Thursday, 14 January 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Laura Kayes "Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness #2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Laura Kayes "Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness #2)."


Two hearts in the darkness… 

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers. 

Must fight for love in the light… 

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…

Review: Surj 

For those of you who read  Laura Kaye's novella "Hearts in Darkness," I'm sure you'll agree, it was difficult not to fall in love with Caden and Makenna. Their unconventional and very much chance encounter in a pitch black, stranded elevator definitely had me glued to the pages, so much so that  when said elevator was finally fixed, I was kinda gutted. I'd enjoyed the time the couple had shared as strangers and I absolutely adored the bond that had formed between them in such little time. So what happened next? That was the question on everyone's lips? We needed more from Makenna and Caden. We needed to know whether the sparks that flew in that darkened elevator didn't just flat line and hallelujah because we finally got it. We got the next chapter entitled "Love in the light" and having just finished it, I can hand on heart say, I loved it. 

Hey, lightening, let me show you what I really 
care about so you know where to strike next.

I'm not sure what I was expecting in this next instalment to the series but let's just say, my heart definitely felt battered and bruised by the time I'd turned the last page. If you're looking for sunshine and unicorns, you won't get it within the pages of this book. What you will get is a story that was realistic for the characters I'd grown to know and love. To say this couple's journey to a HEA was fraught with obstacles and complications, would be putting it mildly. My oh my, there really was so much going against them. If it wasn't Caden being haunted by the ghosts of years gone by, then it was Makenna's past reading it's ugly head. If it wasn't that, then it was the meddling of a few unsavoury characters who had no business meddling. And if it wasn't that, then my god, it was those little surprises the author threw in that made my belly do flip flops. This was not going to be an easy ride for this couple and there were moments I wondered whether they would make it to their HEA. 

In his experience,  happiness didn't last. Instead, it was ripped from you when
you least expected, tearing you from the one's you loved and leaving you all alone. 

Despite this being an emotional, angst filled read, I continued to fly the flag for Makenna and Caden. I loved getting to know this pair better both as individuals and as a couple and despite there being moments where things seemed to go pear shaped, I really hoped that these were just little blips (ok, big blips) that would resolve in time. 

"Love in the Light" was a  brilliant conclusion to this couple's story and I rated it ❤️❤️❤️❤️

I rode our elevator today." 

He shook his head. "Anything interesting happen?"

"Oh I got trapped with a smoking hot stranger and made out with him in the dark. The usual."

He smirked. "That never happens."


Makenna unbuttoned her jeans, pushed them down, and took them off altogether, leaving her standing there in an oversized, faded red and blue Penn sweatshirt that was just long enough to cover her panties. “You should get undressed, too,” she said, coming to Caden and starting on the buttons of his shirt.

Press and release, press and release. Until she was pulling his shirt from his dress pants and exposing his skin.

She gave a little moan and kissed the center of his chest. “Just like unwrapping a present.” She trailed a line of kisses and licks from one nipple to the other. 

“Fuck, Makenna,” he whispered. “What are you doing?”

“Tasting you,” she said.

The words were like a blowtorch to his blood. He was hard in an instant. “We can’t,” he said, though his hands went to the back of her head, encouraging her, guiding her as she continued to kiss and tease and drive him wild with her mouth.

“We can if we’re quiet.” Slowly, she dropped to her knees and bared him to mid-thigh. She took his cock in hand and gripped him firmly, tearing a soft grunt from his throat. “I’ve been wanting you all day,” she whispered, her lips teasing his head with soft kisses. “Wanting to touch you and kiss you and hold you. I can’t hold back anymore.” She licked him from root to tip. Once, twice, three times. And then she sucked him into her mouth.

It felt so fucking good that Caden’s hands flew to her hair, digging in, grabbing hold. She moaned at the contact and pushed herself deeper, burying his cock in the back of her throat. The intensity of it nearly took his knees out from underneath of him. 

Makenna pulled off his length. “Lay down on the floor.”

He was too far gone to debate the wisdom of having sex in her father’s house. He needed this. He needed her. He needed the connection and the coming together of the act. Caden locked the door, took the rest of his clothes off, and spread himself out on the beige carpet. 

She undressed, too, all that beautiful red hair spilling around the bare porcelain of her shoulders and making him think of peaches and cream. And, fuck, he was starving.

Caden grasped his length. “Take me back in your mouth.”

He didn’t have to ask twice. Makenna settled herself between his legs and wrapped her lips around his cock. She sucked him deep and slow, than fast and shallow, her baby blues flashing up at him so fucking sexy. He needed to see her eyes, so he fisted her hair into a ponytail to keep it out of her face. He used his grip to urge her harder, faster, deeper. He needed it. God, he needed it. And she took it. She took everything he gave her and so much more.

“Fuck, Red, I’m gonna come if you don’t stop,” he whispered.

She pulled off him, her lips shiny and swollen. “I want you inside me first,” she said, already 
crawling up his body. 

About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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