This Same Earth
By Elizabeth Hunter
My rating ~ 5 for 5
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 is the second book in the Elemental Mysteries series. It is a paranormal romance/mystery for adult readers.
Let me start by saying how I LOVE the way Elizabeth starts this book. The prologue consists of journal entries from B while she is spending time at Gio's place in Cochamó Valley, Chile. B and Gio parted ways after working together in A Hidden Fire and have not seen each other since. Through the journal entries, we can see how things have changed. But most importantly, how B has changed. She is not the same girl we are introduced to in the first installment. She has tremendous growth in this book and is one awesome chica.
But Elizabeth is a wonderful storyteller and she brings B and Gio together again. It's not that easy though. They are working together again with mixed feelings coming from B. Gio has some major grovelling to do.
Along with B and Gio, we welcome back great side characters like Carwyn and Tenzin. The cast of characters that Elizabeth has created are great. Carwyn might be one of my favorite new side characters in a series since Spade, Ian and Vlad (NH and NHW). We also are introduced to Ben, Gio's "nephew". I LOVE Ben!
She held out her hand and Ben took it, bending down to kiss the back in a gallant gesture. She chuckled and looked at Giovanni. “And you think you’re charming?”
Giovanni rolled his eyes as Ben continued kissing up her arm. He reached over and tugged Ben’s collar, pulling him away from Beatrice, who was still laughing. “Stop it, she’s too old for you.”
“Well, technically,” Ben said with a smile, “she’s way too young for you, old man.”
This was a great addition to the continuing story arc. I love this series. The mystery/adventure aspect is awesome and very different from any traditional PNR I have read. That alone will have me coming back for more, as if Gio wasn't enough *sigh* Gio is one sexy vampire.
Sinfully Delicious Book Reviews will be participating in A Fall of Water Blog Tour. I will be posting an interview with Elizabeth Hunter on June 5th and my review for A Fall of Water on June 8th!!!