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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 ...more
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Published February 16th 2016 by Loose Id
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Roxanne Howard Oh my gosh, I don't know how I didn't see this question until now! Sorry Kazz, I would have answered right away if I'd seen it before! I am so glad…moreOh my gosh, I don't know how I didn't see this question until now! Sorry Kazz, I would have answered right away if I'd seen it before! I am so glad you enjoyed the novel. The Braithwaite family home was made up. :) I had much more, erm, humble beginnings (I was an apartment kid). So it's entirely fictional. Something I enjoyed about writing it and creating the home is that often we see these beautiful places and think, "jeez, if only I lived there or had something like that," but when you get down the nitty-gritty, everyone goes through personal turmoil, no matter where you live or what your lifestyle. Still, I did love writing it. It'd be nice to live somewhere like that one day, right? :) Thanks for the feedback, I really love it when readers speak out. :) All the best, Roxanne(less)

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This story was so much more than the typical erotic story and I loved every part of it. Yes the love scenes were smoking hot, and I mean “omg” hot, but the romance and story itself stole the show for me. Niall’s tender care of Lark was marvelous, he coaxed the real Lark out, showing her what love really was and how holding a grudge is basically pointless. This book is one of those rare erotic books that,along with having intense, delectable sex scenes, also come with a beautiful romance with ful ...more
Parker
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lark is a powerful woman in the corporate world, living in London with her fiancé of five years she has it all. Recently Lark has been having hot dreams about a mysterious man who make her feel alive and its making her question if she really does have it all.
Whilst in the middle of a huge business deal Lark receives devastating news and has to return home immediately. While there not only does she have to face her demons from the past but she also meets the man of her dreams literally.
Niall is
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Erica Lynn
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful! Roxanne D. Howard does such an amazing job of making the reader feel like they are in the scene.
Her characters are so relatable, and you root for them as they navigate their way through emotional situations and circumstances.
I will definitely be on the lookout for more books from this author!
Diane
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 expe
...more
Romaine Heart
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At the Heart of the Stone will captivate you from the beginning. It's strong, passionate and romantic.
Lark is a confident, intelligent, sexy woman in the corporate world. She's been engaged to Charles for almost six years. For the past six months though, Lark has had dreams of a mysterious man in her sleep. He seems to care about her deeply and he has helped her to open up sexually.
Charles is as sexy as a male model. He's arrogant, power hungry and a twat. He also works with his fiance but at
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Ida Jolley
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do dreams really come true? I would say yes for this couple. Lark has a job she loves in London but comes home to Oregon and meets Niall. Even though she is engaged to Charles back in London, she keeps having dreams about a mystery man. It becomes apparent that this man is Niall. Lark and Niall start becoming closer and Charles doesn’t like it one bit and he starts to become aggressive and angry with the situation. Lark sees a new side to him and realizes he isn’t the man she thought he was and ...more
Michele Del Rey
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the dreaming before they met. I always wish that happened to me. Lark and No all were so good together and had great chemistry.
This was a really good book. Cannot wait to read another.
Dawn West
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, erotica


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**

And now I have a new book boyfriend!



Oh, Niall! How my heart pitter-patters just for you. My poor husband was thoroughly ignored while I escaped into Oregon and met this amazing Irish lad. I am still smiling!

Lark receives a phone call at the worst of times, informing her that her estranged father has died and she needs to come as quickly as possible. Her destination happens to be an ocean (and continent) a
...more
Robin Hill
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Anybody who knows me or follows my ratings/reviews knows I am a bit of an anomaly when it comes to erotic romance. Even though I write erotic romance, I prefer the romance side to the erotic side most of the time. I find myself occasionally cutting/minimizing my own sex scenes when I feel they get in the way of the romance. Furthermore…I like my romance with a hefty dose of cheese. (Unless of course I’m feeling a good old-fashioned dark read and then everything I just said flies right out the wi ...more
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Heart melting, soul stirring magic that takes over and consumes the very existence that Lark had thought she wanted but dreamed was possible. This was that one romance that could and would take you to the brink and show you what you have been missing. It gives the possibility of finding what you thought you had but was only in the dreams you cultivated in the night.

Lark had her plate and hands full with a high-powered job, a selfish, self-consumed fiancé, and then her father’s death. What she d
...more
Misty
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I had to assign a genre to At the Heart of the Stone by Roxanne D. Howard I would pick contemporary romance because even though the book does have erotic scenes they are all relevant to the book and needed. Though if you want to you could skip over those scenes and still understand and enjoy a wonderfully written romance novel. I often find it difficult to find a good erotic romance novel that offers the perfect balance between erotic scenes and a storyline so I was very excited to find this ...more
Shannon Nydia
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know how you're always told don't judge a book by it's cover. Well, in this case please do! The romantic interaction portrayed on the cover is exactly what you're going to get in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I loved loved loved the interaction between Lark and Niall. These two have chemistry off the charts and I love the way the author Roxanne D. Howard presents that to the reader. Definitely will be following this author and look forward to reading more of her work.
Brandy
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, contemporary romance is far from my favorite genre (I’m a horror and fantasy aficionado). But I really enjoyed this book! Sensual, sweet, and very erotic. The love scenes are VERY explicit, so don’t even think about reading it at work (wink wink).
Lesley Ellis
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

LOVED this story! Loved the characters. There NEEDS to be a book two - i just want this story to go no and on and on... There are parts in this book where i was like "ohh different" "Not again" "ohhh come on, please?" "Yay, finally!!" All for good reasons i promise lol you will see what i mean when you read it for yourself :p Great twists that you dont see coming, lots of heat. I would certainly recommend this book!
Llaph | No Frill | No Shill
This story was so much more than the typical erotic story and I loved every part of it. Yes the love scenes were smoking hot, and I mean “omg” hot, but the romance and story itself stole the show for me. Niall’s tender care of Lark was marvelous, he coaxed the real Lark out, showing her what love really was and how holding a grudge is basically pointless. This book is one of those rare erotic books that,along with having intense, delectable sex scenes, also come with a beautiful romance with ful ...more
Belletab
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
i had to make myself finish the book
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Roxanne D. Howard is a romance novelist who resides in the mid-western United States. She is a RWA PAN member. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. She is also an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and loves everything related to marine biology. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls, several pets, and loves to spend time with her husband and children whe ...more
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