Love in the Light by Laura Kaye
Series: Hearts in Darkness #2
Published: January 12, 2016 by Laura Kaye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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…
This was a wonderful sequel to Hearts in Darkness and I’m so glad that we got this story with more Caden and Makenna. We first met this couple 2 months before when they were stranded in a pitch black elevator. That darkness allowed Caden and Makenna to connect without preconceptions based on appearance. Now they’ve been dating and Makenna is ready to bring Caden home to her family for Thanksgiving. But Caden isn’t used to life treating him fairly and he worries constantly that he’s not good enough for Makenna.
“She didn’t want perfect, she just wanted him. In all his glorious, funny, considerate, and sometimes angsty glory.”
Love in the Light focuses a lot on Caden and his acceptance of his past, his issues, and eventually his future with Makenna. While the first book was about establishing their relationship this one focuses more on maintaining it through Caden’s growing depression and PTSD. The scenes with Makenna’s family were great and I loved seeing her father and brothers who we’ve heard so much about. But things start to go downhill when Makenna’s brother Ian invites her ex to Thanksgiving. Watching Caden spiral was hard to read and I felt so much for what he was going through as well as Makenna who just wants to help Caden but is pushed away. This was a very emotional read and Kaye does an amazing job of writing about depression and how it can affect not just the sufferer, but those around them.
While I really enjoyed this one I do wish Caden pushing Makenna away was handled differently. I understand that Caden has no control over his depression but I felt that Makenna would have made a bigger effort to make sure that he was still okay. It was so clear that Caden was not in a good place when he pushed her away. 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 once he was doing better and let her know he still wanted a chance once he got in a better head space.
That being said, I still loved this beautiful read about accepting yourself, finding love even when you don’t think you deserve it, and the deep bonds of family, born and found.
**Reader Safety: Hero with depression, PTSD, and claustrophobia; References and flashbacks to a car accident that killed Caden’s mother and brother
5 stars – loved it!
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