Hearts in Darkness [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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Hearts in Darkness

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Overview

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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RT Book Reviews - Dawn Crowne
Because neither can see each other, MJ and Caden's attraction is based on more than just physical appearances. Caden becomes enamored by M.J.’s smart mouth and spunky personality. And MJ immediately recognizes Caden as a sweet, funny and caring man. So when Caden's looks are revealed — tattoos, piercing, scars and all — MJ, and the reader, know that he is heroic in all the ways that matter. Get ready for a unique tale that will have you swooning for this very unusual hero.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016470719
  • Publisher: Laura Kaye
  • Publication date: 5/20/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 17,960
  • File size: 378 KB

Meet the Author

Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura 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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Great Read

    He's claustrophobic and afraid of the dark so it's no cup of tea when he finds himself stuck in elevator with no power.

    The subject matter that this author chose was what caught my eye. I, too, am claustrophobic and hate the dark. I just had to see how she worked those fears into a story and where she went with it. She has created a very entertaining story with it.

    Caden is a loner with secrets and has no desire to get involved with people. He's not overly thrilled with being caught in an elevator and having a panic attack, but at least it's dark and she can't see him. Once he calms down, he decides that being stuck with an attractive female is about as good as it's going to get.

    Makenna only saw his tattooed hand hold the elevator door for her and she's had a dreadful day already. Then the finishing touch happens; the elevator goes dark and quits working.

    The author creates an interesting situation here. It's the end of the day and there's no one left in the building. How long they will be stuck is unknown. They can't see each other and don't know who they are stuck with. She builds tension between the two characters, and then defuses it with conversation.

    I found it interesting that being in the elevator in dark made it almost like a confessional. They each talked easily, got into some deep issues, and became friends in a short period of time. I know danger can make people bond, and that's the premise this author used in her story.

    It was almost like reading a play. The majority of the story in the elevator is like a stage set where nothing changes until the act was done. The sexual tension picks up, but the moments get broken up each time they begin to kiss. You find yourself rooting for Caden and Makenna to get together, despite their external differences.

    I really enjoyed reading this story. Ms. Kaye took an impossible situation and made the most of it. I hope to read more of her work.

    Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very goo

    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very good book!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Loved it!

    At just over 200 pages it was a super fast read but I thouroghly enjoyed it! Only wish it was longer. Super hot too.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Loved the Book

    Okay I don't normally find elevators all that sexy, but holy sex scenes batman! Laura Kaye makes being trapped without light in an elevator with a pierced, tattooed stranger sound super hot. The best part- she still makes realistic people with flaws and faults. Not to mention the fun after they get out the elevator. I love the way the story progressed once they got out, the shyness, tentativeness, and uncertainty is way more endearing than two super self assured people who are confident they will be together forever having some crazy shagfest like some romance novels end with. This is not to say there ins't still a happy ending- it is just more well earned than most.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

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    A quick and fun read

    For being a short story, Laura Kaye does not disappoint in creating a sweet and sexy romance between two unlikely strangers thrown into a difficult situation. I loved learning about Makenna and Caden while they were getting to know one another. I loved how they didn't get a good look at one another before the lights went out, and they had to rely on their other senses. This is the first book I have read by Laura Kaye. I have to say that I absolutely loved her writing style. She created characters that are real and I hated to see the book end. Laura Kaye drew you into the story from the very start and I could not put the book down. The characters each have a history of pain and they connect with each other on so many levels. The author created a story that was sexy and emotional. I love these types of reads and I am sure you will too!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Awesome

    ## STELLAR. That pretty much sums up this book. The concept was original and executed brilliantly. I truly adored the heroine. And truth be told, I can rarely say that. Usually I find them to be either weak, needy or just a human doormat. Not here. Makenna was smart and witty and incredibly honest. And don't even get me started on Caden. Omg, he was hotness personified. And so very sweet. I love that the author included so much face to face dialogue between the these two amazing characters. It really shows how well they got to know each other in such a short amount of time. My only complaint was that it ended abruptly. That is a pet peeve of mine. I feel cheated if I don't get a complete ending after spending hours engaged in a book. But the rest was so impressive that I still rated it 5 stars. Will read again for sure.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Abby

    I gotta admit, i'm impresse. 232 pages. And it only served to describe one single day that probably started around five or six pm and ended somewhere around three the next morning. But dang caden is one hunk of a male. I love his sometime embarass and ackward moment :) sooo cute.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    Good Romance

    Now if you are a romance junkie this is definitely for you. I was intrigued to see how two characters stuck in an elevator made it; in there and out of there.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    What a fantastic read!

    I finished this book in one evening...it is well written, and the story hooks you instantly. I don't remember the last time a story reeled me in so wholly and so quickly. The characters are easy to relate to, and the presence of humor and sexiness is a combination I just love.

    Truly an awesome book. I hope there will be a sequel!

    Do not hesitate to read this book! I personally cannot wait to read more books by this author. I will be starting my next one tomorrow. :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    :)

    4.5 stars! If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable, sexy book then this it it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Overall pretty good.

    I am a pretty hard judge when it comes to romance novells. I was turned on to this book after reading Laurens Kays' Hard Ink Series. And I was not disapointed. It is a fun light read about two people chance meeting in an elevator. It takes place in the time frame of one night but its not rushed or overly discriptive. It is a relatively short book. I think it was only about 200 pages, I finished it in one sitting. And I honestly liked it, its one of those books that just give you a fuzzy feeling. With relateable charactors, a realistic meeting, and a note worthy book to turn back to when we all come across that feeling of inadequacy or judgement. Point is I enjoyed it and I reccomend it to those who like light romance reads with a few steamy moments.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Good idea for a story

    Short predictable read. Fun idea for the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Oakkit

    "Will you come with us? I am too scared to walk without a full grown warrior." She said, her eyes wide with fear.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Sunkit

    She nodded

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    Makenna James has had miserable rotten day just wants to go home

    Makenna James has had miserable rotten day just wants to go home and relax with bottle wine. As Makenna rushes towards the elevator she drops her cellphone and bags to the floor. Person holds the elevator open for her and names him~Good Samaritan. Caden Grayson is having a bad day he just wants to go home. Caden is tattooed and pierced firefighter, who has visible scars from a tragic accident, fascinated by the red head headed toward the elevator. Caden is completely claustrophobic ever since the accident. Makenna reaches the elevator thanking Good Samaritan. Both their lives are about to change forever because the elevator stops moving and goes pitch black. Caden is suddenly slammed into the past. Makenna stays calm and begins to chat with Caden. Caden learns as along as Makenna is talking he doesn't feel claustrophobic. As they share about their lives, Caden discovers that he longs to touch Makenna. Will the elevator be fixed? Will Caden and Makenna be a couple? Or is this just lust? Your answers await you in Hearts in Darkness.




    I loved the story and how it developed! The range of emotion is off the charts and made me hungry for more. Makenna is strong, compassionate, gentle, and fun person with an easygoing manner. Caden is the scarred, tattooed, and pierced alpha male with a tragic history. I loved how they got to know each other; it was sweet, cleverly written, and wonderful to behold. I will definitely recommend this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Ok

    Wish it was longer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Wow. This was really good! The premise that they are trapped i

    Wow. This was really good! The premise that they are trapped in the elevator and forced to get to know each other without looks factoring into the equation was good. And they were so hot together. Well done!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    A Great Escape

    I read this book in one sitting on a winter Sunday afternoon. It was not life changing, but it was a great, fun story. I would recommend this to anyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Sucks!!

    I really tried with this book. I even read the entire book! I could not like this book! Totally unrealistic and unrelatable! Don't waste your money. Would only give this book to someone I really hate! I want my money back!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    This book caught me by surprise and surely hit every emotional b

    This book caught me by surprise and surely hit every emotional button. The story develops as the main characters are trapped in an elevator during a power outage. In the dark, they get to know each other in ways deeper than any of them could ever imagine. Despite the unusual setting, the story line is very believable and you get caught into the highly charged atmosphere and deep emotions from the beginning. Yet it is not cheesy at all. It is a beautifully written book and a well-balanced emotional and sexy tale. By far, one of the best books I have read this year and at the level of Fifty Shades and Bared to you (although the story could not be more different).

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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