Title: Breaking Stone
Series: The Stone Series #5
Author: Dakota Willink
Genre: Billionaire Romance
Release Date: Aug 30th
BREAKING STONE by Dakota Willink
Copyright © 2022. All rights reserved.
Her voice cracked. I looked up and saw a deep well of tears pooling in her eyes. She blinked, and the tears spilled down her cheeks. Dropping my hold on the shirt, I reached up to touch her face. I ran my finger over her forehead, wishing I could read her mind. Her agony was in plain sight, but the solution to what ailed her was out of my reach.
Leaning in, I pressed my lips to hers, using my mouth to express everything words could not. I ran my hands up the base of her neck and into her hair, gathering the thick mass and holding her head still while I plundered her with my tongue. The salty taste of her tears blended with our saliva, and I strengthened the kiss. She responded with a violent passion. Her breathing went from quivering to panting in desperation. This woman—the very essence of her—was my weakness. I would do anything to chase her demons away.
“Alex,” she breathed. The cracked vulnerability in her voice made me pull back to look at her. Using my thumb, I traced the line of her bottom lip that was swollen from my kiss. She stared up at me for a long moment. When she eventually spoke, her tone was dripping with remorse. “I’m so sorry.”
“Angel, don’t apologize. You’ve been dealing with a lot, and—”
“No. That’s no excuse. I shouldn’t have lashed out so cruelly and thrown your past in your face. No matter what I’m going through, you didn’t deserve that. I expected tonight would….” She trailed off, seeming at a loss for words. “I guess I don’t really know what I expected. Let’s just go home.”
She bent to retrieve her clothes without another word, and we both finished dressing in silence. Then, when we were ready to leave, I snaked my arm around her waist and led her from the private suite to the hallway. The pulsating music was louder out here but not so loud that I couldn’t be heard over the music.
“We can come back another time, angel,” I suggested as we walked down the long corridor to the steps that would take us to the main vestibule. I wasn’t sure if returning was the best idea, but seeing her defeated expression was almost too much to bear. I had to give her hope—to make her believe that we would be okay again. “Let’s revisit the idea once we… once we sort through everything.”
“Maybe,” she replied quietly.
Before we exited Club O, we walked by the marble statue of Venus. The Roman goddess was wrapped in a loosely draped cloth with one breast exposed, alluding to her full erotic beauty. I’d always appreciated her attributes—beauty, persuasion, seduction, sex, and fertility. Yet, seeing her today of all days felt bittersweet. Her alluring expression just seemed to mock my very existence.
Dakota Willink is an Award-Winning and International Bestselling Author. She loves writing about damaged heroes who fall in love with sassy and independent females. Her books are character-driven, emotional, and sexy, yet written with a flare that keeps them real. With a wide range of published books, a magazine publication, and the Leave Me Breathless World under her belt, Dakota’s imagination is constantly spinning new ideas.
The Stone Series is Dakota’s first published book series. It has been recognized for various awards, including the Readers’ Favorite 2017 Gold Medal in Romance, and has since been translated into multiple languages internationally. The Fade Into You series (formally known as the Cadence duet) was a finalist in the HEAR Now Festival Independent Audiobook Awards. In addition, Dakota has written under the alternate pen name, Marie Christy. Under this name, she has written and published a children’s book for charity titled, And I Smile. Also writing as Marie Christy, she was a contributor to the Blunder Woman Productions project, Nevertheless We Persisted: Me Too, a 2019 Audie Award Finalist and Earphones Awards Winner. This project inspired Dakota to write The Sound of Silence, a dark romantic suspense novel that tackles the realities of domestic abuse.
Dakota often says she survived her first publishing with coffee and wine. She’s an unabashed Star Wars fanatic and still dreams of one day getting her letter from Hogwarts. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, her two witty kids, and her spoiled rotten cavaliers. During the summer months, she can often be found taking pictures of random things or soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.