Midwest Book Review Gave At the Heart of the Stone 5 STARS! #bookreview #bookplug #hotreads

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Hi Everyone,

Happy September! I opened my inbox today to a glowing 5-star review from Midwest Book Review for At the Heart of the Stone. This was one of those rare ones that knocks you out when you least expect it. To have it come from such a prominent reviewer means the world. Thanks for all your continued support. Have a look at what they said, and be sure to come to the At the Heart of the Stone Book Signing at the King’s English on October 10th!


Midwest Book Review

5 Stars

Diane C. Donovan, Senior Reviewer

London fiancée Lark Braithwaite should be dreaming of her beloved and their new life together – not some sultry Irish stranger. But in reality, her betrothed, Charles, is already controlling and less desirable than the stranger in her erotic dreams: a fact that puts the damper on her marriage ideals.

At the Heart of the Stone traces the evolution of her mysterious dreams and how they juxtapose with the difficult realities in her life, bringing her to a slow, simmering reality that what she’s experiencing with Charles is less than she might hope for.

As a busy businesswoman, Lark doesn’t have time to make her dreams a priority until something changes, and suddenly she’s called home to Oregon to attend her father’s funeral; there to meet the elusive, passionate man in those dreams, handsome stranger Niall O’Hagan, in person.

Though it should be mentioned that At the Heart of the Stone is filled with graphic sexual scenes, these are part of a greater plot’s appeal; not the heart of the story. Forced to confront family relationships and issues of the past, evidence of long-distance infidelity, and the rising need not only for a special, different kind of lover but the kind of lasting relationship that forces her to be more open and honest overall, Lark discovers that everything is changing in her life.

At the Heart of the Stone employs a combination of sexual power and emotional growth to fuel its special brand of intimacy and revelation, following Lark’s progression and growth not only sexually and emotionally, but as a more engaged, active participant in her life.

Opening her heart to Niall involves more than being exceptionally candid – it requires the kind of maturity Lark never experienced with Charles, and comes with a new set of decisions. Her journey brings readers along for a heady ride into these revised possibilities, creating a story that is high-powered on more than one level.

Sexually erotic, emotionally compelling, and spiced with evolving passion, At the Heart of the Stone is recommended reading for anyone who likes their romance stories steamy and powerful.


Dreams are the perfect shelter for our fantasies, safe havens to step inside without changing our daily lives. For Lark Braithwaite, all that is about to change. During the last six months, Lark has dreamt of a mysterious Irish lover who knows what she wants and gives her exactly what she needs. In her waking life in busy London, things aren’t as ideal, as her long-term relationship with Charles, her controlling fiancé, has hit a dry spell.

When Lark is called home to Oregon for her father’s funeral right in the middle of a high-stakes corporate merger, she heads back to face the demons from her past. What she doesn’t expect is to meet her dream lover in the flesh. Niall O’Hagan steps straight out of her fantasies and right into her life, and the powerful connection they share rocks her foundation. Although she’s dealing with the bitterness of being betrayed by Charles and his jealousy, Niall soon stirs Lark’s awareness of the superficiality of her existence and reawakens not only her sexuality, but her soul.

At the Heart of the Stone Buy Links:

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