Monday 8 July 2013

Hearts in Darkness Review

Two strangers…

Makenna James thinks her day can't get any worse, until she finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call, the pin-striped accountant catches only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights go out.

Four hours…

Caden Grayson is amused when a harried redhead dashes into his elevator fumbling her bags and cell phone. 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.

One pitch-black elevator…

To fight fear, they must 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?

When I first read the premise for this book, I was immediately hooked.  Everything is just MORE in the dark – senses are heightened, intimacy is greater and inhibitions are thrown to the wind, after all it’s easier to talk, to touch, to feel when the other person can’t see you.  Things like body language and a person’s looks are irrelevant when all you know about them is their voice.

Hearts in Darkness tells the story of two strangers who meet in a lift (or elevator if you’re American) that suddenly loses power and all the lights go out. They’ve barely had a glimpse of each other before they’re baring their souls in order to keep each other calm and distracted from the situation. And yes, it gets a little hot under the collar in there and in some ways, that’s where I had to suspend a little disbelief at just how quickly this happened but then again, it’s a short novel of about 100 pages and a quick read. You just have to trust in their chemistry and man, is it electric.  I really did enjoy the connection between Makenna and Caden and I particularly enjoyed learning about the characters and the way they see themselves in contrast to the way they are seen in each other’s eyes.  I thought Laura did a fantastic job of putting the reader right there in the lift with them and I would not have minded in the least if this had been a longer book.

This is the first book I’ve read from Laura Kaye and let me tell you something, it will certainly not be the last.  I’m definitely impressed.  Also, where can I find me a Caden?

Hearts in Darkness was published in April, 2011 and republished in 2013.  To find out more about Laura Kaye and her books, please click here to visit her website.


  1. Wow, that does sound good, haven't heard of any sort of book like it! Definitely going to find it :)

  2. Seriously Lyns *slinks off to Amazon galling at Lynsey the entire time*