Monday, February 3, 2014

Book Review of The Howling Heart

Book Review of The Howling Heart
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Book blurb and cover

Title: The Howling Heart

Author: April Bostic

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.

Author Bio

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, a historical paranormal romance entitled "A Dark Scandal".


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Book Excerpts

We stopped walking, and I put my hand on his arm. His skin was warm and smooth to the touch with soft, fine hairs. I looked into his sad eyes and tried to convey as much empathy as I could.
"I'm so sorry. I wish that had never happened to you. I saw pictures of your mom in your room. She was beautiful, and she looked so happy. I wish I could've met her."

I smiled and glided my hand up his arm. I wanted to touch more of him, so I traveled up to his shoulder and over his pectoral. The muscles were lean and firm, and I felt them flex beneath my hand. My thumb strayed and brushed a sensitive nipple. It pebbled instantly, and Riley inhaled quickly and held my hand against his skin.

Our eyes locked—sapphire and emerald—and in that moment, we connected with one another. The death of a parent was something he and I shared, and I wanted him to know I could relate to him. Riley let me know he understood, and he slowly pulled my hand away so he could entwine our fingers.

He held my hand, and we walked in silence until we arrived at the forest's edge. He reached out with his free hand and pulled down a low tree branch.

"Do you want to walk further?"

He let the branch snap back but came away with a large, green leaf. His lips spread into a grin as he stepped toward me and brushed my cheek with it.


Mythology of the Varulv is explored in a truly romantic story of a beta wolf who found his mate in a human girl as a child.  Thirteen years later they are reunited only to have the odds pile up against them as circumstances and sullen brooding outsiders plot against them.  Can love win when two people are not only from different cultures but different races and even their families are against the match?  It didn’t work out for well for Romeo and Juliet, can Paige and Riley make it work?

This is a wonderful book with a fresh look at shifter mythology drawing from the Norse legends and lore.  It also contrasts the isolation of the pack life with a true city girl and looks at family dysfunction.  The twists and turns were fun and I loved the romance.  The underlying friendship and trust were what love should be about.

I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds.

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