Friday 13 December 2013

Friday Frights ~ PNR Review ~ A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries 1) by Elizabeth Hunter

Reviewed by Shirley ~ 5 Stars

“Love is a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

This is a brilliantly story of love and treachery, beautifully woven to draw you in.
The main characters are Beatrice De Nova who much prefers to be called B and a very mysterious and handsome man called Dr Giovanni Vecchio.

B has just started to work Wednesday nights in the Special Collections Reading Room in the Houston University Library while working for a degree to become a professional librarian. Giovanni comes in each Wednesday to do research on an ancient manuscript and this is how they meet.

The pair hits it off meeting up for coffee as well as seeing each other at the university. Through the weeks the pair become quite close but unbeknown to B Giovanni has a ulterior motive in getting to know her, but he cannot help himself being drawn to her bubbly witty personality and prettiness.

Over the months B realises that Giovanni is no normal man, looking at him brings back dreams she used to have of her father after his death, the paleness of the skin especially. During this time letters from Italy written in the Renaissance period were donated to the university library and this causes quite a stir, especially to Giovanni.

B finds out the secret of Giovanni one night by finally persuading him to use the lift instead of his usual custom of using the stairs. While they were in the lift, there was a fizzle and then total black out and the lift came to a stop. Giovanni had to come clean with her if they were to get out the lift, so he therefore had to reveal some of his talents.

“What are you?” she whispers in a hoarse voice…

And then she realises she is in a lift with a vampire, after the initial shock she finds herself more curious than frightened…

“How old are you?”

He looked at her and eventually told her

“I am over 500 years old” he said “Renaissance” B said wow.

As time goes on B goes to work for Gio as she now calls him as his research assistant and all was going well until Gio’s friend Carwyn came to stay. Gio’s son Lorenso was mentioned and from that time on things start to heat up.

This book was a real joy to read, the story fast paced and the growing love between Gio and B with all it’s ups and downs and roundabouts is superb. I thoroughly enjoyed every page. I cannot wait to read the books that follow this one. Nice one Ms Hunter.

“Ubi Amo. Ibi Parrio” – where I love, there is my homeland
Since writing the review I couldn’t wait and I have now read the whole series …if you choose to, you are in for a real treat!!

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