A Heart of Stone Series Novel
Trouble. Playboy. Heartbreakingly gorgeous. Ethan Stone, the only son and spitting image of billionaire Tristan Stone, has a long line of women who would kill for a night with him, and rumor has it he’s more than happy to oblige.
But Ethan has a problem. His family wants him to settle down. Why, he can’t understand. But he needs to figure out a way to convince them he’s given up his wild ways while at the same time living his life the way he wants to.
He has a plan, though, and Summer Carmichael, the quintessential girl-next-door, is perfect to help him. But Ethan better watch out or he might just find himself falling for exactly the kind of woman his family wishes he’d bring home.
Picking up Hard As Stone was just like coming home. It’s been a long time since I’ve been a part of the Heart of Stone world and it honestly felt like no time had passed at all.
Hard As Stone follows the story of Ethan & Summer. If you’re familiar with the Heart of Stone Series, then you know that Ethan is the son of Tristan and Nina. Ethan is devastatingly good looking like his father and has the artistic talent of his mother. The whole world is Ethan’s oyster and women flock to just be near Ethan. However, Ethan’s family isn’t too fond of his playboy ways. They want to see settled and calm. That’s where Summer comes into play. Summer is everything his family could dream of if they had to pick a girl for Ethan. She’s beautiful, quiet, totally the girl next door. She’s perfect. Now, Ethan just has to convince her to go along with his plan. Ethan will soon find out that there is more to Summer than meets the eye. She’s the total package. She’s everything he never knew he wanted. He had better hold onto his heart before it’s too late…
Stories like this are just so much fun. Fake relationships are one of my favorite troupes and I was so excited to see this author’s spin on it. Right away I knew this story was going to be a good one. I was hooked instantly. As someone who was already a fan of Tristan and Nina’s story, I was excited to see what would lie ahead for their son and I was not disappointed. Ethan was everything I was expecting him to be; the perfect blend of his parents. I loved that he was cocky, but had a heart of gold. He struggled with his past and wanted to do what was right even though he knew he would mess up along the way. Then you have Summer who is this amazing girl and is just real. She’s honest and good and would be the perfect friend to share all of your secrets with. Even though she was Ethan’s opposite, she just got him and gave him the support he needed, even when he didn’t know he needed it.
I loved watching Ethan & Summer together. They had great chemistry and I loved their push and pull. Yes, they did make me crazy a few times, but that led to such terrific angst. And well, I’m a sucker for angst. I really enjoyed watching these two figure things out and learn how to communicate with one another.
Hard As Stone is a terrific addition to the Heart of Stone Series. I loved catching up with Nina & Tristan and getting to see their three amazing kids. I had a really great time getting to know Ethan and Summer and loved watching their story unfold. This story had everything I was looking for: angst, drama, sexual tension, excellent chemistry and characters that just kept me begging for more. Bottom line, I had a great time getting lost in this book and being apart of the Heart of Stone Series again.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*