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Dark Hearts (Light in the Dark #3)

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I’ve learned that not everything is what it seems. If you start to look too close, you uncover things people don’t want you to see. It’s why I hide. It’s why no one knows the real me. But he sees me. He sees the darkness in my heart but he’s not afraid, because he’s like me. They say opposites attract, but we’re proof that like-and-like are a far more potent combination.

Paperback, 462 pages
Published January 19th 2017 (first published 2017)
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Kate Farlow
Jan 22, 2017 Kate Farlow rated it it was amazing
Y'all. This book.
6 Stars.

Confession: I LOVED THIS BOOK.

Lemme be honest real quick, Dark Hearts is my favorite book in the series. Don't get me wrong, I loved Rae & Cade and Thea & Xander, but I FLOVED Nova & Jace. They just lit my heart up y'all.

"Love doesn't conquer everything, it destroys you instead."

Nova and Jace are both the outcasts of their Friend Fam & their growth in this story is just beyond y'all.

Jace: "We both know we're different... damaged... and that makes a re
Jan 20, 2017 Renee rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Novalee Clarke has learned that everything is not always as it seems. If you start looking closely you'll uncover things peole don't want you to see. This is why she hides and no one knows the real her. Jacen Kensington sees her though. He sees the darkness she carries in her heart but he's not afraid thought because he's just like Novalee. zthese two sre porrf thst like and like are one powerful combin
Jan 22, 2017 Brina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, series, arcs, 2017
4 Stars

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"The Light in the Dark"-series started off on a rather tragic and real note with Rae of Sunshine. When Stars Collide was lighter and fun. With Dark Hearts, Micalea Smeltzer created a powerful and strong third novel. The story was powerful and strong just as much as the names of the characters. I'm not someone who pays too much attention to character names. I usually rant about them (especially in new adult novels) because most o
Dec 23, 2016 Carla rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports,

**Carla's Five Star Review

Have you ever met someone who you are instantly drawn to? Have you ever felt that undeniable magnetic pull? Well, that is exactly what happens with Jace and Nova. They are both running from dark pasts. Due to past hurt, they have built what they thought to be impenetrable walls around their hearts. What they failed to realize is that no fortress is strong enough to keep true lo
Anna B. Doe
* 5 dark stars *

Dark Hearts is book #3 in Light in the Dark series.
Other books:
1. Rae of Sunshine: review
2. When Stars Collide: review.

NOTE: Books should be read in order because characters and stories are connected!

I have to say, this story is my favorite story of Micalea's so far. I liked her Willow Creek series and When Stars Collide but this book is something else.

The storyline continues with Xander and Thea's wedding. Both Jacen and Novalee are dark, broody and secretive so it's not a big
Jan 17, 2017 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Not every girl has everything together, defiantly not Nova. She is quiet and always to herself. But she can feel something's different about Jace. I love Jace, he seems like the bad boy but is actually a really great guy. Both are broken and maybe they need each other to heal. Love this story and can't wait to reread it again.
Livros A Go-Go ~Joyci ~
Mar 09, 2017 Livros A Go-Go ~Joyci ~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
É bonitinho. Faz parte de uma série, todos são amigos e estão na faculdade. Não li os outros mas a sinopse desse chamou atenção.
São dois amigos solitários que um belo dia constatam que gostam um do outro e tentarão ter um relacionamento.E no meio disso o passado dela surge (me fez derramar umas lágrimas, pois foi bonitinha a cena) ao mesmo tempo que ele reaprende a valorizar os momentos na cia. de queridas pessoas, já que de sua infância ele não guarda tantas boas lembranças.
Dec 22, 2016 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when I think I couldn’t love the Light in the Dark series any more, Dark Hearts came along and proved me wrong. Micalea Smeltzer delivers something broken, raw and undeniably genuine with Jace and Nova’s story. Their journey is hesitant, unexpected and hits readers with all of the sassy sweetness and delicious sizzle I’ve come to love from this talented author. Jace and Nova are made for heartache and yet they create something real and untouchable together. I absolutely adored their deep fr ...more
Romance Readers Retreat
Jan 24, 2017 Romance Readers Retreat rated it it was amazing
I've been not so patiently waiting for this book ever since Micalea announced that she was going to give Nova and Jace a book of their own. These two characters have had me curious to know more about them since they got introduced in Rae of Sunshine which you don't have to read before this one, but I highly recommend!! This book was everything and more!! It was emotional and angsty and passionate and humorous and you couldn't help but to fall in love with these two amazing characters and the sto ...more
Jennifer Danielle
Jan 23, 2017 Jennifer Danielle rated it it was amazing
An unexpected quiet intensity that sinks deep into your soul and touches your heart. Dark Hearts is about two characters that find solace and acceptance in one another after being shattered by the hands life has dealt with them. Both hiding from the world by fading into the shadows and running from the past. Dark Hearts is the third novel in the Light in the Dark Series and holds the darkest stories but shines the brightest out of the three.

“I see you. I always have.”

Page after page, the intense
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡
Jan 21, 2017 ♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10-kindle, 14-arc

Nova and Jace the leading characters of Dark Hearts by Micalea Smeltzer were an interesting couple. It was my first book my this author and at first I had a little problem in connecting to the characters but once I managed to find a connection I really liked the way they were written.

I really loved how they were always in plain sight and nobody had a clue. So it is no wonder that also had a hard time seeing what was right in front of them. The author is really skilled in leading the reader throu
Amy M. (2 Amy's Love Reading Blog)
Best one yet! ❤ I freaking love Jace!
I am a fairly new fan of Ms. Smeltzer's writing but I am already so wrapped up in her characters I can't wait for more after each book. In this series you have had little peaks at Jace and Nova during their encounters with some of the main characters in her first two books and I was very curious about Nova from the beginning. For me I didn't really get to know much about Jace in the other books but I quickly became glued to finding out more.

Jace and Nova had
Lisa  Hershaw
Jan 24, 2017 Lisa Hershaw rated it really liked it
Novalee aka Nova moves in with Jacen aka Jace the two start off as friends, but the two have dark secrets, so maybe that's why they are so drawn to each other because their connection is undeniable because they can beyond themselves. They both belong to a group of friends and they both manage to keep their secrets from them too.

Together they find that if you maybe trust and love someone enough you might be able to share your secrets, it sets you free from your Dark Hearts. Both are trying to mov
Heather andrews
Jan 14, 2017 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
Jace is a cocky man, " eyes flicker to his hard ***k. “It won’t bite,” he says with a slight grin. “But I might.” I loved when Jace put his heart on his sleeve, "he nods, swallowing thickly. “I couldn’t eff someone else when the only person I wanted was you.” Jace is one of those people where you ask a question you get an honest answer, “what the eff?” His head whips up so fast from his journal that I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t have whiplash. “Are you wearing pink? I didn’t even know you ...more
Jan 25, 2017 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Confession: this was my favorite of the series! I loved Jace and Nova's story. There were some unexpected moments but I loved every bit! They grew as individuals and as a couple so much. I hope we get more of them in the future.
Diane plourde
Jan 20, 2017 Diane plourde rated it it was amazing

This story started out as a sweet romance that made me feel good. There was always an hint of intrigue to it. A little over midway through the story things didn't appear to be like I thought they would be. Then BAM!!!!! The twist of all twists was sprung on me. I never saw this one coming at all. I was blinded sided, speechless. This 5 star story took me by surprise.

Jace and Nova are roommates and have become fast friends. They are fighting their attraction for one and other until they can't a
Jan 22, 2017 Jordan rated it it was amazing
I Was Provided A ARC By The Author
(Possible Spoilers)

Nova Clarke is a bit of a mystery. She hides from a past. She only lets her friends see what she wants them to see. Hiding behind her camera and her ever changing hair color. The exception is Jace, her best friend. He see's more than their other friends do. She lets him get close, but not to close. He may already see her more than she wants. But she has a deeper connection with him. They are similar. They each hold secrets, pain, heartbreak,
Megan Lowe
Mar 24, 2017 Megan Lowe rated it really liked it
I voluntarily received an advanced review copy of this book and chose to review it.

I loved this book. Somewhere along the line I've come to love this series, despite it creeping up on me. Nova and Jace are a great couple. I love how insightful he is and how neither of them are perfect. I like the touches of drama and the serious issues that are addressed. Dark Hearts is gentle, yet strong and I loved it!
Feb 02, 2017 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Jace & Nova's story. It was beautifully heartbreaking and I enjoyed every moment. The ups and downs, love & lust it all made for a wonderful story.
Stacy Fetters
Feb 22, 2017 Stacy Fetters rated it really liked it
"I want to be graceful even when everything is falling apart. I want to be strong enough to not crumble when things get rough."

Confession.... this book was adorably beautiful, touching and deeply romantic with steamy scenes thrown in for good measure.

The quick sweeping romance that overtakes Jace and Nova is everything you wish for. You need someone in your life that changes your perspective on the outlook of the world.

Nova was born and raised in Texas. Growing up with a hardass for a dad wh
Books and Boys Book Blog
Jan 15, 2017 Books and Boys Book Blog rated it it was amazing
** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **

A sexy and emotional read that will leave you with one hell of a book hangover.

When two damaged people come together usually things do not end up well. The dark yearns for its light. When two damaged people who are so perfect for each other that they are like an extension of the other come together .. well then that is magic and a heaven sent.

Jace and Nova have had horrible childhoods. A life that has not been easy for either of them. The em
Jan 16, 2017 Konny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Hearts by M. Smeltzer is book three in this series.
Book one : Rae of sunshine is Cade and Rachaels story.
Book two : When stars collide is Thea and Xanders story- a 5 star read of mine.
And now book three : Dark Hert is Jace and Novas story.

Jacen Kensington is running from his past.
Novalee Clarke is hiding from her past.
This book three picks up where book two ended, with a wedding.
There is friendship, love, hurt and much much more.
Can they get a HEA? And what is the big secret? Who is Owen?

Jan 15, 2017 Amy rated it it was amazing
From the moment we were introduced to each other it’s like some part of me woke up and said, “Hello, I know you.”

“Jace is like a car speeding down the road headed straight for me and I can’t move out of the way fast enough. I don’t know if I want to move. Maybe I just want to end it all–or maybe it’s not the end, and the beginning instead.”

“We’re just two broken people trying to piece ourselves together, but maybe with each other’s help we can make something beautiful out of our messes.”

“There i
Aurora Hale (Whoo Gives A Hoot)
* Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *
I generously received this ARC from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review!

I loved Rae and Cade's story (Rae of Sunshine), adored Thea and Xander's (When Stars Collide), but I absolutely felt every moment of Novalee and Jace's (Dark Hearts).

Dark Hearts by Micalea Smeltzer is perhaps the best in the Light in the Dark series and that is saying something because anything written by this amazing women will leave you craving more. When I fir
Angie McGuire
Jan 14, 2017 Angie McGuire rated it it was amazing
One thing about books in a series is that you get to know characters before their story is told. But one of the best things is that previous character stories continue. We still get lots of Cade, Rae, Xander and Thea, which is awesome. But the true story of Jace and Nova's tale is remarkable. I couldn't love them more now than if I tried.

Both of them have horrendous childhoods that make them what they are today, but because of that they know each other better than anyone else does. So falling i
Just Another Perfectionist
Feb 04, 2017 Just Another Perfectionist rated it it was amazing
Boy, how long have I waited for this book!

"Dark hearts" is another amazing book by Micalea Smeltzer and by far my favourite from the Light in the Dark series.
I really enjoyed the way the story was unfolding and all the emotions in it.
What I will always remember about this book will be the confessions tradion that the main characters had going on, so damn cute!


About Jace:
Without doubt, Jace was everything I wanted him to be, I loved how protective he was when it came to Nova and the way he inter
Tina Lynne
Jan 24, 2017 Tina Lynne rated it it was amazing
If you have never read a book by this Micalea Smeltzer chick, you are missing out my friends. This is my second from Smeltzer and it has solidified her place in my automatic purchase author list. The way this woman writes her characters is brilliant. They are flawed, dealing with harsh realities, but the drama and angst is something you feel without being overwhelmed. I am picky about my angst but this way of writing and communicating frustrations is the epitome of what readers want. Nova and Ja ...more
Jan 27, 2017 Callixta rated it really liked it
Voilà un livre qui se bonifie au fil des pages après un début un peu chaotique. ce n’est pas la romance du siècle mais c’est joliment fait et écrit comme ce que fait souvent cette auteure. Ce livre est le troisième tome d’un série et c’est sans doute une des raisons pour lequel le départ est un peu difficile : l’auteure s’appuie sur les romans précédents et nous précipite dans une relation qui a déjà commencé à se lier précédemment. Le livre se suffit à lui-même cependant et surtout, ne vous fie ...more
Crystal's BookWorld ~ Crystal Cordova
Dark Hearts was so good! We have Nova and Jace's story!!! And they do not disappoint. Dark Hearts starts off dark with secrets right from the start. But you catch one of Nova's secrets right off the bat...Jace! Her best friend/roommate. They both have a circle of friends they stay within. But these two are pulled together. They are broken and their souls seem a little lost. They are unique and never allow anyone get too close, unless it is each other.

Both come from broken families. They had only
Jan 15, 2017 Wendy rated it really liked it
I’ve been itching for Jace and Nova’s story since Rae of Sunshine. I just knew that it would be great and I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. These two were just fascinating to read. Both Jace and Nova were mysterious in the previous books. You just knew there was so much more to each of them then they were letting on. In Dark Hearts, they are front and center and really get to your heart.

Jace and Nova clicked together instantly. They felt the other was one and the same and because of
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Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my lif ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Light in the Dark (5 books)
  • Rae of Sunshine (Light in the Dark, #1)
  • When Stars Collide (Light in the Dark, #2)
  • When Constellations Form (Light in the Dark, #4)
  • Untitled (Light in the Dark, #5)

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