Thursday, January 14, 2016

review || LOVE IN THE LIGHT { release week blitz } by Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye | January 9, 2016 | Contemporary Romance
Hearts in Darkness, book 2


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…
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{ about laura kaye } .

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

{ excerpt } .

“Do you want to get changed and I’ll set dinner out?” Caden asked.

“Yeah,” Makenna said. “Sounds great.” The kitchen, dining area, and living room were one big room, with her bedroom door toward the far end. She paused there and looked back. Caden moved around her little kitchen, comfortably and familiarly, and he just looked so freaking good there. In her space. Well, their space now.

He still had his townhouse in Fairlington, but he rarely slept there anymore. And it was so bare bones in furnishings that he preferred they not sleep there because he feared she’d be uncomfortable. A part of her wasn’t sure why he even kept it at this point.

“What?” he asked, giving her a skeptical look.

She grinned and leaned against the door jamb. “I rode our elevator today.”

He shook his head. “Anything interesting happen?”

“Oh, I got trapped with a smoking hot stranger and made out with him in the dark. The usual,” she said.

He smirked. “That never happens.”

Makenna threw her head back and laughed. Still smiling, she changed into jeans and a pink camisole with a low back, and then she threw a warm, chunky caramel-colored cardigan over that.

She found Caden sitting at the set table, containers of food overflowing with several types of noodles. It smelled amazing—savory and spicy and like she could eat everything she saw.

For a moment, the look on his face made her think he was upset about something, but then he saw her and his expression transformed into a sexy smirk. “Smoking hot, huh?”

Laughing, she took the seat next to him. “You fishing for compliments, Grayson? I already said you were freaking gorgeous.”

“Yeah, but that’s not the same as smoking hot.” He arched a brow, and damn if his playfully smug, expectant expression wasn’t hot as hell with his brow piercing and the widow’s peak of his dark hair.

She picked up her fork. “Okay, then how about this? You are so freaking gorgeous and so smoking hot that you make my heart race and my mouth water and my panties melt. Every time I see you. How’s that for a compliment?”

Caden’s smile was slow coming but so damn sexy. “I like tattoo night.”
She laughed and shook her head. “So do I.”

{ review } .

Caden's ability to use Makenna to help him through the dark times could only last so long...

This story starts a few months after the elevator incident, and things are going strong with Makenna and Caden. Their relationship, the ease of it, everything is still there. They went from zero to sixty quickly, but have maintained and life is normal. But Caden still has his fears and insecurities, and with time, these things threaten what he has with Makenna.

I loved book one, and loved book two just as much. This book was a good 25% longer than the previous and to be honest, it felt like it at times. There was a chunk of book that did not do a whole lot for me (it lost my interest a little), but I knew that I was going to love the end (...epi-reader that I am), and I knew that I loved their beginning, so I pushed through. Aside from that small chunk, though, this story was as heartbreaking as it was heartwarming. Caden's fear of what is on the surface versus truth, and his journey to becoming whole once and for-all, was greatly written. The fears he experiences and his insecurities he faces are very real, and definitely came  across that way. As in book one, I loved conversations he had with Makenna (and later with the firehouse guys) because they felt very real, like true conversations you may overhear.

This was a lovely conclusion to their story, and I'm sad to see them go. This is a definitely a (shorter) duology to read!

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