Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

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?

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A sweet story about two strangers that end up trapped in an elevator together for hours when the power goes out shortly after they'd gotten in. Sitting in total darkness, they begin talking to pass the time, and to help Caden keep his claustrophobia at bay. In the course of things they get to know one another better in the space of a few hours than most people do after months or years together.

Makenna is a modern, independent woman, though at heart she seems to hold to old fashioned values in many respects. She doesn't need a man to take care of her, and doesn't seem to be looking for one currently when she gets in the elevator, but she's not too shy or afraid to go for it with Caden with opportunity presents itself. While she does her own share of prevaricating once in awhile during their time together, she rarely lets him get away with trying to do the same, and gives in gracefully when he calls her on it as well.

Caden is a man with a truckload of baggage, most of it stemming from a tragic accident when he was a teen. In the intervening years he's covered himself with tattoos and gotten a few facial piercings that, while not necessarily intended to keep the world at bay, have had that effect to a large extent and he hasn't really minded that they have. He seems to expect that people, especially intelligent, successful business people like Makenna will react negatively to his ink and piercings. When, after the lights come back on, she doesn't, he's relieved, but it also takes him awhile to fully accept that she'd not going to reject him because of them.

While theirs is a love story that's been put on ultra-fast speed because of the circumstances in which they met, it's still a pretty realistic romance. While they are attracted to one another at first glimpse when the first enter the elevator (him more so than her since she was fairly distracted at the time), they aren't all over each other first thing when it goes dark. They sit and talk, get to know one another first, and only then do they start making the first tentative forays into more romantic territory. Even once they are rescued and go home to her apartment and their mutual desire takes over after a short time, they still don't give the impression that they're totally rushing into anything. They're making plans for dates, and normal activities like any new couple would, not discussing wedding colors and venues after a few hours acquaintance.

A great, short romance for those looking for a quick, sexy read. The sexy times in it are steamy, but it's the realistic romance that dominates the book that really makes it. I'd fully recommend this to anyone that likes a good romance with a bit of spice.

1 comment:

  1. I just read this a few days ago and loved it!