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Summary

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?

©2011, 2013 Laura Kaye (P)2013 Laura Kaye

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Light Easy Read

A sweet romance following Makenna James and Caden Grayson as they meet in an elevator during a power cut. With no lights, the only thing they can do is talk, get to know each other, and get through the night until they're rescued. Loved both these characters, and I've got to say the tattooed, pierced, bad boy is not as he seems. The fact of the matter is, these two might not have been paired in any traditional sense, but they are soul mates (in my eyes anyway). The straight laced accountant and the tattooed paramedic..........who would have thought? Light sexy enjoyable romance.

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Hearts in Darkness

A unique and interesting concept with tenderness and sexual tension building throughout their time trapped in the lift together. I really enjoyed this book. The characters fit well together.
The narrator was good and really created the atmosphere.

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The promise of acceptance

I have listened to this a few times. The hope of love despite the physical and emotional scars we carry is so real and honest you cannot help but read and enjoy this story of love at first...talk?...touch?.... A story of finding the one who help you heal and being brave enough to accept them despite your scars.

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  • Leighton Buzzard, Beds, UK
  • 01-10-14

Fab short story. Perfect for a long car journey.

Great short story. We'll written and narrated. Left wanting to know more about the couple.
really felt the emotion and the feeling develop between the 2 of them.
Have listened to all the authors current releases and they are now on my automatic buy list.
We'll done, I look forward to more

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  • Kd
  • 06-12-13

So Sexy but Too Short

Too short but a very enjoyable ride. This is really more of a novella about a couple who meet in unusual circumstances and, as a result of being forced together, end of hitting it off very, very well. As a result, they take the relationship to the next level. They don’t waste any time. But when it works, it works. We really get only a peek at the start of their relationship; the rest has to be imagined. That’s part of what’s enjoyable about the book b/c life rarely wraps up so nicely like so many romance stories end. So it all seems quite plausible though quite uncommon. But it’s a dream many of us would love to come true. I also liked that the h and H are physically and emotionally flawed people yet still very appealing to one another. Both just seemed real, relatable, which added to the plausibility of the story. An added plus was the wittiness in the early dialogue between the H and h.
The ending, or parts of it, was the only aspect that took away from the story for me. Near the end, there was a bit of side-chair psychology that was supposed to be a wow moment; it didn’t work for me. Unlike the rest of the story, it seemed less plausible and didn’t fit; it seemed forced, like a way to point to the couple’s connection. But it came off as false, which then could’ve made the whole relationship seem shallow and only based on lust, with no substance. But I wanted to believe there was more there, so I let it slide. You have to listen to decide for yourself what you think of the rest of the ending…if you can call it that.

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  • Sharon
  • 09-01-14

Short, but Oh So Sweet!!

I with this one was longer, or there were a second installment. Both main characters struggle with their self confidence, and the dark elevator they get stuck in allows them to see each other of who they really are. You can't help but fall for Caden and root for the relationship with Makenna. If you are looking for something short, this is a quick listen and very engaging. I recommend it for all romance fans. It is a good solid contemporary romance with good dialogue and character development.

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  • Jennifer
  • 03-12-13

Quick sweet & steamy listen

This was a sweet and steamy listen about two strangers meeting in an elevator.

Both characters were likable and believable.

Narrator was really good and kind of reminded me of Renée Raudman.

I'm be checking out more from Laura Kaye and the narrator, Erin Jones.

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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
  • 30-01-18

Strangers in the dark . . .

Strangers in the dark bring an intimacy neither Caden or Mackenna would have imagined possible. This is a crazy good introduction into the makings of a beautiful romance between two unlikely people. Meeting in the dark of an elevator and learning more about each other in the dark than they would have in the light of day.

Narration was good but there could have been more emotion pushed into it.

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  • weeden
  • 05-06-16

Not sure, sorry

This book is an erotic romance.

The book is good, but I was left hanging wanting to know where is the rest of the book. The story is mostly set in an elevator.

Makenna is not having the best of days when she not only drops her phone while trying to catch the elevator, losing the battery, but to top it off she is stuck in darkness with a stranger and all she saw before her world changed was a dragon tattoo.

Caden is not the type of guy you take home to mom. He is big all over, tatted and pierced everywhere, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have issues and being trapped in an elevator set off his fears. But even in the darkness the stranger he is trapped with becomes his salvation.

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  • Lisa Maurer
  • 23-03-16

Quick, Sexy Story that packs a punch!

What did you love best about Hearts in Darkness?

The fact that a novella completely captivated me - it rarely happens. I enjoy a good novella but they're usually too short - this one didn't feel like a novella.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hearts in Darkness?

Anything and everything that happened in the elevator - it was fantastic!

What about Erin Jones’s performance did you like?

She did a great job performing both parts (it's dual POV) - she wasn't over the top and made the whole listening process enjoyable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wasn't expecting as much angst as I got but once again for a novella - it was perfection.

Any additional comments?

L-O-V-E this story to bits, I think everyone should experience it! It's a great way to get introduced to Laura Kaye's magical writing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-02-16

I really enjoyed this story

I am a fan of Laura Kaye - this didn't disappoint. It was different and an enjoyable listen.

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  • Renee Myrman Olichwier
  • 16-02-16

Fantastic!!

This was a wonderful story with well developed characters and an amazing story! I loved Makenna and Caden together! I would have liked more of an ending but I know book 2 is out and I plan on reading that. I liked the narrator but I didn't think she quite pulled off Caden's voice.

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  • Grace MyBookSnack
  • 13-01-16

Short, sweet and sexy!

If you could sum up Hearts in Darkness in three words, what would they be?

Short, sweet, sexy

Have you listened to any of Erin Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Audiobook review
It was my first time listening to anything narrated by Erin Jones, and she made me smile at many of my favorite scenes. For instance, the part in the elevator when Makenna asks Caden to choose which snack he wants, “Granola bar or trail mix, granola bar or trail mix” was done in a sing-song voice that I thought was cute and made me giggle. This story is only a little over 3 hours long and, while I’ve re-read this novella many, many times over the years, it was refreshing to listen to the audiobook.

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For being a short story, Laura Kaye does not disappoint in creating a sweet and sexy romance between two unlikely strangers thrown into a difficult situation. The tension just keeps building and building! It only took me a few hours to finish the story, since I could not put it down. I just really needed to know what happened to these two people. If you're a fan of romance and want something quick to read, then get Hearts in Darkness!

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  • cheri
  • 10-01-16

Unlikely lovers.

Would you listen to Hearts in Darkness again? Why?

Yes. While there is undeniable heat there is true emotion.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are really only two characters and both are real

What about Erin Jones’s performance did you like?

She did such a good job of expressing their emotions.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Unlikely lovers.

Any additional comments?

This was a surprising love story. Just as the Voice chooses singing talent sight unseen, two people who would be unlikely to give each other a second look are caught in dark elevator for a number of hours. Comforting him from his claustrophobia, they share stories, teasing, flirting. A touching story I recommend.