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Race the Darkness

Race the Darkness

4.5 8
by Abbie Roads

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Named a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Fall Romance for 2016!

"Dark and delicious."—Kerrelyn Sparks, New York Times bestselling author

Her voice haunts his thoughts; her whispers fill his days
But when he discovers the woman of his dreams is real
He'll race the clock to save her before she's


Named a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Fall Romance for 2016!

"Dark and delicious."—Kerrelyn Sparks, New York Times bestselling author

Her voice haunts his thoughts; her whispers fill his days
But when he discovers the woman of his dreams is real
He'll race the clock to save her before she's lost to him forever

Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, criminal investigator Xander Stone struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night—the voice of a woman begging him to save her.

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, a strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom. 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.

Fatal Dreams series:
Race the Darkness (Book 1)
Hunt the Dawn (Book 2)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Roads blends high-action romantic suspense with the paranormal to tell the story of a love that was hundreds of years in the making."
" - Booklist

"For a fan of anything paranormal or supernatural, this is is a must read. The pages could not turn quick enough for me." - Buried Under Romance

"These two have so much to overcome and the only way they can do it is together." - Book Binge

"Race the Darkness mixes supernatural powers, paranormal events, and a modern day setting that doesn't believe in the existence of supernatural powers to create a story that is both beyond belief and totally realistic. Once you start reading, you will not be able to put this book down!" - The Book Disciple

"If you love a good energetic, romantic and mysterious story about main characters with supernatural abilities you should definitely get yourself a copy of Race the Darkness." - With Love for Books

"I look forward to reading more of Abbie Road's books! This was a very good book with a unique plot, and I am excited to see what comes next." - Lady with a Quill

"Race the Darkness was a fantastic romantic suspense, the writing is captivating, the story completely original if a bit disturbing and a total page-turner." - Edgy Reviews

"Don't mind me while I sit here just staring at my kindle wondering what the heck I just read and no I don't mean that in a bad way I mean that in I can't believe that all just happened, wow, there is so much happening here that I can't even wrap my brain around it, oh my; I may have found a new favorite paranormal series, Woah, that was....weird, exciting, romantic, creepy, sweet, appalling, gentle, what the......the words just keep spilling from my brain and I am incapable of using them to make any sense." - Reads all the Books

Kirkus Review
After having been struck by lightning, criminal investigator Xander Stone can read other people's thoughts. Islen Walker, on the other hand, has been held captive and tortured for so long that even her mind is a prison.Islen's silent pleas for help echo in Xander's tortured brain. Convinced that he's losing it, he drowns the voices with booze. Unable to escape her voice, Xander tracks Islen to a trailer in the woods where she's moments from death. Both she and her grandmother "Gran" have been held captive for years by a nameless sadist known only as "Queen." Gran has long been convinced that a savior would rescue them, but Islen wasn't sure until Xander materialized. Gran turns out to be Xander's stepmother, who bailed on their family when Xander was still very young. There's a brief period where Islen thinks Xander is her uncle and has confusing and incestuous feelings for him. He's not, but to be honest, it's never quite cleared up if they are or aren't related. Xander and Islen's romance is unlikely, but the chemistry between them is definitely there. After Queen dies, everyone assumes Islen is safe. But Queen worked for King, a man she was passionately devoted to, who feels he must make sure Islen (whom he refers to as the Dragon) dies. King is the subject of the Chosen One. Confused yet? Added to the mix is a local ghost story about a man who murdered his wife and child, Xander's estrangement from his father, and golden lines like this one: “His gonads had turned into nomads and taken off without him.” The characters reach their happy ending, but you might not care.

Product Details

Publication date:
Fatal Dreams , #1
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Abbie Roads is a mental health counselor known for her blunt, honest style of therapy. By night she writes dark, emotional novels, always giving her characters the happy ending she wishes for all her clients. Her novels have finaled in RWA contests including the Golden Heart. Race the Darkness is the first book in the Fatal Dreams series of dark, gritty romantic suspense with a psychological twist.

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Race the Darkness 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark and edgy but with a happily ever after. Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good, little of a tear jerker. She was a fighter. And they were not related at all. That notion was disabused way in the begin. Just reading the first couple of pages and you received an inkling of their non relationship. Can't wait for the next book. No cliff hanger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read! Loved it! Can t wait to read the next book in the series.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***Received a copy of the book for an honest review The cover is awesome and creepy all at the same time, but maybe it is because I’ve read the book! This is the first book in the Fatal Dreams series, and it is definitely for adults only due to the very dark content and much more. I could not put this book down except for necessities like eating and such. At times this book is like driving by an accident scene where you are compelled to look, but know it isn’t right. I think my heart broke several times during this book. You never knew what would happen next or what craziness would be revealed. Abbie weaved a gripping tale that had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I was screaming No at times, crying, and all over the place. This is definitely a dark romantic suspense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat wondering just what will happen next. Xander and Isleen are connected, but damaged. Isleen has strength that I wish I had. They are both amazing for what they have endured. I wish I could say more, but I don’t want to spoil anyone journey into this dark world. I highly recommend this book to those who believe in special people with psychic abilities and who love dark romantic suspense thrillers because this will definitely take you on a journey with surprises both good and bad.
AliCrean 17 days ago
Race the Darkness is something that I enjoyed more towards the middle-to-end than at the start. The REASON for my delayed enjoyment IS the hero XANDER STONE IS quite the KNOB. At least at first he is and I had a difficult time getting into him. As I read further I realized that Abbie Roads did that for character growth. (...and then I had to forgive her for putting me through his thorough knobiness.) The victim of a lighting strike that left him disfigured, Xander grudgingly uses the sixth sense side effect of his incident to discover truths in the name of justice. Hearing the thoughts of others is painful for him but he is trying to put the curse to good use. It’s an act of contrition for being a right knob--this is my interpretation and not the character’s confession, because Xander is okay being knobby. Being a sorta good-doer is seriously the least he can do because he is cranky and disconnected from everyone he knows. And this guy has Daddy Issues that go on for miles. But really, no excuses will make me not want to smack him in the chops for being as he is. When he hears a voice calling out to him with urgency he has never experienced before, he arrives to save Isleen in the nick of time. He is at a loss as to how she survived as long as she has in captivity with her grandmother; tortured by the hand of a lunatic female driven by a thirst for causing others pain. He’s not prepared for Isleen to whisper that she knew he’d come; revealing that she has seen him in her visions for years. Isleen has known pain and little else in her life. She has a gift that makes her a target for prejudice, and she is unwittingly prey for those with demented thoughts. Much like Xander, she suffers the effects of her ability, until he finally comes for her. There is a connection between them and Xander soon finds he can’t stand for her to be far from him. And Isleen’s powers grow as Xander’s presence strengthens her. (Insert character growth here--thank God and Abbie Roads--for good things). The Fatal Dreams series is a hotpot of psychic abilities, elemental energies, Native American magic, and a sense of true evil. AR plays with the philosophical struggle of good and evil--or rather good versus evil; it acknowledges there is a weakness in man and a flaw in the design of mankind. The idea that there might be a foundation that makes someone good, or a corruption that turns a person bad is seen throughout the story on a sliding scale of morality. The reasons for the actions of the characters is a gray area quickly lost to the black and white definitives of fact and fiction. Even in a perfect moment, Abbie Roads tells her readers, nothing is safe.
Anonymous 5 months ago
REAL. READER. WOW WOW Very interesting book. Enjoyed it. Great to find a new author. Gonna go buy the next one
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
As far as paranormal romance/suspense goes, Race the Darkness takes the cake. It presents the concept of the ability to hear other people’s thoughts in an intriguing way. Clearly, this subject has been broached in millions of books throughout the years but I have never seen it looked at as such a painful affliction. Couple that with someone else having the ability to see the future through their dreams and things become even more complicated. The fact that this somehow is essentially a love story makes for some emotional reading. It’s difficult not to feel sorry for the main characters. For more than 25 years, Xander Stone has lived on the same property as his Dream Researcher father but they have not spoken. This was a result of his father Alex’s loss of the only woman he truly loved, Xander’s stepmother Gale. Alex was not a good father to Xander who really needed a father since his mother died when he was young and then his stepmother left when he was only seven years old. To add insult to injury, Xander was struck by lightning ten years ago and cursed with the ability to hear other people’s thoughts. You would think that such an ability would be a blessing but the physical and emotional pain that it causes Xander is difficult for him to bare. He is always angry and craves silence that he can’t obtain. In addition, there is a voice of a woman who is being tortured that clouds his mind ever so often. Her voice is so overwhelming that Xander generally has to get drunk in order to get away from it. Without taking away from the suspense, I will tell you that one day Xander is unable to ignore the voice. The part of him that he calls “The Ba***rd In His Brain” takes over and guides him to the place where Xander finds a young woman named Isleen Walker and her grandmother who have been held captive and tortured for years. Isleen is the voice that’s been in his head for a decade. The connection between Isleen and Xander will shock you almost as much as the fact that Xander could have possibly saved her from torture years ago. They soon learn that their destinies were likely linked together from the beginning. That link will be tested when the cult that had been holding Isleen captive tries to get her back. I really enjoyed Race the Darkness but I felt that there were a few things that happened that weren’t totally explained. It wouldn’t be a big deal if I felt that the next book, Hunt the Dawn, would answer some of my questions but from what I have seen regarding the description of the book, I don’t think that it will. Consequently, I will have to take away a few points for that. However, I do intend on reading the next book. **Received a copy of the book from the publisher, and voluntarily reviewed.**
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads is a dark paranormal romance story in her new Fatal Dreams series. Xander Stone, our hero, is an investigator that helps the police department solve crimes. Xander is not your normal investigator, as he has the ability to hear people thoughts. He was struck by lightning years before, leaving scars on his face and body, and also suffers pains in his head with the constant hearing of voices. For years, he has been ignoring a cry for help from a woman, who he has no idea who or where she is. Isleen Walker, our heroine, waits to die, to be put out of her misery. It has been 8 years since she was kidnapped with her grandmother and tortured daily. She is on the brink of death, when Xander accidently finds and rescues her. He uses his healing powers to make her better, and brings her and the grandmother to the hospital, where they will be under police protection. Xander learns that Isleen has her own powers; she sees visions of things that are about to happen in the future. Together they will embark to find out who is responsible for her kidnapping. A slow build romance will follow with two people that are each suffering badly from their disabling abilities. They both feel the magic that pulls them to each other. Will they survive the madness surrounding them? What follows is an interesting, somewhat exciting and very dark story line, filled with madness, religious sadistic fanatics, and death. This was a well written story with a different theme, but it was too dark for me to really enjoy. I have read dark stories, but in this case you need to be invested in the characters to be able to enjoy the story. In Race the Darkness, I just did not feel the chemistry between Xander and Isleen, nor did I like any of the other characters. If you are into dark paranormal romances, you may want to give this a try.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
First off, I gotta admit, there's nothing I enjoy more than a romantic suspense. When you mix in some paranormal, I'm in hog heaven. This book is very fast paced and once started, you will not want to put it down. I pretty much read it straight through in less than a day. It was just one of those reads that when you put it down you were still thinking about it so what the heck, you might as well immerse yourself and enjoy it. By the way, Abbie, this is a fabulous cover that really gives you a feel for the story. I was constantly sucked right back into the story just by looking at the cover, which is amazing for me as I usually don't get all ga-ga about the covers of a book. So guys, get a print copy rather than the e-book so you don't miss this! It starts out with you feeling that Isleen is pretty much a victim but that quickly changed as I realized the strength of this amazing woman. I loved the way it started, with bits of scenes that didn't really connect but once they did WOW! I don't want to say much about the story as I don't want to ruin it but this is a writer that I believe will be around for a long time keeping me up till the wee hours unable to sleep until I know what happens next in her stories. I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this fabulous book and can't thank the author enough for the hours of enjoyment reading and then later just thinking about this book. I love when a book stays in your mind long after you've finished it and am already looking forward to Hunt the Dawn which will be out early December. This would make a fabulous early Christmas gift, family. Just saying-- as I add to my wishlist.