Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on The Howling Heart Blog Tour, organized by Tribute Books. I have a review of The Howling Heart and a tour-wide giveaway. Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.
About the Book
Title: The Howling Heart
Author: April Bostic
Publisher: Eternal Press
Publication Date: August 8, 2013
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
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.
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 short story in December 2013, an 18th century paranormal romance entitled "A Dark Scandal".
My Review of The Howling Heart
The Howling Heart is a unique take on the typical werewolf legends I have seen in other paranormal books. This one is based in Norse mythology, which not something I know a lot, but still love to see it used in the werewolf background. Instead of being humans that shape shift into wolves, they are wolves who were granted the ability to shift into human form.
Paige Donavon has not thought much about her family’s cabin in Black River, Colorado until her father leaves it for her in his will. Deciding to try to recapture something from her past, she decides to take a vacation and check out the old cabin. What she does not bargain for is finding out about a pack of wolves called Varulv, or falling in love with Riley the leader of the pack’s son. It is forbidden for humans to know about the Varulv, or for a Varulv to claim a human as a mate. With Riley’s strong feelings for Paige, they may just have to break the rules if they want to be together.
This is an Adult Paranormal Romance, as there is some sexually explicit content in The Howling Heart. It is not frequent and only appears in the second half of the book. I will say that there maybe one or two passages that may cause readers to question what they are reading, but once you are passed those, the story really becomes a love story. I understand the need for those passages, and why they relate to the story, but I can also understand why it may throw a reader off. I also think that even with the quickness of Riley and Paige’s relationship there is genuine feeling behind it.
I enjoyed The Howling Heart, and it defiantly made me want to read more werewolf, and shape shifter books. I liked the flow of the story as it never stopped, and there were twisted I did not see coming. I think that Paige and Riley’s relationship really does go beyond the pack. It is a unique story told with unique ideas.
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book in exchange for an honest review**
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