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Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye
Hearts in Darkness #1
Makenna James barely gets a glimpse of the man who held the elevator for her before the lights go out and she ends up stranded with a stranger in the dark. As she gets to know more about Caden Grayson, Makenna realizes he’s been scarred inside and out by a terrible car accident that killed his mother and younger brother. With nothing to do but talk in the trapped elevator, Caden and Makenna find an unexpected attraction in the dark as they’re freed from being judged on appearance.
I’ve always loved Laura Kaye’s books but Hearts in Darkness was phenomenal! The concept of two strangers who don’t really get a good look at each other before becoming trapped in the dark was a brilliant way to set up a fast developing and steamy romance. When Caden’s claustrophobia is soothed by Makenna’s friendly voice in the dark he finds solace and peace when normally he’d be filled with panic. The intimate setting and the complete dark allow each of them to reveal themselves in ways that are normally uncomfortable in the light of day. As their connection grows, they each worry what will happen when the lights come on and they have a chance to see each other.
“Tattoo. Piercing. Buzz cut. He must look rough on the outside. But he was a big, sweet, considerate, sometimes vulnerable softy on the inside. And she wanted to get to know both sides a lot better.”
Makenna senses the pain and sadness in Caden and works to bring humor to the situation and keep him focused on the here and now instead of his painful memories. Because of Caden’s claustrophobia he can’t hide behind his normal protections and this allows Makenna to see the vulnerable side of Caden much earlier then he might have normally revealed it. They seem to each instinctively understand each other and Makenna in particular treats Caden with such compassion.
I wanted so much more of Caden and Makenna because I quickly fell in love with both of them and they’re just so sweet together. 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 out loud.
5 out of 5 stars
Hero with PTSD and claustrophobia
References and flashbacks to a car accident that killed Caden’s mother and brother
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?
Published by Laura Kaye on May 19, 2013
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