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?
Why I Read this Book: This book was recommended to me by an author friend. She and I have pretty similar reading tastes so when she said “read this!”, I obeyed.
What I Liked: The main characters are in a dark elevator for most of the story, and yet, the writing is very descriptive. The characters cannot see anything whatsoever so they’re dependent on their other senses. As a reader, I got that – the touches, the smells, the sounds.
The author did an incredible job with the character development in such a short amount of time. Because of the lack of their visual senses, conversation is at the forefront and is the key to this story. The reader learns so much about these two characters in such a small amount of time.
There was such chemistry between Mackenna and Caden. I love how her playfulness set Caden at ease.
What I Didn’t Like: I didn’t like the story backtracking when the POV switched between characters. I would be reading from Mackenna’s POV then when it switched over to Caden’s POV, the story would rewind a bit and I had to read what just happened from his prospective. It felt redundant.
I’m a little over the he was the most well-endowed man she’d ever been with cliché.
This book is a bit overpriced, in my opinion. Right now, the book is $2.99 (which is less than what I paid for it) and it’s only 112 pages long. I feel more comfortable paying 99¢ for novellas that are right around 100 pages.
“Give me your hand,” Caden offered. “You can feel for yourself.”
Overall Impression: Hearts in Darkness had an interesting premise and was incredibly hot.