Welcome to my stop on the Heart of Stone audio tour! And don’t forget to stop by and see what the other bloggers on the tour had to say here!
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.
I really enjoyed this book. It seemed, however, that the author took Fifty Shades of Grey, changed the names, flipped some scenes and changed a couple others and bam! There’s your novel. It didn’t feel like I was reading a similar book, it felt like I was reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I was disappointed in the lack of originality.
That being said, I loved the book. I enjoyed the characters, for the most part (there were a few issues with Krystina’s inner monologue and sometimes whiny nature). And I loved the dual narration. It really added something extra, to see things from Alexander’s point of view, as well. It gave you a closer look at how the characters changed/grew throughout the book, as well, instead of only seeing things from one side.
Narration – I loved the male narration (voiced by Jeffrey Kafer). I was about to put the book down after realizing how similar it was to Fifty Shades, and then the chapter switched and it was Alexander’s point of view and oh. my. wow! What a voice! And his pacing/emphasis was perfect! He brought a lot of life to Alexander Stone. I would definitely listen to anything else he narrated – even if it was a How-To book about filing your taxes. Yes, he is that amazing!
The female narration (voiced by Lacy Laurel) was alright. Not the best I’ve heard, unfortunately. She did a good job (other than her pacing at punctuation was a little off to me) . . . it just didn’t seem like her voice fit the character. I had an image of Krystina Cole in my head and listening to Lacy narrate her changed that image. It doesn’t mean my image was the right one; it just changed it. It did get better throughout the book and I would listen to other books narrated by her, as well. Don’t misunderstand – I think she did a good job (just work on the pauses, perhaps).
If I had to tagline this book, it would be “Anastasia Steele, meet Krystina Cole. She’s your long-lost twin.”
The only thing I forgot to add into my graphic here was novel pacing (not the narration). I was pleased with the pacing of the novel, itself. There didn’t seem to be any lulls and I was able to move through it quickly.
Have you read this book? How about Fifty Shades? Let me know what you thought of the similarities in the comments!