To my children, for your endless patience with having to “be quiet” while mom works. There were some long (and silent) days in our house…you don’t know how much your understanding means to me. I love you both so much.
To Linda and Alicia, for being my first unofficial audience, and for giving me much needed criticism and feedback when it mattered most.
To my readers for choosing Heart of Stone. Whether you purchased a copy or simply followed me on Twitter, your support for an indie author is much appreciated.
And finally, to my husband…for so many things. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. You believe in me when I am in doubt (even if it means you have to stay up until 2 A.M. reading my latest chapter edits). Your support has been immeasurable and Heart of Stone would still be a dream if you hadn’t pushed me to write. You are my love and my soul – my white picket fence. I love you, babe!
Explore the dark edges of desire
with Krystina Cole and Alexander Stone...
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.
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Reviews for Heart of Stone...
"Heart of Stone is a very spicy romance that delves into the lives of both dominant and submissive partners. Willink is a very talented writer, and her ability to weave a story together flawlessly is very apparent in this steamy romance."
- Milan Fila, Readers' Favorite (reader full review at Barnesandnoble.com)
This was 50 Shades on steroids!!!
"OMG! What a book!!!! My review will not do this book justice and I apologize in advance!! I LOVED this book!! I have read 50 shades and loved it, and this book was as sexual as that, but to me, this was 50 shades on steroids! The best part is this is book 1!!!!"
- Once Upon an Alpha (read full review on Amazon.com)
Awesome read...I couldn't put it down!
"I started reading it and could not put it down! This is the first book that I have read from Dakota Willink and I am very impressed with her writing, and the way she hooks the reader."
- Kylie's Fiction Addiction (read full review on Amazon.com)
"Dakota Willink is definitely a talented author. She easily created a world of dominance that I was drawn into. Even if readers are not familiar with BDSM or are uncomfortable with that lifestyle, they won't be able to stop reading this book. Willink is that good. She created characters that I liked and was invested in, and I really wanted to know out what their secrets were and how the other characters would react when they found out."
- James Phillips, Readers' Favorite (read full review at Barnesandnoble.com)
LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
This book was fantastic! Anyone who is a 50 Shades fan should read Heart of Stone. Krystina and Alex's sexual chemistry is amazing! This book has a great story line and leaves the reader wanting more! I can’t wait for Dakota’s next book in this series to be released.
- Kim, Amazon Paperback Reader
Steamy, smart and so well-written!
I found this book to be a pleasant surprise. I was expecting the typical Fifty Shades crap, but it was definitely much more. Alexander was more complex than I expected him to be. Yes, he was alpha, but he was also layered, layers which both Krystina and the reader have yet to be able to peel back. Krystina was the best part of this story. She's strong, smart and loving and not afraid to stand up for herself and ask questions. Their chemistry is so hot and steamy but not shallow. There is much more to be explored between the 2 of them. I was disappointed that the book ended and am looking forward to the continuation of their story. Please hurry with the next part!
- Valeen, Amazon Kindle Reader
Stone is a hot billionaire dominant, and this book will hook you from the first chapter. No, the first page!
This is literally one of those books that grabs you from the get go. It's huge, and I literally hung on every single word. It's hot! Sexy! Intriguing! The characters are so deep, and the author gives you a little bit at a time, and the interaction between Kristina (I'm not spelling her name right but that's okay) and Stone are so HOT! If you like books about BDSM mixed in with extremely hot romance and developing relationships with a super sexy billionaire you are going to be hooked!!! When will the next one be released?
I can't wait to continue this journey.
- CJ, Amazon Kindle Reader (read full review on Amazon.com)
Never in my wildest dreams did I know that self-publishing a book would be so hard. But it was also extremely rewarding. I wanted to take a minute to thank those that have made my journey to date so special.
To my fellow Indie Authors and Indie Author Supporters - some have reached out personally through various social networks, others have simply sent out tweets or shared Facebook links about my book. Everyone's willingness to help one another is truly amazing. There are too many to list individually, but I wanted to specifically mention Assaph Mehr at the Protagonist Speaks for his efforts with helping indie authors. And to H. C. Bently - no effort is too big or too small. Sometimes just a kind word makes all the difference. These individuals, as well as the rest of the community, have inspired me.
To my favorite reader, Caterina. Your questions, opinions, and caring about an unknown author meant the world to me. When I'm exhausted from the work, you remind me of all the reasons why I do it. So for that, I thank you.
And last, but not least, to my favorite book blogger - Ariel at http://alwayslovemesomebooks.blogspot.com. Thanks for letting me bounce ideas off of you! Whether it was coming up with a random Tweet, or revamping my book synopsis. Your help was appreciated more than you know! Thank you.