Hearts in Darkness: Makenna James and Caden Grayson
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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 have had this book on my Amazon Wish List for months. It was just sitting there staring at me every time I looked at my wish list. I have never read anything by this author before and I wasn’t sure I wanted to give it a chance even tho I’ve been LUSTING over the cover for quite some time. I finally just caved and got the book. Now I am pissed at myself for wasting all that time, because, I freak’n loved this book! I have seriously read it three times since I first read it. Part of that is because it’s fairly short at about 100 pages and it’s good for a quick read when I’m short on time and a larger part because I loved the story.
So basically the book starts out with Makenna rushing to the elevator after a crappy day. Because she is fiddling with so many things she doesn’t get a look at the Good Samaritan holding the elevator for her. Caden is amused at the redhead trying to juggle a million things at once. All he is able to see of her is her gorgeous red hair. Almost immediately the lights go out and all of Caden’s hard work and therapy to get over his extreme claustrophobia goes out with the lights. All of the sudden he is struggling to keep his ish together. It is Makenna’s voice that pulls him out of his near panic.
Caden urges Makenna to keep talking with him, he reluctantly shares his phobia. What I loved about Caden is that he is able to share with Makenna. Despite the dark and the fact that she is a virtual stranger somehow even with the blackness pressing in on him they are able to connect and he opens up to her like he has never been able to before. His story is such a sad one and he is able to find some measure of comfort from Makenna and her kindness. She is so unlike anyone he has ever met and he knows he wants to see her after they leave the elevator, but he fears what she is going to think once those lights come back on. His exterior is a little rough around the edges and he worries that Makenna won’t find him as attractive as he finds her, because she already knows about his sever baggage and his exterior may be too much to overcome in addition to his inner demons…
Makenna is a total sweetheart. She comforts a near stranger while he is bearing his soul. She helps him through a very difficult situation and helps him keep from freaking out. She realizes the gift he gives when he talks about his past and instinctively knows it’s not easy for him. With each new discovery she cares more about this man. She worries about what he may think about her when he finally does see her, she knows he has a tattoo and thinks she may be too boring for someone like him, she’s an accountant after all if that isn’t the epitome of boring she doesn’t know what is. He has such a tragic past; she knows that whatever his face may look like, his inner beauty will shine through.
I loved the whole elevator and not knowing what each other looks like aspect of this book. It’s a bit different because there is no physical attraction to base the relationship off of at first. This forces the two to get to know each other on another level with no preconceived notions based on looks to get in the way. They find that they actually have a lot in common and being stuck in an elevator for hours with nowhere else to go means there is a whole lot of talking going on. In those hours they find out more about each other than people who have dated months. By the time they get out of the elevator something like 6-8 hours later it’s like they have gone through the entire “getting to know you” stage of dating. Lol. It’s like dating on speed! The physical insecurities of both Caden and Makenna are totally realistic and the same worries that any normal person would go through which also add to the realistic element of the story. I personally thought it was cute, and know I’ve gone through the same thing on the rare times I had agreed to a blind date. =)
I truly just loved this book. I even made my friend read it, she had no choice in the matter. LOL. So you should read it too! Come on now, you know you want to! Oh and I almost forgot to note this book is pretty HOT as well. Like burning up the pages hot.