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"This story is the closest I have ever come to reading a book that feels like a movie!"
3.5 Stars, Hope Chest Reviews
"Ms. Burkhart has created an interesting world with a mythology that is a little different than any other werewolf stories I've read to date, and the historical settings make them more intriguing to me than many contemporary paranormal stories."
4 Hearts, Sizzing Hot Book Reviews
"Danube in Candlelight is a very romantic, yet spicy read. This is a must read if you enjoy the paranormal werewolf stories or even if you merely enjoy a great romance."
5 Lips, 2 Lips Reviews, Mac
"The 1920 period Ms. Burkhart chose for this story lends it a wonderfully dynamic tempo... The discerning reader will not want to miss reading Danube in Candlelight; I highly recommend it."
Interesting but wonderful book about love knowing no bounds and accepting the person for who they are as a whole no matter what. Adam and Morgan are reunited after four years apart. Each attracted to the other and never acting on it and now the attraction is stronger than ever. But there are secrets and things they don’t understand about themselves.
Zoltan Kristos is fascinated with Morgan. Not knowing much about his kind because he was abandoned after being turned to survive he has been isolated and alone and Morgan is who he desiring. He does some unsavory things to help put him in a good light. Things that put people at risk and drives her and Adam closer.
Zoltan’s actions almost kills Morgan’s mom and forces her dad to reveal who he and Adam’s dad is and turn her to save her. This is hard because it is going against her wishes but needed to be done so she can be herself. Morgan has a hard time with the confession and is confused by who she is now. Adam when told accepts his dad and who he is with a open mind. He helps Morgan’s sister as well. Morgan he is trying to but realizes he can only love her but she must find herself and make peace with it all.
Adam is great. Kind, caring, compassionate and a all around sweet guy. HIs love is endless and beautiful. Morgan is fiesty and spoiled at times but cares. When Zoltan cannot controls himself she forgives.
Zoltan you feel for no matter what he did he didn’t deserve all that happened to him before and he is remorseful. I hope him and Sophia end up together.
A beautiful story of love and acceptance by all around but particularly Morgan and Adam as they find their way to each other. Of Zoltan by the others as they forgive him and help him learn to control himself and of Max and Emily as he learns of her family and still opens his heart.
Book three in the Budapest Moon series, and the best one yet!
I really enjoyed seeing the next generation of these families who started out as enemies, but have since become very good friends and all but family. I strongly recommend that you read the other books to understand all the nuances and intertwined relationships here. I imagine this book would stand alone, as Ms. Burkhart does weave in some backstory, but it will be so much richer if you are following the series.
Adam and Morgan were fun characters, feeling quite youthful and impetuous… they have both completed their educations and are ready to settle in to the lives they’ve chosen. But as in any good book, things happen to make that road a bit bumpy. Morgan has an intense, powerful and unwelcome new suitor and both Adam and Morgan have trust issues.
I loved revisiting everyone, including Emily who was only a few years old the last time we saw her, and the only fully human offspring in this story. She’s turned out to be a lovely, stable, admirable young woman. And the staff of both families (who are now joined by marriage) had their moments here as well. It was like visiting an old friend.
While I didn’t always thing Morgan behaved in a manner that was completely understandable–after all, Adam is her best friend who she’s known forever. Yes, he made an error in judgment, but I think she overreacted just a little. Of course, she’d suddenly gotten quite a lot on her plate, so it may have been a matter of overload or the last straw.
Danube in Candlelight was a bit less dark and gothic, and had a lot more going on. With the other books, there were times I wanted to set them down and go looking for something more exciting, but this one never made me feel that way. Definitely the best in the series so far, and if the author keeps improving with each book I’m going to be one very happy reader. Ms. Burkhart’s strengths are her characterizations and setting as character, as well as well composed prose and clean writing. Yes, her plots are interesting, but what keeps me hooked is how attached I become to the population in each book.
Danube in Candlelight was filled with an interesting series of events and a fascinating stroll through Hungarian history and, even more, a set up to the next book. I’m looking forward to reading it.
Danube in Candlelight- Budapest Moon Book Three by Stephanie Burkhart is a 2013 Desert Breeze publishing release. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In this third installment of the Budapest Moon series, it is now in the early 1920's and we see the children of the Duma and Varga family as adults. Morgan Duma and Adam Varga grew up together but now as they are grown their feelings have evolved. Before those feelings can be examined fully, Morgan's mother, Kate goes through a horrible experience which opens a door long closed within the family. Morgan and Adam will finally learn the truth about their fathers and why they have peculiar eyes. Also, another family arrives who also have the unique eyes and rumor has it they kill while in wolf form, something Duma and Varga do not. To add to that, Zoltan is attracted to Morgan also, putting her in potential danger. I have enjoyed this family saga beginning with Matthius and Kate and moving forward through time to see how things will go their children. It is only fitting that Morgan and Adam have forged a strong bond. Things will not go as smoothly for the couple as one might think. Adam is in love with Morgan, but has doubts about her feelings for him, thinking perhaps it is just her wolf lineage and what basically amounted to hormones causing her to respond to him physically. His hesitation will have long reaching consequences. The other thread of this story deals with the changes that will take place for Kate after she suffers horrible injuries. The Kristos' family and their lack of control over their impulses also lead to a disruption in the Duma and Varga family. The Kristos' could however, learn things that could help them gain control over their shifter kill urges, but this remains to be seen... possibly in future installments. This is another solid chapter in the series. I do recommend reading these in order to gain the most understandings of the family and the issues they faced that brought them up to this point and how these new developments will jar them out of their comfortable lives. If you enjoy shifter romance with a historical setting or if you like Gothic toned novels you should check into this series. Overall this one is 4 stars.