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Heart of Stone: The Stone Series, Volume 1 Audiobook

Heart of Stone: The Stone Series, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

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. Visit www.dakotawillink.com.

©2015 Dakota Willink (P)2017 Dakota Willink

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    Heather North 08-15-17 Member Since 2017

    I love listening to audiobooks! I listen while I'm at work (don't worry it's allowed). I love fantasy and sci-fi, but listen/read everything

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    "For fans of 50 Shades"
    Where does Heart of Stone: The Stone Series, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high, loved this book and the performances by the narrators were excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story and subject matter. BDSM, particularly Dom/sub relationship, was at the core of the story and portrayed in a positive light.


    What does Lacy Laurel and Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They both brought emotion to the characters they were reading for, you don't get as much of it when you read as opposed to listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Krystina and Alex are talking at the end of the book, very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen and I highly recommend it, but it may not be for everyone. It also ends on a cliffhanger, not fond of that but it doesn't take away from the book. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mellissa 08-10-17
    mellissa 08-10-17
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    I loved this book both in print and eBook and now on audible as well. The story is emotional and gripping and keeps you hooked.

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    Jan 08-02-17
    Jan 08-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "It's a cliffhanger!"

    Trust takes time and secrets never stay hidden. Trust is key to BDSM. Secrets do not belong. This book has both secrets, trust, and so much more. I thought it also did a good job explaining the BDSM choice. I enjoyed listening to the book, but didn't like the cliffhanger ending. Regarding the narrators, I thought Jeffrey Kafer did a great job with the male POV and had a dominant voice. Lacy Laurel did a good female POV, but she sounded more mature in my mind for the character of Christina. I've listened to both narrators before and enjoy their performances and think they are top notch. The author was new to me, and I would have liked the book much better if it was a complete story and not a cliffhanger. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook by the author, publisher and/or narrators.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda V. West Virginia 07-30-17
    Amanda V. West Virginia 07-30-17 Member Since 2017

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    "So much better then I thought!"

    I really enjoyed this story. As it went on I started liking it more and more. Story had you holding your breath and I couldn't stop listening. But hated that it was a cliffhanger:( I didn't realize that till the end.

    I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SHONNA 07-14-17
    SHONNA 07-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I loved this story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heart of Stone: The Stone Series, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

    I think so, because you can put a personality to it


    Which character – as performed by Lacy Laurel and Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    I really like Lacy, I have been following her in other audios


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could I would have


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Toups 07-12-17
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    "Amazing Audiobook! Loved it!💕"
    What did you love best about Heart of Stone: The Stone Series, Volume 1?

    I love the story line of this book. Two people who had to go through different types of dark past come together with amazing sexual chemistry. I can't wait for 2nd book to come to audio. I loved how the pov goes back and forth between the two main characters, it really gave the insight into each character's mind.
    The voices are important in an audiobook and I think the narrators did an amazing job.


    What other book might you compare Heart of Stone: The Stone Series, Volume 1 to and why?

    Swept Away by Rosemary Willhide


    Which character – as performed by Lacy Laurel and Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    Krystina Cole - I love strong female characters


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sahara 07-01-17
    sahara 07-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Omg!!!!"

    This audio made me fall in love all over again with Alex and Kris. Lacy and Jeffery did a great job. I can't wait for the next installment. Yes I am a true fan

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    Sweet Red Reader 09-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "VERY Reminiscent of FSOG..."

    (SN: the books ends in a cliffhanger)

    I have mixed feelings about this book - part of which stems from not caring for the female narrators voice and some from the fact that it was so similar to FSOG. From the millionaire dominant with the troubled childhood, to the brown haired ingenue that he finds himself obsessed with, to said ingenue who is naive, uneducated, and unprepared for the lifestyle - it almost comes off as fan-fictiony. That being said, I kinda liked the story. I'm pretty sure I liked Alex as a person more than Christian and while I didn't like Krystina as much as Alex, I liked her better than Ana. He exhibited more warmth and emotional depth, while she had more backbone. I detested the way they both failed to properly communicate with each other about their pasts considering how relevant they were to the present, as well as their failure to communicate honestly about their feelings towards each other. But I just couldn't stop listening. Full disclosure, I flipped to my Kindle copy of the book for the female narrators portion and I listened to the whole thing at 1.25x speed. There's was just a quality to her voice and something about the cadence and her spacing between words that sort of drove me nuts. I give the book 3 out of 5 wine glasses.

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    Audio Audits CHATSWORTH, CA, US 09-05-17
    Audio Audits CHATSWORTH, CA, US 09-05-17 Member Since 2004

    I'm an audiobook blogger for authors and narrators. I do reviews and post all things Romance, Horror and Sci-Fi

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    "A refreshingly Different Take"

    Krystina Cole has sworn off men after suffering through an abusive relationship. The last thing Krys needs is a domineering, controlling man. Domineering and controlling is exactly what Alexander Stone has always been and he’s had no trouble bending women to his will… until he meets Krystina who stymies him at every turn and it both frustrates and excites. Krystina is someone Alexander he can’t make demands of. There’s a strong attraction between the two, but both will have to bend or these two broken people will shatter completely.

    Heart of Stone is a refreshing story in the BDSM genre. It’s a strong story that revolves around the characters instead of around kink. Sure, there’s heat and plenty of it, but it doesn’t drive the story and I like that a lot. Author Dakota Willink pens a story filled with sass and heartbreak.

    This 14-hour audiobook is a dual narration by Lacy Laurel and Jeffrey Kafer, both narrators did a fantastic job. Jeffrey Kafer stands out in this production, how can you not love his voicing of the alpha male? He pulls it off like few can! The entire audio production is high quality and it shows in the finished product.

    Heart of Stone is the first in a series so expect the dreaded cliffhanger. It’s ended well though, and I eagerly await the next book in the series.

    This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    The Book Junkie Reads . . . United States 08-31-17
    The Book Junkie Reads . . . United States 08-31-17 Member Since 2015

    The Book Junkie Reads. . .

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    "Lucy Laurel was amazing & Jeffery Kafer sexy mascu"

    Was I prepared for the impact of this read? I think not. Was I prepared to experience this ride with Krys and Alex? Oh, yes in deed. There was that taste of intense connection from their first meeting on the floor of the display aisle in the grocer. All the way to that sweet, gentle touch in the front seat of his car. This was a deeper more intense read than I expected, but still loved the ride. I wanted so many time to lash out at so many of those encountered, run from Alex or at the least turn my back and walk away, slap Krys and tell her to get with it. This read demanded to be heard. It screamed and escape from the everyday and gave me that something extra that I was looking for.

    For a few hours a day for several days, I was pulled in to the world of Krys and Alex. New, exciting, pain, loss, fear, uncertainty, anger, regret, retreat, unfamiliar. Krys’ demons are exposed. Her pain exploited. Her realization of where things really were going. Painful. Sad. Real. Heartbreaking. I’m looking for the next step for Alex and Krys. How will this be resolve? When will Trevor pain? What did Jim decide? Now, what really happened in Alex’s past that has him so. . . ? I want to know so much and then so more. Much I don’t expect to have answered every because they are inconsequential things.

    I found me a very good read that kept me up and down. Looking forward to getting to the next chapter and what was next to be put before me. Alex and Krys show age is only a number, class is a barrier not a complete hindrance, life experiences can be binding and bonding, connections makes an impact across time. I do so recommend this read for something with a task of BDSM, conflict, strain, stress, romance, and insight.

    Narrator Review of . . . HEART OF STONE (Stone, #1) . . . I must give many and much props to Lucy Laurel. She was amazing. She pulled it off and then some. She could have done the whole read herself and I would not have been disappointed. She did very good with both male and female voices. Her diction clear, strong, and held that hint of allure that drew me in to her voice.

    Jeffery Kafer had that total sexy masculine voice that made Alex sound even sexier. I lost just a bit with Krys but the strength of his vocal talents was still there and still pleasant.

    The clarity and the smooth flow of the audio was there. I found no hiccups in the recording and no issues with the speed controls. This will be an audio that will get repeat play time.

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    This is such a good story, but very emotional and difficult because of all the hangups Alexander and Krystina are living with. It is clear that they had an immediate and strong attraction to each other that could turn into enduring love. However this can never happen unless they come to terms with their pasts. I liked the way the story was narrated very much, it had a powerful effect on me and I really want to listen to the conclusion.

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