Hearts in Darkness surprised me. I did not read the book description before I started, just grabbed it up one day and started. For some reason I had it in my head it was a paranormal book, but that was so far from the truth.
Hearts in Darkness is about two people who have never met, getting stuck in an elevator in the dark. The two only had glimpses of each other before getting stuck, so the relationship builds in the dark as they get to know each other.
Makenna James is making a mad dash for the elevator to leave work for the day when she stumbles losing her phone. A tattooed hand holds the elevator for her. When the lights go out, she realizes her phone is broke and they have no way of alerting anyone they are stuck in the dark on an elevator.
Caden Grayson holds the elevator for the red head who stumbles in, his amusement quickly ends when the lights go out. Due to a past accident, Caden is terrified of confined, dark spaces.
Fighting fear, the two start to talk and learn more about each other. With no way to see each other, they rely on all their other senses to learn about each other. A passion starts to brew between the two as time continues to go on. The biggest question is whether they will still be attracted to each other when the lights come back.
Heats in Darkness isn’t a long book, nor does it end with them professing their undying love for each other. It is a good look at what happens when you can’t preconceive your thoughts about someone based solely on looks. There is some touching…let’s be honest, lots of touching. So Makenna does learn Caden has piercings. Would the two have been attracted to each other just on looks? Probably not, and that is why this books works so well. The personalities are put to the test to find that they really are just people.
There is a happy for now ending, that will probably grow into more, but we won’t see it. I like that the author didn’t try to force them into a HEA based on one night. The passion does cumulate into a very hot scene in the light of night outside of the elevator.
This was a rare story that just needed me to find the diamond in the rough. I loved the thought of people learning to like, love or lust each other just based on a conversation and not on the attraction of looks. Really getting to know each other, especially their fears. I recommend this to anyone looking for a different twist on a short love story.