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Publisher's Summary

Semi-finalist - The Kindle Book Review, Best Indie Books of 2012
"The first book in the best-selling Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter, Elemental Mysteries has turned into one of the best paranormal series I've read this year. It's sharp, elegant, clever, evenly paced without dragging its feet, and at the same time emotionally intense."
—Nocturnal Book Reviews
No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.
©2011 Elizabeth Hunter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 02-14-15

Not bad.....

I was surprised on how much I liked the story. I bought this book several months back and finally listened to it because a friend advise me on how much she liked it. I don't want spoil the story but the book kinda reminded me of "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborh Harkness only no witches but with vampires who posses one of the four elemetal powers. The story was slow in the beginning but did pickup. I would recommend this book and plan on reading the others in the series.

It's worth a credit.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 09-21-14

Fantastic Story, Horrid Narration

How could the performance have been better?

The only way to improve the performance would be to have hired a completely different

Any additional comments?

I read the book first and loved it and was so excited when it came out on audio. But the narration was so terrible that I could barely listen to it. This is one of the few audiobooks I've listened to where the narrator truly ruined it for me. The voices she creates for each character are completely off and the various accents she attempts to use are beyond cringe worthy. And really annoying when she mispronounces Spanish words considering the main character is of Mexican/Spanish decent and speaks Spanish. I would skip getting this audio book, but definitely read it! The story itself and the characters created are fabulous.

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25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 09-28-13


I was skeptical at first, I thought I was over the vampire paranormal genre, I am a sucker for a good PNR,and shame on me I missed it, a guilty pleasure I wanted assuaged.

Not holding out much hope this book pleasantly surprised me. One it has a great story line and individual characters and two there's no instantaneous love at first sight , there's drama, a very delicious vampire with an unusual power, who actually does not dare scratch that itch, I understand why. Though when he does fall foul of his feelings or has to put up a front, sparks fly.

The story and relationship unfolds slowly without losing any pace, glad this independent author decided to publish, EH has put my faith back into the genre. Mystery, romance and drama I found this PNR refreshing and will definitely read more.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Firecracker on 10-28-15

Awful narration.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I love this series and feel that this story has been ruined by poor narration. Gio is Italian not Transylvanian and Carwyn is Welsh not a plummy Englishman. l managed about an hour before giving up. I'll stick to dead tree format and enjoy this slow burn love story in all it's nuanced, sassy layered glory.

What other book might you compare A Hidden Fire to, and why?

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, this series also has a strong female lead, brilliant world building and interesting characters. Shifters and magic rather than vampires but still sexy, funny and not too fluffy.

What didn’t you like about Dina Pearlman’s performance?

I want my audio books to allow me to enjoy the story without being distracted constantly by the narrators performance. Regional accents must be right or at least neutral if the performer cannot imitate them accurately. This laboured rendition made me regret purchasing the audiobook version of a well loved story.

Did A Hidden Fire inspire you to do anything?

To not listen to the rest of it and be grateful I didn't pay full price for it!

Any additional comments?

Buy the paper or e-book, settle down and enjoy the slow build up, this does take more than one book. The characters grow into themselves and the stories are definately not fluffy or sparkly. Beatrice is an amazing protagonist who really blossoms as the series moves on.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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