Our Review

“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.”


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?


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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