December 4, 2015

Review: Hearts in Darkness

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

hearts in darkness laura kaye

Genre: Contemporary Erotica
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Hearts in Darkness (1)

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?


Sometimes rereads make me nervous, but Hearts in Darkness reminded me why I started reading erotica in the first place. (Just like the next erotica I read reminded me why I quit reading erotica.) It has an original concept—which has now been copied by many other books—and checked off all three boxes for a good book.

Characters, character interactions (AKA chemistry), and world.

Right off the bat there's some wondering about what they'd look like naked/he has a sexy voice moments. Thankfully the two start to get to know each other immediately. Trapped in that elevator they end up knowing more about each other and learning who the other is than months of dating usually can't. It seems far fetched but sometimes anonymity and the lure of someone you don't know, and may never see again, can give you the courage to open up. Not to mention that the setting of being trapped in an elevator is Caden’s worst nightmare and it's probably the setting itself combined with his past that hits the spot.

How the characters of this book interact with one another is perfection. This is important to me. I found Caden and Makenna to be very realistic. I bought their pasts, who they are now, and how they were interacting with each other. The chemistry the two had was phenomenal. Not to mention that things don't go smoothly. They have doubts, worries about how she thought she wasn't a judgey person shouldn’t affect what she thinks of him once she finds out what he looks like. Worries about what will happen to them outside of the elevator, and I bought it all.

The world. It's our world so there's not much to explain. However, I new where the characters fit in to it. The elevator,  building the elevator was in. Everything. I'm strange in that I need to know this type of stuff. World building is a big thing. And it's so well done I could picture every aspect and scene. Which only magnified the story for me.

Hearts in Darkness was one of the first erotica I had read. I thought by reading it maybe it wouldn't be as good as I had remembered. But it was. Probably even better, because it reminded me about how amazing the genre can be. Because I've been burned out on erotica and haven't bothered to even look around for new reads. Hearts in Darkness is a rare find and is one that passes the rereadable test.

Sexual Content: Some sexual humor and sex.

4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.

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