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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Caliburn Press (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629290203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629290201
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,735,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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** 3 ½ Stars **
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book made me wonder why I haven’t been reading more paranormal books. I miss my werewolves now because of this book (well mostly because of Riley).

The book starts off with Paige when she was a little girl and how she ran off into the woods to avoid listening to her parents fighting. While in the woods, she meets a white “puppy” and becomes its friend. Little does she know, this “puppy” is actually Riley who instantly falls for Paige. But Paige ends up having to leave, and they don’t see each other for another 13 years.

Paige has become an important member at Elle. She also has a fantastic boyfriend (so she thinks) and just received a promotion. Her life totally changes though when she catches this wonderful boyfriend cheating on her (I mean, she had to see it coming) and then her dad passes away from a heart attack. After hearing that her dad left her the cabin they stayed at while she was a kid, she decides to go on a vacation; she needs a little time to think things through. That’s when Riley comes in.

I will be honest, I felt more connected to Riley in this book, than I did with Paige. She was pretty whiney in parts of the book and it made me frustrated. You have Riley who is this drop dead gorgeous man who will do anything for her. He will kill for her, he would die for her, and all she can think about is her job in New York. She eventually gets her head out of her ass though and decides she wants to be with Riley, and that’s when things start to get intense. I don’t know what to say without giving more of the book away so I’m just going to leave it at that.
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This book is interesting because at certain points I loved every word on the page and at other moments I was cringing at the story line and the characters. I’m left torn about what to think. I think my issue with this book was not so much the writing style, because I believe that April Bostic writes beautifully! Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the interaction between the characters. I mean I understand that Riley is like the most attractive guy ever, but when a guy says he loves you on the first date, I personally find that to be a red flag. As much as I say that, he is pretty ideal as far as a guy goes in a paranormal books. I mean let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to be a Varulv (kinda like a werewolf) or is that just me? Awkward moment.

I did like Paige, and I feel like she is a real girl. She is torn between her heart and her dream, which many of us should be able to sympathize with. She was able to keep her head in situations that many people would probably freak out at. She also has her priorities in order and that makes me happy. I also really appreciated how much Riely ended up respecting her, without giving too much of the plot away. I’m not too big on the whole love at first sight thing, which was a thing here for sure.

Alright, I will stop in order to not spoil anything. I would recommend this book for anyone who is looking to get into a true romance with heavy supernatural themes. Also for those who enjoyed Twilight, although this is a bit more….adult (?) than the first Twilight book.
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Paige Donovan is a hard working young woman who grew up a daddy’s girl and had an adversarial (at best) relationship with her mother. Paige just received a promotion and discovered she had a cheating boyfriend when she receives news of her father’s death. After the funeral, she finds out she was left her family’s cabin in the mountains of Colorado, in a town called Black River. She decides to take some vacation time to check out the cabin and gather her thoughts. Paige is quick to realize there is something very different about the inhabitants of Black River. In addition, there’s a childhood playmate who now wants to do more than play and someone out to get their revenge...

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‘The Howling Heart’ left me with some very mixed feelings. On the one hand, it drew me in quickly and was an engaging read. I was fascinated by the Varulv and how different they are from “normal” werewolves. Their origin story was intriguing and I’d love to read a story just about their beginning sometime.

To me, Paige was inconsistent in her personality and her actions. She’s working at a famous fashion magazine, gets a great promotion, and then when she’s out in Colorado doesn’t call in to work once. She doesn’t let them know how long she’s going to be gone or even if she’s going back. Yet then at the end, she waltzes right in and still has her position. It would seem to me in that industry (or any), she wouldn't have a job waiting for her. She also never let her mother know she was okay or what her decision was about staying. Sure, her mother is a grade-A pain, but you’d think she’d give her a heads up as an FYI. Paige also is scared of wolves, but then when she finds out Riley is Varulv (as are most in Black River), she’s okay with it – mostly.
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