The Heart of Stone by Dakota Willink

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   Title: Heart of Stone
   Series: The Stone Series
   Author: Dakota Willink
   Genre: Contemporary Romance
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   Synopsis:

   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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   Excerpt

   After unwrapping the cellophane from the platter, I moved over to the    minibar to choose a bottle of white from the wine cooler. I perused the    selections, trying to decide what would pair best with the cheeses.
   Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? Both will go nicely, but which would she    prefer?
   I glanced over at Krystina, intending to ask her if she had a particular    wine preference. However, she had a look about her that made me pause, and    I didn’t want to interrupt the picture that she painted before me.
   She was running one delicate hand over the wooden top of my dining room    table. She wore a soft smile on her lips, appreciating the craftsmanship of    the design. She looked beautiful sitting there, feet up on the chair,    seeming completely at ease. And in that moment, I realized that she had    never before looked quite like that in my presence. She had never appeared    so completely relaxed.
   So unguarded.
   I stood there studying every beautiful line of her captivating face. Seeing    her that way, it was almost hard to believe she was capable of so many    smart remarks and witty comebacks. Perhaps her sharp tongue and contentious    behavior was a defense mechanism, one that she relied on when she was    uncomfortable. If that were truly the case, then I would need to take    corrective actions to remedy that problem. I had to calm her, or else I’d    never get through the weeks ahead.
   Weeks?
   Since when do I think long term about these things?
   The idea was novel for me and I was stunned to discover that I liked the    idea of her being here more regularly. In my space. With me. It was a    distressing sort of feeling.
   This can all go to shit at a moments notice. Take it one step at a time.
   A change of tactics was needed, for Krystina’s sake as well as my own. My    normal methods of operation would have to be thrown out the window.    Attempting to take control by laying down the law would only backfire, so I    began to construct a new plan – one that would make Krystina feel more at    ease. Once she was relaxed, I would begin to work on her trust by giving    her what she’s been asking for.
   Full disclosure.
   Krystina would have no doubts about what I wanted from her after tonight.    She would know exactly who and what I was. She would either run, or she    would stay. If she stayed, then that’s when the true test would come into    play – tonight I would discover if Krystina could put away that independent    mind of hers long enough to pass her first lesson in submission.
   Finally feeling like I had somewhat of a solution to Krystina’s    argumentative nature, I turned my attention back to the wine selection.    Smiling to myself, I settled on a bottle of Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling.
   Sweet. Like her.
   I grabbed two crystal wine goblets and went back to the dining room,    focused on the mission ahead. I could only hope that Krystina would keep    herself open to what I had in mind.



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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.


   Author Links:
Official Website:    http://www.dakotawillink.com
   Twitter:            https://twitter.com/DakotaWillink        (@DakotaWillink)
   Twitter:            https://twitter.com/thestoneseries        (@TheStoneSeries)



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