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…


★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★

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I read Hearts in Darkness back in August 2012, a short little novel about a man and a woman who get stuck in a lift together and do naughty things in the dark. It was a fabulous little read and ended with both characters deciding to meet up and get to know each other a little bit more. Almost 4 years later and we finally get the sequel that we have been waiting for, and I for one was thrilled to hear this news.

Caden Grayson and Makenna James are navigating their way through a new relationship and although they are happy and very excited to have found each other, Cade is feeling anxious of how fast and hard he is falling. He suffers from PTSD and depression, and really wants to be a better man for the perfect Makenna, he does not feel worthy, at all. But he’s trying.

“He owed this to her, and he wanted to be man enough – just once – to walk into a roomful of strangers and act like a normal freaking human being.”

Makenna is pretty certain she is in love with Cade, and even though they haven’t said the words out loud, she knows that they are perfect for each other and have a great future ahead. She decides to take him home to meet her family for Thanksgiving and nothing is going to get in her way of her feelings for him, not even her ex boyfriend or overprotective brother.

Unfortunately, sometimes the dark overtakes Cade and it is up to Makenna to stay strong and hope that he will eventually see the light again.

“Makenna’s smile was like the sun coming out from behind the clouds.
See how she’s looking at you? Trust that look, Grayson. Nothing else matters.

If you were a fan of the original book, then I am certain that you will enjoy being back with these characters as much as I did. They hold a special place in my heart, as this was once of my first kindle reads that led me on the path to the romance indie book community and all the wonderful people that are in it.

Love in the Light is a continuation of Hearts in Darkness, and is told in third person dual POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Read an Excerpt

“So Caden said you two met in an elevator,” the tattoo artist said to Makenna, amusement plain in his voice.

“We really did. We were trapped in it for over four hours,” Makenna said, smiling. It was a little weird to talk to someone she couldn’t look at, but she couldn’t move while he was working. “In my office building. I rode it just today.”

“That’s quite a way to meet someone,” Heath said with a chuckle. “How come nothing like that ever happens to me?”

“Maybe you don’t ride enough elevators,” Makenna said.

The tattoo machine pulled away from her skin. Heath laughed. “I guess I don’t,” he finally said, leaning back in.

The needles hit a sensitive spot along her spine that had Makenna grimacing. Originally, she’d been thinking of putting the piece on her shoulder, but when she’d decided on the bigger size, she thought it would look better in the center. Heath had warned her that the central placement meant inking over bone, which could hurt more, and it sure did.

Caden braced his elbows on his knees so he could lean closer. “Want to play twenty questions?” he asked.

She smiled, knowing he was trying to distract her and appreciating the heck out of the gesture. “Are there still questions left we haven’t asked each other?”

“Probably,” he said. “For example, I don’t think I’ve ever asked you your favorite sex position.”

“No laughing,” Heath said, as Makenna tried to hold back her humor. Heat filled her cheeks. “Also, TMI. However, I like TMI, so feel free to answer, Makenna.”

Since the needle was away from her skin, she did laugh that time. “Okay, so maybe there are questions we haven’t asked.” She winked at Caden as Heath got back to work. “And, to answer the question, the second part of the night on my floor.”

Caden’s gaze went molten. He flicked at the spider bite piercings with his tongue. And that had parts of her going molten, because she knew how freaking talented that tongue was.

“Yours?” she asked, arching an eyebrow.


“Readers that have been anxiously waiting for more of this story will be thrilled with the passionate and poignant way Kaye dives back in with this complicated and much loved couple. Love in the Light will have readers falling in love with Caden and Makenna all over again!” ~ Jay Crownover, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Marked Men Series

“Sexy, emotional and incredibly heartwarming, fans of Laura Kaye won’t be disappointed!” ~ Monica Murphy, New York Times Bestselling Author of the One Week Girlfriend Quartet

“Laura Kaye has a gift for writing beautifully damaged men and Caden Grayson leads the pack with enough vulnerability to twist your heart in knots.” ~ Tessa Bailey, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Line of Duty Series

“This book delivers – sweet romance, smoking hot sex, an entire tissue box full of angsty drama, and such love shining off the pages that it will blind you.” ~ Christi Barth, Author of the Shore Secrets Series

“This follow up to one of the most beloved couples in romance is delivered in the emotional and touching way that only Laura Kaye can do. Love in the Light is everything I could have wanted for Makenna and Caden–and more!” ~ Jillian Stein, Read-Love-Blog

About the Author

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.

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More in this Series

Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness #1) Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness #2)