Please join us as we review the third installment in author Stephanie Burkhart’s Budapest Moon series: Danube in Candlelight
TITLE:Danube in Candlelight AUTHOR:Stephanie Burkhart INFO:Paperback, Fiction, 240 pages PUBLISHED:Desert Breeze Publishing, 2011 SOURCE:Received from Publisher in exchange for review
Danube in Candlelight
by Stephanie Burkhart
GENRE: Paranormal romance
Morgan Duma has always known she’s different. Her eyes have unusual gold rings around her irises, a trait she’s inherited from her father. She’s faster and stronger than most. Her endurance and stamina allow her to complete tasks in a quick and efficient fashion. Since she was a little girl, she knew there was only one man for her — Adam Varga.
Morgan learned to dance in Adam’s arms. They grew up playing the piano together. Adam’s calm, soothing presence was the perfect compliment to her restless soul. Not only that, he shared her differences down to his feral eyes.
Enter Zoltan Kristos, Hungary’s Minister of Reconstruction. He shares those same golden eyes that Morgan possesses. After Zoltan carries her mother out of a blazing fire, Morgan’s life takes a turn she doesn’t expect. She discovers the reasons for her differences, and questions her very identity. Is Adam strong enough to be the man she needs him to be?
Morgan straightened her shoulders and withdrew from Adam’s strong arms. She couldn’t deny she liked being held by him, but her mind was too full of sorrow.
Instead, she cupped his cheek. “Thank you.”
He smiled and offered her a handkerchief. She dried her eyes.
“I’ll start a fire,” he said.
“No. I don’t want one. Not tonight.”
Adam placed his hands over hers. “All right, no fire tonight, but you don’t have to be afraid of it. A fire in a fireplace is controlled. Tame.”
She nodded. “I know. I just don’t want one today.”
He softly stroked her jaw with his thumb, and she found the gesture incredibly calming.
“Not today, but soon.” “Soon,” she said.
“Do you want me to steep your tea?” His voice was gentle.
“No, I’ll do it.”
“Did you want to play?” he asked.
She leaned over the table and prepared her tea. “I did, but my heart isn’t in it now.” “Do you want me to play?”
Adam’s mother was a talented concert pianist. They’d grown up taking lessons together.
“Do you have a preference?”
Adam sat on the bench and flexed his fingers. Morgan sipped her tea. The subtle opening to the Sonata Pathetique soon filled the room. Morgan rested her head against the back of the couch, closed her eyes, and allowed herself to feel the music. Her soul settled and calmed. The tension drained from her limbs. Adam played for the longest time. Morgan finished her drink, then lay on the couch, hope threading through her limbs. She couldn’t dwell on the negative. Her mother was still alive, thank God, and she was strong. Morgan had to believe she would make it through this.
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Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks. She’s also an assistant den leader for her son’s Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children’s books published with 4RV Publishing.
MY TAKE: Stephanie Burkhart is a favorite author here at One Book Shy. She continually delivers great characters and storylines. This book was no different. While it is the third installment in her Budapest Moon series (The Hungarian, The Count’s Lair, and The Secret Door) it is very much a stand alone read.
One of the main things I’ve enjoyed with this series is the continuity with the family line and saga. Even though they are each very much stand alone stories, I really like to be able to follow the history and family members. In Danube in Candlelight we meet Morgan and Adam, the next generation of the Duma and Varga families. We are drawn immediately into their part of the story by their strong relationship and familial bonds that were already in place.
I’m not going to delve into the storyline more than this as I think any readers who enjoy romance combined with the paranormal and a little bit of the historical fiction, need to grab this book and dive in.
Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it 4/5:
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