Heart of Stone
by Dakota Willink
Narrator: Lacy Laurel, Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 14 hours
Release date: June 29, 2017
Publisher: Dakota Willink, LLC⎮2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . HEART OF STONE (Stone, #1) . . . Was I prepared for the impact of this read? I think not. Was I prepared to experience this ride with Krys and Alex? Oh, yes in deed. There was that taste of intense connection from their first meeting on the floor of the display aisle in the grocer. All the way to that sweet, gentle touch in the front seat of his car. This was a deeper more intense read than I expected, but still loved the ride. I wanted so many time to lash out at so many of those encountered, run from Alex or at the least turn my back and walk away, slap Krys and tell her to get with it. This read demanded to be heard. It screamed and escape from the everyday and gave me that something extra that I was looking for.
For a few hours a day for several days, I was pulled in to the world of Krys and Alex. New, exciting, pain, loss, fear, uncertainty, anger, regret, retreat, unfamiliar. Krys’ demons are exposed. Her pain exploited. Her realization of where things really were going. Painful. Sad. Real. Heartbreaking. I’m looking for the next step for Alex and Krys. How will this be resolve? When will Trevor pain? What did Jim decide? Now, what really happened in Alex’s past that has him so. . . ? I want to know so much and then so more. Much I don’t expect to have answered every because they are inconsequential things.
I found me a very good read that kept me up and down. Looking forward to getting to the next chapter and what was next to be put before me. Alex and Krys show age is only a number, class is a barrier not a complete hindrance, life experiences can be binding and bonding, connections makes an impact across time. I do so recommend this read for something with a task of BDSM, conflict, strain, stress, romance, and insight.
Narrator Review of . . . HEART OF STONE (Stone, #1) . . . I must give many and much props to Lucy Laurel. She was amazing. She pulled it off and then some. She could have done the whole read herself and I would not have been disappointed. She did very good with both male and female voices. Her diction clear, strong, and held that hint of allure that drew me in to her voice.
Jeffery Kafer had that total sexy masculine voice that made Alex sound even sexier. I lost just a bit with Krys but the strength of his vocal talents was still there and still pleasant.
The clarity and the smooth flow of the audio was there. I found no hiccups in the recording and no issues with the speed controls. This will be an audio that will get repeat play time.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Dakota Willink. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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…
Dakota Willink is a contemporary romance writer and editor, and the author of The Stone Series. She is an associate member of Romance Writers of America and a Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.
Dakota has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance. She always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills. However, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.
In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper. Eventually, she began to describe her life as a book. Everything she saw or heard throughout the day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings. By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full time.
Her first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in December of 2015. Less than a year after its release, the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards recognized Heart of Stone as the 2016 Bronze Medalist in the romance category.
Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.
Lacy lives the life of a full time wife, mother and household manager. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Lacy returned back to her first love - reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.
Jeffrey Kafer is an award-winning Audiobook Narrator and professional voice actor. Spanning over 350 titles, he specializes in Romance, Thrillers, Sci-Fi and more!
Question: What's your favorite holiday tradition?
Dakota Willink: Setting up my christmas trees. I have five of them. The first tree is for all the “kids” ornaments. The second tree is, as my husband likes to call it, a catalogue tree. A Polar Express train circles the base and it’s full up with ribbons, bows, beads, and elegant ornaments that all follow a color theme. The third tree is my travel tree and has ornaments from all our family vacations. The fourth is a wine tree - pretty self explanatory, as it’s full of wine themed ornaments. The fifth is a Star Wars tree - I have a slight obsession.
The Kids Tree
The Catalogue Tree
The Travel Tree
Closeup of The Travel Tree
The Wine Tree
Closeup of The Wine Tree
The Star Wars Tree
Closeup of The Star Wars Tree
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