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Stepping Stone

(The Stone Series #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  476 ratings  ·  91 reviews
The story of Krystina and Alexander continues in Stepping Stone, book two of The Stone Series.

Krystina Cole is flawed and damaged from a traumatic experience. A relationship with Alexander Stone will never work. She knows that her capacity for love is limited, and that only she alone can repair the pieces of her shattered heart. But Alexander is everywhere she turns. In h
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Published December 18th 2016 by Dakota Willink, LLC
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Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
4 ”Angel Stars

Stepping Stone picks up 2 weeks after the cliffy in Heart of Stone and both Alexander and Krystina are struggling with the separation. When an opportunity arises to help Krystina out of a jam, Alex jumps at the chance to see and speak with her again. He finally tells her of his horrific and heart wrenching past, which explains why he is a Dominant and needs control.

Krystina is confused. She doesn’t understand if it is possible for her to be a submissive, especially with the traum
5 Sizzling, Pull-At-My-Heartstrings Stars

First and foremost, I'd like to say that I was a huge fan of Heart of Stone. However, I loved Stepping Stone even more! Stepping Stone, while not nearly as long as Heart of Stone, was a fast paced steamy and angsty romance that we all love. Whatever comparisons that people were making to FSOG with Heart of Stone should end here.

Readers, we finally get Alexander's story, but I have a feeling that we haven't gotten it all just yet because certain plot lin
Dakota Willink
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
To the readers of Stepping Stone:
Of course I am going to give this book 5 stars - I wrote it :)
However, I love reading YOUR reviews and feedback!
I hope you enjoy reading about Krystina & Alexander in Stepping Stone as much as I loved telling their story! I'm so excited for the book release!
And for those that are probably wondering...I didn't leave you with a cliffhanger this time :)
Love and thanks,
Dakota Willink
Christine ★ Alpha Obsessed
OMG, I feel like I've waited forever for this book to come out!!! It was not what I expected at all, but it was AMAZING!

The first book ended on a a pretty intense cliffhanger after Krystina's past comes back to haunt her. Stepping Stone, the 2nd book, picks up two weeks later when Alexander jumps at an opportunity to reunite with his angel. And let me tell y'all...the author doesn't waste anytime getting these two back together! The steamy scenes were out of this world hot!

Alexander finally open
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book two of the “The Stone Series”. I highly recommend that you read book one first (Heart of Stone) as this book is very much a continuation of Krystina and Alexander’s journey to love.

Alexander is a Dom, but has discovered that Krystina is his weakness. His obsession. His everything. She’s a terrible sub; outspoken, sarcastic, argumentative and playful, but Alex has found that he is willing to bend all of his rules to try to have a relationship with Krystina.

Krystina is less willing to

Book 2 in this intriguing series as we return to see if Alex and Krystina can combine their complicated lives in order to find their HEA.

We left off at the end of Heart of Stone with Krystina coming face to face with her ex, Trevor, in Club O. Alex knows nothing of Trevor and as a result, he is left wondering if it’s his lifestyle that has distressed Krystina, or him, With their tentative relationship seemingly in tatters, Alex must decide if his need to dominate is something that he can realist
Debbie Hanson
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stepping Stone
Stone series book 2
Dakota Willink
4 stars

I feel like I’ve waited forever for this 2nd part in the story of Alexander Stone and Krystina Cole. Their odd 1st meeting made for an explosive relationship, but both of them have skeletons in their closets. At the end of book one, it all came to a crashing end, with Krystina’s past making a scary and unwelcome appearance.

Realising she can never be the submissive, Alex wants she walks away from him, forever. Now weeks on Alexander is crank
Amy Lynne
Just finished and I can't say enough! I loved, loved, loved this book! I thought I really loved Heart of Stone, but Dakota blew me away with this one. Not only was it hot, but it kept me on the edge of my seat! It was a steamy, angsty romance that everyone will love. I fell even more in love with Alexander and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Note to readers: not cliffy this time - we finally get a HEA for these 2 lovebirds! But damn...still so many unanswered questions! lol
Hurry up with b
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in the series it just gets better and better! I was hooked from start to finish and was totally captivated! It took me for a ride that I didn't expect with Alex and Krystina. The intensity of their relationship totally blew me away!!!!
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Krys and Alex are back in another installment to their relationship. There was still intensity in their connection and uncertainty in the possibilities of a relationship future. Stepping Stone picks up very close to where Heart of Stone ended. We find that the both of them are having a hard time with this separation.

I was able to knock this audio out in a matter of hours. I may have taken one break and that was it. I wanted to know how things progressed for them and if there would be another st
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Another excellent installment. Krystina and Alexander are trying to figure out their relationship. I was surprised on how some of the events happened. I loved the suspense and action it had. Narrators were great as well.
Hallie Jacinthe
I loved this book! Simply amazing!
I feel like I've been waiting forever for it to come out. But let me tell you - it was worth the wait! When I saw that the author was offering up ARC's - I jumped at it. I read Heart of Stone (first book in this series) and loved it, but I found that it was similar to 50 Shades in some ways. Stepping Stone was NOTHING like 50 at all. It definitely held it's own. Stepping Stone was fast paced, intriguing and sexy. The story was unique and was very well written.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stepping Stone is book 2 in the Stone Series and is just as good as book 1! Hang on to your kindles, it's a wild ride!!

Alex Stone is in a panic to find Krys after she left him in book 1. He's a dominant and she had no right to leave him for the reason she did (in his eyes). But, if he wants to be with her again he knows he'll have to tell her all his secrets. He rescues her from a broken down car and agrees to divulge his past to her. No woman has ever had this effect on him. Could he possibly b
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
This was a really good read. I was surprised that it didn't go into the BDSM side more, but it didn't take away from the book. In fact, it means that those who are into reading that get to see the more emotional and store shop front side of the BDSM relationships, whilst still offering a very good read for those who are not into reading that style of book, so something for everyone.

I love that the books are longer and really take the time to go into the gritty details of what is happening. Whil
Jenny Prose
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was extremely privileged to be a Beta Reader for this amazing second book by Dakota Willink. The first book in the series grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. Few books keep me thinking about them the way that book one of the Stone Series did. So when she asked if I could help I jumped at the chance.
With that being said, this is still my honest book review.
We meet up with Krystina Cole after book one. Krys is on he way back to the city from a job interview in Connecticut. She is questioning eve
Crystal's Book World ~ Crystal Cordova
I truly enjoyed the second book in the Stone series. As I mentioned in my previous review, book one left you with a huge cliffhanger. You definitely get the conclusion you were looking for. I could not put this book down, just like the first one.

I loved how Alex slowly evolved himself to be what Krys needed in their relationship. She truly is his diamond in the ruff. I love how feisty Krys is, and happy that has not changed. She is just as bull headed. But with the heart ache she was getting fr
Caterina Ayala
***Arc offered for an Honest Review***
The story of Krystina and Alexander continues with Stepping Stone. One of the characteristic of Krystina that I find interesting is her independent spirit and of course her need to questions things she feels needs questioning or clarified. In this second book in the series, Krystina and Alexander relationship continues to evolve. Both characters find a middle ground to make their relationship last and flourish. I won't give details about the story, it would
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I enjoyed the first book more than this one, I still thought it was a welcome continuation of Alexander and Krystina's story. I really enjoyed Alexander's character and his deep devotion to Krystina. The only thing that was a let down for him was that he was a BDSM Dom and she wasn't a submissive so I felt that he was losing a part of himself. Krystina on the other hand was very independent, sometimes being a little OTT, but they both had traumatic pasts so that had to be a determining ...more
Ida Jolley
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stepping Stone book 2

Loved it, another great book for your reading pleasure. I enjoyed reading this second book of Stepping Stone. Krys & Alexander are trying to figure out their relationship. He realizes he can't do without her and Krys is trying to find her own way. Her past seems to have a hold of her, trouble deciding where to work, and is a future with Alexander possible. Alexander takes it upon himself to go after her, willing to open up about his past, if this is his only chance to ge
This book continues from Book 1 in The Stone Series. Alexander and Krystina are finding it difficult to stay away from each other. There's too much keeping them apart, yet they are inexplicably drawn to each other. He's unable to dominate her; she's a terrible sub. Yet, Alexander is obsessed with Krystina, and she can't resist him, despite their pasts that threaten to keep them apart. I loved reading about the way their paths converged. Alexander now knows that he can't be too heavy-handed with ...more
Sam Young
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book and I absolutely loved it. after reading the first I couldn't wait to read this book and I was not disappointed. this is a great story with plenty of twists to keep you guessing so it's not predictable. the connection between the characters is brilliant. I can't wait to read more about their journey together a fantastic love story with characters destined to be together. Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down its amazing, a definite must read. I would def ...more
Crystal Wilke
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

Stepping Stone is book two in The Stone Series and is not a standalone. This is Alexander and Krystina's story continued. Talk about a nail bitter, page turner, take no prisoners, compelling story. Alex and Krystina get to know each other more mentally, spiritually  and become more intimate (boundaries). I am excited to see where their journey continues and hopefully see more of Ally and Matteo.

Fate, Mystery, Romance, Emotional, Thriller, Suspense
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book pick up right where book one left off. I love how Alex and Kry relationship is developing. Not only together but working on their demon. And what demon do they have. I love this series. I can wait until the next one. Great work
Kayla Bookworm
Loved the Stone Series I'm addicted to Krys and Alexander! I can't wait for the third book to come out! My curiosity about how his dad passed is going to play out in their future I would recommend this series to everyone who loves a great love story & mystery all in one.
Nina Mckevitt
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fab cant wait for the next book

Disliked that it ad to end so soon I would recommend this book to all my friends truley an amazing
Tanja Williams Hancock
YES, Book #2 is FANTASTIC!!

Ooh, I loved book #1 of The Stone Series as it set the stage for Alexander and Krystina's romance, but left me with many questions at the end. Though, I didn't love this book, it's a necessity for this series and the writing, storytelling, characters, actions, etc. are top notch!! Yes, I lost myself for many hours, thought one more chapter only to see the sun poking through my shutters and not a wink of sleep. Oops. Fair warning, do not start reading at bedtime if you
Lynn Reynolds
Would you consider the audio edition of Stepping Stone: The Stone Series, Volume 2 to be better than the print version?

After listening to the first book I decided that I was going to prefer the audio edition of this series. After listening to this second volume of the series that decision was set in stone (no pun intended). But if there ever came a time where I couldn’t have my iPod with me then I would make the decision to purchase the books.

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.*

I expected the second book in "The Stone Series" to be as good as the first one, but I didn't anticipate it being better! This is a wonderful series that I can't say enough good things about and highly recommend.

This book picks up almost immediately after the first one and while some people may not appreciate the back and forth that Krystina has about her relationship with Alpha male, Dom, billionaire Alexander Stone, given her past, I
“No more secrets.“
“Will the truth change anything?”

Well, it's been two weeks since Krystina walked away from Alexander and it seems like he's finally ready to take action and won't let Krys hide any longer.
In the second book of the Stone series Krystina was just as annoying as before. It got to the point where I just wanted to bang my head against the wall because of her thought process. She did simmer down halfway through the book, or maybe I just got used to it. Alexander certainly did. “I
Tracie Simister
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this Book a rating of 5 ✩’s
Title: Stepping Stone
Series: The Stone Series Book 2
Genre: BDSM Romance
Author: Dakota Willink
Format: Kindle Edition
Published on: Dec 18, 2016

I voluntarily reviewed a Courtesy Advanced Reader Copy of this book
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Character’s Descriptions:
Alexander Stone is a real estate tycoon and doesn’t do relationships. He does one time only subs
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Dakota Willink is an International Bestselling Author who loves writing about alpha males who fall in love with sassy and independent females. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and a two-time Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.

Dakota’s love affair with reading and writing began when she was in the sixth grade. Competitive by nature, she was determined to win a reading c

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The Stone Series (2 books)
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