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REVIEW + AN EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY: LOVE IN THE LIGHT BY LAURA KAYE!!!

Title: Love in The Light
Series: Hearts in Darkness Bk #2
Author: Laura Kaye
Release Date: January 12, 2016
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SYNOPSIS:
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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 I read Hearts in Darkness almost 4 years ago! For such a quick novella, Laura Kaye's steamy romance about two strangers who met and fell in love in a dark elevator after a power failure left them stranded really stuck with me. I did a quick reread just before starting Love in the Light to refresh my memory on the little details I may have forgotten and I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only did I remember it as if I'd read it yesterday, but I liked it even more the second time around.

Caden Grayson and Makenna James truly connected with each other's hearts hours before they laid eyes on each other in Hearts in Darkness. Kaye penned a beautiful story of raw chemistry, of soul mates finding themselves drawn to the heart of a stranger before physical attraction could even factor in. But what would happen later? How would Caden and Makenna fair out in the real world, outside the elevator that started it all? What would their love look like once they came out of the darkness and into the light?

I so appreciated where Laura Kaye chose to open up this story, with Love In The Light picking up just mere weeks after the prequel left off. My biggest fear with reading a series, especially in a case like this where years have passed since the last book was written and released, is the characters changing so drastically that I feel a disconnect between each book, like I'm reading about new characters altogether. That didn't happen here at all. Caden and Makenna picked up right where Kaye left them years ago, but that span of time felt nonexistent, the prequel transitioning fluidly into this unputdownable full length novel that really delves much deeper into these beloved characters and their love story but maintains the integrity of the broken Caden and feisty Makenna we met so long ago.

This might just be my new favorite Laura Kaye romance. I LOVED everything about this book, from the mundane holidays with the James family, to the truly heart-wrenching course of events that evolves throughout the story, to the way Kaye really connected me with her characters and allowed me to love them even more deeply than I had before. This story is the complete package, wrought with sweetness and steam, angst and heartbreaking curve balls, hope, healing, and a love that overcomes all obstacles. I never wanted this book to end. Love in the Light is my first 5 STAR read of the year  and I can only hope 2016 is filled with a lot more where this one came from!

Jessica's Rating:

“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.


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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