Heart Of Stone by Sandra Kay

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  • A marriage in name only. A secret past. Can love be found amid the tangle of distrust and betrayal? Alone and pregnant with twins, Amber Wilson has only a fuzzy memory of how she got that way. One thing she knows for sure—no man will ever get near enough to hurt her again. But when she meets Stone Brandon, the attraction is too great to ignore. Stone’s ex-fiancée’s betrayal has hardened his heart. Though he is drawn to Amber, he knows he can never fall in love again. Still, with her help, the dreams he has for the expansion of his family’s ranch can become a reality. A platonic marriage seems like the logical answer for both of them—until he realizes that a marriage in name only with Amber is a hell of his own making.

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    PRINT ISBN 1-60154-429-4
    (368 Pages) Rating (Spicy)

    Excerpt

    "Stone, help me."

    The weak, panicked voice stopped his heart. "Amber, where are you? What's wrong?" Stone's heart lurched to a start again, but thudded into his throat.

    "I'm up here..."

    Her voice trailed off into a scream that bounced off the walls in the empty house.

    He ran toward the sound, boots pounding on the wood floor, joining her scream in the echoing cavern of the vacant rooms.

    Fear gripped him when he reached the stairwell to find her collapsed on the landing, her back against a wall. As he neared, her face contorted and she cried out in pain.

    She's in labor!

    He bounded up the steps three at a time, and dropped to his knees.

    "The baby's ... coming," she gasped.

    Her hazel eyes seemed too large for her face, and he heard the fear in her voice.

    "Its okay, Amber. I'm gonna take you to the hospital. Don't worry. Everything will be all right."

    Stay calm, cowboy. Don't let her know she's scaring the hell out of you.

Reviews

Grade 
06/07/2009

Review

Sandra Kay's Heart of Stone is an engaging story about learning to love and trust again, and the importance of family. You won't be sorry you invested in this awesome read!

    Grade 
    05/27/2009

    Review

    Heart of Stone by Sandra Kay
    Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
    Genre: Contemporary
    Length: Full (368 pages)
    Heat: Spicy
    Rating: 4.5 Books
    Reviewed by Camellia (Long and Short Reviews)

    A marriage in name only. A secret past. Can love be found amid the tangle of distrust and betrayal? Alone and pregnant with twins, Amber Wilson has only a fuzzy memory of how she got that way. One thing she knows for sure—no man will ever get near enough to hurt her again. But when she meets Stone Brandon, the attraction is too great to ignore. Stone’s ex-fiancée’s betrayal has hardened his heart. Though he is drawn to Amber, he knows he can never fall in love again. Still, with her help, the dreams he has for the expansion of his family’s ranch can become a reality. A platonic marriage seems like the logical answer for both of them—until he realizes that a marriage in name only with Amber is a hell of his own making.

    Stubborn pride, sanctimonious pride, and unbridled lust, though not of her making, cause Amber Wilson misery. They threaten to defeat her at times. Fleeting memories of a terrifying experience makes her fearful and defensive but her inner strength, humor, and innate goodness ignite a spark of resolute determination that brings her survival instincts to the fore and make her a joy to read about.

    Ruggedly handsome cowboy Stonewall (Stone) Jackson Brandon, emotionally wounded and humiliated by his ex-fiancé, barricades his heart against love and almost loses the greatest of his treasures. He is so dead set on getting his trust fund, running the ranch to suit himself, and soothing his hurt pride, he runs roughshod over lots of people—people he really cares about but will not admit that he does. His flaws cause grief but his true self rises to the occasion when the chips are down. Wow, what a hero he is!

    Sandra Kay creates a setting and secondary characters (some that are real stinkers) that enhance the actions, emotions, and foibles of both the hero and heroine. The symbolism adds interesting texture to the story, example: perfume “Poison”. Also, wonderful phrases like “edge of her soul ragged” makes for satisfying reading.

    Heart of Stone, well-crafted and smooth flowing, pulls the reader into the Texas hill country in the heat of summer to be a participate in the ‘gorgeous”, blue-eyed Stone’s and the feisty, very-pregnant Amber’s special story—a love story that reminds one why reading romance is good for emotional well-being.

      Grade 
      03/11/2009

      Review

      A beautiful story, March 11, 2009
      By V. Caiati (California)


      This book was just what I needed for a perfect escape. The characters were engaging, and the story had some unusual twists and turns. I didn't want the book to end! I will be looking for other books by this author. It was one the best romance novel I have read in a long, long time!

        Grade 
        01/28/2009

        Review

        Sandra Kay has written a great story that draws the reader in from the beginning and keeps them there with her ability to bring her characters to life. She makes this a keeper. The banter and arguments between Amber and Stone are at times so funny. The story is definitely never boring. Stone is such a sweet caring man, but at times I found myself wanting to shake him, to make him see what is right in front of his face. And Amber is such a strong little person who is determined to succeed no matter what. But the secondary characters play such an intricate part of this story, it just wouldn't be the same without each of them to add the layers that brings this family to life. I would recommend this one to anyone who loves a great romance and I hope there will be more to come from this family as they all deserve their happily ever after.
        Overall rating:
        Sensuality rating: Mildly sensual

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          Grade 
          12/04/2008

          Review

          A well written book that held my interest leaving me wanting to read more at the end. I do prefer reading a paperback copy. Sandra Kay is an excellent writer in every way!

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