Review: Hearts in Darkness, by Laura Kaye


cover-laurakaye-heartsindarknessMakenna 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?


Dates read:
Edition read:
May 19, 2013
Laura Kaye
112 e-book pages
3rd person
Hearts in Darkness, book 1
February 14, 2016
Kindle Edition
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Rating:     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Okey-doke. This maaaay be TMI. Whatever.

This story was pretty much, almost, near-on exactly one of my inner-most fantasies eerily made into a book by the ever-talented Laura Kaye.

Sexy stranger. Trapped in an elevator for hours. Hitting it off. THINGS happening. Then, even more things after being rescued from elevator prison.


This book was all kinds of hot-n-sexy fun.

And the beautiful stranger? Have mercy.

I get all kinds of fired up by the tall, strapping, tatted guys with shaved heads. It’s a serious weakness for me. Seriously. It’s more than the looks, though. What really turns me on about that look is finding a good man underneath that badass, bad-boy exterior. A man who’s kind, considerate, thoughtful, a gentle giant with a good sense of humor? In that package? Outta my way ladies–I will run you over and/or cut you to get to him, despite the Code of the Sisterhood. You’ve been warned.

And it kinda makes me want to go cruise elevators in office buildings and hope for a minor outage of a few hours (when I’m not hungry or have to pee…and when I look cute). Hmm. Now there’s an idea.

The elevator was a fun and awkward start to their meeting–as it should be!

As there’s no air-conditioning in a broken down elevator, it starts to get hot; and as the attraction grows it just gets hotter.

Super steamy, sexy goodness.

What totally made this for me was the darkness. These two people had such a minuscule glimpse of one another before the lights went out that everything that progressed was without any real knowledge of looks. There’s nothing to do but talk and make the best of a bad situation. And the darkness is safe (mostly).

But then the lights come on.

Both of them had moments of panic in that startling light…. What if I’m not good enough? What if I’m ordinary, homely, disgusting, hideous? What if the chemistry of an attractive intellect and personality isn’t powerful enough?

Sadly, sometimes it’s not–so it’s a valid worry.

Then, what happens later? Ooooh lordy.

NO MORE, I hereby zipper my lip, else there’d be spoilers.

This was a fun, quick, and dirty little read.

Best of all, despite it being such a short and sexy book, and because Laura Kaye is good at what she does, these characters and the story have just the right amount of depth to make me care and want more.


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