This was a wonderful sequel to Hearts in Darkness and I’m so glad that we got this story with more Caden and Makenna. Hearts in Darkness is one of my favorite books and it was really nice to get a deeper look into Caden and Makenna’s story.
I really enjoyed that we got to see Makenna’s father and her brothers when they visit for Thanksgiving and this just makes me wish that we can get stories for Patrick, Ian, and Collin. I love tattoos and it’s one of the reasons I always enjoy Laura Kaye’s books, so I was happy that this one included Makenna getting a tattoo.
This book focuses a lot on Caden and his acceptance of his past, his issues, and eventually his future with Makenna. Caden really struggles in this one and it gets to be very emotional as he spirals into clinical depression and basically pushes everyone and everything away. Kaye does an amazing job of writing about depression and how it can affect not just the sufferer, but those around them and how it can be a life long battle.
I would have liked things to be a little bit different during the break up when Caden spirals into his depression and pushes Makenna away. Makenna was so supportive of Caden in the first book that I just felt like she would have made a bigger effort to communicate and connect with Caden to make sure that he was still okay. She didn’t seem like the type of person who would have let so much time pass without trying harder to contact him. However, that being said, she had a lot on her mind to keep her distracted and more focused on herself. On the reverse side, I wish that Caden had taken time to contact Makenna and at least let her know that he was trying to get better and that he wanted to see her again once he felt like he had things back under control.
Content Note: traumatic car accident, PTSD, depression
••• Book Details •••
Hearts in Darkness #2 • Romance, Contemporary • January 12, 2016
Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.
Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re just too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…