A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter
A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book One
"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 Hidden Fire was recommended by someone in my book club. Others read it and loved it so I thought I would give it a try. I wish I wouldn't have. It was so boring, though by the end it had gotten better. At least something happened at the end.
B works in the rare books department of the library. The whole first part of the book is her working there, Gio coming in to look at the one text and them slowly getting to know each other. Some new pages from a book show up and then it is just on and on about these old books that belong to Gio. He thought they were lost in a fire, but apparently not. So lots of talk about these books. I kept thinking to myself why do I care? I don't, I really don't. So he wants his books back....maybe something will eventually happen and we can stop talking about these darn books that I don't care about. It was really quite boring.
Through all of this B learns of Gio's secrets and is thrown into this world she never knew existed. She pretty much goes along with everything right away and it was a bit odd. She's just like cool...I don't know. She is attracted to Gio, and he to her, but he won't really do anything about it.
B is supposed to be this smart, tough girl. I went along with that until Lorenzo shows up. Then she just became super annoying and not very smart. Some slight spoilers ahead about the latter part of the book.
So Lorenzo shows up and makes threats and eventually takes B with him. B thinks Gio cares about his books more than her, even though there was no way Lorenzo was going to let Gio keep her. Really Gio was trying to protect her. So Lorenzo takes her to try and draw out her father. What does he do once he has kidnapped her? Nothing. He lets her sit all day on his Greek island and do whatever she wants. Um okay. So...you're not going to do anything with her? Just keep her on your island and wait until her dad shows up? Really? You are the bad guy and that is all you are doing? Okay. Then B what does she do? Nothing. She mopes around poor me. Gio doesn't love me. Wow way to be strong and try and get out of this not so horrible situation. Of course Gio and friends come and save her and she is all I hate you! but then forgives him. Drama central for a bit, but not the kind I enjoy. I just....I don't know what happened to B. She was stronger and smarter at the beginning of the book, then got super annoying to me. Still the ending was good enough to make me try out the next book to see what will happen. We shall see. Hopefully it is better than this one.