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?
Two people lost in the dark, two hearts who catch a spark
“Hearts in Darkness“ by Laura Kaye is admittedly one of the best novellas I have ever read. It is a short but ever so sweet love story about two unlikely souls who find love in the most unusual of situations.
The novella begins with a prim Mackenna James running to catch an elevator, here she meets a tattooed, pierced Caden Grayson. By looking at these two individuals, they appear to be worlds apart. At first I thought oh I get it the good girl meets a bad “biker” and she tries to save him. Yes, those stories are cliché, but what can I say they make me gooey in the middle, so I continued to read on. However, once they are stuck in the dark the real story begins. The two characters find themselves in the dark with no sources of light. In the darkness Caden and Mckenna are left completely emotionally naked which allows them to develop an intimate knowledge of each other in a short time.
“Hearts in Darkness” is not your average good girl meets bad boy story. It is a story of self discovery and honesty. This is why I love this story so much. This is not a tale of the bad boy who gets broken down by this one special girl. This is a story of people finding each other in the dark. That no matter the situation there is hope, compassion and understanding.
Oh Caden how I love thee, let me count the ways. Number one, his looks, tall muscular, piercing, tattoos. Picture a hot bad boy, a very, very hot bad boy. Then there is his job, he is and EMT, I have a thing for men in uniform. Finally it’s his heart. Caden may look like the baddest of the bad but he is actually one of the sweetest and kindest heroes I have ever encountered in a book. He is thoughtful, caring, loving, and kind. Let me just say 10 minutes in an elevator with him and I would run away with him and never look back.
Then there is Mckenna James, a female character that I want as my best friend. She is charming, witty, and so compassionate. She also has a great name. In my opinion she is the perfect women for Caden, the one women who sees his true inner beauty, all his scars and will love and cherish him always.
If you have yet to read “Hearts in Darkness” by Laura Kaye do so. It is short sweet and wonderful, my only complaint is that it is not long enough. Ms. Kaye, please write another I beg of you.
I give hearts of darkness 4 stars