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HEARTS IN DARKNESS & LOVE IN THE LIGHT by LAURA KAYE : SERIES REVIEW & EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY!!!

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THE HEARTS IN DARKNESS DUET by LAURA KAYE

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Hearts In Darkness Book One  : amazon us | amazon uk 
Love In the Light Book Two(Only 99c/99p!)  : : amazon us | amazon uk

 

HEARTS IN DARKNESS – BOOK ONE

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SYNOPSIS

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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love in the light

SYNOPSIS

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… 

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM LOVE IN THE LIGHT
by
LAURA KAYE

“So Caden said you two met in an elevator,” the tattoo artist said to Makenna, amusement plain in his voice.

“We really did. We were trapped in it for over four hours,” Makenna said, smiling. It was a little weird to talk to someone she couldn’t look at, but she couldn’t move while he was working. “In my office building. I rode it just today.”

“That’s quite a way to meet someone,” Heath said with a chuckle. “How come nothing like that ever happens to me?”

“Maybe you don’t ride enough elevators,” Makenna said.

The tattoo machine pulled away from her skin. Heath laughed. “I guess I don’t,” he finally said, leaning back in.

The needles hit a sensitive spot along her spine that had Makenna grimacing. Originally, she’d been thinking of putting the piece on her shoulder, but when she’d decided on the bigger size, she thought it would look better in the center. Heath had warned her that the central placement meant inking over bone, which could hurt more, and it sure did.

Caden braced his elbows on his knees so he could lean closer. “Want to play twenty questions?” he asked.

She smiled, knowing he was trying to distract her and appreciating the heck out of the gesture. “Are there still questions left we haven’t asked each other?”

“Probably,” he said. “For example, I don’t think I’ve ever asked you your favorite sex position.”

“No laughing,” Heath said, as Makenna tried to hold back her humor. Heat filled her cheeks. “Also, TMI. However, I like TMI, so feel free to answer, Makenna.”

Since the needle was away from her skin, she did laugh that time. “Okay, so maybe there are questions we haven’t asked.” She winked at Caden as Heath got back to work. “And, to answer the question, the second part of the night on my floor.”

Caden’s gaze went molten. He flicked at the spider bite piercings with his tongue. And that had parts of her going molten, because she knew how freaking talented that tongue was.

“Yours?” she asked, arching an eyebrow.

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Hearts in Darkness

Our Review by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯✯ Breathtakingly beautiful stars!

“I will fight for you until you can fight for yourself.”

We decided to re-read Hearts in Darkness as we read it back in 2011 pre-blog days therefore never reviewed this 5 star read. Also it’s one of our favourite stories as well as couples so we wanted the full impact. This sequel has been one we’ve wished for with all our hearts as we’ve never forgotten Caden and Makenna. We wanted to hear what happened after that fateful day they ended up stuck together in an elevator for four hours. We wanted that intensity and emotionally laden moment back.

‘The darkness combined with the intensity of their connection made her feel like nothing else existed in the world. She’d never experienced this kind of passion before – at least not from a kiss alone.’

Two strangers – a brief glimpse before they’re plunged into darkness. A man with demons after a tragic childhood, a woman with a huge heart who loves with everything she has. It was intense, it was all encompassing. It was where two souls found each other knowing they were home. Two opposites in almost every way yet they fit perfectly!

‘What Caden did mattered to a lot of people. Which meant that he mattered, whether he felt it or not.’

We just loved being back with Makenna and Caden, experiencing that first moment they connected and felt every emotion and passion once more before diving straight into Love in the Light.

‘She didn’t love him despite of all his issues, she loved him because of them. Or, rather, because they were part of who he was. And she loved who he was. With everything she had.’

Makenna is one of our favourite heroines out there. She’s settled and happy in life despite losing her mother at an early age. Her protective brothers and her loving Father make her life complete and with a strong and mature head on her shoulders she embraces her heart and wants knowing it’s Caden she wants and desires despite what may prove to be a bumpy ride. She’s in it one hundred percent and she never wavers.

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

We have to say that we fell even more in love with our feisty red head in this sequel. She showed incredible compassion, trust, understanding and above all others – love.

“Then it’s you and me, ‘til the end. In the darkness and in the light.”

Caden…what can we say, he was one of our first book boyfriends as we fell for this beautiful damaged man who’d turned his life around but still wasn’t complete nor at peace with himself after the trauma and tragedy he’s been through at such an early age. We wholeheartedly love him and fancy the bloody pants off of this man. In Makenna’s words:

“You are so freaking gorgeous and so smoking hot that you make my mouth water and my panties melt. Every time I see you.”

This was fundamentally his story as he comes to terms with his past and makes peace with it realising his own worth and role in life.

‘He’d stopped trusting her…not to abandon him….He’d made his own worst fears come true.’

Reading these two books together was really quite an emotional journey despite what we already knew. Laura Kaye really wrote something so very special here that will stay in our loving book hearts forever. We highly recommend you pick these up if you’ve not already met our Caden and Makenna. You will never regret this journey full of emotion, passion, twists and inspirational moments.

“You’re all big heart and kind soul. And don’t ever change.”

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THE HEARTS IN DARKNESS DUET by LAURA KAYE

hearts in darkness series

Hearts In Darkness Book One  : amazon us | amazon uk
Love In the Light Book Two  : : amazon us | amazon uk

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The Malebox reviews – Just Gotta Say by Laura Kaye

Just gotta say

The Malebox is BACK with a very special guest reviewer!

 

It has been a while, but The Malebox is back for a review and this time I have brought the enchanting Author Natalie Ward with me.

Now that I have a real life author reviewing with me, I thought I best do a serious and thought provoking review.

That was until the TotallyBooked girls gave me “Just Gotta Say” by Laura Kaye.

For those of you who have read this short story, you will understand my dilemma, for those of you who haven’t, get on and buy it.

If I didn’t know better, I’d think TB are doing this to me on purpose. (J&G: Who us? Never! *giggles*) So it was decision time for MB.

Do a serious review and impress Natalie with my wide and impressive knowledge of literature or stay old school…I opted for old school…please review again with me Natalie…!

It features Lucas, Noah, Jack and Callie who are roommates and the best of friends. It’s the everyday story of boy meets girl, guy meets guy, all guys like girl; girl likes all 3 guys and ends up in a gangbang. What a great concept. Laura Kaye, us male readers salute you!

Callie has always liked these 3 men and one night when she has some alone time she decides to try out a few recent sex shop purchases and stick on a movie.

All I will say is, I knew it!!  Women do like porn, and when their partners are out they love nothing more than a bit of sex toy action whilst watching porn.  Us red blooded men have always known this, but it is nice to actually see it in writing and have it confirmed.

If I am being honest, for me, the book could have stopped at the end of this scene and I would have been more than happy.  But we’re then treated to the 3 boys coming home and discovering Callie in a compromising state of sexual pleasure. Oh what to do, I know,  lets have a foursome…brilliant idea. The rest is history…

Although the story is short, there is an underlying romantic story running throughout, which I will not spoil.

I was hoping to impress Natalie with my extensive range of knowledge surrounding characterisation and visualisation, however we ended up discussing the magical and mysterious phenomenon known as the vagina and men’s eagerness to “claim it” as theirs.

It is not enough that we own your mind, body and soul, we need to know that that  pussy is ours too damn it!

According to Natalie, us men own none of these things and you women just let us think we do. This may go some way to explaining how occasionally during playtime, we need to ask you to confirm that you know that it is ours too.

This is the magical pussy concept.  We don’t do this over other things like credit cards or food; you don’t hear us say: “Tell me, say it, just say it, who does that chocolate bar belong to, it’s mine, say it.”  This is all down to the magical pussy phenomenon.

Being male, I do understand this, but struggle to find its relevance in a group sex scenario. If my female partner was being taken by 3 guys at once, it is every man for himself and it’s not a place to start saying you can touch this but you can’t touch that; it would all get very complicated and I would definitely need some sort of briefing before I just dived in…

In closing, even though it is a very short read, it was  enjoyable and entertaining…anyway, I am off to find Callie and ask her to marry me..

JUST GOTTA SAY by LAURA KAYE
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One Night With A Hero (Hero #2) by Laura Kaye

4 Stars

I love Laura Kaye’s stories, they have hot romance, they have humour and a spectrum of emotions for real every day issues. She sucks you right into her story from the start and spits you out with a satisfied heartfelt and emotional sigh when you’ve turned the last page.

One Night with a Hero was a great sequel to Her Forbidden Hero, was it predictable…yeah kind of, did this influence my enjoyment? Nope not at all! Laura writes sexy indulgence with just the right amount of emotional angst that makes this reminiscent of a glass of your favourite wine accompanied by a handmade exquisite chocolate truffle. You know the kind I mean I am sure.

We have Brady; Brady is just lush! A very sexy, gorgeous, tall, built and very alpha Special Forces soldier, but he comes with huge emotional barriers.

Brady had a pretty messed up childhood. He grew up with his sister under their abusive father’s hand after their Mum died. As a consequence he does not believe in love, marriage or commitment. Rather he is the king of one night stands…he believes in lust!

Brady has recently moved into town as he has real anger management issues and is under instructions to get his head straight. These issues all stem from his childhood and Brady struggles to get a handle on his emotions.

Then we have Joss; Joss is wild and an absolutely beautiful woman inside out. Joss has such a big heart but a real sucky track record with men and their commitment issues.

As someone who yes has had pink hair, have piercings and tattoos I loved this character, it was real nice to have this heroine who was that bit different to the typical!! Joss comes across as confident yet has an endearing vulnerability. She has a quick wit and is pretty clued up.

Joss and Brady meet by accident. He sees her sat in the park reading, looking desolate. The immediate chemistry between Brady and Joss is intense and hot and that night after an extremely passionate one night stand is where their journey begins…the plan was never to see each other again! Yeah like that was ever going to happen hahaha…

So I loved this story it was a quick sexy romantic read with well-developed characters and not once did it feel rushed or lacking. I can definitely recommend this series.

Her Forbidden Hero review: http://totallybookedblog.com/2012/07/17/her-forbidden-hero-by-laura-kaye/

Reviewed by Gitte

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Her Forbidden Hero – by Laura Kaye

I have such a girlie crush on Laura Kaye and her books…they are just so yummy and her characters always leave my heart in a puddle on the floor!!! I love love LOVED “Her forbidden Hero”…Marco (*yummy sigh*) and sweet adorable Alyssa..

This story is one of friendship, first love, tormented souls – the emotional journey of Marco and Alyssa two broken people finding their way to each other’s hearts and their beautiful love.

When Alyssa and Brady’s mum died (when they were kids) their father didn’t just end up hitting the bottle…this meant the pair of them would run to Marco’s house next door to escape which ended up in the three of them becoming extremely close. Later, when Brady and Marco were able to, they got a place together and took Alyssa with them. Alyssa went on to college and the boys joined the army and went abroad to war.

Marco has returned from Afghanistan and is damaged in mind, body and spirit. He blames himself for the deaths of three soldiers under his command and is unable to come to terms with this guilt, his war wounds and his nightmares. He ends up as a bartender at Whiskey’s Music Roadhouse.

Alyssa decides to apply for a job at Whiskey’s Music Roadhouse. She has just graduated, has no money and she knows the man she has had a crush on forever works there….

This is where Marco and Alyssa’s emotional journey begins, (or continues)…

This story was so well written and the emotions so real, so honest and believable, I completely felt it! And ummm the scene in the lake HOT!!!!! ;0)

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