Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Howling Heart by April Bostic

Title:  The Howling Heart
Author:  April Bostic
Published:  August 8th 2013 by Eternal Press
Page Count:  220
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Shelf:  Review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This novel is very personal, right from the start. You’re up close and personal with the main character getting to know her as she gets to know everyone else. Bostic also presents a very well laid out concept of wolves. As a reader you get to know where and when they became a race, how it happened, and the history behind it. It’s quite interesting and left me very intrigued. Bostics descriptions are extremely vivid, to the extent of becoming graphic during any intense scenes. You can’t help but visualise many of the scenes.

I loved the history between the characters. This romance isn’t an all of a sudden type thing. Even if events move quickly between them, nothing is overly rushed because of their past. Bostic’s character development gives you a good idea as to who everyone is and where they came from, without ever becoming overly in depth or skimming the surface. It was a nice balance.

Overall, I loved the premise, but it was just a little too far off centre to completely immerse myself in. The novel started out awesome then completely lost me for a bit with the plot twist that left me saying WTF a few times (which admittedly was very unique, I’ve definitely never seen it before), and then then it ended on a great high.

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