Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness #2) by Laura Kaye
[Kindle eBook Purchased from Amazon]
Two hearts in the darkness…
Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.
Must fight for love in the light…
Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…
I was not expecting to love this book as much as I do. I didn’t think that there was any possible way to top my love for the first book in this series, and while I don’t think this book is better than the first, I do think it is just as wonderful — which is pretty rare.
Here’s the thing. I very, VERY rarely purchase ebooks. Why? Because I obtain something like 10 free ebooks every single week and the thought of purchasing one seems absolutely ridiculous to me.
However, when I spontaneously decided I just had to re-listen to Hearts in Darkness earlier this week (after purchasing 4 brand new audiobooks from Audible’s Summer Sale. I know, I know.) I fell in love with Caden and Makenna all over again… and I needed to know what happened next in their story. So, I downloaded a sample, thinking that I could just get a taste, realize that it wasn’t as good, and move on with my life.
That’s not what happened. I was addicted immediately, bought the whole book, and read it in a day. Which was easy considering this was a novella as well.
There is a whole lot more drama in this book that I was not expecting AT ALL. The instalove that did not bother me at all in the first book, continued to grow quickly and believably, and even when a cliche/trope that I’m not usually fond of occurred, I still loved every second of it.
Caden’s worries and issues are believable and, for me, relatable. Nothing seemed forced and the pacing, despite this novel being so short, was absolutely perfect.
I’m in such awe of Laura Kaye and her ability to give you all the feels and tell such a complete, fulfilling story in such few pages.
Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars
I was DYING from butterfly overdose, especially in the beginning of this novel, in the best way possible.
Re-read Worthiness: 5 Stars
I mean, I already reread the first book. Chances are high I’ll reread this one.
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
I’m obsessed. My bookshelf needs this series.
New Book Boyfriend: Yes
CADEN I LOVE YOU!