Title: Race the Darkness
Author: Abbie Roads
Series: Fatal Dreams, #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Synopsis: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.
They weren’t going to make it.
Not unless he suddenly sprouted blue tights and a red cape. The hope of escape morphed into despair and resignation and finally reckless pissed-off-ness. No fucking way was he going to die running. He stopped, turned, and faced the truck barreling toward them. The tires ate up the ground at an indecent rate. He clutched Isleen tighter to his chest. For her sake, he wanted it to be a quick death. No more lingering. No more pain.
That thought infuriated him. None of this was right. They shouldn’t be on the verge of death. Again.
The truck kept coming—now twenty-five feet away.
Everything slowed, happening as if through the quicksand of time. A white dandelion floaty meandered on the breeze directly between them and the truck. His heart no longer ran a staccato rhythm. Duh…dum. Pause. Duh…dum. Pause.
His life didn’t flash before his eyes. The future did. Isleen’s future. In an ethereal dream beyond time, her skin was gilded by firelight, her eyes devoid of sadness and fear, her body whole and healthy. She smiled, an expression so full of warmth and tenderness and undiluted joy that it plunked itself down inside his heart and wouldn’t leave.
He ached to create that kind of smile on her face, but their lives were over. It all could’ve gone so differently if he’d only listened to her, believed in her, found her years before now.
The air changed, displaced by the truck only a few feet from them. Heat from the engine blasted his face, smelling of burning oil, gasoline, and a scent reminiscent of popped corn. He locked eyes with the bitch behind the wheel. Her pudgy lips ripped back over her teeth in a snarling scream.
Xander knew anger—his best friends were fury and rage—but the look on the bitch’s face went beyond mere anger all the way to unholy.
The truck imploded.
The sound was supersonic, a resonation that rippled through his skin and muscle to rattle his bones and shake the earth underneath his feet. Metal and glass and fire shot outward, skyward, backward, in a near-perfect arc of destruction. Flaming debris rained around them.
He stood there holding Isleen, watching it happen, not believing the message his eyes sent to his brain.
“What the…?” The last of the truck parts hit the ground. The pieces burned. That’s all that was left—pieces. Nothing touched them, like they resided under an invisible dome of protection.
He glanced down at Isleen for an answer, but she was unconscious, her head lolling so limply on her neck that it looked as if he was carrying a corpse.
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.
Isleen is made of steel, she's unbelievably strong and brave and a fighter through and through. And yeah, she might have made me want to shake her a few times, but I completely respected and loved her for the most part. Isleen is sweet and gentle and soft even with her hard core. She's beautiful, wonderful, and special beyond belief.
As Xander and everyone else will you tell you - he's an a*shole. He has his growly, surly moments and his I-can't-believe-he-said/did-that moments, and times where you want to smack him upside the head, but he's much more than all that. Xander, to me, is a little bit like one of those heroes with the tortured soul that you just want to hold and squeeze and love. He might be hard on the outside, but he's so sweet and heart melty on the inside. It wasn't hard to fall for Xander - not at all - I absolutely loved that man, he's definitely a keeper.
Race the Darkness is a heart pounding, blood pumping read full of twists and turns, betrayal, secrets, mystery and magic. It broke my heart, made me want to cry, made me gasp, and warmed my heart. It sucked me in, kept me on the edge of my seat and flipping the pages as fast as I could, desperate for answers and to see what was coming next. It was beautiful, mystical, powerful, and incredible. I completely love this book and I can't wait to read the next one in the series!
Race the Darkness is the first book in the Fatal Dreams series, it's told from multiple points of view, and Isleen and Xander get there well-deserved, well-fought for happily-ever-after!
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