks up and things become dangerous for B. Their feelings they have for each other seems to be kept at bay by Gio. For he is far more dangerous than meets the eye and he has many secrets that are soon revealed.
The ending left you ready for the next chapter of the story and wanting to know what will become of Gio and B and other questions that are left unanswered!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: dior gal on Nov. 27, 2011 : star star star star star
"No secret stays hidden forever."

Elizabeth Hunter's previous forays in fanfiction have already shown her to be a writer of extraordinary talents and with her first published book her writing takes another leap forward into a landscape entirely her own.

Beatrice is a young woman starting to find her path in life after a testing start. A motherless girl who'd taken a few wrong turns in her teenage years following her father's disappearance. She's now settled and steady if a little withdrawn from the world. She's an undergrad studying at the University of Houston and she works part-time in the Special Collections department of the university's library. It's here she meets the enigmatic Gio and a slow-burning relationship begins to bloom. Her weekly rendezvous with Gio soon becomes the highlight of her week and she is curious and intrigued by him with more than a dash of attraction.

Gio, as we've already discovered, is no ordinary guy - in fact Gio's been a vampire since Renaissance times. And Gio's on the hunt - not for blood, but for knowledge and answers. Together they start to unravel a mystery and we gain glimpses of the hidden secrets the strapline refers to. This effortless layering between mystery and romance combine harmoniously in A Hidden Fire and add so much to the reading enjoyment of this novel.

The force of attraction these two feel for each other is all the more powerful as it is delivered with measured precision by Hunter's prose which is always grounded in the immediacy of everyday details. It's an expertly managed sexual tension that runs seamlessly throughout the book and draws the reader in to the 'will they, won't they' game. I won't spoil the outcome of that one for you.

There's a lot of wit and humour shared between the central pairing and their supporting cast. Every character portrayed is richly drawn and has a part to play in the drama that unfolds. This is what I love and appreciate most about Hunter's work - her ability to craft great, multi-dimensional characters that you can't fail to love/hate or have many emotional reactions to.

There's a lot of schlock in vampire fiction but not with A Hidden Fire. Hunter has created a different take on vampires where the sensual nature of vampires is still prevalent and tangible yet forms only a part of their nature. This first book in the trilogy was the perfect opener. Complete in it's own right yet leaving me full of anticipation for the second helping. December cannot come quick enough!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Gabriela Vatu on Nov. 19, 2011 : star star star star star
Elizabeth Hunter's book has everything you could ever want. Really. It has wit, fun, love, mystery, supernatural and so much more. I have read some of her work before and have been impressed by the way she always had everything planned in minute details.

I found the same thorough and attentive plan in this book and was thrilled to see that with the change of 'scenery' she never lost her style.

The book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time and I hated my new workplace because it made me leave the house and postpone reading whatever chapter I was on until I returned home. I loved Beatrice and her grandmother, I enjoyed the quirky priest and the wonderful butler, but most of all I loved Gio. Although I did want to slap him upside the head a few times, I only wished it because I'm a hopeless romantic and rooted for him to finally give into his feelings.

With that being said, I cannot wait for December and the second installment to see where Elizabeth takes the story next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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