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The Howling Heart Paperback – August 1, 2013
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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, 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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Top Customer Reviews
I love books on shifters, especially werewolves, I was excited to read Bostics’ take on a different side of werewolves. It was interesting to see the side of wolves turning into human (more wolf than human), instead of the norm of human into wolves, it made the characters more childlike and new to the human world.
The Howling Heart follows Paige, a young woman who fondly remembers her childhood at a cabin in the woods. She encounters a young wolf that befriended her after she ran away from home. Now an adult she goes back to the cabin only to discover that the small town she remembers is full of wolves that turn human. She comes face to face with the wolf she met as a child who is now a man and he only wants one thing, for Paige to stay with him. But will Paige leave her life in the city for the man she barley knows but seems to love more and more each day?
Paige is an interesting character whom since her childhood has been fascinated with her life at her family’s cabin in the woods. After the loss of her father, she travels back and is soon sucked into a whirlwind of discovery when she meets a family and town full of wolves that can turn into humans. It was interesting reading about her journey; she has a lot to take in and is a bit shocked with their existence. She learns of their history, known as the Varulv and their strict life of keeping their existence away from humans.
Riley is the mysterious wolf Paige meets as a child and saves her from an accident in his small town. His love for her has never faded since he was young and he becomes determined to have her stay with him. Riley is young and childish and sometimes I felt needed to grow up and be a man in certain situations. He does grow up when he realizes he could lose the love of his life and it was interesting to see his growth. The romance is sweet but I felt a little too rushed at times. In the end their passion and bond was what kept them both fighting for what they wanted the most, each other.
Overall this was an attention-grabbing shifter love story, with a slight Romeo and Juliet take of forbiddingness. There are some humorous moment with nudity and awkwardness for Paige while she’s learning about the wolf life. Bostic’s writing was well done and she definitely knows how to create a unique world. There are twist and shocking moments that had me worried for the characters and some secondary characters I’d like to read about in the future. I look forward to more from April Bostic and her shifters.
The Howling Heart was a solid paranormal full of twist and turns. The author adds mythology to the normal werewolf/shifter legend, and gives it new life. This element adds a depth to this story that's not in the average shifter story.
I enjoyed how the author April Bostic portrayed the shifters as wolves first, and humans second. Tha Alpha ness of the males were thrilling, and the community structure of the pack was familiar and different.
The two main characters Riley and Paige had a sweet romance that proved love can endure, and that bonds forged between two people meant to be, can withstand the test of time. Paige was smart, strong, and likable... mostly. Their were a few times I wanted to strangle her, and shake her into getting it together. She did surprise me with her strength.
Riley was the perfect specimen of an Alpha male, but he had heart. He was compassionate, sexy, caring, and absolute in his love for Paige. I think I liked him most in this story.
The secondary characters were fun to read, and I really hope Riley's sister gets her own story. She totally deserves it.
Overall this was a very good read, and I look forward to reading more. I hope the author continues their adventures. I would recommend this book to any paranormal romance lover, who particularly likes shifters.
*I WAS GIVEN A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW. MY OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.*
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The story kept me so entertained, that I sat down and read it all in one sitting. The book is a good ole romance story, boy meets girl and they fall for each other. It has the added bonuses of werewolves and Norse gods, which I found refreshing. There are a couple of twists and turns before the ending that caught me by surprise. That is a great thing! I do not enjoy books that are completely lacking in complexity. I like there to be a little Huh? moment during a story and this book definitely delivered.
The book, obviously, is not for young readers. There is graphic language, violence, and steamy sex scenes. I would recommend this book for adults that like a good, steamy romance.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in order to review it. Regardless, the opinions are my own and were in no way influenced.
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