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The Howling Heart Paperback – August 1, 2013
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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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.
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.
After everything that Paige and Riley have to go through, will they be able to have their happily ever after? Will they be able to survive everything that gets thrown into their path?
This was a pretty good book, and I would be interested to see what else comes from April Bostic. She made me realized I miss my Alpha Men a lot. Riley Gray has definitely been added to that list
‘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. Then there is the push me-pull me of ‘I love Riley, but I have to go back to NYC’. Also, she pushes him into having sex when he wants to wait for the induction and mating ceremony. She wants Riley to respect her feelings and thoughts, but doesn’t give the same in return. There are times when Paige seems to be strong, but then she has no backbone in other situations. It just seemed like she didn’t know who she was or what she really wanted.
I wasn’t a big fan of some of the rules of the Varulv either, especially when it came to the treatment of females. Yet for all their rigid rules, Riley’s father (the Black River alpha) seems to change some of them on a whim. Also, the blatantly literal deus ex machina at the end of the book rubbed me a bit wrong. Although, Paige’s other option to stay with Riley also sits wrong, so the deus ex machina is actually the lesser of two evils in a sense.
I liked Riley and Quinn the best and became attached to them easily. ‘The Howling Heart’ is well-written overall, and some of the characters are solid and stay consistent throughout the entirety. I was drawn to finish the story and enjoyed it despite of the issues I personally had with some of its' aspects.
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