Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sunrise Over Brasov by Stephanie Burkhart -- Review and Giveaway


Romantic Suspense



This review is in conjunction with a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding A Sunrise Over Brasov Coffee and Chocolate Basket (which includes a Coffee Mug, Starbucks gift card, Andes Chocolate, magnets, and Lori Powell original book bag) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Rosa Getzi lives a life of intrigue at Poiana Brasov with Clement, a werewolf, and Cassandra, the witch. Her past doesn't matter to her – until she discovers what it holds.

Prince Michael Sigmaringen joins his sister-in-law, Caroline, and the vampire prince, Darius, in a daring rescue, igniting Rosa's desire to find her family. However, all is not as it appears. Rickard, Rosa's friend, escapes with her. Clement will go to any lengths to get Rosa and Rickard back.

At Darius' fortress, Michael soon discovers Rickard is a new breed of werewolf – one who can control the change, and Clement hopes to exploit Rickard's abilities.

Michael's courage, strengths, and convictions will be tested like never before. Can Michael and Rosa find true happiness and the rid the lupine haunting of the Sigmaringens once and for all?

A romantic suspense that's heavy on the suspense, Sunrise Over Brasov is a thrilling read that kept me guessing.

It starts at a gallop and, though is slows down here and there, the tension is high throughout. I thought I knew who our villains were, but then as time went on, I wasn't as sure. Who's good? Who isn't?

Our heroine, Rosa, has no memory of her past -- doesn't really even notice that lack -- until she's rescued from where she was kept a willing prisoner. She, and a werewolf named Rickard, were drugged until they never gave a second thought to their circumstances until they were forced to. Theirs is a strong friendship, formed in adversity, and adds much flavor to the story.

It's heartbreaking to see Michael come to realize Rosa has no memory of him. How awful it must be to feel so much for a person who doesn't remember you!

Once the rescue happens, though, the chase is on. Clement and Cassandra (a werewolf and a witch) aren't about to let their prizes go that easily.

Ms. Burkhart has woven an interesting and unusual historical tale of suspense and romance here. It's part of a series, but easily stands alone with backstory peppered throughout to aid the new reader in understanding. Well done!



Enjoy an excerpt:

Some inner voice encouraged her to leave with him. It was the right thing to do. "Turn around," she said quietly. "Why?"

"So I can change."

"I don't trust you." His reply was quick. "Leave your chemise on." He walked to the window and glanced outside, then checked his pocket watch.

Rosa figured that was the most privacy he was willing to afford her and unfastened her robe. Quickly, she stepped into the winter dress without putting on a corset. "I need you to lace up the back."

Michael approached and tied up the stays with familiar ease. There was that word again -- familiar. Rosa shivered. What did it mean? How was he familiar when she couldn't recall seeing him before? She found her boots and slid them on. They were lined with fur and went up to her knees. She couldn't articulate her compliance, but could say an instinctual desire drove her to do his bidding. Yes, there were clues, but no easy answers.

He was a witch, like her. She responded to his kiss, enjoying it far too much, though she wouldn't admit that to him. He hadn't hurt her, and he knew her mother. The thought of finding her mother filled her with a sense of comfort. In all honesty, Rosa, however, couldn't remember her life before coming to Poiana Brasov, but she hated to think that Clement and Cassandra, who had been so kind to her, had deceived her. Rosa wouldn't deny her instincts and decided to follow the clues. When there was a minute, she intended to get her answers from Michael.

Her boots secure, she slid her arms into her winter coat. Michael grabbed a scarf and gloves from a shelf in her closet, presenting them to her. His face betrayed nothing -- not one hint of pleasure or dissatisfaction. Instead, he grabbed her gloved hand and led her out of the room.

Rosa noticed the noise continued outside of the fortress. Just on the other side of her door, Andrei lay crumpled on the ground. His chest rose and fell. Thank Corvinus he appeared to be sleeping.

Michael moved with unnatural speed. His grasp on her hand was tight, tugging her behind him. They proceeded down the hall toward the servants' staircase.

The inner fortress remained quiet. Several candles in wall sconces had burnt down to the stubs, casting long, inky shadows over the stone walls.

Reaching the staircase, Rosa paused. "I need to check on Rickard."

"There's no time. We delayed too long as it is." Michael dragged her down the stairs.

About the Author:
Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. She served 11 years in the US Army and currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate and is addicted to coffee. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.

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19 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me here today. I'll be in and out between errands as I prepare for Thanksgiving. There's cleanig and cooking and decorating! I'm pooped. What your Thanksgiving plans? Do you like to cook? host? Go out to eat?

    Smiles
    Steph B.

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  2. Nice review. Congratulations on your new release and the blog tour! May you have many downloads.

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  3. Can't wait to learn why he's dragging her down the stairs & where to.

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    1. Beth, it's an exciting opening for sure!
      Smiles
      Steph

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  4. Congratulations on your release Stephanie, and I wish you fabulous sales! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  5. Sounds like a great book. Congrats Stephanie.

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    1. Thank you, Rue. Thanks for stopping in.
      Smiles
      Steph

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  6. Wonderful review. I've got a couple of this series on my TBR pile and can't wait to read them!

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    1. Melissa, thank you, Sweetie. I hope you enjoy them!
      Smiles
      Steph

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  7. Hi Steph,
    I can't wait to find out what's so familiar about Michael! Lots of luck with your book!

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    1. Deb, the discovery is worth the journey. Thanks for stopping by.

      Smiles
      Steph

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  8. Wow, I know I will love this story! Very intriguing! I have no plans for Turkey Day. Guess I need to see which friend wants my company the most. (grin)

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

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  9. Wonderful review for your intriguing book...have many sales!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Marianne

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  10. Hi Stephanie! Glad to see that you're doing another tour! I loved reading all about Twilight over Moldavia, and now I actually get to read this one! Exciting!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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  11. We always have a big dinner at home.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds like an amazing read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  12. Nice cover

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  13. I love your books Stephanie, I can't wait to read the next book in the series (and yes, that's a hint that I would love to see a fourth book :))

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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