Stepping Stone

Stepping Stone

by Dakota Willink

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BN ID: 2940157432775
Publisher: Dakota Willink, LLC
Publication date: 11/25/2016
Series: The Stone Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 323
Sales rank: 1,052,659
File size: 846 KB

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.

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Stepping Stone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Giving new meaning to “off the charts,” Stepping Stone: The Stone Series, Book 2 by Dakota Willink is one of those novels that make you want more the moment you read the last word. The novel moves the story of Krystina Cole and Alexander Stone forward and takes us on a journey with them. Krystina and Alexander both have a dark past that they cannot fight off. Krystina knows that her past has damaged her and no one can help her get over it, but her. She can love, but only to a limit. She cannot let herself go and delve deep into love. Even if she wants to, she cannot help it. Alexander Stone knows that he loves Krystina and he wants to give this love a chance. Even if it means that he will have to share his dark past with her, he will do it in a heartbeat. He knows that she is his salvation and his way out of this dark life. Together, they are ready to give themselves a chance and make it work; however, is it possible? But fate has other plans for them. What can they do when the universe is conspiring against them? This novel was intense! I loved it and I loved the sizzling hot chemistry between Alexander and Krystina. Both of them were trying equally hard (although Alexander takes the brownie points for being an awesome guy!). I loved how after resisting, Krystina took a chance, finally working with Alexander to make it succeed. I cannot wait for the next novel in the series because this is now one of my favorite novels this year! So romantic and awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dakota Willing is a new author for me and I LOVE her! As an author her writing is polished and draws the reader in. I am so glad I took a chance on her. This series is complex and kept me on the edge of my seat. The book unfolds at a perfect pace, causing you to constantly want more. Alex is super sexy while Krystina is spunky and sassy. The combination is HOT! I love this series more than FSOG and I can not wait for the final book!
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed the second book in the Stone series. As I mentioned in my previous review, book one left you with a huge cliffhanger. You definitely get the conclusion you were looking for. I could not put this book down, just like the first one. I loved how Alex slowly evolved himself to be what Krys needed in their relationship. She truly is his diamond in the ruff. I love how feisty Krys is, and happy that has not changed. She is just as bull headed. But with the heart ache she was getting from leaving Alex, she finally starts to let her heart talk some sense into her. Now is her second chance with Alex, but can she really give up some control in her life. You will finally read about Alex's past and is fear of what he may have done back then. It was surprising yet fulfilling when I read chapter after chapter in Stepping Stone. I love how sexier Krys and Alex's relationship gets. Yes it gets even hotter! Love finally makes its way through, and with some turn of events, I was left wondering if at times it was enough. The conclusion of the story left me feeling that this is how the story was to end. I hope for a Novella, or a story about Matt and Allyson next. I truly loved the Stone series and you will too!