Title: Hearts in Darkness Collection
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Hearts in Darkness #1-2.5
Hearts in Darkness
Hearts in Darkness #1
Makenna James doesn’t think her day could get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in an elevator with a complete stranger. Caden Grayson is amused by this beautiful redhead who looks like she is having a rough day. When the power fails, his worst fear comes true as they are both stuck in a dark enclosed space.
This was such a sweet and cute novella. I loved how Makenna and Caden met and fell for each other before ever actually seeing each other’s faces. The dark and intimate setting allowed them both to be their true selves, issues and all. Makenna met Caden’s issues head on and helped him through his claustrophobia. She made him feel whole even when he was struggling in the dark.
“His chest felt full and tight at the same time, but above it all he admired and appreciated the way Makenna met his issues head on—kissing his scar, comforting him about the loss of his family, making him feel so accepted by wanting to understand why he’d marked himself again and again.”
In 24 hours these two found their forever while stuck in a terrible situation. While most people would fall apart in a situation like this, me included, these two banded together and found happiness. I loved this one and I am so glad there is a second novella for these two because I need more!
Lovers at Dawn
Hearts in Darkness #1.5
This was a short story that takes place the day after Caden and Makenna were stuck in the elevator. They spend the night together and all day and realize they don’t want this to end. It was sweet and you can really feel the strength of their relationship already.
Love in the Light
Hearts in Darkness #2
This book picks up a few months after the previous book left off. Makenna and Caden have been inseparable since they were trapped in the elevator. They are getting ready to spend the holidays with Makenna’s family. Caden can’t get over how happy he is and is terrified it is going to be taken away at any moment. That fear turns into a spiral of doubt and depression that almost ruins their relationship.
The focus of this book is mostly on Caden and his struggle to accept his past, his PTSD, and his fear of losing Makenna. Things were going great for these two until they went to her family’s Thanksgiving and her ex was there. This was the start of Caden’s spiral of depression and was very hard to read. Seeing him slowly fall apart and causing a larger rift between them was heartbreaking. Kaye does an amazing job at showing how destructive and devastating depression can be on someone and their family.
Makenna has been supportive of Caden from the beginning. She knows about his issues and helps him work his way through them. So having Caden push her away was very upsetting. I do wish that when he pushed her away Makenna hadn’t waited so long to reach out to him. I feel like she should have made more of an effort to contact him or see him. It takes drastic measures and loyal friends to get Caden back on track and healthy, and I wish that Makenna had been a part of that. They had to fall completely apart to come back stronger than ever. They are united now and you know they can work through anything that happens in the future.
“Then it’s you and me, ‘til the end. In the darkness and in the light.”
Overall, I loved this duet and couldn’t get enough of Caden and Makenna. I really wish Laura Kaye would write more novella’s like this because I love her work.
Forever in the Light
Hearts in Darkness #2.5
This was a wonderful conclusion novella for Caden and Makenna. This was another short one but it packed a lot of emotion with the wedding, the wedding night, and another heartfelt moment in an elevator. I am sad that Caden and Makenna’s story is over but it was a very good one!