Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Love in the Light by Laura Kaye


 

We cannot tell you how excited we are to bring you the Release Week Blitz for LOVE IN THE LIGHT by Laura Kaye! LOVE IN THE LIGHT is a novel told in dual POV and Part Two of her bestselling Hearts in Darkness Duet. This much anticipated follow-up is finally here! Make sure you grab your copy of this sexy novel today, and if you're new to the series you can grab the first novella HEARTS IN DARKNESS for just $.99 for a limited time!



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    About LOVE IN THE LIGHT (Hearts in Darkness Duet #2): 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…   



    Praise for LOVE IN THE LIGHT: "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
     

And don’t miss the first title, Hearts in Darkness, at 99 cents!




          About 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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Title: Love In the Light
Author: Laura Kaye
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Hearts In Darkness #2
Main Characters: Makenna and Caden
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: -
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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…
 

My Review: 
The precursor to this book, Hearts in Darkness, is one of my favorite books ever. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that this is the book that I've gifted most in my lifetime because I love it so much. I keep a stock of paperback copies of it to give away. As a result, I was so excited to hear that Laura Kaye was writing a sequel to it. BUT that's a LOT of expectation to live up to. Luckily, the sequel was really good. 

The reason book #1 was so good was simply because the setup of the book was so creative. Caden is a guy with issues. He's worked through a lot of those issues in a physical way with a transformation of his body with tattoos and piercings. Something that played huge into the first book. Caden is an intimidating looking guy, but Makenna never saw him before the lights went out. As a result, she got to know the man before she had the physical impression of him. They fell in love, fast and hard. 

This book takes place two months after that fateful day. The thing is, although Caden has worked through so many of his issues during his lifetime, those issues are still there...lying dormant, but still there. His new relationship with Makenna terrifies Caden. He's lost everything in his life that meant something to him. He loves her and knows he won't be able to survive it if he loses her too and he's sure that he will lose her. That's simply the way his life goes...so he goes into a downward spiral. 

This book was so good, but it was also so heartbreaking. Caden's story is horrific...for a 14 yo to go through what he went through. My heart hurts for him. And that's the thing...Makenna gets him like no other person has before, but even for her, she doesn't realize the depth of his emotional scars. I loved the way that the story played out. It worked for me and felt very real. I loved getting to see how Makenna and Caden were after the fact, how they eventually did have to face the reality of his scars, and work their way through them. They came out of this book so much "more"...I loved that about this book. Because the way the first book ended it was more a "happily for now" than a "happily ever after." This book gave me some closure and a sense of happiness and that Makenna and Caden will last forever. I loved it!

Thank you Laura Kaye for writing it! I highly recommend the book. And if you haven't read the first, you NEED TO! Go buy it now and then enjoy this final chapter in their story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I'm hoping it comes out in print so I can buy a copy for my keeper shelf. 


“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 hergoing molten, because she knew how freaking talented that tongue was.
            
“Yours?” she asked, arching an eyebrow.

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