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Danube in Candlelight
by Stephanie Burkhart
Review: Danube in Candlelight
Set in Budapest after the First World War, the Dumas and the Vargas families deal with multiple issues. Reconstruction of the city and the surrounding countryside once the communists have departed is a theme running throughout, but the major premise is that of humanity. Both males in the two families are werewolves.
Are they human or not?
When the daughter, Morgan, discovers links within her genetic code that might make her less than human, she is disturbed and struggles to come to terms with her humanity.
Another issue that Ms. Burkhart addresses is the use of morphine as a painkiller and the addiction it causes with subsequent uses.
I don’t know a lot about the history of this time period in Budapest and the issues the people had after the war but this book seems well researched, giving the reader a feel for the time period and the problems faced by humans and werewolves alike.
For me, this novel was slow to draw my interest, however by the middle of the book the characters and their story drew me into their lives and how their stories would end. Adam and Morgan were interesting characters who seemed to have difficulty communicating. Many times I was screaming, ‘Just tell her’. But they did hold my interest and I cheered for them and for their happy ending while I read.
Too many of the plot points were predictable. I really enjoy books with lots of twists and turns, I didn’t see coming. In this aspect, Danube in Candlelight was a disappointment. There is no suspense when the reader knows what is going to happen next.
A couple of scenes, although interesting, seemed to be put in just to make the story longer. Their relevance to the theme of the story didn’t seem to exist. I also found the repetition of plot lines such as the addiction to morphine to be repetitive. As a reader, I don’t need to be reminded constantly about something.
Danube in Candlelight was enjoyable. If you like books with werewolves, you might find this one an interesting read. Even with my criticisms I can recommend this one. It might not have you flipping pages or reading into the middle of the night to see what will happen next, but it could be a good read on a wild stormy day.
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?
She smiled. “The view alone is worth renting the apartment.”
“So you approve?” He leaned closer, catching the faintest whiff of her lavender perfume, but sadly, it was mostly covered by the medical scents from the hospital.
“I adore the view.” She turned to face him. Their eyes met. He raked a heated gaze over her figure. She worried her lower lip and demurely turned back to face the window.
“I adore the view, too.” Adam reached out and cupped her chin. An intense physical awareness flared between them.
She hesitated. “Adam–”
“You want this.”
“You want me to kiss you.”
“You’re pretty certain of that.”
“I just know what you want.”
“You are infuriating. How could you possibly know what I want?” “Because it’s in your eyes.”
She placed her hands on his chest and admitted as much. Heat flared between them, actually making the space between them warm. His pulse spiked. Blood rushed to his manhood. He took her lips, savoring her taste. Her mouth hinted of tokaji. Sweet. Honeyed. They drank each other in. He curved his hand around the nape of her neck and pulled her closer. God, her mouth was so velvety and smooth.
Her body pressed against the length of him, her curves hugging his muscles. His manhood pressed against her thigh. She arched closer to him. How responsive she was. She placed her hands on his shoulders and deepened the kiss.
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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.
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