Title: The Howling Heart
Author: April Bostic
Source: Received through blog tour in exchange for an honest review
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.
The Howling Heart by April Bostic is an adult paranormal romance. It follows Paige Donovan – a young woman who just finds out that she inherited a cabin in Colorado after her dad dies. She takes bereavement leave from her exciting job at a fashion magazine in New York to check on the condition of the cabin.
During her stay in Colorado, Paige has a car accident and is rescued by a hunky guy named Riley. He and his family take care of her until she recovers. Paige discovers that Riley, and everyone else in the small town, is a Varulv. They are wolves that take on human form. This is a little different from other books about wolves, because these characters are more wolf than human (rather than the other way around).
The character of Riley seemed all over the place to me. He's supposed to be strong and sexy. He is a murderer. He is sweet. He is obsessive. He is a cry-baby. Riley doesn't even REALLY know Paige, but when she decides she needs to leave and go back to New York, he cries. He has this obsession with her that is a little creepy. It was definitely insta-love on his part. Yeah, he saw her when she was a little girl visiting the cabin with her family, big deal. They didn't get to know each other. Then he pines for her for years until she returns.
I seriously almost didn't finish this book. When talk of bestiality came up, I was almost ready to put down my kindle. It didn't happen. BUT... she was agreeable to it – eww... And there was a lot of talk about it.
I know wolf packs are close, but Riley and his twin sister share a bedroom in a trailer with their dad and step-mom. They are adults – you would think they wouldn't still be living with their parents (let alone share a bedroom). Also, obviously they aren't wearing clothes when they shift to their human form from their wolf form – but I was a little weirded out that they weren't bothered by letting their boobs or junk hang out for the world to see.
There are a lot of good reviews for this book. Maybe I'm just not open-minded enough. I didn't particularly like this book, but the writing wasn't bad. Also, there were some interesting plot twists so I will give it 2 stars instead of just one.
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