The Hungarian by Stephanie Burkhart #bookReview @goddessfish

IMG_0431.JPGIMG_0432.JPGKatherine Archibald is in search of a grand adventure.

A young woman in late Victorian England, she wants to open up a bookstore in London and travel Europe hunting down rare books. Love isn’t on her map.

Enter Matthias Duma. The Hungarian count captures Katherine’s attention like no other man before him with his unusual gold-malachite eyes, his exotic features, and his command of the night sky.

After a night of intrigue during Katherine’s birthday, she discovers the map does include love in the legend, but will the map lead her to Budapest and the dark, brooding Hungarian she’s just met?

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Read an excerpt:

His eyes darkened a little. “What would you like to know?”

She paused, drinking in his features. His face was chiseled with an awkward scar on his right temple. His nose was perfect — slender — hinting at nobility. His lips were full, red, exuding with male sensuality. He was a vision of male virility, and she found it difficult to tame the unusual warmth that pooled inside her.

“Ask me three questions and I’ll give you three honest answers,” he said.

She stood up, nervously smoothing out the fold of her skirt. Were there limits to what she could ask him? Boundaries? “Is your name really Matthias?”


“Why did you come here today?”

“I have business with Lord Archibald.”

She opened her mouth to ask him her next question, but he swiftly crossed the distance between them. His dominant presence took over her personal space. She shivered from the excitement of being so close to him. He placed his finger to her lips. The touch made her tingle. Was he going to kiss her? “My turn for a question. Do you believe in the stars?”

“Yes.” A hint of spicy, masculine cologne emanated from him. It wasn’t one of the usual French brands she’d come to know from her uncle, but it was European. She felt secure next to him in a way she couldn’t explain — secure and desired. Her heart raced from his obvious attention. His thigh casually brushed against hers.

My review:

As usual Stephanie wowed me with this book. Her writing style totally hypnotizes me, seriously. She seriously writes these period pieces like nobody’s business. The characters were enchanting, the story itself was vivid. I highly recommend this book even if you aren’t a supernatural fan. It transcends genres, just an awesome story over all.

IMG_0352.JPGAbout the author:
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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  1. Thank you for hosting today.

  2. I like the excerpt. Thank you!

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt and I appreciate your honest review..I’m looking forward to reading this. I’ve never read anything by this author before so I appreciate the intro :).. thanks for sharing!!

  4. Thank you so much for having me here today. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I figured with Halloween just around the corner it was a perfect read for autumn. 🙂 Is anyone going to dress up this year for Halloween?


  5. I like the book cover and book excerpt, Thank you!

  6. Great excerpt, thank you.

  7. Interesting excerpt

  8. Mary Preston says

    Love the cover.

  9. Jen Ranieri at Desert Breeze did the cover. She does a stunning job on all her work.

  10. Sounds intriguing!

  11. The excerpt!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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