Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads

Race the Darkness (Fatal Dreams #1)

  • By Abbie Roads
  • Editions: audiobook, ebook, paperback
  • Published: October 4th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
  • Genre: Adult Paranormal Romantic Suspense
  • Source: NetGalley
  • In a Flutter: Interesting
  • rating-system3

    Cursed with a terrible gift…
    Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn’t have to question you—he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night—the voice of a woman begging him to save her.
    A gift that threatens to engulf them…
    Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except…there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy.

    ~ Goodreads

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    Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: The Fatal Dreams world announces to be an interesting one, paranormal yet not with overly fantastic elements. It’s more of a science-supernatural kind of vibe. So far, no vampires, witches, or flying scaley beasts. We’re talking more sects, wierd-ass nutjobs (I kid you not, these dudes were totally out of their freaking minds), and extrasensory perception. Cool spin!
    Characters: Xander and Isleen were an interesting pair. I’m not sure they really were my cup of tea, but I’m sure many readers will love the alpha-male/survivor-damsel-in-distress vibe. They were nice, sweet I guess,but I don’t really go for sweet that often myself. So while they had chemistry and were hot together, I wasn’t too invested in their HEA even if I was rooting for them all through. I love the way the characters are built though, so it’s simply a case of this not being necessarily my kink, lol.
    Plot: The romantic arc was nice, sweet. The virgin and meant-to-be mix of tropes was okay, and mixed in with the suspense staring a band of nutjobs, it made for a alert, eventful reading. The story kept me guessing, which is always a good thing.
    Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV mostly.
    Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my romantic suspense with paranormal elements cravings.

    I recommend Race the Darkness to fans of ESP stories, they’re not as numerous as one might think, at least in my reading piles lol, to fans of romantic suspense that includes sects and nutjobs, and to fans of meant-to-be/knight-in-shining-armor sweet romance. While it wasn’t necessarily my cuppa, I’d love to read future titles in the series because character and plot construction were good, and the worldbuilding was interesting.


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