Book Title: The Howling Heart Author: April Bostic Genre: Paranormal Romance Release Date: August 8, 2013 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
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.
I stood in the hardware section looking at flashlights, when I suddenly felt someone staring at me. I tried to remain inconspicuous as I glanced to my left without turning my head. At the end of the aisle stood a slender, young man at least six feet tall, wearing a red and black plaid, flannel shirt with cut-off sleeves. Lean muscles flexed on his bicep as he grabbed something off the shelf. His bare arms revealed a tattoo on his right shoulder, but I wasn't close enough to read it. He must've felt my gaze on him, because he looked over at me. The sun gently kissed his skin with a golden tan, and his full lips spread into a charming grin. He had a clean-shaven, square jaw and sharp cheekbones that would make any woman envious. His sandy blonde hair flowed like waves and curled softly on the ends, brushing his ears and collar. A few, untamed strands fell in his eyes, making his hair appear disheveled. There was no doubt in my mind he was handsome. Immediately, a heat wave crashed beneath my skin...and I knew it wasn’t due to the summer weather. I blushed under his steady gaze and looked away in an attempt to ignore him. For some reason, I couldn't control myself.My gaze kept finding his. A smirk played on his lips—the color of a summer peach—and I wondered if they tasted as sweet.
Paige has lots happen to her all at once, she decides to go the cabin in the woods to take some time out. It brings back memories of when she was a child and befriended a wolf pup.
Paige is in the middle of a wolf den, Aiden is the alpha and Riley and Quinn are his betas and children. I found the relationship between parent and child and siblings funny as Aiden is alpha, he still gets to treat them like children! Then again Riley and Quinn have an adolescent vibe when winding each other up as many siblings do.
These are wolfs though, they consider themselves wolf, that can look human, a different way of looking at it for sure. They have laws that must not be broken. I enjoyed the world building and could picture their home area. It was a very males rule setting, males will defend you, males can claim you, but it's the animal world and that's how wolves are.
Riley and his family are British and I loved the words he used that Paige didn't understand, how can you not know peckish or row lol. Riley is a white wolf, his very sweet and caring, but his also beta so has a fierce side too - some of which surprised me. I was taken back when he asked if she would make love with him in wolf form, then again his very well endowed when wolf.......
I did find Riley a bit pushy at times, but he fell in love years ago, Paige has always felt a connection to the White wolf so it doesn't take much to fall for the grown up version.
Paige is a career woman, she's got a big promotion and lots to look forward to. She gives up everything very quickly without much debate, that's love for you I suppose.
This is an enjoyable shifter read that has many twists and turns to keep you turning pages.
I'd like to read more about these characthers, maybe Quinn's book.
*I received an arc for an honest review*
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 also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled "A Dark Scandal".