December 13, 2013

Review: The Howling Heart by April Bostic

Title: The Howling Heart
Author: April Bostic
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: August 8th, 2013 by Eternal Press; 220 pages

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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.

Paige Donovan is a 23 year old college grad working for a big time fashion magazine in New York City. On the day she gets a big promotion, she gets terrible news that her father has passed away, and now she has a cabin in the Colorado Rockies that her dad has left to her. When she goes to see what kind of condition the cabin from her childhood is in, she meets Riley Grey. Riley has a secret, he's a werewolf. Can he trust Paige with his secret and convince her to stay with him?

I think I should probably admit in the beginning, that I'm not the biggest paranormal romance fan. I am the type of book nerd that will give anything a shot, and I mean that literally. So I figured, hey, why not. The book sounded promising, so I went for it.

Straight out of the gate, I had issue with Paige's naivety. In the beginning of the book, she basically walks into her boyfriends office to find him feeling up another woman. He throws her a line about it being about the job, and she falls for it. Hook, line, and sinker. So, when she finds him later in a not so innocent position with this same woman, I have to wonder why she is so hurt, she had to have seen that one coming. Am I wrong here? So, from the beginning, I had a rough time trying to connect with Paige.
I also sometimes felt like I was reading a young girls point of view, not a twenty something woman's.

Paige has a wreck in the mountains and this is how she ends up meeting Riley officially. She wakes up in a strange house and knows no one, and seems perfectly okay with all of this. I'm sorry, WHAT!? Riley, to be frank, is super needy. I also felt like he wasn't emotionally mature enough for the age he was supposed to be.

In short, I basically felt as though I was reading a young adult novel, with an erotic twist. This book was not for me. I'm not going to say I wouldn't recommend it because, again, I'm not very fond of PNR. It was just not my cup of tea.

 Guest Reviewed by Casey

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