- File Size: 538 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc (January 31, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B96KCYS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,908,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Secret Door (Budapest Moon Book 4) Kindle Edition
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This isn’t my first rodeo with Stephanie Buckhart’s writing so I knew I was in for a good read. So I guess that was why I was a bit disappointed with some aspects of it, which led me to the four-star rating. I was surprised to find quite a few typos, missing words, and even sequence problems in a book that has been published by a publishing house as opposed to self-published. Just as an example, towards the end of the story, Sofia and Zoltan are described as sitting down on a bed then the next movement is Zoltan holding her hand and guiding her to the bed. What? I was also disappointed with one aspect of the plot, which I won’t reveal because I don’t like spoilers. But I can safely say that, for the longest time, characters follow leads they find in the house about a certain mystery in a certain family’s history. They even find a piece of information that seems essential to the solution of their predicament and the author keeps hinting at it. Do they use said information when the time comes? No. The solution comes from a totally different source but not in a positive wow-I-didn’t-see-that-coming way. It just feels like you were misled.
But please don’t get me wrong. The good aspects far outweigh the issues I’ve found with the book. For example, personally, I like my heroines to be straightforward, independent, and intelligent. Sofia has all these qualities and then some. Being the daughter of a werewolf and a human, she has inherited heightened senses and physical strength from her father and high sensitivity from her mother. On the other hand, Sofia struggles with a few issues of her own like professional choices that have upset her parents or insecurities that she covers up by putting on a brave face. But isn’t this kind of duality what makes a character richer? In my opinion, it does. The same is true for Zoltan. Although he’s a powerful man and an even more powerful werewolf, he fights demons from his past at the same time he’s learning how to control his powers and more basic tendencies. Not an easy task but again one that makes him all the more realistic and therefore a more complex character. Stephanie Buckhart does a great job at showing you those qualities instead of telling you about them. The secondary characters are equally well fleshed-out, which makes the book more complex and engrossing.
The book in this series that I had read before was The Count’s Lair, which interestingly enough was the story about Sofia’s parents. I like it a lot. However, there are many similarities between the two books. Once again, we see the big bad werewolf (pun intended) Marcus trying to recover a witch he believes was taken from him. But this isn’t a negative thing per se as we learn more about the characters’ pasts and family histories.
All in all, I enjoyed The Secret Door very much and recommend it for fans of romances without erotic elements. On a personal note, as an author of erotic stories, I prefer my reads to be a bit more explicit in that area; but I did NOT hold it against The Secret Door because the interesting plot and likable characters kept me turning the pages regardless of the ‘behind-the-door’ quality of the love scenes.
The Secret Door is a historical, paranormal romance set in Hungary in the 1920s.
Zoltan is a werewolf who was turned and left for dead when he was on his way home after World War I. For years he struggled with his feral nature, and with the help of his witch, Inna, he has gained some control over himself. But Kurt Meklau claims that Zoltan has stolen Inna, and that she was to be his mate. When Kurt follows Zoltan and fights him, Kurt is killed, and Zoltan must seek help from Volturn Manor.
Unfortunately Kurt's father, the vicious Marcus, is determined to have his revenge and to have Inna.
Sophia and Zoltan's attraction is strong and they both feel it immediately. As they spend time together, they try and ignore the attraction. Zoltan isn't looking for anything other than an affair, but Sophia is a temptation he can't resist.
Sophia has a father who is a werewolf and a human mother. This means she has some wolf qualities, but isn't an actual werewolf. She has been taught many of the ways to treat werewolves, and is determined to help Zoltan after he is injured in his fight. She's very loyal and strong. She's also very determined, she knows how she wants to lead her life, and will follow the path she wishes.
Zoltan has a dark past, and he's done many things he regrets. He is trying to control his wolf nature and make himself a better man, with the help of his witch, Inna.
This story is exciting as Sophia and Zoltan struggle to keep Inna safe, and face the confrontation between them and Marcus.
It was great to have a book set in another country, the setting of Hungary was very vividly painted. I also really enjoyed that it was set in a different time period than I usually read.
Zoltan and Sophia's romance was very passionate and their chemistry was sizzling. It was sweet to watch Zoltan reconcile with his past, and look to a future with Sophia.
A great read, and I'm looking forward to reading the previous books in this series.
*I received a review copy from the author, for my honest review.
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