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Budapest Moon Book Three: Danube in Candlelight -- EPUB

  • Morgan Duma finds it difficult to reconcile her lupine heritage in the face of tragedy. Will her secrets keep her from finding happiness with Adam?

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Release Date:
November 1, 2011
Cover Artist:
Jenifer Ranieri

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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 placed a hand on his chest, hoping to grab his attention. "Adam, I'm sensing stuff no normal human being would. I've been sensing it all along, but now I know why and I'm upset. I'm not human. What am I?"

He gazed at her with a hint of concern in his expression.

"Let's get out of this room."

She opened the door to the hall and stepped out. Why was he looking at her like that? Wasn't he worried he wasn't human, too?

He closed the door behind him and grabbed her wrist. The gold rings around his irises shrunk to their normal size. She glared at him.

"Look, I don't know why you're so concerned about who you are. I know who you are -- you're kind, sweet, a wonderful pianist, and compassionate nurse. You have a sense of humor that always makes me laugh. That's who you are. I would think you'd be more upset over what your father has planned -- that's a major decision, and your mother has no say in the matter."

Morgan drew in a deep breath as the knot in her shoulder tensed. Adam had a point. How could she be so self-centered, dwelling on her high-strung emotions? Perhaps it was a cover. Perhaps she couldn't face the real issue because it mortified her. She didn't want to think about it now. Morgan turned her head away and reached over her shoulder to massage that tension-filled knot.

"Turn around." Adam's voice brooked no debate. She liked a man who commanded authority. Morgan turned, and he massaged both her shoulders. Heat from his hands trailed down her back. Her core warmed. Her body relaxed, reacting instinctively and with a desire she couldn't hide.

"Did I hit a nerve?" he asked.

"A nerve? In my neck?" She took a step backward to be closer to him.

"No. About your father. Is your real fear about what will happen to your mother once he turns her?" Adam kept his voice low and leaned close to her ear.

She closed her eyes briefly and faced her anxiety. "Yes."

"Morgan, our fathers' condition has a host of positive traits -- heightened senses, for example, but the best trait is the healing factor."

"I understand, Adam. That healing factor will help my mother recover from her awful injuries, but it comes with a tradeoff -- she's going to become a werewolf."

"Is it better she become addicted to morphine? That addiction is a beast in itself. Which would you prefer she'd become? The soldiers hooked on morphine have vacant eyes, and their hands tremble for their next fix. Do you want that for your mother? Fighting something she can't win against, or do you want her dealing with a manageable condition? Both our fathers are good men. They've managed it."

Morgan pursed her lips. Adam's tone was laced in objectivity and confidence, offering her a plausible reason for her father's actions. Morgan didn't want a shell of skin and bones that resembled her mother -- she wanted her mother well, both emotionally and physically. Why had she been so selfish not to see that?

"It doesn't bother you that you have these traits?"

"I'm comfortable with who I am."

Morgan spun around, pressing the length of her body against Adam, curving her hand around the nape of his neck, and bringing his lips to hers. Their mouths met in a searing kiss full of desire. Want. Warmth. Pleasure replaced Morgan's emotional pain, and she deepened the kiss between them by sweeping her tongue into his mouth. Adam groaned, wrapped his hands around her waist, and tugged her closer. Morgan continued the kiss, nipping his lower lip with her teeth. A blast of heat from his body washed over her like an ocean wave, sending pleasure spiraling through her. God, she had never felt so wonderful.


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Product Reviews

  1. Book three in the Budapest Moon series, and the best one yet! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Oct 2014

    "Book three in the Budapest Moon series, and the best one yet!

    I really enjoyed seeing the next generation of these families who started out as enemies, but have since become very good friends and all but family.

    Definitely the best in the series so far, and if the author keeps improving with each book I’m going to be one very happy reader. Ms. Burkhart’s strengths are her characterizations and setting as character, as well as well composed prose and clean writing. Yes, her plots are interesting, but what keeps me hooked is how attached I become to the population in each book.

    Danube in Candlelight was filled with an interesting series of events and a fascinating stroll through Hungarian history and, even more, a set up to the next book. I’m looking forward to reading it"

    ~ Poppy, Long and Short Reviews

  2. "I am completely in love with this series!" 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Apr 2013

    Once again Stephanie Burkhart has pulled readers into a world filled with beauty, full moons, passion, wolves and strife. Danube In Candlelight is a fantastic book filled with endearing characters, vivid descriptions and a story the flows well and is hard to put down.

    Definitely one You Need To Read.

    ~ Lupa, You Gotta Read Reviews

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