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Hearts in Darkness Paperback – August 9, 2011

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HEARTS IN DARKNESS IS THE 2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARD WINNER FOR BEST NOVELLA!

HEARTS IN DARKNESS IS A 2012 HOLT MEDALLION AWARD OF MERIT WINNER FOR BEST ROMANCE NOVELLA!

HBARWA JABBIC READERS' CHOICE WINNER FOR SEXIEST COVER OF 2011!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Champagne Rose) (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601549989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601549983
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (781 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I pick up a story, I tend to get sucked in more by deeply nuanced characters than by clever plot devices. I was interested in the story the minute I found out that it dealt with two characters forced together in a broken down elevator. Character development and dialog would have to be stellar in order to make a plot device such as that work. This story delivers on both points. I was so excited to see the connection develop between the two main characters, Mekenna and Caden. They seem polar opposites at first: a business woman in a pinstriped business suit and a quiet, tattooed man. However, from the moment we hear Mekenna's strong inner voice, we know that there is something more to these characters than meets the eye.

The whole story is like a freight train, moving forward with so much momentum that it is literally impossible to put it down. I made the mistake of starting this novella just before dinner time; needless to say my family had take out that night. By the end of the story, I felt as though I knew these characters. I was rooting for their relationship while my heart pounded because of the sultry heat of the sexual tension. This is a definite must-read story. I'm anxious to read more titles by Kaye in the future!
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I bought this because of a recommendation and I'm glad I did. I'm just sorry it took me so long to discover this author! This was a very sensual, short read. Makenna is having a bad day, is flustered, and not paying attention to much as she gets into an elevator. She briefly noticed that the man already inside has tattoos, but that's about it. When everything suddenly goes dark she starts laughing a little bit like a madwoman then realizes her companion hasn't said anything and probably thinks she's crazy. She and Caden start talking and eventually he admits that he's scared of being in the dark in an enclosed space (for a good, incredibly sad reason which I won't explain because I don't want to give any spoilers).

The darkness of the elevator really forces them to open up to one another in an honest setting without being able to see one another. Well, Caden really liked her long, red hair, but that's about all he saw of her before the lights went out. For such a short story and a fairly short time frame, the two characters opened up to one another and laid themselves bare and I think the darkness pushed them into being more honest. Everything about this story was believable because the dialogue was real, funny, heartbreaking, and they were just two people you feel like you could know in real life. There were a few times before and after they were rescued that there were some conversational misunderstandings that were quickly cleared up. But, I liked that they had those misunderstandings because when getting to know someone, it made sense that they wouldn't automatically get the other person's sense of humor, tone of voice, etc. It only added to the believability of the story. The sexual tension was also amazing!
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He's claustrophobic and afraid of the dark so it's no cup of tea when he finds himself stuck in elevator with no power...

The subject matter that this author chose was what caught my eye. I, too, am claustrophobic and hate the dark. I just had to see how she worked those fears into a story and where she went with it. She has created a very entertaining story with it.

Caden is a loner with secrets and has no desire to get involved with people. He's not overly thrilled with being caught in an elevator and having a panic attack, but at least it's dark and she can't see him. Once he calms down, he decides that being stuck with an attractive female is about as good as it's going to get.

Makenna only saw his tattooed hand hold the elevator door for her and she's had a dreadful day already. Then the finishing touch happens; the elevator goes dark and quits working.

The author creates an interesting situation here. It's the end of the day and there's no one left in the building. How long they will be stuck is unknown. They can't see each other and don't know who they are stuck with. She builds tension between the two characters, and then defuses it with conversation.

I found it interesting that being in the elevator in dark made it almost like a confessional. They each talked easily, got into some deep issues, and became friends in a short period of time. I know danger can make people bond, and that's the premise this author used in her story.

It was almost like reading a play. The majority of the story in the elevator is like a stage set where nothing changes until the act was done. The sexual tension picks up, but the moments get broken up each time they begin to kiss.
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Thank God this was not another vampire story. This is my first read from this author and i loved every aspect of this book. It was a well told story with perfect layout. I like the fact that the lovemaking wasn't stale like most romance book told only by a third party's voice with a description of what was taking place but rather giving voice to both characters to express what they were feeling during the act...making it so sensual and erotic...my kind of lovemaking. I totally fell in love with Caden despite his piercings and tatoos, he was the sweetest guy you ever want to be with. I mean reading Cherrie Lynn Rock Me and now Laura Kaye Hearts in Darkeness have me looking for pierced and tattooed gentle alpha male but where in the hell am i going to find that combo? Oh well, dream on...
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