Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye
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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.
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?
Rating: 5 out of 5Review: I don’t know about anyone else, but the idea of being stuck in an elevator freaks me out. I’m not technically claustrophobic, but being stuck in the dark with no moving air would be enough to panic me, especially if I were trapped alone. Caden Grayson has similar issues with dark, confined spaces but, luckily for him, he’s not by himself. Makenna James learned the hard way to not ask “what else could go wrong” when she’s having a rough day. Thankfully, they have each other to talk to and they open up in ways that total strangers never would if their elevator were well-lit and making an easy descent to the first floor.
I really enjoyed this fast read. While it was a little unrealistic for me upon further reflection, I got caught up in the well-crafted story and the chemistry that ignited between Makenna and Caden. I would definitely be interested in seeing if they can make a go of a relationship that started in so dramatic a fashion but I’m rooting for them. The sex scenes (even the ones not including penetrative sex) are well-crafted, but move the book into “for mature readers only” territory.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock