A Hidden Fire

A Hidden Fire

4.2 79
by Elizabeth Hunter
"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


"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 Fireis 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

Editorial Reviews

Nichole Chase
It's been a while since I have read a book that captured me so completely. I still find myself thinking about the characters. Everyone in this book is very well developed, with real personalities, and real decisions. The romantic elements felt natural and not rushed-- yet, still more than swoon worthy.
Better Read Than Dead Book Reviews
A Hidden Fire is saturated with mystery, intrigue, and romance. To be quite honest…this book will make my paranormal romance top ten list of 2011. The characters are enigmatic and brimming with charisma. Every character has a specific purpose in the story, they are important and multidimensional. The romance is slow and builds with a burning intensity throughout the book. And the mystery…well, it just keeps going and going and going…and then at the end, it continues.

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CreateSpace Publishing
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New Edition
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Hunter is the author and independent publisher of the 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 now 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.)
Learn more about her writing at her author website, elizabethhunterwrites.com or contact her by e-mail at

A Hidden Fire is her debut novel.

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A Hidden Fire 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
gnell More than 1 year ago
I found Gio and B by accident kind of the way they found each other. Don't miss out on an exciting couple
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book ;-) It made me tense and my heart race. It was a steady start and you fell in love with the characters easily ;-) LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. I never read books twice and this one I was able to read a dozen times over ;-))
N4ni37 More than 1 year ago
irishblond66 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books and loved them. the mystery, romance, is all there. Can't wait to see where she goes with some of the other people in this book, like Ben. I could not put them down.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi Giovanni Vecchio is a vampire that is over 500 years old, currently living in Houston. All vampires have an affinity to one of the elements: earth, fire, water, or wind. Giovanni is a rare fire vampire, which makes it impossible for him to handle any electronics without the fire that burns inside him zapping and frying it. At the request of his ancient friend, Tenzin, Giovanni has been transcribing the Tibetan Manuscript by hand since the book is too fragile to do so otherwise not to mention Giovanni can’t be around fax machines or computers. This task leads him to meeting student librarian, Beatrice. After digging into Beatrice’s background Giovanni discovers that she is the daughter of a man that could be the key to locating his library of books that had been stolen from him hundreds of years ago. He now wants to gain her trust so he can use her as a bargaining chip to get back what is rightfully his. But the road to get what he wants isn’t easy. He has to face his past and the biggest mistake he’s ever made. And, he must make a choice of what’s most important to him, his treasured books or the human that has wormed her way into his heart. This is the first book in the Elemental Mysteries series written by independent author, Elizabeth Hunter, and I have to say that I was impressed. Most books I’ve read from independent authors, especially their first books, tend to be a bit rough around the edges with difficult transitions from scene to scene; making them a bit choppy and sometimes hard to follow. I didn’t have any of those problems with this book. It read smoothly and it was easy to understand what was going on. Not to mention the characters were well developed and interesting. I liked Giovanni and Carwyn a lot. Giovanni was suave and sexy in broody loner kind of way, but would do anything to get what he wants only thinking of number one; himself, at least before Beatrice came around. And, then you have Carwyn that’s the fun jokester with a heart of gold and one of the last people you would expect to find out is a priest! I’ll just let him speak for himself to illustrate my point… “Love is friendship…just with less clothes, which makes it far more brilliant.” I did find myself getting a little bored when they really started getting into the Pico letters and the history of it all, especially when you started running into the multiple people named Giovanni, which was a bit confusing at times. I’m not a trashy romance reader for the most part, but this book and its sexual innuendos kept leaving me wondering when Giovanni and Beatrice were going to get over their internal hindrances and just do it already? I thought this book was screaming for a nice sex scene to break-up the tension between this duo, especially once she started staying with him for protection. The sexual frustration was so thick, I could feel it in the air weighing down on my chest and I felt sexually frustrated myself! “Oh, wow.” “What do you think?” “I tried to imagine, but–I mean…it’s so much more–” “Think it’s large enough to keep you satisfied for a while?” “It’s so much bigger than I expected” He backed away, leaving Beatrice to gaze in wonder at the library that took up half of the second floor. “I think I’ll just leave you two alone for a bit,” he said with a chuckle.” (Cont) The FULL review and more at openbooksociety dot com.
Dana_CMD More than 1 year ago
I love this story and the author's take on vampires. The romance element is nice, the adventure, story, story and setting is phenomenal. You won't regret reading this.
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars...Inexpensive Treasure! A Hidden Fire is an inexpensive little treasure! Friends were all aflutter about it a few months back. A book challenge finally pushed me to read this new-to-me author. 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 attraction is simplified with obvious physical reactions. Books that bring them together! Then, the story’s mystery binds them tightly together. ”I’m sorry, what was your name?” “Just call me B,” she said, glancing down at some handwritten notes. […] “B? As in the second letter of the Latin alphabet?” he asked, walking closer to the desk. “No, the Etruscan. I’m wild like that,” she muttered and glanced up. I loved the characters! Beatrice and Giovanni are wrapped in satisfying layers. Gio’s backstory is lush in history and literature. He’s suave and cultured. His quiet observations of Beatrice gradually turn into furtive glances, adding a boyish quality that doesn’t emasculate his character. Though young (she’s twenty-two), Beatrice has had tragedy in her life. It altered her, yet she still possesses plenty of charm. She’s intelligent, observant, and has a way of expressing her individuality. B and Gio have real chemistry that’s set at a slow simmer. The story may start slow for some readers. At least, it’s what I picked up from reading other reviews, but I didn’t feel that way. Ms. Hunter spends time developing her characters. She reveals them with dialogue and their actions. The reader is allowed to read between-the-lines and draw conclusions. A Hidden Fire has mystery, romance, and some action. Plus, it’s emotional! The paranormal aspect of the story shows creativity. (view spoiler) This book was a very enjoyable read for me and I would encourage other readers to give it a try! It’s a very inexpensive series in ebook format, which is a very nice bonus. The Elemental Mystery series A Hidden Fire (book 1) This Same Earth (book 2) The Force of Wind (book 3) The Force of Water (book 4)…All the books have been released! Yay!
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KAS44 More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** This is a book that has it all...great characters, turns and twists, adventure, danger, love, hatred and a great ending. A Hidden Fire is about a love that is fought against, denied, hidden beneath the surface. I has two first rate main characters and several other secondary characters that are as interesting. This book is well written, full of detail (only just enough) and a really good plot that keeps flipping on you. There is one point where the author smacks you in the face and you are left having to reread the section to make sure you read it right. All you can say is "WHAT?"...."I mean, did I just see that?"...."WHAT??????" I was so surprised that the author would have the trust in her work to risk that twist. But she did. I jumped up and down and punched a pillow or two. You wonder how this will ever get fixed and all you can do is keep reading. Beatrice or B is a smart, funny interesting heroine. She doesn't do or behave like most heroines, she is original. Her dad went to Italy to do some research for the university and was killed. Only the body they sent home didn't look much like him at all. B has reacquiring nightmares about him and has had flashes where she thought she saw him watching her and when she turns back to look he is gone. B is an undergraduate student who lives with her grandmother, Isadora. She works in the library there when she meets the mysterious Dr. Giovanni Veccio. He arrives after nightfall, he never drinks any coffee and refuses to use the elevator. His Butler/Friend/Assistant is Casper, a 67 year old who lives with him, looks out for him and shares a love for horror flicks and zombie movies with B. Gio soon hires B to be his research assistant and it doesn't take long to find out that these two are attracted to one another. Oh, and he is also looking for Beatrice father. You have to wonder why? Isn't he dead? All the people around Giovani are funny, down-to-earth ...while Gio is formal, quiet and reserved. Carwyn, a good pal of Gio, who happens to be a Priest who wears Hawaiian shirts when away from the church. He is a crazy funny guy....and the exact opposite his up-tight friend Giovani, whom B calls "Batman" & "Mr Frosty." The author penned a great arch enemy...Lorenzo, evil vampire, who wants B and has the right to take her if Gio doesn't claim her....which he doesn't. What is he thinking? hat does he want her for? Gio drags his friends and allys into a war with his son while trying to protect Beatrice and keep her alive. I can't say much more without giving away some of the great surprises in this novel. Gio, has big secrets and holds back so much about himself.....heck, even the heroine has secrets. One of the last things Gio says to Beatrice is, "Ubi amo, ibi patria." Basically, "Home is where your heart is" as she goes off to LA for graduate school and he returns to Houston to keep looking for her father and his son. His reasoning is so that she can finish school, have a normal life...life with Gio would not be a safe, normal one and Gio wants that for her. B is heartbroken and dosen't understand this. At the end of this book....The story is not over...only this one episode. We are left sated but not satisfied. . .Everything slowly evolves-nothing is forced. I was enthralled while reading this and enjoyed every minute. I can't wait to start Book 2 and continue this fascinating story. I would recommend this book if you want a good read to curl up on the couch with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is free on Amazon