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At the Heart of the Stone

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At the Heart of the Stone
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.
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The storyline and plot are terrific. It’s full of intrigue, suspense, and romance as well as erotica. It wouldn’t be fair to class it as just an erotica story, it’s so much more than that. I’ve read erotica and soon got bored if that’s all the story is about. I didn’t get bored with this at all.

Lark and Naill are the main characters and their affair is hot! And I mean hot. Their relationship is very intense. I found it, shall we say, enlightening!

Having said that, this story is much more than that, its a tale of families, betrayal, jealousy, and mystery with some twists I didn’t see coming.

This is the first time I’ve come across Roxanne D. Howard, the author, and found she is good at drawing the reader right into her pages. It’s one of those books you would curl up on a rainy Sunday afternoon and lose yourself in. Her characters were fully formed and her descriptions made me feel as if I was there – which of course was a bit embarrassing when Lark and Naill thought they were alone!

There is nothing I can say that I would have preferred to have seen or was disappointed by.

An all round, very enjoyable read.

A well deserved Gold ribbon from me.

Karen J. Mossman

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I have always dreamed of being with a man that had an accent. Thankfully get to experience the amazingly sexy Niall vicariously through Lark. He is definitely swoon worthy in every way and a new book boyfriend to add to my list of fictional characters that I am a little too emotionally involved with.

Lark is a headstrong, smart, humorous and beautiful woman who is relatable in many senses. I loved the development that she went through after traveling back home to attend to her family affairs, my heart ached for her and her struggle with returning back to a life she hadn't seen or experienced in so long. It is real, and gritty, which gives the story more life.

This was a wonderful read in every sense. It was sexy, fun, real, heartbreaking and suspenseful enough that I couldn't put it down after picking it up. I recommend to anyone who is enamored by a good love story, and an Irish accent that will leave you dreamy for days.

Thank you for the opportunity to read this wonderful book!
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