Race the Darkness

Race the Darkness

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 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492639183
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Fatal Dreams , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 35,911
File size: 1 MB

About 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 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 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.
Hpergo More than 1 year ago
This is the first in this series and my first Abbie Roads book. To describe this story, it is hauntingly beautiful, yet heart-wrenchingly sad. While I enjoyed this story, and will be picking up the next one, I can do without as much coarse language, as it tends to detract from the story for me. That aside, I loved the characters and curiously wait to see what she has in store for them next.
JanaT More than 1 year ago
Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads is the first book in her Fatal Dreams duo and what a darkness it is that we are to embrace! This is not the first book I have read by this writer and she definitely lived up to all of my expectations based on the previous readings and the synopsis. Race the Darkness is a horrifying paranormal romance that leaves us frozen on the edge of our seats! This is the story of Xander Stone and Isleen Walker, the two deeply damaged main characters of the story that have a connection that reaches beyond the limits of the physical world. There was no doubt whatsoever that these two belong together and the power they yield when they ARE together is a substance of fairy tales! The centuries old legend that the premises of this story is built upon, the religious fanatics, the horrific deeds that humans are capable of and it all written in a way that you simply cannot put the book down! I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book! I cannot even imagine what the writer will come up with … to live in her head … oh my! If in any way you like the dark paranormal romance that walks the thin line of ‘maybe it really could be true’ then this book is definitely for you! Be prepared that once you are done with the Race the Darkness, you will have an unexplainable urge to get a copy of Hunt the Dawn and skip work!
rockrchic923 More than 1 year ago
Race the Darkness is a paranormal romantic suspense by Abbie Roads and it was a fantastic read! The story of Xander and Isleen was such a great story line, and one that really needed the suspense in this book to bring these two together. Xander is not the usual typical hero, he has darkness and baggage surrounding him, but what makes him so great is that he will do anything for Isleen. And the only way that the relationship will work is how great both Isleen and Xander are together, which was so great to see. The differences between these two only completed them not drew them apart. I had read some of Roads works in the past, but I am so glad that I read this one as it just blew me away. The amount of darkness could turn away some readers but it was enough to show just how far the two main characters were willing to go to be together. This is a must read series for anyone looking for something dark, gritty and thilling from start to finish.
Lisah01 More than 1 year ago
Race the Darkness (Fatal Dreams #1) by Abbie Roads Rated 5 stars Wow just...WOW! This book does not disappoint! I love it! I knew it would be a good one and it was superb! This is not my first Abbie Roads book. I really like her writing and this book is no exception. She has a shock factor in her books that keeps me coming back. Her characters just seem to jump off the pages at you. Not only are they interesting but it always makes me wonder what is going to happen next! Mystery, suspense, thriller and some romance? How can anyone go wrong reading this? First off let me say that Xander is one of my favorite names I just never realized where it came from before. Xander comes off as rough and tough ( ok he probably really is) but there is another side to him. Dare I say Sweet and kind?!? Don’t tell him I said that!! Ha ha Really it comes out with those he likes. Look for it! Isleen is a name I have never heard before but I like it. I think it fits her. Even with what she has been through she seems....content and accepting. I’m not sure how she does that...I’m sure it has something to do with Xander. She will probably not tell you this but she has so much inner strength! There were many moments while reading this I think my mouth was hanging open in shock. I love it when I can’t see something coming in a book and that happened more than a couple times in this one. I see there is another one with Lathaniel Montgomery who made a couple of appearances in this book. Guess what I will be picking up! I really loved this book! The ending was superb! Not only the large finale but the very end...sitting on a blanket. I feel like I can really “feel” their emotions more and more as the book went on. It’s very hard to not give spoilers. But this book is ah-maz-ing and you should read it! If you read the synopsis and are now reading the reviews...just get the book..you won’t be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was really good. The plot was great, very well written. It had a happy ending no cliffhangers..hope next book is as good as this first one. M.M
13835877 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads in exchange for an honest review. Abbie Roads has written a fast-paced and suspenseful story that had me begging for more. The characters in Race the Darkness are well developed and each have their own struggles, some more than others. The connection between Xander and Isleen is so sweet and unique. Isleen and Xander have experienced so many unbelievable terrors in their lives that have left both physical and mental scars on them, but have also made them stronger in other ways. The competition and hate between Xander and Kent did have me wishing for them to develop a bromance. I understand why Kent doesn't like Xander. I mean, the man did spend 10 years using Kent's sister for sex. Besides the fact that Xander doesn't seem to like anyone besides Row and Isleen, I'm not sure why he despises Kent. The story does have some explicit but tastefully done sex scenes, so I do recommend this book only for those who are mature enough for and not opposed to such content. Race the Darkness was such a great read and I plan on finding out what happens next in Hunt the Dawn.
AliCrean More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.