Laura Kaye’s LOVE IN THE LIGHT: Can Love Conquer All?



Hearts in Darkness Duet #2

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by Laura Kaye
Published by Laura Kaye

Print Length: 193 pages

Publisher: Laura Kaye (January 12, 2016)

Publication Date: January 12, 2016


Review copy provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


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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 just too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…

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 My Take Oblong
hearts in darknessI have been waiting soooo long for this sequel to Laura Kaye’s HEARTS IN DARKNESS – three years in fact.  Laura wrote what might have  been, as I said at the time, the hottest book ever, but this one allows the relationship between McKenna and Caden to bloom from that one epic experience in a stuck elevator.  
I am participating in a release day blitz for this book.  Laura is one of only a couple writers for whom I participate in any kind of event.

McKenna is solid, aside from a little self esteem thing, she has a family who loves her.   Caden has no biological family left since his mother and brother, and later his father, died.  As an EMT he does have a First Responders family of which he doesn’t realize the importance.

Due to the accident which took his mom and younger brother Caden suffers from survivor’s guilt and PTSD.  Kaye does a great job describing this and bringing those problems forward with compassion. If you have read her military series you’ll know this is something at which she excels.

Other than a semi stalker-asshole-creepy ex McKenna’s life is pretty good with friends and a very loving family. She doesn’t know how to give but all the way, and honestly.  In the face of this goodness Caden just can’t face feelings of inferiority and being undeserving.

Now, make no mistake, both Caden and McKenna undergo tremendous growth.  McKenna’s family helps her in a sticky time, but Caden really needs professional help to understand his issues. 

It’s a complicated situation.  Much of it has to do with Caden’s unwillingness and inability to communicate his issues with McKenna.  While I normally get aggravated by poor communication being the biggest problem in a relationship is this story, the difficulties arise from Caden’s psychological problems. I like how Laura used his love for McKenna as a good motivator for Caden to come to grips with his issues.

I enjoy Laura’s writing; seeing her skills grow and become more sophisticated. This story is an example of that – I felt a difference in her writing – making the story even better. 

I highly recommend this super hot book and series!

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“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

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura KayeLaura ( Laura is on the left – that’s me on the right)  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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