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Summary

Krystina Cole was a girl on a mission. She had big dreams and aspirations, none of which included a man by her side. She knew better than that - at least until she met Alexander Stone, the New York billionaire real estate tycoon. She saw the way that he looked at her, and the dark promises in his eyes. She was curious about his world and all that it entailed. But the shadows of her past haunted her, making her afraid to explore possibilities that she could never before have imagined....

Alexander Stone was a man who knew how to get what he wanted. He understood the value of finesse, and the importance of patience and diligence to achieve the desired result. He was successful and wealthy, relying on his naturally sharp instincts to guide him through life. But a chance run-in with Krystina Cole quickly turned his world upside down. Her quick wit and firecracker attitude was the complete opposite of what he wanted in a woman, and his instincts failed him at every turn....

However, both Krystina and Alexander are clinging to the secrets of their past, and neither of them are willing to compromise. Krystina's hardened heart makes emotional surrender a hard limit. But for Alexander, revealing his past could have devastating results. Visit www.dakotawillink.com.

©2015 Dakota Willink (P)2017 Dakota Willink

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So so good, it needs more stars!

Seriously?!?!? Omg this book is so good. I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it. The characters have so much chemistry. The narrator’s are great and give the characters personalities. I need the next book like now!!! Dakota is a new author to me and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Great writing Dakota.

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50 Shades of Better!

This was amazing. I loved this, I only found a few issues, but that was merely something on my part, not the authors or the narrators, if you were left feeling disappointed by 50 Shades of Grey then give this a go.

At first all I could do was compare with FSOG but once I got past that, I couldnt stop listening and loved it.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator

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This is such a good story, but very emotional and difficult because of all the hangups Alexander and Krystina are living with. It is clear that they had an immediate and strong attraction to each other that could turn into enduring love. However this can never happen unless they come to terms with their pasts. I liked the way the story was narrated very much, it had a powerful effect on me and I really want to listen to the conclusion.

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  • Brandie @Bookwhore_am_I
  • 29-12-17

Oooooo I love it

Story: I could not put this book down. The chemistry... The story.... the characters... It is all fantastic. I can not wait to read more. Powerful dominating man, wounded inexperienced woman. Together, FIRE.

Narration: Together Lacy and Jeffrey heat this story up. The performance is great! I love how they bring this story to life in the best ways.

Absolutely recommend

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  • Krystyn - Bookwhore_Am_I
  • 12-05-18

Hooked from the very start!

This book definitely had me hook, line, and sinker. I couldn't put it down! I ignored everything around me whenever I had the chance to read. The characters drew me in right away. Dakota did a fantastic job writing 2 very different characters that matched up so perfectly together. Stories about the experienced, sexy, billionaire who falls for the sassy, stubborn inexperienced woman will always be my top favorite subject and Heart of Stone fit this description perfectly!

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  • carvanz
  • 06-05-18

My perfect couple

Audio-book: Narrators – Lacy Laurel and Jeffrey Kafer

These narrators did an exceptional job! Both were able to switch smoothly from male pov to female pov without a disruption in my enjoyment of the story. Jeffrey’s voice was exactly as I would imagine Alexander’s to be and he brought the character to full dominate life. Lacy’s voice was sweet, innocent and perfect for the uncertain and confused Krystina. When emotion was called for both of these narrators allowed their voices to flow with the full depth of characterization. I could not have asked for better rendering than this duo.


I really enjoyed this story. The characters are each holding secrets that prevent them from looking for a full committed relationship. However, once Alex and Krystina begin their arrangement the chemistry between them is too much to ignore and they begin to sink into a deeper intimacy.

I did struggle some with the trust issue. While Krys eventually shared her secret, Alex did not, would not. And yet, he was the one who continued to remind her that their relationship required trust. That didn’t really work for me especially as he would demand it from her, and trust cannot be forced, it is earned over time.

Otherwise, I actually loved this couple. They were like my jam. I like sweet heroines who are soft in character (not weak doormats) and heroes who want to protect and provide for the heroine. I found both of these with Krystina and Alexander. I enjoyed that what Alex initially meant to be an occasional thing a few nights a week suddenly became a need to have her with him always. That right there…more jam.

I didn’t realize this would end in a cliffhanger and I kept thinking, better wrap this up guys! But alas, I was disappointed to learn there was no wrapping it up but a huge cliffy that is driving me freaking crazy right now! And while I have an abhorrence to cliffhangers, I’m secretly thrilled that Alex and Krys’ story isn’t over yet. Shh. Don’t tell anyone.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • M. Blackeagle
  • 10-02-18

Letting go of the past.

Krystina Cole is a recent college grad who works in a dead end job. During a mishap at her place of employment she meets Alexander Stone and is lost in him from the word go. Alexander is a billionaire real estate investor who is looking to invest in the store where she works. He is equally in awe of her became he can't figure her out. She unnerves him because she does not fgit into any mold he has ever seen. Alexander brings her in for an interview for a marketing position to try to get into her head because he is all about control. There are strings attached to his offer and she must decide to except the position or not. They both have deep secrets that neither are forthcoming about. What started out as a simple situation turns into much more because of their feelings. Can they be honest with each other and overcome the past or will it sink their relationship before it gets started. Well written and worth the money. It had me hooked from page one. I can't wait to read book two.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 15-01-18

Great book

Heart of Stone by Dakota Willink was a great book. Krystina is a very determined person with many dreams and aspirations. She is very independent and never wanted to rely on a man. Alexander Stone is a New York Billionaire who has made his billions in real estate. Since meeting Alexander everything in Krystinas life starts to change. I absolutely loved reading this book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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  • Lilly's Book World
  • 11-12-17

More Than Shades

Fifty Shades of Grey meets clubbing – you’ll understand more later in the book. If you are a fan of the series, you will for sure like “Heart of Stone”. Book one is quite amazing and even emotional at times. Both characters chatter unknown waters and this first part is an introduction and accommodation to their lifestyle.

Krystina Cole’s wish to put in practice her marketing diploma lands her a job with Stone Enterprise, not before knowing the rich businessman. Book one concentrates on how their romantic relationship evolves, from the moment they meet until they reveal their almost all their deepest and darkest secrets.

I mostly appreciated how the author has left Krystina with a part of her independence, even if her struggle to comply with Alex’s wishes is visible. They both try to meet half way, once they realize there may be more between them than one night stands. The backstory is there, each having their own drama, or their own issues to face or fears to conquer. I loved how the feelings transcend the written pages and how their relationship builds up. The alternation between our female character’s POV and the mace character’s is refreshing as well.

There were some items that did not stand well with me. The way Alex wanted to call Krystina for her full name and not Krys, but she could call him Alex was one of them and there may be a couple of really small items. But the major item for me was the narration. The male voice interpreted by Lacy Laurel comes in contrast with the actual male voice of Jeffrey Kafer. While his seems more dangerous and strong, Lacy’s is more kind. This was confusing at times.

All in all, I’m going with 4 stars for the audio edition of the story. This is for sure an intense series, with some elements that are definitely not for the light hearted. Let me know your thoughts on it, I myself, am going to the next part J Enjoy!

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  • Amanda V.
  • 30-07-17

So much better then I thought!

I really enjoyed this story. As it went on I started liking it more and more. Story had you holding your breath and I couldn't stop listening. But hated that it was a cliffhanger:( I didn't realize that till the end.

I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-18

If you liked 50 Shades.....

If you liked 50 Shades, this book is for you! They both have secrets. The sex is amazing. Can't wait for book 2!

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  • Shy G.
  • 06-08-18

My Thoughts on Heart of Stone

This book kind of came out of no where for me. I hadn't heard of this author until they were mentioned in my audio book group. But I read the blurb, saw who the narrators were, and knew I needed to experience this story. And I'm so happy I did. Krystina and Alexander were so fun to learn more about both separately and together. I enjoyed their push and pull, the intense bickering that was just building and developing things between them but gave me the kind of dialog I love. And the suspense and secrets kept me listening and enjoying it all.

The narrators Lacy Laurel and Jeffrey Kafer are two I already knew and loved and honestly made the decision for me to give this author a try. I knew that I would love listening to them if nothing else. Once again, they did not disappoint.

Thank goodness this book was also on Kindle Unlimited so I got the pleasure of reading and listening at the same time and felt like I got an even better experience for it.

I cannot wait to get started with the next book in the series and see what is next for Krystina and Alexander.

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  • Jcmojo71
  • 31-07-18

Great Story which had the power to draw you in!

I received this book from the Author for an honest review. This was my first from Dakota. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I was drawn into this story. The Narrators did a great job in telling the story. I did prefer Alex's POV more however. I really liked the depth in this book. Each character had things going on that slowly seemed to unfold throughout the book. Details, feelings and emotions were felt wholeheartedly. That to me is so important! I am so looking forward to reading/listening to more as Krystina and Alexander's story is so complex, I have the need to follow along with Volume 2 and 3 to see how everything transpires! Alex definitely has so much more growing to do as a person. Watching Krystina struggling with doubt and trusting herself and her judgement, I feel like I am cheering her on!! My visualization of Alex is make me swoon! Can't wait to get Volume 2 and 3!!!