[Review] Heart of Stone by Dakota Willink



Heart of Stone
Dakota Willink
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: December 27, 2015

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.


If you read FSOG you will find similarities in this book – but that is where it ends.

This to me is far superior to FS, the writing is better, the characters though similar in stature are way better and quite frankly more easy on you with regards to how fast things move with the story.

Alexander Stone is your billionaire and owner of Stone Corporations. Krystina (Krys) Cole is a marketing graduate who is currently working in a grocery store.

The story moves quick from their first meeting in the store when Alex as visiting as potential investor to the whole Dom/Sub lifestyle that Krys gets caught up in.

Alex is a very complex character and things that have happened in his past as shaped him to be the man he is. His lifestyle is just one aspect that he like to have total control over but even he is willing to break rules he has in order to be with Krys. He has is demons and is very close knit about his past, one he doesn’t want to share with Krys but I can’t wait to find out what it is!

Krys is not without her own demons from her past and fearing she is going from one controlling relationship to another with Alex and the whole BDSM thing, he is trying his hardest to make her see the difference and that the sub lifestyle is all about trust and the Dom looking after her needs. While she may be innocent to the lifestyle Alex is introducing to her, she is an extremely strong character and I loved her

The ending was a cliffhanger and I cant wait for the next instalment of this series.


About the Author

Dakota Willink is a self employed writer and editor, and the author of Heart of Stone, a contemporary romance novel.

She 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. 

Although she earned a degree in business and had built a solid reputation in retail sales, 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.

Dakota Willink is a lover of music, and appreciates the power and stimulating effect it can have on the brain.  She often uses lyrics and melodies to help her through bouts of writers block.  At the end of her novel, you can find an authors note that recognizes and thanks the artists that gave her inspiration.

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 on a boat, soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family. 

Heart of Stone is available in paperback and for Kindle eReaders.

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I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

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