Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review: Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 2



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?

Claudette's Review

I really enjoyed this story and loved how the author made the story of two strangers trapped in a lift together, both poignant and sexy. I came to really care about these characters, and felt I knew them.The author injected this novel with so much emotional warmth I reveled in it. Makenna and Caeden only catch the merest glimpse of each other in the elevator, before it suddenly halts and all the lights go out. This mishap is the cap on the end of a truly crappy day for both of them.

Caedon is seriously claustrophobic and finds that Makenna’s voice and the sound of her moving around in the dark push back his panic. As the first hours pass with no sign of either the lights coming back on or that anyone is coming to rescue them soon; they talk and find themselves sharing details about themselves they’ve never shared with anyone else. Perhaps it’s the intimacy of talking in the dark, and having to rely on their hearing and sense of touch only; but these two very different strangers connect in a way they would never have done under normal circumstances. Caedon is a paramedic, tall with a shaved head, facial piercings and tattoos. His looks usually intimidate people, and he uses them as a shield to keep people away.

Makenna is an overworked accountant, on the surface she appears prim and conservative, but she has a great sense of fun. A bubbly redhead, she has just the kind of open optimism and joy in living that draws Caedon out of the nightmare of being trapped in a small box in the dark, to the warmth of Makenna’s voice.

Their sharing leads to laughter and from there? I’m not going to tell you if they have sex in the elevator or not. You’ll just have to buy the book and read it yourself. You won’t be disappointed when you do.

5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!

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