Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

** 4 out of 5 Stars **

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?

This was a cute little book.  It's a novella so it's super short.  It's very straight and to the point.  It was fun reading it.  It wa not something that takes a lot of thought or puts your emotions on a roller coaster.  It was well written and it kept me involved to the end.  My only issue is that it was novella.  I knew this starting out of course but I was so wrapped up with these two that I wanted to see where their story took them and then it was over before it got started really good.  The time frame is just one afternoon through the night.  

McKenna (love the name) is a forensic accountant.  It's probably the only job in accounting that wouldn't be completely boring and make me want to shoot myself.  She's very proper, professional, and smart.  She has a head full of long red hair.  

Caden is a gentle and sweet soul buried under tons of tattoos, piercings, and a shaved head.  His look makes people stay away and he likes it that way.  He went through a huge tragedy as a teen that has left him broken.  He has a very big fear of closed in places because of that tragedy.

These two end up stranded on a dark elevator for hours on end.  That can't see anything.  They begin talking to ease the situation and form a connection.  Neither got a really good look at each other before the lights went out.  She saw part of a tattoo and he saw her hair.  They have no idea what the other looks like.  

I can see this connection being formed.  They spend hours in the dark with each other talking.  They learn all the things about each other that you would learn over the first couple of months dating.  They both want out of the elevator but they don't want the time between them to be over.  He really likes her, and she really likes him.  They take things a few steps further than what you would think they would but the chemistry between them is insane.

When the lights come back on things get a little awkward.  This could have been avoided all together if they would have just talked about it a little.  He gives her a ride home and pulls away but doesn't get far and they end up in her apartment.  The sex scene is hot.  These two are perfect for each other.  They both agree that they want more than a one night stand.  This is where the book ends.  

Like I said, I would really like to know how things worked out between them.  Maybe the author will give us another book or something.  I'm gonna hope for one anyway!

I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars simply because it wasn't long enough.

Here are my Caden/McKenna


Favorite quotes

“I love...that elevator,” she said. 

With a sleepy smile and a full heart, he turned his head and kissed into her soft hair. “Aw, Red. I love that elevator, too.”