HEART OF STONE
Bound by need. Entwined in secrets...
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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Set in Stone Acknowledgements
This past year has given me a lot to be thankful for. There are so many individuals who have helped me on this journey. When people say it takes a village, it is a complete understatement.
To the ladies of Team Dakota - I cannot express how much I appreciate your hard work. I also want to thank you for your patience, as I’ll probably need another Google Spreadsheet made before you finish reading this (shhh…no eye-rolling allowed). Without your amazing talents, Krystina and Alexander’s story would not have reached the audience that it did. You are simply the best!
To the beta team – as always, your feedback is immeasurable. A lot of time and effort goes into the beta process and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to thank you enough! A special shout out goes to Amanda - thank you for making me “feel” the music again.
To Lacy and Jeffrey - for bringing Krystina and Alexander to life. Lacy, you believed in this story so much. Your words of wisdom and friendship will always be treasured. Thank you for being you.
To my mom, the strongest woman I know – you are the woman who defines the full circle. You create, nurture and transform. Thank you for your acceptance and unending support.
To my charming and witty teenagers – thank you for understanding the many late nights I spent tapping away on the computer. But, mom is now back from the writing cave. Your rooms better be clean.
To my husband…my best friend, my rock, and my number one fan. You made me believe that the sky was the limit. It was a roller coaster of a year, but your support for my writing career never wavered. I love you so much, babe.
And finally, I’d like to thank the readers. This book is dedicated to you, as words cannot define how grateful I am for the many relationships I've made with readers from around the globe. I wouldn't be able to write full-time without your continued love and dedication to my stories. Whether you picked up a copy, shared with a friend, or are one of my beloved Diva's in my Facebook reader group - you have helped me chip away at my goals one page at a time. You believed in Krystina and Alexander as much as I did, and I can only hope I did their conclusion justice. Love you all!
Sometimes the only way to take control is to surrender...
Krystina Cole is flawed and damaged from a traumatic experience. A relationship with Alexander Stone will never work. She knows that her capacity for love is limited, and that only she alone can repair the pieces of her shattered heart. But Alexander is everywhere she turns. In her mind. In her heart. And in her soul. She cannot deny him. He is her addiction and she is unable to stay away.
Alexander Stone has accepted the inevitable. If he wants to hold on to Krystina, he must bare all and release the secrets in his past. There were risks, but she is worth it. No woman has ever affected him the way that she did. She is the sunshine in his darkness. The lightning to his thunder. She is his angel.
Bound by their passion to be together, Alexander and Krystina fight to let go of their pasts. Together, they embark on a journey of self-exploration, relying on trust to be their ultimate bond. Falling completely into one another, there finally seems to be a beacon of hope for their future. But as they test their boundaries of desire, fate takes an unexpected turn, threatening their only chance of survival…
Reviews for The Stone Series
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SET IN STONE
Two declarations of love. And a past that won’t set them free...
Alexander had rules. Krystina broke them. Together, they learned the hard way that life was too short to play the game. Choosing to not leave their relationship to Fate, they fell completely and irrevocably into one another. As two shattered souls, wrapped in each other’s arms, it was as if the world and all its troubles did not exist.
However, committing to love each other was only the beginning. Caught up in their blazing desire, they unexpectedly find themselves facing the shadows of the past once again. Just when Krystina thought she knew the man she committed to, more questions arise, causing her to wonder if Alexander is who he says he is. It should have been one of the happiest times in their lives, but the darkness still loomed, threatening everything they fought so hard to overcome.
Now Krystina is faced with a terrible decision: go against Alexander in order to save him or sit idly by and watch as his world shatters around him. For her greatest battle was the very thing their relationship was founded upon. Trust.
"You will fall in love with Krystina and Alexander's story right from the first book!"
- Once Upon An Alpha
"A definite page turner with enticing romance scenes that will make you sweat even during those cold winter nights!"
- Redz World
"Alexander and Krystina are an absolute must read!"
- Tracie's Book Review
"This read demanded to be heard. It screamed escape from the everyday and gave me that something extra I was looking for."
- The Book Junkie Reads
"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
"Hang on to your kindles! It's a wild ride!"
- Once Upon An Alpha
"I loved all of the twists and turns...Dakota does not disappoint!"
- Crystal's Book World
"Giving new meaning to 'off the charts'."
- Readers' Favorite