Review – Hearts in Darkness – Laura Kaye

15 Sep

Hearts in Darkness
Author: Laura Kaye

Book Description:
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?

I’ll be the first to admit that I struggle with enjoying novellas. Most of the time, I am left unfulfilled with the conclusion at the end, because it seems as though the author just ran out of word count and had to end the story at a given point. Even more so, I’m not a fan of books where it encompasses only a couple of scenes, because I feel even more jilted. So when I saw that Hearts in Darkness was only 110 pages in print, I was skeptical. About the only thing that convinced me to pick it up was that many of my friends had given it 4 and 5 stars on and since I rely on them to help me choose the books, I want to read – I took a chance on it.

I have to admit that overall, I was pleasantly surprised. True it was short and it only took me about 40 minutes to read (if that), but I felt like the author did a good job in the limited time she had for character development and while maybe a tad unbelieveable…umm, yeah, hooking up with a guy who you got stuck in an elevator is every girl’s wish right? I liked how the story progressed. I would love to see her take the characters and re-visit them, or maybe feature some of the minor ones that appears in this book and give them their own.

FWIW, I also loved the cover – how it was attractive without being too showy – there was just something that drew me to it. I’m curious to know who the cover artist was, so i can see what else they have designed in the future. Either way, I am intrigued enough by her writing, that I am going to be checking out some other books by her in the future and hopefully, they are as enjoyable as this one. 3.75 stars.


Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Book Review


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4 responses to “Review – Hearts in Darkness – Laura Kaye

  1. Samantha

    September 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    This is one of the few novellas that I loved. She was able to draw a real connection with the characters in such a short period of time.

    • Dee

      September 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      ditto – I would love to see some more of them in a later book – i love me a tattoo’d and pierced hero

  2. La Deetda Reads

    September 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I read and reviewed this one awhile back and liked it. I think I liked the tat & pierced hero also, but then he was also flawed. Not my usual cuppa but throughly enjoyable..

    • Dee

      September 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      there was just something about him – I can’t help but see his piercings and tattoos as another form of armor – people take him at first look and ignore him, and he doesn’t get hurt – but MaKenna doesn’t really have that option…


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