Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars


Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye (Hearts in Darkness #1)
[Audiobook, purchased from Audible]
Hearts in Darkness

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Find the full details here.

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 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.

To fight fear, they must both 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?

I’m not a fan of short stories.

Or… at least I didn’t think I was.

I like big books and I cannot lie

Laura Kaye has effectively changed my mind with Hearts in Darkness. And short stories aren’t the only thing I didn’t think I liked that this book proved wrong, I also didn’t think I liked instalove (or instalust in this case), but, alas, I apparently do. Maybe I need to not be so judgy about those things from now on (LOL).

Laura somehow managed to not only build well-rounded characters but also convince you that what they do together isn’t all that scandalous despite them being complete strangers.

This book easily could’ve easily been raunchy and rushed, but it wasn’t at all. The connection between MacKenna and Caden was very believable. I found myself rooting for them as soon as the elevator went dark.

And as much as I would love to hear more of their story, find out what happens when the book ended, I didn’t feel dissatisfied. It felt complete. I almost don’t want to read the rest of the series (but I totally will because I have zero willpower.)

Anyway, this was a nice little break from my Mariana Zapata obsessive binge. (Read my review for Lingus here.)

If you’re looking for a short, easy, and super quick read — a palette cleanser if you will — I highly recommend this little gem.


Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars

Ok, so, there was nothing absolutely horrible with the performance as far as how it was acted out, the main issue I had was the fact that the audiobook reader sounded waaaaay older than the narrator. It’s always distracting and a pet peeve of mine when they cast readers who sound decades older than the narrator of the story.

I love the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent, but the audiobook reader for that series is the same way. She sounds way too old to be reading for a college student.

Nothing against older women, of course, the last thing I want to be is ageist, however, it takes me out of the story because it is so distracting.

If this is a peeve of yours, too, the audio version of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and most of Mariana Zapata’s audiobooks have perfect readers. It’s like the main character is reading her own story to you.


Butterfly-Inducement rating: 3 Stars

I don’t think this book was really long enough to induce many butterflies. I got a few flutters here and there, but mostly it was just the warm and fuzzies.

I don’t think this book was really long enough to induce many butterflies. I got a few flutters here and there, but mostly it was just the warm and fuzzies.


Reread Worthiness: 5 Stars


New Fav Book Boyfriend: YES



>> This book was also mentioned in my Audiobook Binge: 13 Audiobooks in 7 Days post.


Where to Buy Hearts in Darkness

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