Still grieving from their loss in the far East,
Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo discover that for them, all roads really
do lead to Rome. But nothing is quite as it seems in the Eternal City. Joined
by Carwyn and Tenzin, unexpected clashes greet them almost immediately, and
rivalries churn beneath the glittering facade of the old Roman court. They
quickly realize that allies might be enemies, and ancient rivals could hold the
key to a deadly secret.
Giovanni and Beatrice will be forced to call on
old alliances, ancient power, and fierce cunning to survive for the eternity
they both desire. Sometimes, finding the end means going back to the beginning.
Fire, Earth, Wind, and Water finally meet with devastating results in the
conclusion of the Elemental Mysteries.
A Fall of Water by Elizabeth Hunter
5 out of 5
AMAZING conclusion to the Elemental Mystery Series, we get a happy ending in a
library (no, not that kind of happy ending!)… Which kind of reminds me of the
beginning of the series, and I like that.
amazing! She showed strength, courage,
and intelligence. Though she is still
mourning her father and is still adjusting to being a new vampire, she is still
growing even more into a character that I can’t help but love.
secrets are coming out. So much so, that
I began to wonder if we as a reader knew him at all in the first 3 books. There
are a lot of flashbacks, which also give us a better idea about what made
Giovanni who he is.
I found it
interesting about the 4 oldest vampires that were introduced. These ancient vampires were the ones who were
experimented on, but held onto these secrets.
I liked that we got to know their origins, what happened with the experiment,
and why they were going to team up with Giovanni and Beatrice.
I loved the resolution to this series.
It was the happily-ever-after kind of ending, but it definitely gave a
peace to the reader, as most of the problems had a resolution. It was wonderful.
this is a great book from a great series.
Definitely looking forward to reading more by Ms.
Hunter. Highly recommend.
So, when my friend Becca with Bending the Spine Book Blog and I saw that
Jeaniene Frost was going to be not too far from us in our South Carolina hometown,
you know that we couldn’t resist going! So we packed up in my car and rushed up to North Carolina... Through flurries (I called it a snow storm, and Becca told me I was paranoid), we made it safe and sound and had the time of our lives!
If you can't tell, I'm a little excited!
We went to a little book
store called Malaprop’s Bookstore,
which was so cute!I highly
recommend if you are in the Asheville area to check out this independent bookstore. It is just a wonderful little bookstore.
So while we waited for the witching hour of 7pm (the time
that we would get to meet Ms. Frost), we sat and met some great people, and
check out the store.And then, Ms. Frost
came out early to talk to us.Of all the
authors that I have ever gotten to meet so far thanks to my blog, she is honestly the most personable
one that I've met (She is one of those people that you meet and really believe you
could become best friends).
She did some Q & A, and we got some wonderful answers to
some questions that we the fans are dying to know. Yes, there will be a book for Ian… Though we
might have to wait a bit to get it, as it might be a bit more … mature due to
what kind of vampire Ian is ;). Vlad’s
castle and the Biltmore house have a lot more in common that you could
During the book signing, she took the time to talk to each
of the fans that were in line to get their books signed. Unlike some authors, she never rushed to get
on to the next book/person, and I loved that!
Becca... Before she became putty at the feet of Ms. Frost!
Even better was when she asked my friend Becca about what blog she was with, and Jeaniene Frost said she actually knew her blog!!!!! I thought I was going to have to scrape Becca off the floor with a spatula she was so floored!
My actual conversation with Ms. Frost was not quite as exciting as my friends, but that is okay. I still had fun! And I LOVED meeting her!
Overall, I had a great experience. I think just from this event, even if I
didn’t like the books, I would tell people to read them just because of the
author being just THAT awesome! But I do
like the books, and Ms. Frost is awesome, so you HAVE TO read her books J. Happy Reading! Cana
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Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half
mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer
her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and
seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.
But those assassin’s skills are little comfort
when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s
rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous.
And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself,
He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally
imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than
vengeance to live for?
This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves
betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to
fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.
out on April 2, 2013
I loved the first book! It was a delicious historical paranormal YA book... and I expect nothing less from this book.
I thought Sybella was a bit crazy and/or evil, but now I'm wondering. What has happened to her that has made her this way?
I'm thinking the captive is Beast, and boy do I hope it is... He was really one of my favorite characters in the first book.
I love the cover. She looks like she is ready to take down anyone who comes near her.
How far would you go to protect the ones you love?
What would you sacrifice to kill the one you
Join Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as
they travel to a hidden island on the far edge of China to seek the help of an
ancient immortal court. Can they weave their way through the tangled web of
centuries-old alliances and ruthless feuds to find what they’ve been looking
for? Friends will be revealed, enemies will find them, and a dangerous secret
will come to light.
The third book in the Elemental Mysteries series
will see Giovanni and Beatrice joined by a group of unlikely allies as they
explore the history and myth of the far East. Many have been stolen, but only
one holds the key.
The Force of Wind by Elizabeth Hunter
5 out of 5
This is one
big story of change. Change from human
to vampire; change of parent to sire; change of relationships. All of which helps
lead up to the biggest mystery: What is
this book and what makes it so important?
I liked how
we got to meet some really old vampires (like some of the oldest ones
around). Plus, we get to travel to an
island off the coast of Asia.
I like how
we got to know Tenzin better. Her past
(which was both heart breaking and strengthening) and all the way to her
present with her mate was very enlightening.
It was awesome to understand her and what made her who she was/is.
get to meet Stephan De Novo, the mysterious character that seems to be the
driving force of this novel. We want to
know what he knows, what he is protecting, and why he is hiding away from
Lorenzo. Plus, we get other surprises
from him as we go along.
there is definitely something about Beatrice and Giovanni. They love each other, but their arguments are
major and earth shaking (figuratively only).
Sometimes you wonder if they will survive as a couple with some of their
this is a great book. Heartbreaking, but
great. Highly recommend and I’m looking
forward to reading some more from this series.
Former Union soldier Radford Grayson returns to
his small hometown, looking for a stable and comforting place to raise his
young, motherless daughter. Despite his troubled past, his hopes are to
reconcile with his family and put his dark secrets behind him. But he doesn't
count on falling in love with Evelyn--his brother's financee...
When Evelyn Tucker accepted her childhood friend
Kyle Grayson's marriage proposal, she thought it was the best way to make her
ailing father happy. But after Radford arrives home, the fiery and independent
Evelyn realizes that the comfort and friendship Kyle gives her will never hold
a candle to the instant, undeniable passion she feels for Radford. Now their
forbidden desire threatens to shatter family ties and destroy newfound
dreams--unless their love has the power to overcome all obstacles...
Haunted by a gruesome
war and his own dark secrets, Former Union Soldier Radford Grayson returns
home, seeking a loving reunion with his brothers and a place where he and his
young daughter can make a home. Desperate for peace, Radford is ambushed by his
unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn—his brother's fiancée.
I found this book while looking for free books. The description makes you think of the
numerous other cheesy romance novels. It
really is a wonderful story though.
Radford and Evelyn battle hardships and a past that threatens to keep
Radford is the eldest Grayson brother and the war hero. He is haunted by the horrors he saw during
the Civil War. He feels like he never
lived up to the hero his family thought he was.
Radford did whatever his brother Kyle wanted to try and make his way
back into his family. He gave up his
share of the saw mill their father built and helped out in Kyle’s fiancé’s
livery. Radford even agreed to stay in
another home instead of his mother’s. He
fell in love with Evelyn and still tried to do the right thing by fighting his
feelings. Radford shows his strength,
courage, and love throughout the book.
It is wonderful to see the wounded and defeated man finally start to find
the family and home he so desperately wanted.
Evelyn grew up with the Grayson brothers and was always the
tomboy of the group. No one realized she
had turned into a beautiful woman except Radford. She worked hard to keep her father’s livery
business going and stay faithful to Kyle.
Evelyn had a connection to Radford through his daughter. They also were able to share the pain and
outsider feeling they felt. The ability
to finally connect with a man in a way other than friendship sent her world
upside down. No matter what, she tried to honor her promises and take care of
her dying father.
Kyle is the second oldest Grayson brother and took over the
saw mill after their father died. He
worked hard to make the business a success, and he resents having Radford back
in town. It doesn’t help that Radford
falls for Evelyn. Kyle had to grow up
and forget his dreams to take care of his family. This changed him and put him on a different
path. He struggled with his anger over
his brother leaving everything to him.
This love triangle is one that breaks your heart. You hope that Radford and Evelyn will end up
together, but you are not sure if that will happen. It is set during the Reconstruction Era, so
the choses for a woman are limited. This
was a sweet story that made me eager to read the next. The Grayson brothers have a bond that makes
you want to call your own siblings. This
book doesn’t just give you an interesting love story, but it shows the
importance of family. I am eager to read
the next book and see what happens to the Grayson boys.
Beatrice De Novo thought she had left the supernatural world
behind…for the most part. But when the past becomes the present, will she leave
her quiet life in Los Angeles to follow a mystery she thought had abandoned
her? Where has Giovanni Vecchio been, and why has he returned? Giovanni has his
own questions, and he’s looking to her for answers.
The sequel to A Hidden Fire will reunite
Beatrice and Giovanni to continue their search through the past while both
wrestle with the future. When the world as you knew it has changed forever, is
there any way you can turn back?
This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter
5 out of 5
This book was absolutely delicious! I mean, you have your mystery, your romancing, your heart breaking knowledge that because of decisions made the mystery has gone on longer than it needed to... It was amazing! So in the 2nd
installment of the Elemental Mysteries Series, we have had several years pass
since the first book. Beatrice is older
(and maybe wiser), Giovanni has been looking and investigating the book that
they have been searching for, and a lot of changes have been happening in the
world of vampires.
Beatrice… She was not one of my favorite characters at first. She kept holding a grudge, being whiney, and
staying distant from Giovanni. I was
really juvenile and really irritating.
But slowly, as she came back around, she started to be one of my
was awesome. Everything he did was with
the plan to prove to Beatrice that he loved her and that he wasn’t going to
leave again. That was really hot!
I loved how
we got to meet some more of Carwyn’s family.
It provided a bigger way to learn about Vampire families and how the whole
book reminds me of how many ways I despise Lorenzo. Ugh!
He does some pretty shitty things that make you want to kick his
Here we are
lead into more of the mystery of the book that they are looking for and Stephan
De Novo. The book contains something
important, but we aren’t exactly sure what it does, or what makes it
important. I liked how the mystery was
the primary motive, but not the only movement in the novel. There are definitely other little mysteries
going on in this book.
admit that I hated how this book started and ended. But thankfully, I quickly got over it. My only problem was that the beginning and
the end of the book was written as a bunch of journal entries. BLEH!
I don’t like reading journal entries (even ones that I wrote). But since the journal entries were only at
the beginning and the end, I easily was able to zoom through them without them
affecting the overall opinion of the book.
book was pretty awesome. I’m so looking
forward to reading more from this author.
Donovan—empath, wedding planner, go-to girl for monsters with personal
problems—has been marked twice for pickup by Death. On both occasions, Riley
the smoking-hot reaper has refused to follow through. For his breach of
protocol, Riley is now on probation. For her refusal to die on schedule, Zoey's
right to live is challenged. She will have to undergo a life-or-death trial,
but she won't know when or where it will happen…
alive might not be so difficult if the Leprechaun Mafia hadn't strolled into
town. Now every business owner with the slightest connection to the
supernatural community is being threatened with the most appalling bad luck if
they don't pay up. Mirrors are smashed, bodies are dropping, and Zoey's still
got clients waiting for fabric samples.
little luck, she might be able to save everyone and still have time for a
second attempt at a decent first date with her favorite reaper.
You help one
monster in need, and everybody hears about it.
The recent appearance of various monsters and mythical creatures in my
life took some adjustment. But no amount of flexibility prepared me to assist
in the live birth of a sea serpent in my own backyard. That’s a lot to ask of
My swimming pool looked like a major crime scene, and I was pretty sure
bits of mucus mixed with dried blood flecked my hair. I’d probably have to take
out a personal loan to cover the water bill once I took a three-hour shower,
then drained and refilled the pool.
When the sea serpent appeared in my pool a month before, I had no clue
what to do about it. Fortunately, Maurice, my resident closet monster, was
quick on his feet. While I stood slack-jawed at the kitchen window, he ran to
get Molly to be our translator. Fluent in all sorts of crazy creature languages
ranging from house pets to gargoyles, Molly, the brownie, lived in a mushroom
house in my backyard with her kids.
As it happened, she was unable to decipher a word of sea-serpentese.
Fortunately, a pygmy dragon with a nasty cold had recently spent his
convalescence in my garage. Molly spoke dragonish, and Bruce, the dragon, spoke
serpentese. Problem solved.
Except it took over three weeks to find Bruce, leaving us with no idea
why a listless, snorting sea serpent had moved into my swimming pool.
Communicating in pantomime with a creature that had no hands was futile, absurd
and probably hilarious to watch.
When Bruce (via Molly) explained the situation, I did my best not to
panic. The sea serpent was pregnant, but she could tell something was wrong.
Naturally, she came ashore to my house for help, since everyone in the
supernatural community seemed to think I had the answer to every problem.
I had no experience delivering healthy babies of any species. All I had
to go on were basic anatomy and zoology classes in college, and a wealth of
medical procedural shows on television. And yet, something inside me clicked
when Frannie went into labor and the baby stopped moving. I jumped into the
water without a thought for my spangled, dry-clean-only shirt, or for the
discomfort of wet jeans and high tops. In hindsight, I should’ve at least
kicked off my shoes.
I’m not sure how to describe the supreme ick factor of having both arms
shoved up to the elbow inside a sea serpent’s body. The baby was turned wrong,
kind of folded in half and pointed to emerge center-first, rather than in a
straight line with its head or tail facing the exit.
“Don’t push, Frannie,” I said. “I have to unfold the baby or it’ll stay
Molly made a series of grunting snorts, which Bruce translated into a
series of clicks and yowls. I felt the serpent relax around my squashed arms
and wrestled the slippery baby into a better position. Another contraction hit
and I stopped, waiting until I had more room to work.
The mournful cry from Frannie needed no translation.
When the contraction was over, I made another grab with one hand to hold
the baby steady and pulled the head with the other. I’m not a dainty woman, but
I’m not big enough to palm a basketball, either. That’s what it felt like I was
trying to do in there, only the basketball in question had eyes I needed to
avoid poking, and it was covered in what felt like tapioca pudding.
I got a good grip on a dorsal fin at what I hoped was the back of its
neck as the next contraction hit.
Clacks and snarls followed down the translation line, and Frannie pushed
while I pulled. My other hand shoved, guiding the rest of the baby straight.
Once the head slipped into place, nature took over, and out everything slid.
Right into my pool and all over me.
As an empath, I try never to leave the house without my protective walls
up. The emotions of other people tend to overwhelm and drain me. But I was at
home, and I was exhausted. I’d been so focused on the birth that I hadn’t built
any barriers, so there was nothing between me and the small group around me to
barricade my psyche against what wasn’t mine. I stood in the frigid water,
unconcerned by my shaking body or the gore that covered me.
The emotional inrush saturated me in love and happiness.
Frannie nuzzled her new offspring, and a quiet joy settled over me,
warming my freezing flesh. From Molly’s direction, relief lay across my
shoulders like a heated blanket, and Bruce’s delight prickled my skin in
electric jolts. My eyelids burned. I closed them to relieve the sensation. My
back bumped against the side of the pool, and I let my knees bend so I could
They shot through the other emotions like tiny arrows. My eyelids cracked
open, but only for a few seconds. Nothing was wrong. All was right. My job was
done, so what would it hurt to take a little rest?
Thin fingers dug into the flesh in my arms, hauling me from the pool. I
made a weak attempt to slap at the intruder.
“Zoey, come on, wake up.” Maurice was there, dragging me away from the
water and piling towels on my wet skin.
My eyes snapped open. Well, crap. I lay flat on the pavement, still
shivering, despite the previous illusion of warmth. Bodily fluids coated my
skin, and Maurice had covered me with my good towels.
The closet monster’s big yellow eyes hovered inches from my face. His
worry was so intense, it blocked all the warm fuzzy stuff happening behind him.
He coaxed me to my feet, fussing at the towels to keep them from sliding off,
and leading me into the house.
“Seriously, Zoey. I don’t know how you stayed alive before I got here. If
you didn’t drown, hypothermia would’ve had you.”
About the Author:
Rachel’s head is packed with
an outrageous amount of useless Disney trivia. She is terrified of thunder, but
not of lightning, and tends to recite the Disneyland dedication speech during
storms to keep herself calm. She finds it appalling that nobody from Disney has
called yet with her castle move-in date.
Originally from Northern
California, she has a tendency to move every few years, resulting in a total of
seven different states and a six-year stint in England. Currently, she’s
planning her next grand adventure. Rachel has one heroic husband, two genius
kids, several annoyed cats, and an imaginary dog named Waffles.
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son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline,
shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most
brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not
complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within
reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….
Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for
Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen
female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for
himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around
a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.
Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as
the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in
Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the
true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together…
finally become one.
out on March 26, 2013
Because I’m addicted to the rest of the series… I mean, come on,
I’ve got a whole group of women who discuss this series, and we are slowly
getting more women to join in on reading these books :P.
I want more resolution
between Qhuinn and Blay… I mean, I know that they love each other, but will
they ever get to be together? That is the answer all of us are wanting as
we read this series.
I’m not sure how I feel about this new competition for the
throne. I have a feeling that this new
guy is going to be playing around with some important characters, and I’m not
sure how I feel about it, but I’m going to read it.
Julie Hendricks is a workaholic thirty-year-old who goes to
her friend’s bar to meet him for a drink. It’s her first night out in years,
and she envisions a normal evening. Instead, she meets Sin, a sexy karaoke DJ
who’s not what he seems, and her idea of normal goes completely out the window.
Sin is actually Taliesin, the Welsh god of music and wisdom.
For fun, he helps his old college football buddy at the local bar, Out of
Bounds. His buddy’s prim friend captures his attention and he soon reveals more
of himself than he usually does.
Julie's attraction to Sin is immediate even though she doubts
she could ever please a god. When her friend’s business is threatened, Julie
must help hunt down the enemy while resisting falling in love with the
dangerously intriguing Sin.
A Touch of Sin by Christy Gissendaner
5 out of 5
Sin is like
chocolate-covered sex on legs! But he is
more than just a pretty face and a great lay.
He feels deeply for Julie, and doing everything he can to show her that
he loves her.
Julie is a
sweet, caring, “normal” person who could never believe that a lot of supernatural
things exist. But she definitely takes
it a whole lot better than any mortal that I can think of.
story is more novella-sized than novel-sized, it does pack quite a quick
punch. There is no pussy-footing
around. Within the first 5 chapters, you
meet the heroine, the hero, the best friend, and discover that one of them is a
Welsh god… Now, don’t let this make you think that all the secrets get revealed
at once… More is still to come!
the references to Welsh mythology, though I wish that there had been a bit more
of Sin’s back story. I’m not as familiar
with Welsh mythology and I had to dig out my Big Book of World Mythology to occasionally
help me fill in the blanks on who was who.
this is an awesome book. I’m looking
forward to reading more by this author.
Hendricks is a thirty-year-old workaholic who goes to her friend’s bar to meet
him for a drink. It’s her first night out in years, and she envisions a normal
evening. Instead, she meets Sin, a sexy karaoke DJ who’s not what he seems, and
her idea of normal goes completely out the window.
is actually Taliesin, the Welsh god of music and wisdom. For fun, he helps his
old college football buddy at the local bar, Out of Bounds. His buddy’s prim
friend captures his attention, and he soon reveals more of himself than he
attraction to Sin is immediate, even though she doubts she could ever please a
god. When her friend’s business is threatened, Julie must help hunt down the
enemy while resisting falling in love with the dangerously intriguing Sin.
The crowd must’ve realized what he
was about to do because it suddenly grew quiet, and all eyes turned toward him.
Sin removed his earphones and reached for the microphones. “I’ve had a
A cacophony of whistles and shouts
filled the air.
“About time!” one of the sorority
girls shouted and was echoed by the giggles of her friends.
Sin held up his hand for silence.
“I’m going to need a volunteer.”
At least fifty female hands shot
into the air. Sin ignored them all for the one hand that didn’t go up. As he
had expected, Julie shrank against the back of the couch when his eyes met
Jumping off the dais, he weaved his
way through the crowd toward the back of the room. “Come here, Julie.”
Julie’s eyes widened, and she
frantically shook her head.
Sin laughed into the microphone.
“Don’t panic, Jules. I’m not going to make you sing. Now get on up here.”
She continued to shake her head.
Sin decided the audience was going
to have to help him. He swept his arm out to gesture toward Julie and spoke
into the microphone. “Everyone welcome Jules. She’s a good friend of Hal’s, and
this is her first visit.”
If looks could kill and he was
mortal, Sin would be a goner from the look Julie gave him. He reached out and
plucked her from her seat before she could stop him. He wrapped an arm around
her waist and propelled her forward. “Don’t worry. All you have to do is stand
Julie elbowed him in the ribs and
spoke through clenched teeth. “I don’t like being the center of attention,
He twirled her in a small circle so
that she faced the crowd. “Lucky for you,” he paused to throw his arm out in a
dramatic fashion to gesture toward Hal. “I do.”
The music started, and he could tell
the moment Julie recognized the song. Her eyes grew wide with disbelief, and
her face paled.
“You are going to pay for this,” she
hissed in warning.
“Relax, Jules. It’ll be fun.”
Sin plopped the top hat Hal handed
him on Julie’s head, and the crowd went wild. The noise was deafening. For a
moment, he thought she was going to bolt. Instead Julie crossed her arms over
her chest and glared at him. “No funny business.”
Sin winked at her and turned back
toward the audience as he sang “You Can Leave Your Hat On.” For each item of
clothing he mentioned, he teasingly acted as if he was removing it from Jules.
In previous acts, his helper would
sometimes become overzealous and actually strip. Thankfully Jules didn’t show a
similar inclination. She merely alternated between glaring at the ceiling and
Sin circled her and reached for the
buttons of her jacket. Julie tensed as he undid the top two buttons. His
fingers brushed the lacy edge of her camisole and desire shot through him. He
wanted to have her.
But first he had to get through the
next couple of hours. “Don’t look so frightened, Jules. I’m not going any
“You’d better not unless you want
two black eyes,” she warned out of the side of her mouth.
The crowd hooted and yelled for
more. Sin nuzzled the side of her neck, enjoying the feel of her skin against
his lips. “The crowd is wild for you, Jules.”
“It is not me they want to see,
“Maybe not the female half, but the
men in the room can’t take their eyes off of you.”
It was true. Sin sensed the envious
looks he was being given. He did not feel threatened by their interest. Julie
would be his even though she didn’t know it yet.
Sin undid the third button of her
jacket, and then a fourth when she didn’t argue. The lapels of her jacket
parted and exposed her thin camisole. Even the women hooted with delight as he
ran his hands down the sides of her waist.
No one was more surprised than he
was when Jules turned and yanked the mic from his hands.
She turned toward the crowd and
lifted the microphone to her mouth. “Ya’ll want to see more?”
The crowd went crazy. She turned
back to him with a wicked smile. Reaching up with one hand, she removed the
She plopped the hat on his head at a
crooked angle and lifted an eyebrow in challenge. “Turnabout is fair play.”
Christy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy
author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand.
Christy lives in
Alabama with her husband and three sons. She’s always hard at work on her next
novel, but in her spare time she loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything
resembling a vacation!
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 by Elizabeth Hunter
5 out of 5
So a fellow
blogger and close friend suggested that I read this series about a year and a
half ago… She gushed and raved about how good this series was, and how I had to
read it. Unfortunately, I didn’t listen
to her, and waited almost 2 years later to read them. Boy do I feel stupid for not listening to her
about how good these books are. I mean,
I loved this book, and I can’t really see anything wrong with it, it was so
So what did I love?
The Main Characters:
She is one
strong character. Even after losing both
her parents and her grandfather, she still has the strength and determination
to keep going. I loved that about her.
I love how
she doesn’t appear to be your average librarian. Nose piercings, combat boots, and a thing for
handsome & extremely old vampires aren’t things that scream librarian to
me. Definitely unique.
Yummy! I love vampires, I love Italians, I love men
who love books, and I love historians, so I definitely loved Giovanni! It was inevitable.
He seems to
hold so much back about a lot of stuff.
But I would guess if you had been alone for 500+ years, you would be
pretty slow to share information. But
him holding stuff back helps to add to the delicious mystery known as Giovanni.
The Amazing Secondary
him! He is absolutely hilarious and
balances out Gio’s seriousness.
Now, I will
admit that I was a bit confused on whether Caspar was gay or not… Him talking
about fashion was just too hilarious!
have like to get more of a back story between Caspar and Gio… I know there is
one, but what hints we were given is so slight.
He is a
priest, a lover of Hawaiian shirts, and a man with a wicked sense of
humor. Then you find out that he is
Welsh, and all I can hear is a deep voice in that marvelous Welsh accent (Kind
of like Sean Connery, but not quite...)… Yummy!
Other things to tell you!
Carwyn’s & Gio’s “historical relevance of pro wrestling”, and comparing it
to the ancient Greeks debating… Really?
I don’t think they have it right, but as a justification, I think it is
the epitome of the creepy ass villain.
He is horribly creepy, and you really want him to loose… Or die. One or the other.
Just a warning…
Now, I must
warn you, I had no idea what was going on in the book for the first couple of
chapters, but don’t let that stop you!
Once I got going (and finally figured out what was going on), I couldn’t
put the book down!
this is one amazing book. It is one of
those great, amazing, and necessary-to-live-a-complete-life books! Highly recommend!