Legit Looks At Real Books is a segment I'm devoting to reviewing books that are actually published. Books that you can obtain at your local book store of via the inter-web. These books will vary from genre and style.
At the end, I'll be rating it from 1 to 5 Channing Tatum kisses.
This post will deal with the novella Hearts In Darkness by Laura Kaye.
What Genre Is This?
This is absolutely a romance that borders erotica. For those that are a little sensitive to incredibly sexual content, this book does touch on the subject, but does a fair job at avoiding those "dirty" words.
So What's This Book About?
It's a novella, which means it's not nearly the length of a normal book; it's much shorter. This book starts off with a frustrated Makenna James having the worst of days. It's a Friday, and she's looking forward to curling up on the couch and drinking away her problems as she barely gets on an elevator, thanks to Good Samaritan, but total badass, Caden Grayson.
The elevator stops suddenly, and the power goes out leaving these two trapped in pitched darkness. Caden suffers from claustrophobia, though he is learning to deal with his fear, and the two begin to force an awkward conversation to pass the time. As it's the weekend, neither realize when they'll get out.
They start playing the infamous game two people play when they start to develop feelings for one another: Twenty Questions. This passes the time, and starts pushing these two into physical contact situations.
Before you know it, Caden and Makenna are getting frisky in the elevator!
This book takes you through the journey of two
Hmmm... Why Do I Want To Read This?
Aside from the fact that the main character, Caden, is a total hottie with tattoos and piercings, this book is a must for any romance junkie. It's quick paced, and the banter between the characters is entertaining for the reader.
The author is fantastic at describing emotions and feelings in this book. Kaye does a wonderful job at getting the reader to experience just what Makenna and Caden are experiencing at their touch. She gets you to yearn and desire after her characters in a way unique to only this novella.
It's an event that everyone wishes would happen to them. That spur-of-the-moment romance and desire that leaves you aching between the legs. It's an incredible story that leaves you lusting after the characters.
What's The Catch?
It's a novella. Like I said before, this means it is much shorter than your average book. Novellas can be quite fast paced, which to some is a huge turn off. If you're someone who likes to fall in love with the characters at a smooth and steady pace, beware--this book is definitely forceful in getting the characters to love one another.
Another downfall is the style of the writing; while often times it's well written, it will occasionally slip into a poor writing style. Short sentences, grammatical mistakes (which, in all actuality is the editor's fault), and various other glitches can often be a negative aspect of a book.
Overall, I would give this 4 Channing Tatum kisses. It's hot; It's erotic; It's quick paced and the flirt level is UP for the characters. Aside from a few issues with the writing, this book is incredible.
I would have never guessed it before I had read it. Great quick read for the beach or to simply lay out on the back porch for a few hours.
Fabulous work, Miss Kaye.