The Count's Lair

Stephanie Burkhart
The Count's Lair
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Desert Breeze Publishing
Release Date
February 2011
Book 2 of Budapest Mono
Paranormal Romance

Count Anton Varga is haunted by the curse of the moon. It tugs on his emotions, ravishing his soul. Anton abhors the beast he must learn to tame if he is to find peace.

Lady Amelia Andrássy is an accomplished pianist, but her life in Budapest had been filled with heartache. When Amelia faints in the Duma's bookstore, it's Anton's strong arms that cradle her fall. His unusual indigo eyes spark with hers, replacing their individual loneliness with the promise of feral passion.

After a two month separation, Anton is ready to walk into Amelia's life again, but is Amelia ready to fan the spark they shared into a flame?

Book Review by Veronica Marie Beaumont (author,reviewer)
Sep 13, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
278 people found the following review helpful
Count Anton Varga becomes a new man when Lady Amelia Andrassy swoons into his arms during their first meeting. The encounter in her best friend's bookstore marks the end of his pursuit of Amelia's happily married friend and the beginning of an undeniable attraction between the Lady and the Count.

Having recently suffered the betrayal and loss of her husband, Lady Andrassy feels emotionally frail and embraces the count's support and friendship. Her fragile confidence in his friendship is shattered when he abruptly disappears from her life. Several months later, the count reenters Lady Andrassy's life as unexpectedly as he'd left.

The count understands her reticence to resume their friendship and allowing it to become a romance. Although he realizes that she considered his departure yet another betrayal, he desperately wants her in his life. He also fears revealing his secrets, one of the reasons he left so soon after meeting her. If he tells her that he is more than what he appears to be, she may not want to pursue their relationship. In order to give their relationship a new start, he offers her a proposition. He will provide her with three clues to discern his secret by the next full moon. Once she knows the answer, she must choose to be his or not.

While Anton and Amelia struggle to build their relationship, Anton also grapples with his existence as a werewolf. A chance meeting brings a small gypsy family into his life. He comes to regard them as his own. They work in his household, guard his secret and help him through the difficulties and special needs he experiences as a werewolf. Unfortunately, his adoption of the family brings him into conflict with another powerful werewolf and jeopardizes his relationship with Amelia.

Set in Hungary and filled with the requisite austere natural beauty, mysterious aristocrats and knowledgeable gypsies, Ms Burkhart's story proves very traditional. The characters also seemed as remote as their locale. While well written, it seems that the story could have had more to offer.
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