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Hearts in Darkness

(Hearts in Darkness #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  36,815 ratings  ·  3,113 reviews
Two strangers...

When accountant Makenna James finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator, she can't help but wonder about the stranger stuck with her. All she noticed about him before the lights went out was a dragon tattoo; all she knows now is his sexy, gruff voice in the darkness. 

Four hours...

Caden Grayson is inked, pierced, scarred on the inside and out—and terr
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 112 pages
Published May 17th 2013 by Laura Kaye (first published April 20th 2011)
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Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
if that robert pattinson dior elevator ad was a book 🔥
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*
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it

"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 heroine...discover and explore a deep connection and explosive sexual attraction while stuck together in an elevator. The pitch-black darkness hides their physical
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
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This wasn’t like xxx or anything, it was sexy though. Caden and Mckena meet in an elevator, the chemistry was perfect between them. The sparks flew. Caden definitely has a bad boy look, while she has a polished pit together look. Caden definitely has his issues, while they both have experienced loss. Their connection is fast, but it seems to be the norm in a lot of books. It was a quick read, that I enjoyed.
Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5 stars*
Short and sweet, Hearts in Darkness is a novella that packs a punch. I'm happy I found this gem.
Meeting 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 an intense, thoughtful and beautifully put together story served up 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 n
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
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Re-read June 9th 2021. Can't believe I read this the first time almost 10 years ago! I re-read after hearing Ms. Kaye is coming out with a new short story to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the publishing of Hearts in Darkness. I loved it the first time and wanted to see how this novella held up so many years later. Just as good as I remembered! Captures and holds your attention right away! Forced proximity troupe done so well!

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Mackenna has had a long day and can think of
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
Can you imagine being stuck in the dark, in an elevator, with a complete stranger? What if they're not a good person? What if they stink? Makenna and Caden were fortunate to be stuck with one other. They learned about each other with no preconceptions. No distractions. No worrying if the other person was attractive or if they found you attractive. No wondering if they said too much. They grew close, closer than most people, in the span of hours. Makenna knew more about Caden than she knew about ...more
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

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
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing


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 fateful
Kellie Maddox-Ward


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 m
• Lisa •
Jan 03, 2013 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.
S.M. West
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
2.5(ish) This one is pretty hard to rate...

On one hand, it was pretty hot, for a short read. The idea wasn't too bad and well, I did read it fast (though it's 100 pages and I skipped a few stuff, so there is that...).

On the other hand, it was pretty boring. I expected a lot more from this read (it has wonderful reviews!), wanted to be more engaged and, well, I got kinda lost after a while. I wasn't curious about their stories and don't want to see what happens next (thank God it's only 100 pages
~ 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
Christy Hall
Nov 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Who knew being trapped in pitch black darkness of an elevator with a complete stranger could be so amazing? There is very little plot here but it is sexy as hell. Makenna and Caden get to know each other in the dark, allowing for conversation and personalities to take the lead instead of physical attraction. Semi-instant connection makes for some great conversation and even better “bonding” sessions. I have no idea why the author split her story into two books, except to rope people into purchas ...more
4 claustrophobic stars!

What an interesting concept for a story. Two strangers, trapped in an elevator overnight, in complete and total darkness. This was a wonderful story of two people coming together to get themselves through a tough situation.

Neither Caden nor MaKenna got a good look at each other when they stepped into that fated elevator. All MaKenna knew was that her Good Samaritan, Caden, had tattoos on his hands and arms. All Caden saw of MaKenna was her fiery red hair and cute bottom.

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
I had initially given this a Goodreads rating of "it was amazing", but after I was made aware of some things I've decided to remove my previous ratings for this author and put the original reviews under a spoiler tag. I will not be reading anything further by this author.

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Aestas Book Blog
Nov 06, 2011 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*

Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 was.
Giorgia Reads
When you DNF a novella, you know it’s bad..
Bindi Boo
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was a short, sweet, light afternoon read. I wasn't a total fan of the writing and the third person view, but the author made it up with sweetness and so much sexy time!
bella farren
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, books-i-own
2/5 stars

Supremely disappointed with this one, it felt like a bit of a cop out that the contents of what should be one story, has been split across two books.

This book literally spans four hours, of which time they’re basically locked in an elevator the whole time. I can understand how some books only span a day, and are packed full of events and exciting moments, but this was the single most monotonous book I’ve read.

Nothing exciting can really happen while two people are locked in an elevator
Denise H.
Reread 7-19-2019
***** Totally Hot !!! Heartwarming, sexy, interesting, and romantic story. Loved it. The characters are deeply thoughtful, sweet and hot, erotic and loving. Caden and Makenna are made for each other.

Very delicious tale of a surprise romance. Loved it !!

* She's racing to get on the elevator, he sees her red hair,
his tattooed hand holds the door... wow ! *

Leaves the reader wanting more of their story.

AND the interview of Caden at the end is priceless !! I can't say enough ab
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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Raven Riders, Blasphemy, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her lif ...more

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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.”
“Caden let out his own moan when her lips pressed against the skin in front of his ear. She exhaled roughly. The rush of her breath over his skin brought goose bumps to his neck.
He trailed soft kisses across her cheek until he found her lips.
And then he couldn’t go slow anymore.
And neither could she.”
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