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Elizabeth Hunter
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Book Description

27 Mar 2012
“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. "A tantalyzing paranormal romance, full of mystery and intrigue. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Sign me up for book 2!" —Nichole Chase, author of Mortal Obligation, Book One of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (27 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475049196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475049190
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ELIZABETH HUNTER is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. 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 her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Hunter is the author and independent publisher of the four-part Elemental Mysteries Series. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College in the Department of English (Linguistics) and a former English teacher. A native of Central California, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and an assortment of dogs.  She enjoys reading, writing, travel, and bowling (despite the fact that she’s not very good at it.) A Hidden Fire, This Same Earth, and The Force of Wind are now available from all major online e-book retailers. Book Four, A Fall of Water, will be available in Summer 2012. Learn more about the Elemental Mysteries series at ElementalMysteries.com or contact her by e-mail at elizabethhunterwrites@gmail.com.

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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I haven't been that thrilled and awed by a self-publishing author since I've read Meilin Miranda's Lovers and Beloveds.

Some books are like delicious dark chocolate, but some books are like exquisite red wine - rich, intoxicating, powerful. A Hidden Fire is just one such book.

It reminds you why you fell in love with vampires all those years ago when you had your first Anne Rice's book or watched Count Dracula with his fake Transylvanian accent charm Mina.

A Hidden Fire delivers strong feel of Anne Rice but with a touch of Elizabeth Kostova and Dan Brown. It's not a paranormal romance, but a mystery with romantic elements.

Two main characters, - Beatrice, a young and very bright Goth girl slash librarian, and a 500 year old vampire Giovanni work together to unravel a mystery, stay alive and bring the villain down.

Giovanni or Gio had been groomed as a perfect vampire and turned young five centuries ago by an unhinged Master. As an Italian aristocrat who grew up in times of Borgia he is a skilled politician, strategist and has an enormous self-control, but he can't help being fascinated by Beatrice.

However, this is one of the few rare book where a vampire acts his age, and not like a train wrecked on hormones teenager. He thinks things through and thinks of the consequences. Both Beatrice and Gio fight their attraction, there is this gradually building sexual tension between them during the whole book... And this is another thing I was so wild about. Nothing heats up blood better than delayed sexual gratification :)

Secondary characters are just as mesmerizing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like slow romances this is for you 18 Jan 2013
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I'll say to start with that this isn't really the sort of book I would read for preference but as I am reading most of the free books in the kindle top 100 I included this one.

The interaction between the two main characters wasn't too bad if you like will they/won't they romances. The build up of mystery was good. The resolution was awful, why build up to a big conflict and then have such a one-sided physical confrontation? The final chapter was just as unrealistic and made me want to shout at the author. I won't be recommending this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just cannot get into it. 11 July 2013
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Am I reading the same book as most of the reviewers ,I am a third of the way through this book and all that's happened is a vampire goes to the library a couple of nights a week sorry not for me!
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This is not my type of book, I have to say. I prefer by vampires Dracula-style - evil incarnate and stinking of the grave, so with the possible exception of Blade, I'm not a huge fan of vampires as predatory Homo superior (especially sparkly ones). This book falls somewhat into the contemporary vampire trope, and is firmly in the chick-lit category, which I habitually avoid like a vampire shuns, er, garlic.

But, that said, looking objectively, this was not a bad book, in that I have read much, much worse. The plot I found a little slow, and some of the actions taken by the protagonists could have done with a little more elucidation ("How, exactly?"), but there was some interest value in it and I quite liked one or two of the characters. Beatrice, the heroine, isn't as dreadfully vapid as her Twilight counterpart, Beatrice. One benefit from the book was it has kindled a desire to read about Savonarola - I realised that I don't know enough about medieval and Renaissance Italy.

I probably wouldn't rush to read another book in this series, not because I thought it was dreadful but simply because it covers subject matter which mostly doesn't engage my interest. Hunter is a reasonably able writer and although you can never have too much proof-reading, there were fewer mistakes than in most eBooks I have seen.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cracking paranormal romance series 31 July 2012
By Jeannie Zelos TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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i love this sereis, enjoyed the first book so much that i had to buy the following three to see what happened. they're all a good length, well written and edited and with superb characters. Beatric and Giovannis romance is a slow burn one - a change to get that delicious sizzle when characters are dancing round their attraction to each other. one to read and re-read again and agian as there's so much detail and riverting story.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By An avid reader. TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Heck where do I start? This book blew me away and I read it in less than a day, I was absolutely hooked from page one........... Elizabeth Hunter brought her characters to life with wit, charm, appeal, sexiness, intrigue, this list could be endless. What a ride! I am totally hooked on this series now, it's up there all the latest trilogies that suck you in and leave you panting for me. I love the romantic element, always there but kept suspenseful and endearing. I loved the intrigue about Lorenzo and Stephen and Gio's long lost library of books. I loved the twist on the paranormal and what element the vampires were. I loved the characters and the verbal jousting between 'B', Gio and Carwyn. There is absolutely nothing to complain about within these pages, this story has been brilliantly brought to life by the pen of Elizabeth Hunter. What amazes me is why has there been so few reviews for this book, it should be shouted about to everyone, raved about and promoted to all and sundry. I wish I was a book blogger now and reviewing this on my own blog to 1000's of readers and help Elizabeth get the recognition she deserves for such a fantastic debut novel, I for one can't promote this book enough - READ IT, YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID!
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