Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Howling Heart by April Bostic & GIVEAWAY

Date of Publication: August 8, 2013


Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She's climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father's death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn't get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

Soon, she's engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv---wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she's always wanted and the love she's always dreamed.

My Thoughts...

Paige Donavon has just been offered her dream job at Elle, a big time magazine.   When her father dies her world crashes in around her.  He leaves her his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies and she rushes out to see what state the cabin is in.    She rents a jeep and an elk runs in front of her causing her to crash her vehicle.  When she awakes she is in a trailor being nursed to health by twins Quinn and Riley Gray, werewolves.   With these new friends her whole world is turned upside down.   Riley has fallen in love with Paige and does not want her to return to New York.   Paige has feelings for Riley and is unsure if she can give up her dream job and life in New York to live in the small quiet community of Black River. 

I love werewolf paranormal stories.   This one is so unique in the werewolf/human story.   Can true love happen between two beings who are so different from each other?   April Bostic wrote a great story that I loved.  Every character was written so that the reader actually knew them.   They were all my friends and I was experiencing all the drama, fights, love, and heart ache that they were feelings.  

The only character in the book that I just did not like was Paige’s mom.  She was just nasty.  From the very beginning she was a horrible mother.   The way she talked to Paige made it a miracle that she did not have huge issues due to mistreatment from her mother.     I was extremely happy that she had a father who was not only present in her life, but was a positive presence in her life.    When he passed away at the beginning of the story I was devastated for her.  Yet Paige manages to come out ahead and make a good life for herself. 

When Riley asks Paige if they can have sex when he is in wolf form I was unsure how to react.   That is strange…really strange.  I still am not sure how to react, but I moved past that and enjoyed the rest of the story.

As far as paranormal stories go this makes it to the top of my lists.   I loved how Alpha-males were involved.  When Riley had to fight to win Paige I loved it.    The rules were there to protect the pack, but the Alpha’s realized that the world is changing and that the rules had to reflect those changes.  

I will highly recommend this to all my fellow paranormal, werewolf readers.

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About April Bostic

April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled "A Rose to the Fallen".
Her first short story, "Right Here, Right Now", released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled "Eros, My Love", and a sexy romantic comedy entitled "Love Addiction".
After five years, she released her second novel, "The Howling Heart" in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled "A Dark Scandal".

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When I finally opened my eyes, they felt swollen. The pain in my head spread throughout my entire body. Dim light surrounded me in this strange room. I lay on a bed and looked up at the ceiling. I tried to speak, but my throat was dry. Only a quiet wheeze escaped. A low groan followed as my headache pounded against my temples. I still felt hot and sweaty. Layers of blankets covered me, and I wanted to yank them off. When I touched my abdomen, I wore nothing but my bra and panties.
My eyes darted around the unfamiliar room. On the wall, I noticed a shadow of something next to me. What the hell is that? I turned my head and saw a candle in the window, but what cast the shadow scared me to death. A large, white wolf lay on the floor beside me. There was no mistaking it for a dog. The bed was low to the floor, and its head was close to mine. I opened my mouth wide, prepared to scream, but wheezes and weak gasps escaped, instead. I thrashed my head against the pillow, as if the motions would turn up the volume in my voice. Finally, a shriek pushed through my sandpaper throat. It was a high-pitched squeal at first, but then, it burst forth and filled the room. I sat up quickly. Aching pain tore through my body, and I heard my bones crack.
The wolf awoke with a start. It jerked its head up, and glowing, yellow eyes blinked until they settled on me. I shrank away from it, nearly falling off the bed, screaming until I went hoarse and gasped for breath. The wolf stood on all fours, its size definitely that of a Great Dane. Our gazes locked for a brief moment before the animal ran out the room. I sat against the headboard, clutching the blankets against my chest. I was alone and terrified. Within seconds, tears trickled down my cheeks.


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1 comment:

  1. Hi Charlotte,

    Thank you for joining my book tour and reviewing The Howling Heart. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)