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Stepping Stone by Dakota Willink

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   Title: Stepping Stone
   Series: The Stone Series
   Author: Dakota Willink
   Genre: Contemporary Romance
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   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 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…

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   The rain started to come down, the slow drizzle being replaced by large    droplets that splattered on my cheeks. I was about to mention that we    should probably get out of the rain before it started coming down any    harder, when Alexander placed his hand over my heart. The feel of his warm    hand on my chest stunned me into silence as my heart beat rapidly against    his palm.
   “Are you going to deny that you feel it?” he asked quietly. His voice had    become low and raspy, the sound of it resonating through me.
   “You’re imagining things,” I said, swatting his hand away.
   His eyes flashed dangerously and in one swift motion, he cupped the back of    my neck and pulled me towards him. Without warning, he crushed his mouth to    mine.
   It happened so fast, that my breath was literally sucked out of me as I    tried to free myself from his grasp.
   It’s wrong. I can’t do THIS!
   I could not accept his kiss. If I did, walking away again would be that    much harder and the hurt even more unbearable. I kept my lips sealed in a    firm tight line, refusing to give in.
   Alexander fought me and continued to crush his mouth down against mine. He    ran his tongue over by bottom lip, testing me for a weakness as I continued    to deny him access. But I could feel the will slipping slowly away, my    resistance now only halfhearted.
   “Don’t fight me, Krystina,” he murmured against my lips. “It’s been too    long since I’ve last tasted you.”
   Lightning flashed in the distance and a low rumble of thunder sounded. I    moaned, losing all will power to hold him off any longer. My body    involuntarily gave away, prompting my hands to fly up and grip the back of    his neck. Alexander growled his approval and deepened the kiss, pulling my    body tighter against his. Our tongues lapped and danced together at an    urgent pace. It was so good – too good. When his mouth began to work over    my jaw line, I resigned myself to being lost to him and hummed with    pleasure.
   After a moment, he inched back slightly, our lips hovering over each    other’s and our breaths mingling with every pant.
   “Do you still want to say that this is just a figment of my imagination?”    he breathed.

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   Author Bio:

   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.

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