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The Howling Heart by [Bostic, April]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 737 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eternal Press (a division of Damnation Books LLC); Author's New Revised edition (1 August 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Adult Twilight 1 March 2016
By Sam Modahl - Published on
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This book is interesting because at certain points I loved every word on the page and at other moments I was cringing at the story line and the characters. I’m left torn about what to think. I think my issue with this book was not so much the writing style, because I believe that April Bostic writes beautifully! Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the interaction between the characters. I mean I understand that Riley is like the most attractive guy ever, but when a guy says he loves you on the first date, I personally find that to be a red flag. As much as I say that, he is pretty ideal as far as a guy goes in a paranormal books. I mean let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to be a Varulv (kinda like a werewolf) or is that just me? Awkward moment.

I did like Paige, and I feel like she is a real girl. She is torn between her heart and her dream, which many of us should be able to sympathize with. She was able to keep her head in situations that many people would probably freak out at. She also has her priorities in order and that makes me happy. I also really appreciated how much Riely ended up respecting her, without giving too much of the plot away. I’m not too big on the whole love at first sight thing, which was a thing here for sure.

Alright, I will stop in order to not spoil anything. I would recommend this book for anyone who is looking to get into a true romance with heavy supernatural themes. Also for those who enjoyed Twilight, although this is a bit more….adult (?) than the first Twilight book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good book with a FANTASTIC Alpha Male 15 November 2013
By Michele Wiegert - Published on
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** 3 ½ Stars **
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book made me wonder why I haven’t been reading more paranormal books. I miss my werewolves now because of this book (well mostly because of Riley).

The book starts off with Paige when she was a little girl and how she ran off into the woods to avoid listening to her parents fighting. While in the woods, she meets a white “puppy” and becomes its friend. Little does she know, this “puppy” is actually Riley who instantly falls for Paige. But Paige ends up having to leave, and they don’t see each other for another 13 years.

Paige has become an important member at Elle. She also has a fantastic boyfriend (so she thinks) and just received a promotion. Her life totally changes though when she catches this wonderful boyfriend cheating on her (I mean, she had to see it coming) and then her dad passes away from a heart attack. After hearing that her dad left her the cabin they stayed at while she was a kid, she decides to go on a vacation; she needs a little time to think things through. That’s when Riley comes in.

I will be honest, I felt more connected to Riley in this book, than I did with Paige. She was pretty whiney in parts of the book and it made me frustrated. You have Riley who is this drop dead gorgeous man who will do anything for her. He will kill for her, he would die for her, and all she can think about is her job in New York. She eventually gets her head out of her ass though and decides she wants to be with Riley, and that’s when things start to get intense. I don’t know what to say without giving more of the book away so I’m just going to leave it at that.

After everything that Paige and Riley have to go through, will they be able to have their happily ever after? Will they be able to survive everything that gets thrown into their path?

This was a pretty good book, and I would be interested to see what else comes from April Bostic. She made me realized I miss my Alpha Men a lot. Riley Gray has definitely been added to that list 
3.0 out of 5 stars The Howling Heart by April Bostic 5 December 2013
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Paige Donovan is a hard working young woman who grew up a daddy’s girl and had an adversarial (at best) relationship with her mother. Paige just received a promotion and discovered she had a cheating boyfriend when she receives news of her father’s death. After the funeral, she finds out she was left her family’s cabin in the mountains of Colorado, in a town called Black River. She decides to take some vacation time to check out the cabin and gather her thoughts. Paige is quick to realize there is something very different about the inhabitants of Black River. In addition, there’s a childhood playmate who now wants to do more than play and someone out to get their revenge...


‘The Howling Heart’ left me with some very mixed feelings. On the one hand, it drew me in quickly and was an engaging read. I was fascinated by the Varulv and how different they are from “normal” werewolves. Their origin story was intriguing and I’d love to read a story just about their beginning sometime.

To me, Paige was inconsistent in her personality and her actions. She’s working at a famous fashion magazine, gets a great promotion, and then when she’s out in Colorado doesn’t call in to work once. She doesn’t let them know how long she’s going to be gone or even if she’s going back. Yet then at the end, she waltzes right in and still has her position. It would seem to me in that industry (or any), she wouldn't have a job waiting for her. She also never let her mother know she was okay or what her decision was about staying. Sure, her mother is a grade-A pain, but you’d think she’d give her a heads up as an FYI. Paige also is scared of wolves, but then when she finds out Riley is Varulv (as are most in Black River), she’s okay with it – mostly. Then there is the push me-pull me of ‘I love Riley, but I have to go back to NYC’. Also, she pushes him into having sex when he wants to wait for the induction and mating ceremony. She wants Riley to respect her feelings and thoughts, but doesn’t give the same in return. There are times when Paige seems to be strong, but then she has no backbone in other situations. It just seemed like she didn’t know who she was or what she really wanted.

I wasn’t a big fan of some of the rules of the Varulv either, especially when it came to the treatment of females. Yet for all their rigid rules, Riley’s father (the Black River alpha) seems to change some of them on a whim. Also, the blatantly literal deus ex machina at the end of the book rubbed me a bit wrong. Although, Paige’s other option to stay with Riley also sits wrong, so the deus ex machina is actually the lesser of two evils in a sense.

I liked Riley and Quinn the best and became attached to them easily. ‘The Howling Heart’ is well-written overall, and some of the characters are solid and stay consistent throughout the entirety. I was drawn to finish the story and enjoyed it despite of the issues I personally had with some of its' aspects.
4.0 out of 5 stars Give Us a Howl 28 March 2014
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I have mixed feelings about this book. Mostly because it didn’t end the way I thought it would. Throughout the entire book, I kept believing that the “big secret” of the book was that Paige would find out she’s a werewolf. I know – false hope – but it was a hope I held onto until the very last page.

Fast-paced and romantic, I was drawn into the story from the first page and held captive to the end. I often find myself speaking aloud to Paige as I discussed her own idiocy as I read. “Really Paige?!? How could you be so naive?” or even “Just kiss her dammit!” often flew out of my mouth when I didn’t mean it to. It’s a good thing I wasn’t reading this book in public. ;)

The theology and history behind the werewolves was both interesting and lacking. I feel like there’s another story here – one that goes more into the background of some of the side characters, the ones who’s pasts we glimpse but don’t really get a chance to know and understand. However, anyone looking for a quick read and wouldn’t mind bedding with some men that can morph into wolves should definitely pick up this book and give it a shot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yay! 3 July 2014
By Taylor S. Hudson - Published on
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I am a huge fan of April Bostic so when I saw this book had finally been published, I had to buy. It arrived in perfect condition and I had it read in less than a few hours.

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