Like being stuck in an elevator with Zsadist

Hearts in Darkness - Laura Kaye

Opening Line: " Wait! Can you please hold that?"

Ah Caden, my new literary boyfriend, how I would love to get stuck in an elevator with you. Pierced, tattooed, skull trimmed and hitting all my Zsadist fantasy buttons (gah) this bad boy had me in bits from page one. He’s also kind, insecure, lonely and somewhat tortured. Yup he's delicious.
Wow, this was a fantastic little read that I can see myself coming back to again soon. Short, sexy and just oh so good. The only thing that could have made this any better would have been a couple hundred more pages. Although in saying that this is perfectly complete in terms of story and unlike most novellas I never felt that our couple’s sexy time was contrived or rushed. I just enjoyed them so much I wanted more. Always the sign of a great story.

Makenna as our lucky heroine wasn’t quite what I was expecting; despite her polished appearance and upper class job she had just as many insecurities as Caden did. Will he like what I look like? Will he think I’m homely? Will he want to see me again? This is what every girl thinks and made her relatable and much easier to insert myself into her psyche for fantasy purposes later on.

One of the things I really enjoyed here was how the author gave us the exact same moment from both POV’s. Backtracking a conversation or action so that we could get the other persons internal thoughts and reactions to it. I’ve rarely seen this done before and it was awesome to get both sides. I mean how often are you left wondering how he/she feels and you’re stuck in the wrong head?

One of my other favourite moments (and this is spoilery) is when Makenna finally gets to see Caden.  She exclaims “You’re freaking gorgeous.” I loved this because up until the lights went on we (the readers) didn’t really know what he looked like either. Of course looks are always subjective but I had thought this was going to be beauty and the beast type story, whereas it was more like if The Voice did a dating show. (LOL that made me laugh ) Cheers

“Tell me, Red, you gotta say it out loud. I can’t see your face or your eyes, and I don’t want to make any mistakes here.”