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Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  31,744 Ratings  ·  2,511 Reviews
Makenna James thinks her day can't get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call and juggling too much stuff, the pin-striped accountant caught only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights went out.

Caden Grayson is amused when a redhead literally falls at his feet. His amusemen
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published April 20th 2011 by The Wild Rose Press
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Huge 5 stars.

Hearts In Darkness is one of those stories that touches your heart, makes you ponder and leaves a smile on your face for the rest of the day.

The novella begins with two people whose outward appearance is as different as night and day. Makenna is stylish, tailored, attractive, and well-groomed, albeit slightly frazzled. On the other hand, Caden is a nonconformist with tattoos, piercings, and a shaved head. Within seconds of Makenna entering an elevator that Caden was already in, the
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

"Wait! Can you please hold that?"

OMG I always use to hurry up when someone is coming my way to take the elevator with me. NOT ANYMORE!!! I use to say reading always teach me something. This little story taught me to wait for whoever is CUMing into the elevator. I have expectations now and I am so very ready for Caden!

Wait? You don’t know who Caden is? Let me compose myself. I am still… affected .

This book starts with lucky Makenna trying to catch the elevator where Caden is. She is a mysteriou
5 stars – Contemporary Romance/Novella

Wow! What a hot, fun, charming surprise this was!

Two strangers...a tattooed, pierced, skull trimmed, scarred hero who’s all rugged bad boy on the outside (think Zsadist look alike) and sweet, considerate, vulnerable teddy bear gentleman on the inside and a smart, funny, understanding, and genuine and explore a deep connection and explosive sexual attraction while stuck together in an elevator. The pitch-black darkness hides their physical
Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・ |spoilers af|
I will be posting the review later or tomorrow.
May 02, 2012 Buggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Buggy by: Tamster!
Opening Line: " Wait! Can you please hold that?"

Ah Caden, my new literary boyfriend, how I would love to get stuck in an elevator with you. Pierced, tattooed, skull trimmed and hitting all my Zsadist fantasy buttons (gah) this bad boy had me in bits from page one. He’s also kind, insecure, lonely and somewhat tortured. Yup he's delicious.

Wow, this was a fantastic little read that I can see myself coming back to again soon. Short, sexy and just oh so good. The only thing that could have made this
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Jun 29, 2013 UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "fated" romances, and erotica.
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish by: Juliana and Baba

When total strangers, Caden Grayson and Makenna James, end up stuck together in an elevator that breaks down, somehow there in that pitch black box, they’re able to see more of each other than if they had met on a bright, sunny day. And who knows? Had they met under any other circumstances, appearances would probably have kept them apart but with nothing to get in the way, this seemingly conservative businesswoman and this scarred, tattooed paramedic have to rely on their other senses to get to
Stacey is Sassy
Good Sam and Red meet in the dark

This was a re-read for me and I loved it as much as the first time I read it. Hearts in Darkness is intense, thoughtful and beautifully put together story in a little package. I have only read one other short story that left me so thoroughly entertained.

Makenna had a rough day that got even worse when her phone broke and she realised that the battery had fallen out. Caden, had just signed the final papers after his Dad had passed. He holds the lift for her. He no
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter

This short story was a fast-paced, steamy as well as hot read. The characters were complex and well-developed. Even though it's only a novella there was quite a lot of depth to be found. Also, the sexual tension in the dark was so palpable and well-written. Amazing what an author can bring to life with such a little read.

Caden and Makenna were spending some time in darkness and came back to the light...

Jenny - TotallybookedBlog


Joint review for Heart in Darkness (re-read) & Love in the Light.

“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 fat
Jul 02, 2013 Auntee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of erotic short stories
Recommended to Auntee by: Shawna
This is how you write an erotic short story!

Wow. This little gem had me hooked from the start. Harried red haired young businesswoman Makenna is having a rough day where everything seems to be going wrong. Luckily a good Samaritan (with a tattooed hand) is holding the elevator door open for her... no sooner does the door close and before Makenna can get a clear look at her "Good Sam", the elevator shudders to a halt and the lights go out. Uh-oh. It just so happens that the tattooed stranger (an
Juliana Philippa
Reread February 6, 2016: changed rating from 4.5 to 4; wanted to reread it before I read the next book!

Not normally a novella fan and didn't have high expectations, but ended up *loving* it (4.5 stars)
I absolutely loved this novella (and like most, only wish it was longer!). Short romances almost invariably get bad ratings from me, because I'm unable to believe any lasting connection, but in this case I had no trouble with that. I found the idea of this new relationship fully believable and whol
Kellie Maddox-Ward
May 17, 2012 Kellie Maddox-Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes a hot man


What a fantastic short little read.

Hot cover? Hell f'n yeah!
Hot man? Check
Emotional scarred? Yep
Tattooed? Yep
Pierced? double check
Funny and strong heroine? Check
Chemistry? Hell yeah!

It is a short read but I don't think it needed to be longer it was just perfect.

I know what your thinking, 2 strangers stuck in an elevator for a whole book and it's pitch black, let me guess they have sex?
That would be a NO.
Well there is Sex in it but there is more
Lisa Jayne
Jan 03, 2013 Lisa Jayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Everything, I want everything with you."

This book was flippin' lovely! Sexy, tragic, heartbreaking, romantic, sensual. (I could go on).
I thought my heart was going to come right out of my chest, how the author managed to captivate me so utterly and quickly in this short read I have no idea.
I felt so connected with both characters straightaway, this short read is a Diamond and not one to be missed.
4 toe curling, lovely romantic STARS.
Jan 17, 2014 Vilda rated it liked it
Recommends it for: CR readers looking for a sweet, steamy and shorter read!
Rating: 2,5 stars

"Peace wasn't an emotion with which he was much familiar, but with Makenna, he had it. And he didn't know how he'd ever give it up."

Hearts in Darkness was definitely quite a sweet story--probably sweeter than I had expected it to be--and while it did have some more serious and dark topics dealing with our man's past, in the end they just added to the final sweetness. While I wanted to love it though, I just never quite reached that point. I really enjoyed their time in the ele
~ Becs ~
Aw, this was a lovely, sweet and very hot little novella.

It's about 2 people in an elevator who never get a proper look at each other before the lights go out and the elevator breaks down. They are, outwardly, 2 very different people - Makenna is a suit-wearing accountant and Caden is a tattooed, pierced paramedic. Without the benefit of sight to give them pre-conceived ideas, they get to know one another in the darkness, realising they have plenty in common, and there is an undeniable physical
A perfect little jewel!

Short, Sexy, Sizzling Hot, Tender, Sweet, with emotional depth! Caden Grayson is a hot, tattooed hero that is so easy to love and Makenna is a heroine I adored! How can you go wrong?

This short novella met all my requirements for a great read! My only complaint is that it was so good I wished there had been more!

Edited 6/12/2012 to add the following link

Character Interview - An interview with Caden from Hearts of Darkness

Rachel Annie
Ooh hookahs! Caden had me clutchin at my pearls!!

Seriously. This man is one attentive LUVHA! I felt like I was reading a guide on how to please the ladies, he was that good. But smexy times aside, I really liked this story. I cared about the characters and it felt real. Yeah it's short, but could it really be drawn out into a full-length novel? I doubt it. I'm super happy with it as it is, and will check out more from this new-to-me author in the future.


The PNR lover I am, I was secret
Rach  *Feisty kitty*
Jan 27, 2013 Rach *Feisty kitty* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rach *Feisty kitty* by: Rain ~miss kinky knickers~
Shelves: m-f, sexy-tatts
This was a buddy read with the gorgeous Rain
Recommended by the lovely Sarah and Rain<3

I'll be honest right from the start. At one time this book would have been a 5 STAR book as it has a sexy man with


and a gorgeous face complete with biteable lip piercings

But recently I have got into m/m books and darker reads so I won't say too much about this book as I don't think it is fair to put people off a truly fantastic book. It just wasn't ALL



for me I'm afraid


'He w
S.M. Willers
5 "My Good Sam" STARS

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind." ~ William Shakespeare

There are so many things I love about this novella. I think first and foremost is the fact that two people, Caden and Mackenna, form a bond - a strong, sizzling connection - without really setting eyes on each other. Like the quote above says, it just speaks to the beauty of the mind and heart to find love without looks to distort the reality.

This is also one
Aestas Book Blog
May 21, 2013 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Hearts in Darkness is my favorite novella ever! It's short (100 pages), hot and sweet and is about two strangers stranded together in a pitch-black elevator. And, even with no sight, somehow... the sparks still fly *wink* I loved it!

I don't have a review up because I read this in my pre-blogging days but it a perfect read if you need something in between longer books that still will capture your heart.

Oh, and the hero is tattooed. *grins*

May 27, 2011 MelissaB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of tattooed heroes and fun hot stories
Love in an elevator...

Fun short story about two people who meet when they get stuck in an elevator together. The hot tattooed hero is pretty sexy and also sensitive. The heroine was funny and spunky. The whole story takes place over one night but the author made it work. I really liked the characters and story, check it out if you like hot stories with sexy tattooed heroes!
Rain ~miss kinky knickers~
Again - I wouldn't mind at all finding myself stuck in an elevator with Caden. At all.
Jun 09, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all romance lovers
I've been reading the five-star reviews for Hearts in Darkness for weeks now and I was afraid it would not live up to my expectations. Boy was I ever wrong. Laura Kaye totally blew me away again.

This novella is about two strangers, Caden and Makella, who meet and begin to fall in love with each other while trapped in a pitch-black elevator. The dialogue is witty and realistic,the sex scenes are scorching, yet sweet and the character development is phenomenal. Laura Kaye has a gift for making the
Dec 28, 2015 MELISSA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

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This was a super sexy read about two very different people who get stuck together on a elevator & things heat up quick between them. They then have to decide if they want to continue seeing each other by choice once they aren't stuck together, or if what happened between them was a one time thing in the heat of the moment. Loved this book!!!! So hot!!!! ;))
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
Let's just rename Caden 'Makes you swoon' and be done with it.

I loves it.
Aug 23, 2011 Dina rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dina by: Shawna
4 1/2 stars

Loved, loved, loved Caden! I can't resist a tough-looking guy with a hidden, sweet core. *sighs*
Monique ~ Sinfully
When an author writes and projects the emotions of the characters so you can feel them within your own know you are onto a good thing. This book touched me.......wholeheartedly and overwhelmingly drew on my own emotions.

Who knew a book about two people being stuck in an elevator without any visual stimulus for half of the book could be so sensual and erotic?!

..*swooning starts*..

Caden is....OMG he is sizzling the temperature scales sexy....such a fine specimen of a man....
Kate Phoenix
First read 02/02/2013
Re-read 12/01/2016

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A brand spanking new review as the previous review was from when I was just starting out with the whole how to write a review. Looking back my first review was bloody atrocious.
This is my third re-read due to the sequel being released and I can say straight away that I will never tire of this book. I’m re-reading it because book two Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness, #2) by Laura Kaye

I still give it 5 ‘Good Sam & Red’ Stars
Makenna James aka MJ has had one hell of a day to top it off the elevator near
Tammy Walton Grant
Sep 17, 2011 Tammy Walton Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tammy by: Nikki, Tonya, Uniquely Moi Dhestiny
Oh, my GR friends who've read and recc'ed this book, I think you're on to something.

This was fantabulous. I could argue, as always, that it was too short, but it really wasn't. You get to drop into Makenna and Caden's lives on the night they meet, you stick around for a day or so, then you're gone. You see them just long enough to know that they've found something special with each other, and it's ok to leave them because you know they'll make it. It was short, it was intense, it was awesome.

Claire Robinson
Jan 05, 2016 Claire Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - "You say the sweetest things, Caden Grayson." Stars!

Every time I read Hearts in Darkness, (and I have honestly lost count of how many times that is now) I fall a little more in love with Caden and Mackenna.

For such a simple story to become one of the books that I read time and time again, and never tire of, I think just highlights why Laura Kaye is one of my go-to authors in the romance genre, because she never disappoints.

"I'm sorry. I couldn't let you go."

And now we get more of this coupl
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“I love...that elevator,” she said.

With a sleepy smile and a full heart, he turned his head and kissed into her soft hair. “Aw, Red. I love that elevator, too.”
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