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A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  14,175 ratings  ·  1,344 reviews
"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 universit
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Published October 18th 2011 by E. Hunter (first published October 13th 2011)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Aug 09, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: our buddy read w/my TBD girls!
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
3.5 stars. This is a spoiler-free review regarding plot, but if you don't want to know what type of "beings" these guys are (I say who cares, you find out fairly early in the book), read no further. *cue ominous music*
'Do you like Gio? Check yes or no.'
She wrote back 'How can you be this childish after a thousand years?'

The dialogue (written or spoken) was what sold me on this book. Was there a mystery happening? If so, I didn't really care. I much preferred the character interaction to the
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Dec 01, 2011 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michelle by: Tammy
Okay -- are you listening to me??? READ THIS BOOK!

I got an email from a very good friend. She said, try this book. She and I read some of the same stuff, but not always, so I was like okay. found it on B&N for $2.99, so why not. I bought it a few weeks ago and kept thinking, I really need to read this so I can tell Tam how I like it.

AWESOME!! I loved Gio. Loved Gio. Beatrice was someone I'd like and trust. The development of these characters was really nice. I really can't say too much, or I
My Beatrice and Giovanni:

Eventful story about young libarian Beatrice De Novo and mysterious Dr. Giovanni Vecchio is amazing introduction into this paranormal series. I loved it and I cannot wait to read more!

I love mysterious, unreadable heroes who keep to themselves. Dr. Giovanni Vecchio is one of them. Well educated and perfect gentleman. Self-confident, but he never came off as arrogant jerk. And there was so much more to him. It took me long time to partially figure him out and I'm sure the
This a wonderful book full of rich characters, a puzzling mystery that will have you engrossed in no time. Elizabeth Hunter has built a paranormal world that has characters with their own unique abilities. But there’s no bigger mystery than our own hero Giovanni. There’s definitely more to this character that meets the eye and he’s absolutely gorgeous!

Beatrice our heroine is bubbly, intelligent and is a perfect match for Gio. The romance is fabulously written. It's not a quick romp when they fir
What a find! A Hidden Fire was not at ALL the type of vampire book I am accustomed to reading. Instead of a dark, brooding hero oozing sex appeal, and a heroine who can't fall into the hero's arms fast enough, I was treated to a slow-cooking romance with a dash of mystery that centers around the search for BOOKS. Really, what's not to love about that? lol

Beatrice De Novo is a librarian in training who works in the rare book/manuscript department at her local university. When she takes over the
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
My Rating: 10 The best book I have read in a while!

My Cover Thoughts: I absolutely love the cover. It is a picture of a library on fire. I love libraries and I love to read. If you have not gone to an old library you must find one and visit it. Old libraries hold so much mystery and intrigue you will be inspired to sit and read or sit and enjoy the priceless history you are looking at.

My Thoughts/Review: OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!! This story had me on the edge of my bed all weekend. Once I started re
I am going have a hard time explaining why I enjoyed Hidden Fire so much. As a romance it is mild and up front - and without being too spoilerish - I have to say that while the ending is hopeful, Hidden Fire is just the first episode and the story continues in This Same Earth, just so that no one expects all the elements of the story to wrap up in a single book.

I really enjoyed the slowly building relationship between the gorgeous and unusual book scholar Giovanni Vecchio and library student int

"Tell the truth, Giovanni Vecchio." A mischievous look came to her eye. "You have a butler, a cool car, and I've only seen you at night..."

He froze, tension suddenly evident in the set of his shoulders. Beatrice leaned closer and whispered, "You're Batman, aren't you?"

This debut novel by Elizabeth and the first in the Elemental Mysteries series was published last October. Luckily for you readers who decide to give it a try, This Same Earth (book 2) and The Force of Wind (book 3) are now availabl
Woohoo!! A new series for me to obsess over!!

I am a massive lover of paranormal books, and this gem took me by surprise! Different from the paranormals that I usually read, this is a very intelligent book with a lot of emotional depth to it. It’s a bit slow to start - rather than being thrown straight into the action, it’s the kind of book you slowly sink into, but I think it sets the mood and fits the story beautifully. I absolutely loved it!

Beatrice is a fantastic heroine. A young librarian,
Alex is The Romance Fox

I was recommended this series by one of my GR friends….and I am so happy about it.

My interest started with the cover….a library. Books. Just what I love!!!

Then there’s the story…... Vampires, romance, libraries, interesting and endearing characters.
I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed reading this.

The story line is absolutely stunning. The world that the author has created is fresh, intriguing and original.
I now have a new favorite couple…….Dr Giovanni Vecchio, aka Gio, the gorgeous, sexy
⊱ Irena ⊰
Well, this was one huge disappointment. It is one of those everyone likes, but me books.
I finish reading anything I start, but I was seriously tempted to stop reading this. The first half of the book nothing happens. I remember reading some of the reviews and thinking it might be fun.
It is way too slow for a ... actually, I am not even sure what this is anymore. It isn't really a paranormal romance. There is romance, but in this first book it is more in the background or a set-up for the future.
Ms. Phoenix
First read 25th May 2013. First read rating was .
Re-read 20th May 2015. My opinion hasn't changed still .

When I first read this book I wanted a different kind of vampire book. I was getting fed up with the Anita Blake series which sucked lemons. I found this gem and was hooked from the first page onwards. 5 "Where I love, there is my homeland.".

The man stole down the hallway, his footsteps echoing in the dimly lit basement of the library. He made his way quietly, brushing aside the dark hair t
Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
10/24/14 reread

This was a lot less frustrating on the second pass. I don't know if it's b/c I've grown to appreciate a good slow burn romance, or b/c I know what happens, but either way, this is one of the rare books that improves on the second reading.

It's a little annoying that after finishing this book I still don't know what the MCs are after. Specifically, I mean. I know that they're after old books full of big secrets, but not what those big secrets are, or why they're important . . . not
Ash Wednesday
Jul 27, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PNR readers who appreciate clever dialogue and wrestling
Recommended to Ash Wednesday by: Buddy Read with TBD

I just realized this is my first UF read after Georgina Kincaid.


And my first (view spoiler) book in a while.

Dubs uh-oh.

I'm not really actively avoiding these particular "creatures" in my PNRs and the reason I've put off reading this was it had the lethal combo of having a generic title (I seriously can't even remember it while writing this) and being offered as a kindle freebie from amazon. This is a book that is so easy to overlook if not for the strengt
4 1/2 Stars

Beatrice or B, a goth girl, works in a library when she meets Gio, a mysterious gentleman. Beatrice was on to him, she didn't know what he was, but she knew he was different. He was intrigued and attracted to her, but fought it because of his nature...and he was 500 years older than her. There is a connection in their pasts that comes to light and brings them together to solve a mystery.

My brain is fried so here is a list of my thoughts and why I loved it:

Exceptional story- a lot of t
This book came highly recommended, however as i read, I found that there were too many (i consider) useless characters mentioned. The characters weren't very well developed and i couldn't really relate to any of them. Too many meaningless characters.

The plot is horrible. what do i care about some lost books from 500 years before? If Lorenzo's had it all these years and didn't do anything with it, why now? The plot, the story line just didn't hold much interest for me. And drama/action?? TALK ABO
One of my favorite literary novels from several years ago was The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova). This has the feel of that book... plus a sizzling, achingly slow-building romance. Beautifully written. I will absolutely be continuing the series and wish I had a month to just read and catch up! Fantastic!
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Solid 5.5 stars

I love this book. This one is a paranormal mystery/romance that caters to and stimulates your intellectual side. I don't think I've read a PNR mystery executed quite this way before. It takes what we all have come to know, love, or maybe even hate about this genre and puts a new spin on it. While keeping it intriguing, entertaining, touching, mysterious, sexy & erotic all at the same time.

This is the 1st installment to this series. And I am completely hooked. Rarely do I come
4 Stars

Far be it from me to keep a woman from her book. That could become dangerous.

And with that, Dr. Giovanni Vecchio became an instantaneous book boyfriend (or my “literary vampire beau”, as my mum would call him). He was swoon worthy in the way many PNR lead characters are, but unlike many of his counterparts he wasn’t just a pretty face, all broody or non-communicative. He came across as intelligent and pensive, and fiercely protective of the rare few humans (and vampires) that earned his
3.5 to 4 stars

Here's the thing:

If you're looking for a new concept, fresh idea, original paranormal being, etc, you're not going to find it here.
What you WILL find here, is an excellent execution on a familiar theme.

The story, the plot and the characters, oh specially the characters! The characters are...RICH. And I don't mean loaded with money. I mean they are well rounded, nicely written, smart, witty, intelligent, etc.
And not just the main characters either. The side characters complete the s
****3 1/2 Stars****

(You'll get it if you've read the book)

I HATED being so iffy with this book, but I just didn't know how else to rate it! The first 40 percent of the book I was honestly just extremely bored with! I kept waiting for something to grab my attention, or a sizzling romance, but none of that happened right away. It was all very slow to start. In fact, one of my least favorite things about this book is how the book skips time almost every single chapter, which drove me crazy to no
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
4.5 stars

A Hidden Fire is an inexpensive little treasure! Goodreads friends were all aflutter about it a few months back. A book challenge finally pushed me to read this new-to-me author. (Thank you, Beckyloohoo!)

This is book one of four. (Yes! A series with an ending! Oh, happy days!) The Elemental Mystery series focuses on two characters: Beatrice De Novo and Giovanni Vecchio. Their romance isn’t rushed and appears to evolve through the series. There isn’t instant love/lust and their attracti
Absolutely marvelous beginning to an awesome series. So happy to have found it. Have been desperately wanting to sink myself into a worthy and intelligently written series and this one is definitely THE ONE. I LOVE IT when this happens. This first book was just glorious. The main characters were such a treat. Giovanni and Beatrice are witty, interesting, multifaceted, complex personalities that keep you rooting and feeling for them throughout the entire book. Their chemistry is palpable and the ...more
This was a freebie on amazon and honestly wasn't sure what to expect. I've had great luck with freebies but then again I've run into some real duds. Wow, did I really get lucky, this was a fantastic paranormal - romance.
The author did a fabulous job of creating a whole new world of vampires and adding an interesting spin that I really enjoyed.

The Hero/Gio wasn't quite what I'm use to when it comes to vampires but when he unleashed the "Alpha", holy smokes - literally! Oh and the heroine/B was

This started off pretty slow and never really piqued my interest the further I got into it. Honestly, I found the heroine dull and the hero even more dull. I'm definitely not moved to continue with this series...
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: October 13, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Self-published
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Gift from the author
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Elemental Mysteries
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Warm

I’m not certain what exactly I expected when I first opened this book, but whatever it was, it could not have possibly lived up to the real

So I'm pretty much in love with this book. Seriously people, I couldn't put it down and obsessed every minute I wasn't reading this. It starts a little slow and confusing because it's all "A man did this" and "A man did that", but one you realize who the men are and what they are doing, it will suck you in, plus, that doesn't last very long. I didn't know what to think of Gio at first. You can't tell if he is the good guy or the bad guy, but it definitely leads you to believe he is not a very go
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
This book is so much more then any other PNR romance out there. Loaded with emotions it focuses on an old vampire and a young woman united in a common cause.

What was gripping in this book was the fact that there wasn't insta-lust. There wasn't love at first sight or mates found in destiny.

As a love story it was sad and offered so much more then other novels of this kind because you did not know what happened next. The focus was on an element so completely forgotten by other PNR writers. He is ov
4 Tell me to stay Stars

I can't remember why I TBR this one, but I'm so happy I did.
I'm a sucker for anything with historical refrences, any era of history is just so fasanating for me. So when I read the first few pages, I knew this was going to be good. And it did not disappoint.

"Love, is a single soul inhabiting two bodies."

This was so refreshing to read because it was not your typical vampire story. Even though there was a little "Twilight" flashback for me in the beginning. It progres
Tropical Sorbet
AMAZING!This is a must read.
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Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two very ineffective canine assistants, and a pitifully empty fish tank.

She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Myste
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Other Books in the Series

Elemental Mysteries (4 books)
  • This Same Earth (Elemental Mysteries, #2)
  • The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3)
  • A Fall of Water (Elemental Mysteries #4)
This Same Earth (Elemental Mysteries, #2) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) A Fall of Water (Elemental Mysteries #4) The Scribe (Irin Chronicles, #1) Building From Ashes (Elemental World, #1)

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“And I also believe that love can work miracles."

"Love?" She cocked an eyebrow at him. "What about friendship? Can that work miracles, too?"

Carwyn rolled his eyes. "Silly B, love is friendship...just with less clothes, which makes it far more brilliant.”
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