Sunday, 12 January 2014

Review & Giveaway ~ The Howling Heart ~ April Bostic


Title: The Howling Heart

Author: April Bostic

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Eternal Press
Release Date: Aug 8 2013
Editions/Formats Available In: eBook & Print


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.

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From the start I could tell I was going to enjoy reading this book, as it has everything I love to read about – romance, wolves and the paranormal.  It’s incredibly well written and the story flowed so smoothly that I soon found myself quickly devouring the chapters.  One of the most interesting parts for me was that the wolves shift to men, rather than the other way round which is typical of most stories, and are born as pups. 

Paige and Riley are perfect for each other.  Riley is the sort every girl would fall, gorgeous, sensitive and knows what he wants and Paige is strong and independent, determined to get her dream career.  Their romance isn’t easy, with pack life getting in the way, but love really does conquer all for them.  There were other characters that also came to life, Riley’s twin sister Quinn being one of them, and if there are any plans to turn this into a series her story would be great to read.  Over all, this really is a great read and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys reading paranormal romance.

Author Information

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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Riley was a beautiful wolf. It made sense, considering he was a beautiful man. The sunlight streaming through the windows in the living room touched parts of his body and revealed his entire coat was the color of pure snow. A soft glow emanated from his amber eyes, and they were almost hypnotic. In the light of day, they didn't glow as brightly as they did at night.

Riley and I were both still, our gazes locked on each other. I had lost the capacity to speak. I couldn't believe what I had witnessed. Two humans had transformed into wolves, one right in front of me. How is this possible?

He stepped forward, slowly and cautiously, and my muscles tensed. He took another step until he was close enough to touch. My breathing increased, and I pressed my back against the sofa. I wouldn't dare touch him. I wasn't sure if he could control his animal form. He whimpered as he sat on his hind legs and put his head on my knee. There was a message behind his eyes that I didn’t understand.
"He's not going to hurt you, Paige."

I turned my head to see Quinn had transformed back into her human form. Her breasts were exposed, but she didn't seem embarrassed. It became obvious the twins were comfortable being naked around me. She looked at her brother and then settled her blue eyes on me.

"It's still Riley," she said quietly. "He's fully aware of what's going on. He knows it's you."
Quinn must’ve noticed my hesitation. I'll admit her words made me feel more comfortable.

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  1. Thank you for reviewing my book. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I would love to read this book. Sounds very good.

  3. The book sounds awesome, can't wait to read it :)

  4. thanks!!! yay!!! can't wait to read...great giveaway!!

  5. Hmmm, werewolves. Love 'em! Thx for sharing

  6. Great review and love the excerpt :)))

  7. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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