Friday, 7 June 2013

Book Tour: The Secret Door by Stephanie Burkhart; Review + Giveaway

The Secret Door
Author: Stephanie Burkhart
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Publish Date: 1 February 2013

It's 1927 and Lord Zoltan Kristos, Hungary's Minister of the Interior, takes great pains to hide the fact he's a werewolf from the world. Despite his efforts, he's recognized when he goes to the Austrian-Hungarian border to inspect the area for damage from a recent rare earthquake.
Zoltan is accused of stealing Kurt Meklau's witch, Inna, and is recklessly pursed to Volturn Manor, a residence belonging to another werewolf family, the Vargas. After a fight with Meklau, Zoltan barely escapes and his adversary is found dead.
Sophia Varga and Tomas Martin find Zoltan. Sophia is determine to attend to Zoltan's injuries and protect her home, but when Kurt's father, Marcus, comes seeking revenege, Sophia is tested like never before. As Zoltan and Sophia work together, attraction and desire flame between them.
Will the secrets Volturn Manor harbors offer Zoltan and Sophia the clues they need to defeat Marcus and give them the opportunity to explore their feelings for one another?
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"What's wrong?" asked Sophia.

"The transformation is close. I feel the blood rushing through my veins."

Sophia steeled her resolve. He stepped away from her and pressed his back against the
wall. The candlelight fell across his face, creating stark shadows over his high cheekbones. He looked like the devil come to life. Sweat trickled over his brow.

"I'm sorry," he whispered.

"Trust me."

He nodded.

"I think it best you remove your clothes -- you'll need them for tomorrow."

 "Help me."

Sophia approached, determined to stay focused. Zoltan fumbled with the buttons on his shirt. His hurt arm offered some support, but there was no denying its weakness.
Sophia placed her hands over his and inhaled sharply at the contact. Electricity shot through her body, creating warmth where there hadn't been. She peered into his eyes and knew there was no denying the invisible, unspoken web of attraction between them.

She shrugged her shoulders and the gesture put her back in the moment. Unfastening the buttons, she placed her hands on Zoltan's muscular chest and glided them upward, shoving the shirt over his shoulders. The garment fell to the ground and landed at his feet.
A low, masculine growl escaped from his throat. Her heart beat an erratic pulse filled with magic, smoldering with feral magnetism. Sophia grabbed the flannel at his hips and tugged down. The pants dropped to his ankles, and he stepped out of them.

Sophia knelt, gathering his clothes, then making the mistake to glance up. He stood before her naked, tall and handsome, with a beautifully proportioned body. His chest was broad and hard, his hair neat. His animal-like stance emphasized the force of his thighs and the slimness of his hips.

My God, he's beautiful. I want him. 

My Review:

The Secret Door is a historical, paranormal romance set in Hungary in the 1920s. 
Zoltan is a werewolf who was turned and left for dead when he was on his way home after World War I. For years he struggled with his feral nature, and with the help of his witch, Inna, he has gained some control over himself. But Kurt Meklau claims that Zoltan has stolen Inna, and that she was to be his mate. When Kurt follows Zoltan and fights him, Kurt is killed, and Zoltan must seek help from Volturn Manor.
Unfortunately Kurt's father, the vicious Marcus, is determined to have his revenge and to have Inna. 

Sophia and Zoltan's attraction is strong and they both feel it immediately. As they spend time together, they try and ignore the attraction. Zoltan isn't looking for anything other than an affair, but Sophia is a temptation he can't resist.
Sophia has a father who is a werewolf and a human mother. This means she has some wolf qualities, but isn't an actual werewolf. She has been taught many of the ways to treat werewolves, and is determined to help Zoltan after he is injured in his fight. She's very loyal and strong. She's also very determined, she knows how she wants to lead her life, and will follow the path she wishes.
Zoltan has a dark past, and he's done many things he regrets. He is trying to control his wolf nature and make himself a better man, with the help of his witch, Inna.

This story is exciting as Sophia and Zoltan struggle to keep Inna safe, and face the confrontation between them and Marcus.
It was great to have a book set in another country, the setting of Hungary was very vividly painted. I also really enjoyed that it was set in a different time period than I usually read.
Zoltan and Sophia's romance was very passionate and their chemistry was sizzling. It was sweet to watch Zoltan reconcile with his past, and look to a future with Sophia.
A great read, and I'm looking forward to reading the previous books in this series.

*I received a review copy from the author, for my honest review.

About the Author

I'm a member of Generation X, and was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. After graduating from Central High, the U.S. Army gave me a job. I  spent 11 years in the military, 7 stationed in Germany. While in the military I earned my B.S. in Political Science from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA in 1995. After leaving the Army in 1997, I settled in California. The New England Patriots are still My favorite football team. I've been married for 20 years. Currently, I work for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. I'm a member of  EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection). I'm published with Desert Breeze Publishing and 4RV Publishing.
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Stephanie will be awarding a back list print book, either The Hungarian or The Count's Lair, from the Budapest Moon Series to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop, and a Grand Prize of a coffee and chocolate gift basket: $10.00 GC to Starbucks, A Coffee Mug, Andes Chocolates, Magnets, and a Lori Powell Original Book Bag to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY).

To enter, just leave a comment. You can increase your chances of winning, by following the tour and commenting. The tour dates can be found here. Good luck!


  1. Thanks so much for having me here today. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Any questions, just ask. I have to work today but I'll be in and out on my Iphone.


  2. Great review, thank you.


    1. Thank you for stopping by today.


    1. Thanks for popping in today

  4. SO...Why Budapest and Hungary? What prompted you to use them as a series setting? It's an unexpected choice. I think it would give it a very exotic, "ethnic" feel.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. I traveled to Hungary in 1997 when I was still in the army and spent a weekend in Budapest. I fell in love with the country. It was beautiful. I remember going running and feeling like I could reach up and almost touch the sky. I thought it was a place where one might actually believe a werewolf would exsist!


  5. The book sounds intriguing

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks so much for visiting.

  6. I'm just stopping to announce that my back list winner is Shelley S. Thanks to everyone who visited. The winner of the The Secret Door Grand Prize is Catherine Lee. Thank you Rookie Romance for having me. Please send me an email at: for a thank you.



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