The Count's Lair

Budapest Moon Book Two

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
222 Pages
Reviewed on 04/16/2011
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Author Biography

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She also served as an MP in the US Army for11 years. Multi-published, she has a children's book, "The Giving Meadow" with 4RV Publishing. She's an avid reader, loves coffee in the morning, and her favorite movie "werewolf" is David Thewlis, "Remus Lupin" from Harry Potter!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Stephanie Burkhart offers readers a suspense filled romance in The Count's Lair: Budapest Moon Book 2. The setting is Vienna Austria 1901. Lady Amelia Andrassys music touched the heart of her audience yet she felt empty inside. She was a widow with a broken heart; she discovered her husband's affair the day before the accident that took his life. I had been two months since she had seen Count Anton Varga. She was both happy to see him and infuriated. He explained that he wanted to give her time to mourn and he had some things he needed to consider. There was a strong spark between them. But could Amelia love a werewolf? Could he protect her of the danger that lay ahead?

The Count's Lair is filled with suspense, mystery, passion, and the paranormal. This story is set in the beautiful city of Budapest; the author brings her knowledge of the area to her plot. She describes the history and culture of Budapest. She is a strong but has a wounded heart. Anton was a delightful character: I could picture him as handsome, strong integrity but with a secret. Anton fears his secret will cause Amelia to run. Georg and Esme were gypsies that Anton allows to live with him. Esme was also a witch. Marcus was the ultimate bad werewolf. The description of the battle left me breathless. I was cheering for Anton. However, for me the best scene was the last one when Anton gives Amelia her choice. He held her with an open hand.