Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book Tour for The Howling Heart by April Bostic (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Today I'm introducing you to an action-packed paranormal read, The Howling Heart by April Bostic.  Keep reading to learn all about this book along with my impressions of it.  You can learn even more by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form below for your chance at a $25 Amazon OR Paypal GC, a copy of this book, and a necklace too!

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.





As someone who reads lots of shifter stories it was refreshing discovering one that set itself apart from the rest of the pack.  This story delves deep into the wolf society/Norse myths/Varulv culture to amp up the sexuality and the dominant nature of these shifters.  As wolves who can change into humans there was always an animalistic feel to every action.  It made for a gritty read full of sexual tension completely lacking in embarrassment when it comes to matters of sex.  This story therefore veered off into some very erotic territory that might disturb some but left me parched at times.  This unexpected sexual intensity caught my attention and kept me turning the pages whenever I got a bit frustrated by the conflicted characters.

When first meeting Paige we see a strong and confident woman excelling in her field.  She loves the city and the fast-paced lifestyle it offers.  Upon her father's death she's forced into a small cabin in the woods where she's reacquainted with the wolf who captured her attention years before but to claim him she must turn away from the life she's known.  I admired her independent nature early on but that seemed to get lost along the way as she got closer to Riley.  With as hot and devoted as Riley is though it's no wonder Paige is left confused by the feelings he engenders in her.

Riley vividly remembers the young girl he met years ago and swore to bond with one day.  Riley's been waiting for her forever and is willing to fight for her to keep her from returning to the big cityFrom the moment they're back together he unleashes a sexual onslaught that you can't help falling for.  He's comfortable in his sexuality which I found immensely attractive which led to some very gritty sexual talk.  All this combined made Riley a very drool-worthy character no matter the dark deeds he's sometimes had to perpetrate in the name of the pack and his duty as Beta.

With its unique view of shifters and its gritty sexuality I found myself drawn to this story.  Much of the conflict is internal with issues dealt with quickly.  There's a few unexpected twists and turns along the way but ultimately this story is about the power of love.  Can intense attraction lead to more and how much are you willing to give up for the promise of undying love?  You discover all that and more in this story that I enjoyed on many levels but was left wanting in many other areas.  It's unique and creative but was missing something on a more personal level but has me still recommending it to fans of the paranormal.

My rating for this is a B-

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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, an 18th century paranormal romance entitled "A Dark Scandal".


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