I am excited to be hopping on "The Howling Heart" blog tour. Thanks April Bostic and CBL Book Tours for letting me be a part of it.
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 12th 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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When Paige's father dies, she inherits his cabin in Black River, Colorado. She met the love of her life there when she was a child but she never knew it.
Riley was a young wolf pup who found Paige when she was running away from her screaming parents while they were at the cabin. She played with him in his wolf form and saw him briefly as a human but didn't know they were one in the same. Fast forward to the present and Paige is thrust into a world she never thought there was even a slight possibility of being real. I love how Paige handles being told about the wolves. She doesn't just automatically accept it even with the connection she feels with Riley. It takes time and some painful experiences for her to come to grips with the world in Black River.
I applaud Bostic for her very thought provoking plot. She takes the whole "werewolf" archetype and transforms it into a whole new perspective; wolves who can take human form. That plot point alone blew me away. It was only the beginning though.
This story took me on a ride I have not experienced in a long while. It is told from Paige's point of view and completely appropriate in this setting. The characters were strongly developed and the writing was witty, crisp, and thought provoking. If you are looking for a large dollop of steamy goodness, there is plenty of that in there too. Bravo, Ms. Bostic. You have created a wonderful story I won't soon forget.
Thank you so much to April Bostic and CBL Book Tours for providing me with an ARC copy of this outstanding novel in exchange for an honest review.
"The Howling Heart" will be released August 8th, 2013!