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Budapest Moon Book One: The Hungarian -- EPUB

  • Dare Matthias risk his dark secret for Katherine's love?
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Release Date:
May 1, 2010
ISBN:
9781936000654
Cover Artist:
Jenifer Ranieri

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Katherine 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?

EXCERPT

The door squeaked open and Katherine peeked over the top of her book. A tall, muscular man walked in wearing a white button-down shirt and holding his blazer. He paused, as if surprised to find her, and then walked toward the window, his stride easy. He moved with wolf-like prowess, his long legs taking cool, calculated steps as his unusual eyes surveyed her. Katherine bit the inside of her lip, returning his measured perusal with one of her own. His silence was unnerving, yet intriguing.

His eyes drew her to him -- malachite green with a gold ring around the iris. Dynamic. Expressive. Even now, as he looked at her, they softened and grew translucent. He stopped in front of the window and casually threw his blazer onto a nearby chair as if he owned the room.

"Hello," he said.

"Hello."

"You're staring."

"I am? I thought you were staring at me."

He chuckled. "Perhaps I was admiring you."

"Me?"

"Who else is here?"

Katherine pursed her lips as her insides warmed from the deep silkiness of his voice. He smiled and walked to her chair, slowly gliding around it, tracing his finger over the leather headrest, skirting her curly hair.

"What's your name?" he asked.

"And who is inquiring?" She tried to sound cool and composed, but she had to fight the nervous temptation to play with her hands.

"Romeo, perhaps?"

"Then my name is Juliet."

A teasing smile graced his lips as he walked out from behind her chair and glanced at a bookshelf before turning to look at her again.

"Would you fall for Tristan?"

"Only if my name were Isolde."

He walked over to a wooden table near the window and ran his long finger over a clay mock-up of Excalibur lodged in a stone. "What do you think of Arthur? Do you think it suits me?"

"Only Guinevere would believe your name was Arthur."

He crossed his arms, his eyes sparkling in the sunlight. "Would you believe my name was Matthias?"

"I might, if--"

"If what?"

"If I knew more about you."


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  1. "...a treat to be savored and not sped through." 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Oct 2014

    "Quiet and dark (much like its hero), The Hungarian is a treat to be savored and not sped through.

    If you like paranormal romances with a deeply gothic feel, this one would be a good fit. It’s a little outside the norm of romance and paranormal books and is written by a skilled author who knows how to turn a phrase."

    ~Poppy, Long and Short Reviews


  2. One of the Best werewolf books I have read! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Feb 2013

    The Hungarian is the first book in the Budapest Moon Series. While visiting 1901 England, Count Matthias Duma meets a very intriguing woman, Katherine Archiblad. Instead of turning from his unusual eyes she returns his look as if not afraid. Matthias wishes to trust Katherine with his secret, however, trust isn’t something he gives away freely anymore. Katherine wishes to earn Mattias’ love and trust, but with all the secrets surrounding him and his household, as well as dealing with a certain Count Anton Varga courting her even though she is tied to another, Katherine feels Mattias will never trust her.
    Katherine Archibald is in search of a grand adventure. A young woman in late Victorian England, she wants to open up a book store 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?

    Katherine Archiblad lost her parents at an early age. She came to live with her aunt and uncle and, unfortunately her aunt did not treat her like a child of her own. Now that she is grown she wishes to open up a bookstore, as she spend much of her time with books. She meets Count Duma in her uncle’s Library while she is looking at the astrology books. Katherine finds that they share a love of the stars, comforting when one is alone. Count Duma intrigues her, however, and as she gets to know him she wonders why he has a hatred of the moon and unusual eyes. Katherine must give him her loyalty to earn his trust, and for that in turn will Count Duma give his secrets.

    Count Mattias Duma is from Budapest, visiting England so his young daughter, Emily, can spend time with her English grandparents. Emily’s mother died the same night Count Duma received the gold ring around the iris of his eyes; they were attracted by werewolves. When Emily’s grandmother takes Count Duma to court for custody of Emily, rumors start about the Duma household. Upon courting Katherine, Count Duma believes she will make a great mother to Emily, but Katherine has to endure his secret. Mattias only hopes that she will not run when she learns what he turns into every full moon.

    The Hungarian is mostly a romance story about Katherine and Mattias. They have many obstacles put in their path: the court proceedings for custody of Count Duma’s daughter, Count Varga’s courting to take Katherine, and of course the moon, just to name a few. Katherine and Mattias do have their arguments but they do find that trust and love go together.

    As I have already read the second book in the Budapest Moon Series: The Count’s Lair, I am familiar with Stephanie Burkhart’s writing. I very much enjoyed The Count’s Lair, it is one of my favorite books. After reading The Hungarian, I have added it, as well, to my list of favorites. The writing is very fluid, and the story engrossing. The Hungarian is one of the best werewolf books I have read. I highly recommend The Hungarian, even if you aren’t that interested in the paranormal such as werewolves. The romantic tale of The Hungarian is enough to win over anyone.


  3. You Need to Need to Read! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Feb 2013

    How would you react if you found out that the man you love is a werewolf? Katherine is faced with that very dilemma, among others in the first book of the Budapest Moon Series.

    I was so very happily surprised by this book. The characters are enchanting, the scenes are vividly written, and the story has a fantastic flow. I really enjoyed the warm love and fiery passion that seemed to leap off the page. The wto major external conflicts in the story are entertaining and interesting.

    I really enjoyed Stephanie’s take on werewolves in this story and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and see if Varga can find love.

    The Hungarian is one that any wolf fan Needs To Read.


  4. Entertaining! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Feb 2013

    Hungary:
    Months ago Count Mathias Duma and his English born wife were attacked by wolves. His wife was killed. Mathias was bitten and turned into a werewolf.

    England:
    Katherine’s favorite book in her uncle’s library was Destiny and Astrology. She had just curled up with the book when in walked a Count Duma. There was an instant attraction between the two. Katherine was the first woman to stir the Count’s heart since the death of his wife. He had mourned her for months. He longed to return to his home land of Romania but his former mother in law was trying to make that impossible. She was trying to take his daughter away from him. He had recently purchased an estate in the area so that his daughter would also know she had a connection to her mother’s home land.

    Eventually Kate and Mathias were able to return to his home in Hungary. His rival Count Vargar was determined to steal Katherine away from him. Mathias demanded total loyalty. Filled with jealousy and rage he accused Katherine of being disloyal.

    This book is extremely entertaining. The plot is sensual and romantic. Katherine and Mathias play were together. This is the first book in a new series. I look forward to reading the next entry.



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