Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Review: Laura Kaye's "Hearts in Darkness."

Review: Laura Kaye's "Hearts in Darkness."

~5 Hearts Review: Surj ~

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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?

Review: Surj Harvey

For such a short story, I really didn't know what to expect other than maybe some really hot sex.. I mean what else would you get when  two people get stuck in an elevator and the lights go out? Well didn't I get a nice surprise when I discovered it was so much more. 

Despite being written in third person (one of my pet hates), this is the first time I actually connected with the characters in a book written this way. Usually, I feel there's something missing but in "Hearts in Darkness"... nope. There was definitely nothing missing, in fact I think I might have even fallen a little bit in love with one Caden Grayson because OMG did this man sound to die for. He was all tattoo'd and pierced and gruff and he had a past that had left it's mark on him. Yup, just the way we like them. But to top it off, not only was this man physically appealing but he could hold a decent conversation too (no, it wasn't just about sex either!!!) and once inside his head, I think I lost myself to him!!!! And Makenna, well wasn't she just the complete opposite to Caden, all suited and booted and professional with no art work on her body and no piercing other than the conventional ears. Two people so poles apart but I loved that in the darkness, where they couldn't judge on physical appearance that they connected so perfectly. 

For a book that was 93 pages long, somehow Laura Kaye managed to fit in all the key attributes I look for in a good book and not once did I feel it was rushed (and she did it all whilst writing in third person!!!! Quite an achievement !!) From the word go, I was completed captivated by the story and the characters, both of which developed really well. Being able to get inside Caden and Makenna's heads let me feel their inner most emotions, even those that they were trying to hide and to top it off, I was given an insight into their pasts and the events that had shaped their lives. There were moments of laughter and there were moments where I was close to tears. There were also those most where I felt all hot and bothered... oh yes, the sexual tension radiated off the pages and when they did get it on... holy moly and I needed a cold shower. This wasn't quick sex either. There were pages of really hot, goosebumps all over your body, fidgety, toe curling sex but it was never too much. It was perfect for the story and for the moments they were in. 

But all through the book, I had this nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach. What would happen when the lights went up? God I was rooting for them 100% and when the lights did go up, I just wanted them to go back out again. I didn't want the magic they'd created in that elevator to end. The events that took place in this book felt so real, so believable and that's just another reason why I loved the story... did you get that yet??? Yes I loved this book!!!! 

So how would I rate it??? 5 Full Blown Hearts from me. Anyone that can put everything Laura Kaye did into a novella and make it flow perfectly without feeling rushed deserves nothing less. 

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