This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads
Series: Fatal Dreams #1
Also in this series:Hunt the Dawn
Also by this author: Hunt the Dawn, Saving Mercy
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: ARC, E-book
Purchase at: Amazon
First in a gripping paranormal romantic suspense duo by a Golden Heart finalist debut author whose clinical work gives her chilling insights...
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.
This was one twisted and unexpected story. I could not make up my mind what genre that I would even classify this under. It was foul-mouthed, believably unbelievable and at times nauseating. I loved it!
Xander Stone was struck by over 50,000 volts of electricity via a lightning strike and it did not kill him. Instead he has been “marked.” He has a phenomenon known as Lichtenberg figure all over his body. This is actually an existing phenomenon and you should look it up because it is very interesting. These keraunographic marks look like fern leaf patterns all over his skin from his lower extremities all the way to his upper with it extending up his neck, over his cheek finally ending on his forehead. It supposedly makes him look like a freak of nature but I think I would actually find it beautiful.
Due to this lightning strike Xander has the ability to read other people’s thoughts but the act of hearing it is practically crippling to him. So it more akin to a handicap than to a super power in his eyes. For several years he has been trying to drown out the voices in his head but one voice seems to speak louder than the others and she is desperate for help.
In his typical fashion Xander drowns out the voices with good ol’ alcohol until one night he is deterred from his beer run and ends up at a trailer in the middle of nowhere. Driven by a desperate need that he really does not comprehend he talks his way into the trailer and finds that it is really like the pit of hell. Seriously, you need to read this story to understand what went on in this trailer. I cannot spoil it for you. It is so scary because it is real, does happen to people, and is so very sad.
We meet Isleen Walker at this point, a tortured captive that has finally given up all hope that she will be free. For years her grandmother has buoyed her hopes that she will be rescued by the man that she has been seeing in her dreams. This man is none other than Xander himself and she has been the woman’s voice he has been “drowning out” for all those years. Well if that is not just a kick in the head.
Ok, I know that is a little of a spoiler but if you read the official synopsis then you could have figured that out. Walking a grey line I am! The real awesome-sauce of this book is the story behind how and why she ended up a captive and where that takes her. Sick I tell you, just sick! There is also something very interesting about Isleen that makes her a really interesting character and adds to the paranormal deliciousness of this story.
So what did I not like about this book? Wow on the swearing. Ick on the romance. She starts off as practically a walking skeleton but he is drawn to her and desires her, and I mean desires her physically and emotionally. There is just no way that can ever compute in my book. When you read the book, the author does use a paranormal spin to make that desire seem less disgusting but that just did not work for me. Ha ha ha, some things can just not be written in a way that would make it understandable to me. So, yes people there are some sexy times and excuse me while I dry heave.
Aside from the few things I mentioned in the “not like” department above some of you might take offense to the religious zealots that are a part of the story. Didn’t bother me but I try to always mention pieces that may turn off a person or two. Overall I loved this story! I look forward to the next installment of the Fatal Dreams series and people….get the book!
*Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca & NetGalley for this eARC of Race the Darkness*