Name: Heart of Stone
Author: Debbra Lynn
Published: June 24, 2016 by Debbra Lynn
Purchased: I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book
Blurb: Caleb Stone’s life had never been easy – though nurtured by a loving and devoted mother, he’d been forced to become a man early at the hands of his abusive father. If it wasn’t for the support and encouragement of the woman who would eventually show him what true love was, Caleb’s dream of becoming a police officer may never have come true.
Now one of Los Angeles’ finest homicide detectives, Caleb hadn’t foreseen the impact his past would have on his life, or the lengths he’d be willing to go to in order to protect the people who couldn’t protect themselves. His life was full of secrets and lies, but it was his life, and more importantly it was the life that would put him directly in the path of the woman who would change his world forever.
Review: Not very happy that this book didn’t finish where Beyond The Red Carpet ended. Not even a little bit of closure at the end. I get that it says it’s a prequel but when it caught up and basically mirrored the first book, I think I speak for most readers when I say I would have liked a bit of closure along with that set up to the third book.
I was going to compare it to The Moore series because the first two books do the same, only in the opposite order and the first book didn’t tell Sophia’s life story, just her marriage. Plus, the second book in the Moore series gives the readers closure after the ending of the first book.
I actually like this one better than the first one, it’s much more of a mystery with a lot more suspense. I almost cried when Caleb figured identified the body during one of his past scenes. I actually gasped and did the whole ‘oh no’ thing.
I’m not really sure how I feel about Caleb basically becoming a serial killer before he starts accepting money and then turns into a hit man. He’s not the bad guy here but, I don’t know.
The pace was perfect for the plot, the authors writing was simple yet effective to get the story across and I would recommend to adults who like a good mystery/romance.
Thank you for reading my review.