- Title: The Howling Heart
- Author: April Bostic
- Published: August 8th, 2013 by Eternal Press
- Word Count: approx. 89,500
- Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
- Content Warning: Explicit Sexual Content
Restricted Age: 18+
Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when she’s 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 she 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.
I had the opportunity to review this book as part of April’s blog tour. I have to say that I was very intrigued just from reading the description. I thought the author did a nice job of making her werewolf story unique by including Norse mythology. Kudos to her for that!
The story is a paranormal romance set in an obscure town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It is the story of Paige Donovan, who is working for Elle magazine, and Riley Gray, a werewolf whose family is originally from England. The two characters couldn’t be more different even though they met as children – well, when Paige was a little girl staying at her father’s cabin in Black River and when Riley was just a wolf pup. After this introduction, the story jumps to an older Paige who has graduated college and landed a job in New York City where she quickly gains an important promotion. After the sudden death of her father, she learns he still had the cabin; it was willed to her. Paige travels to Colorado to inspect the condition of the cabin and decide what to do.
When she meets Riley as an adult, she is intrigued by him, but she is determined to return to her job in NYC. Riley, on the other hand, knows that Paige is his mate and he is destined to have her as soon as possible. The remainder of the story is the interaction between Riley and Paige and Paige’s decisions about whether to sell the cabin and stay in Colorado or return to New York and accept her new position.
This was a quirky read that kept me engaged. There were a couple of things about the book that didn’t sit well with me – the discussion of bestiality (and serious consideration by Paige), Riley’s insta-love (think “imprinting” from Twilight), and Paige and Riley’s relationship – for me it took until the end of the story that I “bought” their love. I found myself liking Riley more than Paige despite his all-over-the-place emotions. The wolf pack itself was pretty strict and Riley’s dad seemed like he was from the 1950s.
As I mentioned, Ms. Bostic threw some curves and used mythology to make her story unique. A quick paranormal romance read.
3.5 out of 5 stars
About the Author
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 will release her fourth and final short story in December, a historical vampire romance entitled “A Dark Scandal”.