From Amazon.com: 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.
In the first instalment of her Elemental Mysteries series, Elizabeth Hunter (better known as EtheHunter to us SVM enthusiasts) introduces us to the handsome Giovanni Vecchio, a vampire with the ability to manipulate fire. He’s drawn back into a mystery that has plagued him for five hundred years. Beatrice De Novo, a student and part-time librarian at Houston University, seems to hold the key to find a treasure taken from him in the early Renaissance. The young librarian can help Giovanni find his treasure, he’s sure of it. But Giovanni isn’t the only one who knows that Beatrice can lead them to the treasure… there is another vampire, lurking in the shadows, ready to do anything to get back what he had rightfully stolen in the first place.
This story is epic, a nice long read great for the coming cold months. The characters are believable (no Mary Sues here, thank goodness), each with their own strengths and weaknesses. We learn that Beatrice was a lonely teenager that is now a smart young woman about to graduate from college and start her life. We learn Giovanni is as complex a character as his age would suggest. We see their relationship develop from a careful professional distance, to friendship, to the love neither of them will admit they feel for the other. Can they get over Giovanni’s aloofness to her charms, and Beatrice’s own prejudices about vampires?
The second instalment of the series will be published in December. This is a paranormal mystery/romance written for adults and you can download it to your Kindle (or Kindle app for your computer or mobile device) for the very modest price of $2.99. Click here to visit Amazon and download your own copy.
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