Caden survived a terrible car accident that killed his mother and younger brother and left him scarred and claustrophobic. He’s cultivated an intimidating and somewhat standoffish appearance with piercings, tattoos, and a shaved head. He also suffers from panic attacks and PTSD and he’s sure that someone as put together as Makenna will never be interested in him.
Wow! I’ve always loved Laura Kaye’s books but this was phenomenal. I loved the concept of two strangers who don’t really get a good look at each other before becoming trapped in the dark. Because Caden is claustrophobic he begins to have a panic attack but realizes that talking with Makenna is soothing. And so begins their bonding experience.
I loved both Caden and Makenna and how they quickly developed this connection in the dark. It’s always easier to talk about hard things when you can’t see the person you’re speaking to, so it makes sense that they would reveal things to each other that they might normally keep quiet. I liked that Makenna was a bit feisty and that growing up with her father and 3 brothers has made her a tomboy. Caden was filled with a lot more self-doubts and problems but it was so great to see how’s he’s conquered his past and how he’s trying to live for himself and his brother. I’m glad that this included scenes after they get out of the elevator and get to see each other. Even with their connection, they’re both nervous about what the other will think.
I also appreciated that Makenna wasn’t a character that was all, “I’m so average, I’m not attractive” when in fact they’re gorgeous. Instead, in a more realistic way, Makenna worries that she might not be edgy or interesting enough for Caden based on his more daring appearance. I wanted to have Caden meet Makenna’s family because I alway love the meet the family moments especially with brothers of the heroine. Granted the book only covers about 24 hours so even though they’re both feeling a lot, they are not necessarily ready to say anything or meet family. So what happens in the end is appropriate for the amount of time that passes and thankfully there is now a sequel!
Content Note: traumatic car accident, PTSD
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Hearts in Darkness #1 • Romance, Contemporary • May 19, 2013
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. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?