Review: The Howling Heart by April Bostic
The Howling Heart
by April Bostic
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.
My thoughts (Theo~):
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was slightly torn by this book because I was not sure where my heart and head were lying when it come to this book. I was conflicted with my own feelings about this book and that made me reckless and annoyed with myself!
Paige Donovan is a normal human, working for the prestigious magazine Elle and ready to conquer the world! She is smart and yet shy and not so ready to face the world, but she is working her ass off and that brings her the happiness she deserved: the promotion she was hoping for!
The only stupid thing that could happen on this beautiful day would be a to catch her boyfriend cheating twice in the same day and receive a phone call from the one you just couldn’t have a normal conversation with – your mom – giving you the worst news in the world by phone!
After really catching her boyfriend cheating, Paige is thrown into a depth of darkness that only a human could feel and still survive. Her father, her rock, her life, died of a heart attack previously into that day. She is left alone and not ready to face the world just yet!
Her parents relationship has been one of not talking after their divorce; as a child who have had remained with her father after the divorce she finds the news almost surreal! No one is supposed to lose a parent and stand still and waiting for something better to happen!
She is also not prepared to hear that her inherit is actually the cottage that her dad used to own into the woods, in Colorado! Nor is she thrilled that her father lied when he said that he has sold the place. She wants to see what it is so special about that place that he couldn’t sell it!
She remembers her one time there when she was ten. The leaving, the forest, the white beautiful pup she played with, the golden eyes that were watching her and also the howl of despair after she left that place. She is ready to take a few times for herself and forget about the world. What she is not ready is to meet again with the pup, only this time he is older and much more handsome that she remembered!
Things go south when everything is escaped from under control in the small town Black River from Colorado and when everything gets so supernatural that Paige cannot stand it!
I found the love between Paige and the white wolf – Riley, sweet and nice, but forced and sometimes I was getting the impression that something was missing! I loved the “triangle” that sort of formed between her, Riley and Dominic. I’ve also loved Quinn for being sure of herself and not wanting to become dominated. I didn’t like the fact that Paige just accepted everything, no fuss no buzz! A kiss and everything was solved… I found that odd and not so interesting. As if it made the book forget some important matters.
I loved how they mated with each other, that the bond between Gods, werewolves and so on was truly blurred because that was a fantasy lived for real. I also loved how the description worked around this book. The characters were described perfectly!
I also didn’t quite enjoy Paige’s way of dealing with everything. It was like she knew she needed to react in a certain way, but she left herself manipulated by the author. I don’t know if this makes sense, but she is a character that if it is played well she won’t even need the author to evolve, but if she is forced some unbalanced things might come up.
But in the end I’ve liked the story and the characters. I wish I had a Riley with me *laughs*.
Happy readying everyone~!
3.5 / 5 butterflies