Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Book Review: Hearts in Darkness By, Laura Kaye

Makenna James thinks her day can't get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call and juggling too much stuff, the pin-striped accountant caught only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights went out.

Caden Grayson is amused when a redhead literally falls at his feet. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he's terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he's trapped in his own worst nightmare.

To fight fear, they must both reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common.

This was a amazingly tender and heartfelt read. Let me start by being honest and saying I don't usually read romance novels. But, the buzz on this novella was so great, I had to download it because I couldn't wait to read it any longer. When I got it I couldn't stop reading it and had it finished in one night. (Truthfully about an hour and a half.) Laura Kaye gives us an amazing and deep story filled with tender love. And the best part is, it's highly believable.  I loved the story!

When Makenna and Caden find themselves trapped in the dark they have nothing but their senses of hearing and touch to go on. With all pretense removed they find themselves able to open up and share their deepest fears and sadness. For Caden this is a first. He finds himself able to be real for the first time in his life. Because Mekenna can't see his piercings and tattos, things that usually scare people away and don't give him the chance to show his real self. For Caden is a highly skilled paramedic with a painful past. He shoulders the burden of being the survivor of a terrible car crash that killed his brother and mother. An event that has shaped his life ever since. 

Makenna has her own insecurities to battle, and their shared pain of loss binds them together. I can relate with both characters need to be accepted and wanted. In the course of a few hours they have a more meaningful "relationship" than some people have after years of being together. As the heat in the elevator rises, so does the attraction between the two. Their chemistry can not be denied. The only question is can they still connect once the lights go on and they get back to the outside world. 

I often times I rate a book on how it makes me feel, and this one left me breathless. I was rooting for them the whole time. You could tell these two belonged together and you just hoped that when they were rescued they didn't walk out of that elevator and go separate ways. The story was real and heartfelt, the characters evoked emotion, and the erotic scenes seemed totally in sync with the story. All tough to do when you are dealing with a story that wraps itself in a neat package of 102 pages. I have found a new author to add to my favorites list , and can not wait to read her most recent book "North of Need". This is one book that is staying on the Kindle. And I think I have to pick up the paperback also. Maybe Santa will put it in my stocking. 

Laura Kaye is a multi published author who has published romance, paranormal and erotic books. 
Laura is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Maryland Romance Writers (VP), the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal (FF&P) chapter of the RWA, the ChickLit chapter of the RWA, the Women's Fiction chapter of the RWA, and is a frequent participant in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa.  

I purchased a Kindle copy of this book to review and was not compensated by the author. You can check out Laura's blog here:  http://laurakayeauthor.blogspot.com/

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