Exclusive Excerpt of Laura Kaye’s “Love in the Light” plus a signed book-set giveaway!

by Maryse on January 11, 2016 · 73 comments

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<— You GUYS!!! Guess what??!! THE CONTINUATION to the story… OH.EM. GEE!!!!!! Book #2 is (Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness Duet Book 2) is releasing TOMORROWWWWW and I am TOTALLY reading it, and! biggrinbiggrin Plus!! I have an excerpt for us to indulge in, right now. AND a giveaway! Did you guys know that this one is almost twice as long as book #1? YAY US!!! AND… it’s told in dual POV.

Why am I so excited? *gasp* eek ’Cause I totally fell head-over-heels in love with book #1 (Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness Duet Book 1) right?!! It’s a TOTALLY unique and fun and exciting and OMG super-steamy story about two strangers that get stuck in an elevator together. They are both in pitch black darkness, and didn’t actually “see” each other when they boarded the elevator, so they don’t know what the other looks like. And here’s the kicker. One of ‘em is claustrophobic so the other talks and eases them… AND!! They bond in the dark, becoming friends, and sharing secrets… but what happens when the lights come on? OMG what a BOOK!!!!!!!

Here’s my review and I remember every single thing about it and I read it YEARS ago, and I always wondered… whatever happened to that awesome duo of characters? Don’t even pay attention to the 4 star rating I gave it, ’cause if years later, I still think about the book, and remember the details and lost my heart HARD over the sweet potential love story, you know it’s really a 5-star. I probably only 4 starred it due to it’s shorter length, but trust me. Even thought it’s a short book, this one packs a punch, and has all of the needed detail to make us forget it’s not a full length novel.

MichelleF: I have to agree with Maryse, read Hearts In Darkness. It’s the first Laura Kaye book I read and it’s still one of my favorites!

JulieO: Maryse, you are right Hearts in Darkness is definitely a keeper for a short story. Would really like a sequel to it to see how things are going.

Anne: I read Hearts in Darkness and loved it!! I want more Caden! Can’t wait for the sequel to come out :DDont know what to read next.

Tilly: LOVED Hearts in Darkness and am SOOO happy that there will be a sequel…

Jenny: I read Hearts in Darkness YEARS ago (like, 2012???) and can’t believe it took so long for a follow up! I have to re-read to get back into the story line.

Ready for that excerpt?

“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.


And the author is giving away a signed copy of both books-HEARTS IN DARKNESS and LOVE IN THE LIGHT- for one winner and it is open to international, right here on the blog!!!

How to enter for a chance to win these two books? Just leave a comment here (and even better, if YOU’VE ever been in an exciting or sticky situation with a stranger – let us know!! We love stories!) and by 10pm EST, Sunday January 17th 2016, I will randomly select one winner. The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. The books will be sent to the winner directly by the author.

Open to International!

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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{ 73 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim January 11, 2016 at 9:18 AM

I love Laura kayes books I have read every single book she has written and I can’t get enough from her. In response to if we had been in a sticky situation with a stranger not exactly but here’s my sorta stranger story 14 years ago I was online in a chat room and got some guy a few towns away contacting me after 5 days of talking we decided to meet ended up doing it in the back of his car 2 hours after meeting face to face lol we were married 4 months later divorced 6 months after that lol so that’s my story and thanks for the chance

Ashley Eckert January 11, 2016 at 12:54 PM

I can’t wait to read this!!! Loved Hearts in Darkness, and I’m read for some more!

Melissa Durbin January 11, 2016 at 12:55 PM

I love Laura Kaye books and getting to read the 2nd in this series will be great. I can’t wait!!

Amber M January 11, 2016 at 12:55 PM

I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of Laura Kaye’s books, but I would certainly LOVE the opportunity!! :) No, I haven’t ever run into a sticky situation with a stranger yet, but who knows what the future may hold. Thank you so much for this chance!! Would love to win this.

Amanda January 11, 2016 at 12:55 PM

No sticky situations for me. I just like to read about them;)

Annamarie desantis January 11, 2016 at 12:56 PM

I am dying for a signed copy of Laura’s books. I have already worn out my copies to the point that pages are falling out.

Brandi Harvey January 11, 2016 at 12:56 PM

I read this book on a whim awhile back and loved it. I’ve read it several times since. When I found out there was going to be a second I jumped up, did a dance and pre ordered it! Thanks for the chance.

Ailyn Benjamin January 11, 2016 at 12:57 PM

I have not encounter such thing with stranger although if the same thing happen to me in an elevator, I’d probably try ;)

Becky Wise January 11, 2016 at 12:58 PM

I love Laura Kayes books. I haven’t been in a sticky situation or exciting situation with a stranger yet. But you never know what can happen. Thank you for the chance.

Elle January 11, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Alas, no fun/sweet/sexy/sticky situation with a stranger to share! :-(

But I read and loved Hearts in Darkness and wouldn’t mind to live this kind of fantasy story in real life ;-)

Thanks for opening the giveaway to international contestants!

Carla Navedo January 11, 2016 at 12:58 PM

The first book was absolutely amazing and the second I have no doubt will be equally excellent! Would love to have paperbacks of my favorite books! I was once stranded on an elevator once…nothing like the story though…I was heavily pregnant and with a dude that was more concerned that the stress will get me to labor than anything else…Lol!

Cassie January 11, 2016 at 12:58 PM

I can say I have never been in a situation this bad with a stranger, but my hubby and I were stuck in an elevator between floors in a parking ramp at the airport. We lost contact with the people on the emergency phone after we couldn’t tell them which elevator we were in (it was our first time at that airport). After about an hour the firemen pried open the doors and helped us climb out…..my hubby tries to avoid elevators now at all costs!!!

Lisa Martin January 11, 2016 at 12:59 PM

YAY!! How exciting! I remember that Hearts in darkness was the first purchase I made on my new Kindle and now there’s a second part!! Woot! Woot! :D

Elli January 11, 2016 at 1:02 PM

I Love Laura Kaye’s books! I would love the chance to win her Hearts in Darkness Deut!!! No, I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting a complete stranger in a certain situation, but I am still living so you never know…

Christine January 11, 2016 at 1:04 PM

These books sound awesome! Can’t wait to read them!

Laura Zakanych January 11, 2016 at 1:06 PM

Hello Fellow Reader!
Thank you for the opportunity..:)

Veronika January 11, 2016 at 1:06 PM

I love Laura Kaye’s books! And this one sounds awesome!
Sadly, I have no exciting or sticky experience with a stranger to tell. **sigh** Someday…

Mindy January 11, 2016 at 1:13 PM

I’m so excited. I have it preordered on iBooks but would still love print copies of both books. Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

Kimberly Addison January 11, 2016 at 1:16 PM

No sticky situations with strangers come to mind. I have been hit on several times, but nothing exciting enough to report! hahaha! Thanks for a chance!

Heather Stout January 11, 2016 at 1:19 PM

Never been in a “sticky” situation with a stranger, but the night I met my husband, we met in a McDonalds parking lot and he asked me to get him one of the balls from the kids area that were in the parking lot! LOL…been together ever since! 23 years and counting!

Carolyn Johnson January 11, 2016 at 1:20 PM

I love every book Laura Kaye has ever written but Hearts in Darkness was so awesome. I loved Caden and Makenna.

Bre Meli January 11, 2016 at 1:20 PM

This is my ideal situation! Lol my biggest fantasy is love in an elevator lol. Tried once back in the day in the elevator in the Lincoln building in Nebraska but my jeans were to tight! Damn 90s and tight clothes! Lol

Mari Hinton January 11, 2016 at 1:21 PM

I haven’t read this book and it seems like a must. I haven’t had a had a sticky situation with a stranger . Love Twenty questions.

Catie January 11, 2016 at 1:22 PM

I loved the first book and can’t wait to read the next one.

Jennifer Talbert January 11, 2016 at 1:26 PM

I met my hubby as a stranger in an odd situation. I was his server, and his goal was to make me smile. He’s a big goofball, so he loves to make people laugh. I love Laura’s books :) Thanks for the chance!

Megan January 11, 2016 at 1:28 PM

I can’t wait for this book! I’ve had it pre-ordered for a while and I will probably read it tonight when it hits my kindle.

And I’m sorry to say I don’t have a good ‘stranger story’ to share. Thanks for the chance!

Nicole January 11, 2016 at 1:44 PM

I loved Hearts in Darkness, and I’m really looking forward to this sequel!
The closest I’ve come to an encounter with a stranger is a blind date!! The guy was hot, but to bad he was batshit crazy!

Theresa January 11, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Amber, you should read her Hard Ink series. Ex- military, with a back story that they dig into. The front for them is an Ink shop. Lots of Alpha bad boys

Keri January 11, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Although I haven’t had a chance to read any of Laura Kaye’s Books, I would love the opportunity to win this set. I can’t say I’ve been in a situation with a stranger… but if it happens I hope he is Cute and possible Irish!!!

Wendy Roberts January 11, 2016 at 2:50 PM

Thanks for the chance!

Betul E. January 11, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Cant wait to read this book!!!

Zita R January 11, 2016 at 4:43 PM

I loved Hearts In Darkness! Can’t wait to read this sequel.

Thais January 11, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Excited to read this!

Grey January 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

I have never read this book.. so I would be super stoked to win this giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity Maryse, you rock!

dnelson January 11, 2016 at 6:33 PM

So excited! I never thought we would get more of these two! Who knows, when we meet MJ’s brothers…might there be even more in store?

Jean January 11, 2016 at 6:39 PM

I am always recommending Hearts in Darkness! Loved it and so excited for the 2nd book!

T. Hosler January 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Loved Hearts in Darkness. I can’t wait to read Love in the Light. Great giveaway!

Elizabeth Gray January 11, 2016 at 7:59 PM

Absolutely loved Hearts in Darkness. So glad to to read the sequel. Can’t wait to see how Caden and Makenna moved on with their lives.

bn100 January 11, 2016 at 8:03 PM

no stories to share

Linda January 11, 2016 at 8:19 PM

Hearts in Darkness was the first short story I ever bought and read from amazon. I read every single word of this little gem!!! Absolutely blew me away!!! Couldn’t believe all the feels from a short read. So excited to be getting more of this delicious couple. Situation with a stranger? Well the only one I’ve really had was meeting an Australian hunk on a blind date. We’ve been married for 37 years!!!

Brooke B. January 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM

I looooooooooved Hearts in Darkness! Loooooooove Laura Kaye! Cannot wait for Love in the Light tomorrow. :D Hearts in Darkness has the most amazing premise. I don’t re-read books, but this is a re-reader for sure! Such a hot story. I’m totally in love with Caden.

brooke811 at ymail dot com

Wendy Roberts January 11, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Thank you for the chance! Hearts in Darkness was a great read!!

Rhonda L January 11, 2016 at 9:51 PM

This was my first Laura Kaye book (of what has now been many) and I fell in LOVE with it. It still remains on my “books I love list”.

AngieG January 12, 2016 at 12:21 AM

Sounds like fun books! Thanks for a chance to win!

Michelle F January 12, 2016 at 12:38 AM

Hearts In Darkness was my first Laura Kaye book and I’ve loved her writing ever since! Really looking forward to reading this sequel. Just finished the Hard Ink series not long ago and loved those too. My random “stuck with a stranger” moment was many years ago. I’m a recovering addict/alcoholic and know how hard it can be for some of us to get through the holidays clean and sober. So I usually volunteer at treatment centers or recovery meetings during the holidays so folks new in recovery have someone safe to hang out with if they need. One year new years eve, I spent from 11pm until dawn with a newly sober young man as he tried to make it through his first holiday season without drinking and drugging. We sat together for hours drinking coffee, playing cards, and sharing our stories of addiction and recovery. I had never met him before that night and have never seen him since. I’ve often wondered what ever happened to that kid and if he had any idea how much he helped me that night too.

AmandaS January 12, 2016 at 3:09 AM

I loved Hearts in Darkness so much!! And of course I wanted to read more about these characters, so I’m so excited for Love in the Light! I love the intense connection they built in such a short amount of time.

Mai T. January 12, 2016 at 5:27 AM

An exciting situation with a stranger I had was Halloween 2 years ago. I was at a costume party with friends (and friends’ friends so basically some were strangers). The party required everyone to wear a mask or draw your face so that the face is not easily recognizable. And it got wild when I had super hot sex in the bathroom against the wall with a stranger in an anime mask. It was unforgettable. Still stranger to him though.

Artemis January 12, 2016 at 5:50 AM

I don’t have any sticky situation with a stranger to share.
Thank you for the great giveaway!!!!

T. Brown January 12, 2016 at 5:59 AM

My sticky situation….I was falling back home to florida from visiting my dad in alaska. I was like 15 years old. Anyway I sat next to the guy. He was 19. Since I’m a nice person we chatted throughout the flight. It was a long flight and at night so I ended up falling asleep. I woke up at one point and he was holding me hand! I guess me being friendly was taken as an open invitation bc I was not attracted to him at all. I ended up getting up from my seat and asking for a drink and going back and turning slightly away from him. When we landed he gave me his phone number and address. I left it on the plane. Imagine what my poor 15 year old brain was going through. I mean I hadn’t even had boyfriend yet.

Dena January 12, 2016 at 7:01 AM

This is really exciting!! The only sticky situations I get in is with my mouth. I say what I mean and don’t have a filter sometimes it’s just easier to keep my mouth shut lol. I’m so happy to get a chance to win this book…

jenn January 12, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!!

Mollie W January 12, 2016 at 8:35 AM

I read and loved Hearts in Darkness, cannot wait to read more about Caden and Mckenna!!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Lori Pouncey January 12, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Such an amazing Giveaway ♡
Hearts In Darkness was my first book from Laura Kaye and I’m hooked ♡ Can not wait to read more :)
Thank you so much for this fabulous chance and your generosity :)
I can not wait to go grab my copy and dive in ♡♡♡
Good luck everyone :)

Laurice McClung January 12, 2016 at 12:57 PM

I would love to read this book. Thx for the chance.

Jaime January 12, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Loved the first book. Can’t wait to read the follow up :)

Elena k January 12, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Loved this book

Christina January 12, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Eeek!! Can’t wait!! Loved the first book!!

Rebecca January 12, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Loved the first book! I was so hoping for more!!

Heather Cicio January 12, 2016 at 2:04 PM

I was so excited when I heard this book was coming out!! I can’t wait to get home and read it!! Loved the first one!! Thanks for the chance. <3

Karen January 12, 2016 at 2:49 PM

I so want to read this! Adding to the mile high pile of books! :)

Nazita Andrade January 12, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Eek! This is Exciting! I loved here first book! Its here today!

Sue Pfannenstiel January 12, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Sounds good!

Jody Whitlock January 12, 2016 at 4:58 PM

I would love to win.

Cynthia Gaertner January 12, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Laura Kaye writes delicious romance, I love her series. Cynthia

Beverly January 12, 2016 at 5:24 PM

Still hoping for that kind of sticky situation!! I was thrilled when I read in your blog she was writing book 2. I started it is today! Having a signed copy of these 2 books would be such a treat!! Thanks!!

Dawn January 12, 2016 at 9:16 PM

I heard about this book the other day and it’s on my TBR list, so I’d love to win them. Love your recommendations!

Bube January 12, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Woo hoo :D
So excited about this book!
Thanks for the amazing opportunity :)
I love Laura Kaye books :)

BookLady January 12, 2016 at 10:06 PM

What an exciting book! Great excerpt. I’d love to read more. No sticky situations with a stranger for me.

Corissa Palfrey January 13, 2016 at 12:45 AM

Oh I can’t wait to read this! I loved the first one! Thanks for the excerpt and for the chance to win!!

Heather Strand January 13, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Awesome giveaway!! Thanks for the chance :)

Doris L January 13, 2016 at 2:44 PM

I read the first, can’t wait to read the second.

Debra D January 15, 2016 at 11:56 PM

Hearts in The Darkness was one of the best books I have ever read…when it ended I was so sad because I just wanted more!!! I am so excited to read more finally!!! Thanks for the chance!!!

Mood Reader January 17, 2016 at 2:45 PM

I love Laura’s books! And LOVED the first book of this series! I got Book 2 on release day but life has been so crazy at the start of the year I havent been able to sit down and read it. Hope I can do it soon!!! Can’t wait!! Thanks for this! :) xo

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