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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sunrise over Brasov by Stephanie Burkhart - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Rosa lives a stabile and nice life with Clement who is a werewolf and Cassandra who is a Witch. Together with Rickard, a werewolf with unusual abilities she is happy at Clement's castle. At least that is what she thinks. Rosa doesn't remember her life before she was taken in by Clement and Cassandra and only knows what they have told her. When her forgotten love Michael rescues her Rosa doesn't know what to think. They tell her that she had been kidnapped and that everybody has been looking for her. Because of the drug Anise, which she and Rickard have been given on a daily basis, Rosa's memories are hidden. Her body needs to get rid of this drug first and then she might get her memories back.

Michael is very glad that he, his sister-in-law Caroline and their vampire friends have been able to get Rosa back. He loves her very much. His heart breaks every time he looks at her because she doesn't remember the love they once shared. Rickard finds a way to break out of the castle as well when he sees that Rosa has been rescued. He finds them in a hidden cave. Rickard and Rosa are friends who stand by each other and step in whenever the other needs help.

Now that their memories are returning they are trying to find out why Clement and Cassandra needed them. It turns out that Rickard is a new breed of werewolf and Clement wants nothing more than to be like Rickard. Cassandra has always been part of a cruel pack of werewolves and finds gentleness with Rickard. When Clement is not backing down the stakes are getting higher and higher. Who will stand together and who will fall into the realms of darkness? Will there be a cure for Clement or is he reaching too high?

Stephanie Burkhart's books are new for me. She surprised me with her detailed story. I had no trouble at all picturing the castles and the way of life. I was hoping so much that Rosa and Rickard would get their memories back so that they would know that they were not forgotten and did have a full life before the kidnapping. The women in this story are just as powerful and needed as the men. I liked that a lot. Everyone has their own strength and holds their own. Sunrise over Brasov is the third book in a series, but can be read as a standalone. Stephanie Burkhart gives you all the information you need. I will definitely follow up on this series.


If you like to read about vampires, werewolves and witches living in a beautiful historical setting, I highly recommend Sunrise over Brasov.

About Stephanie Burkhart

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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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.


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  1. Sounds like a great read! I love that she is a 911 dispatcher!

  2. Sounds cool! Thanks for the review and except

  3. I absolutely love books full of magic. Can't wait to read this.

  4. Witches and werewolves...damn, that's the stability I've been missing in my life.

  5. Thank you so much for having me here today. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. Sunrise Over Brasov takes place in winter, so it's great read for this time of the year.

    Steph Burkhart
    Romance Under the Moonlight.

  6. looking forward to reading your work.

  7. Sounds like an interesting read, thanks for sharing your review! Happy Holidays!