I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I went into it not knowing much; this is actually one of the few books that I read without reading a full synopsis before delving into it, and was intrigued from the very start.
Once again, I don't want to give away too much of the plot with my review, so I'll just give you a little taste of what's to come in A Hidden Fire...
Beatrice De Novo has just met possibly one of the most interesting and best looking men in her life when dashing Dr. Giovanni Vecchio waltzes into the university library where Beatrice works. He asks for help in searching for something that's haunted him for centuries...yes, centuries. Did I not mention that he's a vampire?
The Elementals series takes you on a journey into the world of elemental vampires; vampires who are controlled by the elements. There are vampires who control water, vampires who soar through the air like it's second nature (well, it is second nature), vampires who can sort through the earth around them, and vampires who can get so aggravated, they set their hair on fire. Which brings me to my next topic: the humor in these books. (I say "these books" because I'm currently on the second book in the series, This Same Earth.)
Giovanni (Gio) is not your typical snooty, moody, and controlling alpha male vampire (which I have no problem with...it just saves me going through some major angst). He's normal. He's funny, he's intelligent, he's charming, and he's imperfect. He's as imperfect as a perfect vampire can get.
I'm very much enjoying this series. It has enough history to keep a historian satisfied, it has enough romance to make a hopeless romantic swoon in pure ecstasy, and it will keep your every day bookworm happily content and sated.