Monday, December 18, 2017

Review 'Heart of Stone' by Dakota Willink (Audio)
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 at survival…

The Facts:

Publication Date:
June 29th, 2017
The Stone Series #1
Lacy Laurel & Jeffrey Kafer
14 hours 0 minutes
Contemporary Romance
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My Review:

After not having listened to audiobooks for probably months, I was really looking for a new audiobook I could listen to while driving to and from work. I figured that all those traffic jams would be a little less terrible while listening to a nice audiobook. And when I saw ‘Heart of Stone’ I thought it would have to be a sign. 

In ‘Heart of Stone’ we meet Krystina Cole. Krystina recently finished college, and is busy looking for the perfect job. As focused as she is on her job hunt, she definitely isn’t looking for a man. But when she meets rich bachelor Alexander Stone she soon finds out she isn’t in control of her own will anymore. Alexander is handsome, and wants Krystina. And although they seem to be very different, they can’t seem to stay away from each other.  

‘Heart of Stone’ was honestly not what I expected. Somehow I expected a romantic read about two characters who really shouldn’t be together. I expected a cliché story really. And I didn’t really feel the romance in this story. I enjoyed some moments between Krystina and Alexander. Especially when they met, and the moment they started to have sleepovers etc.
This book is in reviews compared a lot with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. Well, I don’t agree. Yes, there is SM in this book just like in Fifty Shades.. but I missed the romance which made reading about SM tolerable for me. So without the romance feelings, I just didn’t really like this book. And I did feel the romance in Fifty Shades, I believed there love. In this book the SM bothered me, the characters weren’t really two people I liked and I just couldn’t connect with them as much as I hoped. 

As with every audiobook I always need to get ‘used’ to the narrators. And Lacy Lauren and Jeffrey Kafer where to narrators I had not listened to before. Especially Lacy Lauren took me a very long time to get used to. Her voice was just different and I didn’t always thought the way she spoke fitted the story. She put the emphasis on a word differently than I would expect. But in the end I didn’t notice this as much anymore and I started to enjoy listening to her voice.
Jeffery Kafer didn’t have as much ‘speaking time’ as Lacy but it was definitely fun to listen to his voice.  I could easily picture a strong character while I listened to his voice.  

This book gets a three star rating for me. It was fun, but not really for me. And I do wonder if I would have liked this story more if I read it myself instead of listening to the audiobook?

My Rating:

About the Author:

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.

For more information about Dakota Willink please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram and Pinterest.

About the Narrator:

Lacy lives the life of a full time wife, mother and household manager. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Lacy returned back to her first love - reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.

For more information about Lacy Laurel please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.  

I received this book in exchange for my honest review by the author and
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