Review: Love in the Light, by Laura Kaye

Blurb:

cover-laurakaye-loveinthelightTwo hearts in the darkness…

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.

Must fight for love in the light…

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 too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…


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January 12, 2016
Laura Kaye
Contemporary
193 e-book pages
3rd person
Hearts in Darkness, book 2
February 14-15, 2016
Kindle Edition
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Rating:     ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Review:

This is the second book of Laura Kaye’s Hearts in Darkness series where we step into Makenna and Caden’s relationship two months later — where it’s progressed beyond an erotic elevator and into something real.

I didn’t love this as much as the first book for a few reasons.

I think it’s partly that their relationship progresses at such a rapid speed. But also, and this might make me a horrible person, I think I became exasperated with Caden’s anxiety problems. I empathized, hugely with him and I thought it was well written. But it was SO HUGE it was nearly crippling. And his repetitive ‘woe is me; I’m not good enough for you’ outlook started to feel kinda whiny.

But more than that, I think it’s maybe that the first book was straight out of my fantasy vault and this book went way too far into the realities and difficult challenges of Relationshipville.

I like reading the complexities of relationships and people overcoming obstacles, even internal ones, to be together. This time, though, I was still latched on to the absolute perfection of their erotic-as-hell meeting that I had a hard time traveling the road beyond with them. I kept hoping that magical beginning would be recaptured…and, sadly, it didn’t happen for me.

I’m glad I read the book, but the dose of real-life problems was too big to swallow. It just goes to show that even perfect beginnings don’t guarantee a perfect journey.

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