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Dark Hearts (Light in the Dark Book 3) by [Smeltzer, Micalea]
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I’ve learned that not everything is what it seems. If you start to look too close, you uncover things people don’t want you to see. It’s why I hide. It’s why no one knows the real me. But he sees me. He sees the darkness in my heart but he’s not afraid, because he’s like me. They say opposites attract, but we’re proof that like-and-like are a far more potent combination.

Novalee Clarke is hiding from a past she wants to leave behind, and Jacen Kensington is running from his.

The thing about hiding and running is eventually the thing you’re trying to escape catches up to you.

And when it does?

It changes everything.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4027 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Micalea Smeltzer LLC; 1 edition (24 January 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Confession: I love Jace! 27 January 2017
By Liza Dequilla - Published on
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Most anticipated book from Micalea Smeltzer because hello, she writes great books. Now I know why she kept on saying that this is her favorite.

So intense! Jace and Nova's chemistry is undeniable. The mystery behind their characters as well helped build my interest while reading. I wanted to know the secret so bad and the build up to the reveal was good.

I also love the family values factor in the end. I, surprisingly, cried for Jace's father and Nova's ending. Who doesn't love a good 'ole HEA?

Why 4 stars: I felt that I expected more. I wanted more drama and more crying. I wanted to feel more gutted.

All in all, Dark Hearts is a great story of second chance, love and happily endings. A book that I know I will not be ashamed to recommend!
5.0 out of 5 stars "You're kind of my safe place..." Love this QUOTE. 8 February 2017
By brenoemi - Published on
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"Dark Hearts" is an amazing read that I was able to finish it in one entire night. It was worth it because the book just captivated me with its characters and the plot that I just couldn't put it down.
This book is part of the Light in the Dark series and I love all the books (3 in total) of this series. I love the way the author, Micalea Smeltzer, writes as I have read mostly every book she has published.
Jace and Nova had intrigued since the moment I met them on "Rae of Sunshine." Their broody personality in that book make me so anxious in wanting to already read their story and I just couldn't wait anymore. The beginning of the book with Jace and Nova is so bada** with the first line "I f****** hate weddings." I didn't expect Nova's past to be what it was and to have both Jace and Nova's demons come together was mind blowing for me.

I recommend reading his book and all the books from this series because they are totally worth the time. (Come on, they're just three books. READ THEM!!!!)
5.0 out of 5 stars Angsty, Sweet and Sizzling! 25 January 2017
By B from Prisoners of Print - Published on
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Just when I think I couldn’t love the Light in the Dark series any more, Dark Hearts came along and proved me wrong. Micalea Smeltzer delivers something broken, raw and undeniably genuine with Jace and Nova’s story. Their journey is hesitant, unexpected and hits readers with all of the sassy sweetness and delicious sizzle I’ve come to love from this talented author. Jace and Nova are made for heartache and yet they create something real and untouchable together. I absolutely adored their deep friendship, easy banter and sparkling chemistry. Their insecurities and shared stubbornness led to a push a pull that was utterly addictive. Even beneath the obvious chemistry, something more significant built between Jace and Nova. It was this promising, inexplicable quality that had me so intrigued by this couple and kept me riveted to their story.

Jace was nothing like I expected. While he certainly had his own personality in the previous books, Micalea Smeltzer completely unraveled this character in Dark Hearts. I absolutely loved seeing Jace in his element as he wrote and performed his music. Paired with his possessive and protective behavior towards Nova and his surprisingly easygoing nature when it came to his friends, I was completely smitten. Micalea Smeltzer did a fantastic job at exploring Jace’s family life, his past and what made him so resistant to a relationship. I loved how effortlessly Nova seemed to break through his walls. Together they grew confident in both their relationship and in who they were as individuals. I loved seeing Jace set in contrast to Cade and Xander. While he definitely seemed to fit within the group, his quirks, personality and distinctive voice made him every bit the individual.

Nova was Jace’s perfect match in every way. For all of his delicious angst and broody behavior, she appeared mysterious and somewhat emotionally detached. However, this couple seemed to ignite something deep within one another that burned hot and quickly spread, engulfing every other aspect of their lives in its fiery grasp until they were both burning brightly. Nova gave as good as she got and the resultant banter was adorable, entertaining, and laced with sexual tension. Just like Jace, Nova had her own demons to deal with in this book and Micalea Smeltzer had some big surprises in store when it came to her history and personal heartbreak. Although I guessed pretty early on what Nova’s secret was, I still enjoyed watching as her past resurfaced and took both her and Jace on an emotional rollercoaster.

Dark Hearts was well paced, exquisitely written and overflowing with emotion. Each addition to this series stands on its own but it also fits within the emotional context of the series as a whole and Dark Hearts was certainly no exception. Micalea Smeltzer expertly rekindles the feeling of family that makes this series so spectacular. We get to see the whole crazy crew together a lot in this novel and it made my heart incredibly happy. Their good-natured teasing, genuine concern, total acceptance and unconditional love for one another was absolutely breathtaking and I’m always a little sad to see it come to an end with the final page of the book. Jace, Nova and the rest of Micalea Smeltzer’s inimitable characters will be back as the series continues but until then, I’ll be holding onto Dark Hearts and all of the things it made me feel.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... the moment we were introduced to each other it’s like some part of me woke up and said 25 January 2017
By Amy Bosica - Published on
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From the moment we were introduced to each other it’s like some part of me woke up and said, “Hello, I know you.”

“Jace is like a car speeding down the road headed straight for me and I can’t move out of the way fast enough. I don’t know if I want to move. Maybe I just want to end it all–or maybe it’s not the end, and the beginning instead.”

“We’re just two broken people trying to piece ourselves together, but maybe with each other’s help we can make something beautiful out of our messes.”

“There is a reason I chose the title Moments for my project. It’s moments like this, ones where we’re so close to loosing our minds, that time slows down the most. Where his finger on my lip and my nails in his back adds up to a much larger picture. Each moment is precious in its own right, but you put them together and it’s magic.”

No one has a way with words quite like Micalea Smeltzer. Her books are the kind that you just want to clear your day for. You want to forget all of your plans and just get lost in the story that she has created.

Dark Hearts is the third book in the Light in the Dark series and is one of those books that just grabs onto you from page one. From the moment you start reading, you are hooked. I connected with Jace and Nova instantly. I loved how easy things were between the two of them and just how wonderfully their friendship flowed. The two of them were both broken characters, hurt by their pasts and afraid to let someone in and love them. They just worked so well together and had the most amazing chemistry together. Between their entertaining banter and the pull between the two of them, I just honestly couldn’t get enough. I found myself hoping and praying, rooting that they would give in to what they were feeling. I just knew if they gave it a chance, what they had, would be truly amazing.

Now, the road to HEA for Jace and Nova was not an easy one. They both had to deal with feelings and emotions that they weren’t used to. Feelings that they weren’t sure how to handle and learning how to work through them. They had a lot of obstacles along the way, and some truths/secrets to work through. But, like any great love story, the journey and the fight are incredibly worth it. And I loved every single moment of Jace and Nova’s journey.

Dark Hearts was an amazing read, from beginning to end. Dark Hearts is a beautiful friends to lovers romance. The characters and story-line will capture your heart and leave you begging for more. This story is filled with heartbreaking and intense moments as well as fun and sexy ones. Jace and Nova’s story is beautiful and their love is completely unforgettable.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so speechless, amazing 27 January 2017
By jsewell - Published on
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Wow was this really good. Novalee aka Nova and Jacen aka Jace are so perfect. Plus all the other characters are the best, I love having the whole gang still around. It's what really makes the series. Both Nova, and Jace are so much alike. They may not like to show it, but they are really very caring and loving when it comes to their few friends. Jace is really funny, they both are so afraid of giving into their feelings and letting go, but if a guy even shows interest in Nova, Jace gets so jealous. One thing I love about Nova is how she likes taking pictures. I'm the same way and love taking black and whites photos and developing them. I don't know about anyone else but digital photos are just not the same as film. Learning a bit about Jace's dad and Nova's parents really had me feeling for them a little. Jace's dad wasn't always the best, and I think deep inside he didn't mean to always be as bad as he had been but, his own father wasn't a very nice person growing up, and I think because of that he didn't quite know how to be a dad. Then learning about Nova's, life growing up and how her parents were with here makes me understand why she is the way she is. I will say though towards the end, I was pretty shocked learning about Nova's, past. I was a little confused at first when her kept secret was let out especially about timelines and their ages until Nova explained it all. You really feel for her and what she went through. But other than that through all the ups and downs, I think the ending turned out perfect, and I can't wait for the next book. Each character really brings something to this series and I just love it. Micalea sure knows how to write a good book.

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