Thursday, October 1, 2015

BOOK REVIEW - A HIDDEN FIRE by ELIZABETH HUNTER - ELEMENTAL MYSTERIES # 1 - ADULT PARANORMAL MYSTERY ROMANCE

By: Elizabeth Hunter
Published By: E. Hunter
Released : Available Now
Details: Kindle copy, 320 Pages

RATING: 4 GIO & CARWYN STARS!

Blurb : Goodreads

"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.




BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I have had this book sitting on my Kindle since 2012.

I KNOW!

Time to take it out of the archives and dust it off.

I have the older cover, but I sure love the new cover to A Hidden Fire. It reminds me of the style of Cassandra Clare’s, The Mortal Instruments.

Dr. Giovanni Vecchio is a great character, but I want to learn him more. 

Giovanni is after something that is very personal and he was led to believe it was lost to him. 


Elizabeth had me getting to know Beatrice De Novo, aka B. We know she is intelligent and she works at the library on a Wednesday night and she has a pretty cool dress code.

Caspar is Gio’s butler and he is a pretty cool guy for a man in his sixties.

Carwyn gets introduced and he is a lovable character. I really want to read more about him.


Though Carwyn was a priest, he rarely wore any kind of uniform, preferring to dress himself more like a surfer than a man of the cloth when he visited the United States.

It is no secret by now, as this series has been out for several years, that Giovanni and Carwyn are vampires. I will say what a lot of readers have noted ,and it is simply quite hard not to notice unless you have NEVER read Twilight,  whether it be coincidental, this book did have a few quite blatant similar moments.

Not that it bothered me, but they were not subtle.

Read you will find them.

But what I really liked was Elizabeth gave us elemental vampires, hence the series title. This was very cool. 

"Elements? Not like chemistry, though, right?"
He shook his head. "The classical elements: fire, earth, wind and water."

The villain of this story had a lot of opportunity to show me his dark side later in the book and I kind of felt a little let down by him. I felt this area could have been quite action packed and worthy of his villainous name.

Another character I really liked was Tenzin. She comes into this installment late into the piece but she is really cool and quirky. 

"Hello, Tenzin." 
"Hello, my boy," she said in Mandarin. "I thought you might need me.

This is a very clean read for an adult paranormal mystery romance.

This is a 320 page book and for the first half I did feel like it was very slow going, but then things speeded up. 

Do not be expecting the usual smexual goings on, but you will be delivered a couple awesome kissing scenes.

My personal take on this first installment is it is a slow burn in the story line and romance departments. I just watched the trailer and that is also a slow burn. I could have thought of a lot more things to put into that trailer.

I am looking forward to reading more in this series as I know it is a very popular series.

This was a very good start to the Elemental Mysteries series and I found it very enjoyable.



Michelle


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