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Heart of Stone

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Stone Harrison never knew he had an aunt; he certainly never expected her to bequeath him one of the largest spreads in central Nevada. But something about Copper Lake Ranch and its foreman, Luke Reynolds, speaks to him, offering a chance for the home he’s never really had. Luke wants Stone to succeed as a rancher and put the legacy of his shiftless father behind him, but ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 3rd 2013 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published June 2nd 2013)
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Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a great cowboy romance .
Heart Of Stone is a proper Historical Western with everything you would expect and want from it. As I was reading this, I was actually imagining myself curled up on a chair, on a Saturday afternoon watching it all unfurl on the TV as a Saturday Matinee. Take away the fact that this is m/m romance novel (and in my opinion, it is a true romance) the rest of the story suits the classic Western tale perfectly.

A strong, silent Cowboy drifter, with a mixed native American blood and an angst ridde
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Gina by: Macky

Ok lately I have read some good books, but nothing has really gotten my emotional juices flowing. I was seriously entraining the idea there was something wrong with me, will nothing move me? I am happy to report that fear was blown right out of the water with this fab cowboy story.

This is a historical western story and while there is nothing really new in this plot, the writing and storytelling moved me. This story grabbed a hold of my heart and i fell in l
Chris, the Dalek King
While I must admit that there were parts of this that I liked, the whole sabotage subplot ultimately doomed this book to mediocrity. Because to even begin to buy that these guys couldn't figure out the laughably easy to spot reason that shit had started to go wrong on the ranch the writers would have had to either made the guys naive to the point of ridiculousness, or dumber than a sack of bricks. Both of them have reason to know that family cannot always be trusted, and both--but especially in ...more
This is a true cowboy romance that takes place in an historical setting. It portrays that difficulties that face people who are unable to love freely in a time where social expectations are great.

Stone is part Indian and also "a man who didn't care for women" but his largest fear is for people to think he is like his father who was an abusive drunk. Throughout his whole life he has strived to work hard and to be responsible. When he unexpectedly inherits a ranch, he faces a whole new set of res
This is a sweet western historical romance that spans from the Fall of 1887 to the Fall of 1888 that mainly deals with a ranching lifestyle. This is the first time that I’ve read any of this author's work, and I must admit I was not disappointed. The plot was engaging even though I figured out whodunnit way in advance, but it did not detract from the story. I wanted to keep on reading to find out if my boys got their shit together, and if the sweet Agnes was ever going to find the one. This stor ...more
Jenni Lea
May 26, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ride-em-cowboy

When the words "calamities" and "dandified" are used in the blurb it means Jenni Lea must read this story.
This story was, well, nice. I can’t say more than that.

Stamped as “Historical Western” — I couldn’t really grasp that sense of time period. I won’t pretend to know what an authentic historical western is, but I can imagine this being in our contemporary timeline too. Aside from the lack of Internet or cellular phone, that is. Maybe because the setting of the story was mainly on the ranch so it felt rather ‘isolated’ so it was easily replaced with a contemporary setting and it wouldn’t make a dif
Sammy Goode
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing duo that makes up author Ari McKay has delivered an authentic old-fashioned western that was well paced and enjoyable to read. Stone Harrison is part indian in a time when men can still remember indian raids and losing their loved ones to attacks. He is feared by some, hated by others and often mistrusted.

A loner by choice, trying to undo the abuse he received by his alcoholic, no-good father, he finds out that he has kin--an aunt who has left him a considerable spread which boasts
Chris Jeffreys
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is set in the Midwest about 125 years ago. Stone is a loner and a cowboy -- he has no family (other than his horse). One day, a letter reaches him and he learns that a long-lost aunt, who he never met, left him Copper Lake Ranch in Nevada when she died. Ten thousand acres of land and eight thousand head of cattle were all his.

Stone takes the long ride to his ranch, and meets the foreman of the ranch, Luke. They touch to shake hands and it is electric. But, remembering the time when t
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
This story is a light sweat romance written in a historical western setting. From this point of view I enjoyed this plotted story. We even get an HEA for this coupled pair, which was great, but a bit to predictable.
Riina Y.T.
Heart of Stone is one beautiful story! I enjoyed it greatly :)
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ying and Yang on the High Prairie

This is a book filled with conflicted feelings within and between the MCs Stone (foreground, cover) and Luke, two of the most opposite individuals one might expect in a book about the Old West.

Yet mixed race Stone (half white, half Pawnee) and blond hunk Luke, foreman of the ranch Stone improbably inherits from an aunt he never knew existed, may start off in a chilled relationship. But they evolve, ever so slowly and passionately, into a strong couple whose lives

Welcome to the wild Wild West. I have a sweet spot in my heart for the western stories. Growing up watching John Wayne movies on AMC and later Tombstone, there’s something about the mountains and bleakness and small towns trying survive. Maybe it was also all the California history lessons I attended. The mining camps and the gold rush making men into fools.
This is an interesting twist on the classic cowboy story. It almost perfectly hit the mark. It rushed itself for the last 40%, which was
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story :)
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
3 1/2 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Stone is surprised to return from a cattle drive and find a letter waiting for him, it informs him that an aunt he never knew was leaving him a ranch. Arriving at Copper Lake Ranch he knows it is a place he could call home, meeting the ranch foreman Luke has him wanting to prove that he has got what it takes to run the ranch. Luke wants Stone to succeed and tries to ignore his attraction to the rancher, but one brief moment of shared bliss comes
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
3 Stars

"Heart of Stone" by Ari McKay is a historical western romance with a bit of mystery. Set in the late 1800’s in Nevada, it is a mix of old west with the new amenities that are becoming more common, such as indoor plumbing and an icebox. The story has a nice mix of western ranch life, small town living, mixed with what would be considered a forbidden romance especially during this time period.

Stone Harrison is a cowboy, working on a ranch in Texas when he receives a letter stating that he h
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
You know, I really want to give this book 3 stars, because the erotica aspect was not that great, but I have to give it 4 stars because the story is just that freaking good. The characters are well-developed and you understand their actions, the writing is clean and flows easily, the plot is clear and well-executed and you don't get bored with the story. Okay, maybe you'll get a little frustrated with the aspect of the book that I had a problem with

My problem with the story might be unique, thou
nisie draws
I had a really hard time rating this book, because there was a lot of things about it that I loved, and some things I absolutely hated, and it was hard to decide if the good outweighed the bad.

Here's the good:
• gay cowboys
• native-american man becoming successful ranch owner!
• 2 background lesbian couples
• strong independent ranching owning lesbians
• gays bffs with strong smart lady

Here's the bad:
• strong, smart lady falls in love with the villain, for no other reason than to resolve a plo
Faye Kennedy
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
4.5 stars for this wonderful book. This was a first read for this author, I loved the characters in particular Luke for funny humor at teasing Stone. This book was set in 1887 when people had to hide who they truly where and adds to the story of the book. Stone has been working around the country for the last ten years but he's never found his home. He receives a letter at his current location from a lawyer informing him of an Aunt leaving him a ranch in Nevada. When he gets to his Copper Lake R ...more
This story was quite a surprise for me. I don’t usually care for western or historical novels, but I really enjoyed this story. Outside of a few details, it could have been a contemporary romance.

When Stone inherits his aunt’s ranch in Nevada, he hits it off pretty quick with the foreman, Luke, but he has good reasons to be cautious. He has dealt with a lot of racism due to his Pawnee heritage, but being gay could easily get him killed. After one night together, Stone refuses to take the risk o
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In learning he had an aunt he knew nothing about, Stone also discovers he owns a working ranch, finds his place in the world, and finds love. Unfortunately, his fears keep him from fully exploring his heart. As often in fiction but also in reality, it takes a series of unfortunate so-called accidents for Stone to realize his heart and love is nothing to fear. Of course, watching Luke live with Stone's fears is heartbreaking but the journey is worth all the ache. Another great addition to my libr ...more
I won this book through goodreads giveaways and while it took longer then it should have to get it, it was worth the wait. It's a great story, and I enjoyed all of it. It's set in the 1800, which doesn't actually tell you that until the start of chapter 2. I was reading chapter 1 wondering why they where moving the cattle on horseback and wouldn't it be safer to move the cattle by vechile... then chapter 2 came up and it's like, oh, that's why! I would recomend this to any cowboy lovers! Awesome ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heart of Stone by Ari McKay is a historical western romance with a bit of mystery. Set in the late 1800’s in Nevada, it is a mix of old west with the new amenities that are becoming more common, such as indoor plumbing and an icebox. The story has a nice mix of western ranch life, small town living, mixed with what would be considered a forbidden romance especially during this time period.
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Too long.
The villain/conflict in the story was so obvious it was basically unnecessary.
Stone and Luke fell fast and hard but then Stone gets cold feet for like the entire middle 85% of the story. ..I think they could have worked it out sooner than the last 5 pages of the book.
It also bothered me that the ranch hands never figured out that they were together. It had to be obvious. in my opinion that should have been the conflict of the story.
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a really relaxing read even with the mystery of what was happening at the ranch. Stone and Luke made a great couple and it seemed fairly realistic (though I didn't live in the 1800's so what do I know?). I thought it was quite clever - and I enjoyed the men together very much.
Page Crusherz
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
good story with likable, engaging characters. I wish it were a little more explicit as to time period because it felt historical but until I saw the word "buggy" I wasn't sure what time period. V. Good read.
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Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Frequently contemporary language and values overrode the historical setting.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, m-m
Above all, a M/M romance shouldn't be boring, am I right?
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Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who collaborate on original m/m fiction. They began writing together in 2004 and finished their first original full length novel in 2011. Recently, they’ve begun collaborating on designing and creating costumes to wear and compete in at Sci Fi conventions, and they share a love of yarn and cake.

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