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Race the Darkness

(Fatal Dreams #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  809 ratings  ·  273 reviews
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 ag
Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Race the Darkness is the quintessential Romantic Suspense book. It has the romance, the intriguing plot, and the ability to keep me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last. But not only that, Abbie Roads' style of writing was brilliant and sucked me into this story with little effort. Having a great plot isn't the only thing a great book needs, it needs to be told in such a way that it will keep the reader interested and allow them t
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
October 4th, 2016. Mark your calendars. You want this book!!

Abbie Roads is absolutely sensational with her debut novel Race the Darkness!

Full review will be up on the blog closer to the October release, but this book was incredible.

Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
Alas another goes on the mounting DNF pile.

The writing is good but I just could not get along with the plot. This has a highly religious, sadistic bad guy and it made me feel uncomfortable. I'm not religious myself, so I didn't find it offensive; I just didn't like it.

Stopped at 30%
I can't wait to read the rest of the series! I'm seriously impressed that this is a debut book, the writing was shockingly good. ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal, no-books
DNF at 30%...

Very OTT... His and her thoughts are all over the place all the time!!! I got angry after reading the nth time how she's strong, how he's hot for her, but he's not good enough for her...

Another thing: he has a paranormal power, but refuses to see that she has one too and keeps denying it!!

So, no, I don't want to read this any more!!! I simply refise to waiste my time this way reading a heap of overused tropes!

pssttt... I've added 1 star because, if done differently, the idea was n
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dark paranormal romance that's wrapped around a centuries old legend and religious fanatics. I love finding new authors and this debut book from Abbie Roads has hooked me on her Fatal Dreams series.

As I sit here and think about all the men in this book they were all pretty much asses – both the good ones and the bad ones. The brooding hero, Xander Stone, certainly has his reasons for being one. A father who abandoned him emotionally after his wife left, then getting struck by lightning leaving d
The day he was hit by lightning was the day Xander’s world changed and no person’s thoughts were private around him. Scarred from the strike, Xander received a gift or maybe a curse, the ability to read people’s thoughts. But he also heard cries for help and he had no idea where they were coming from.

Held prisoner by a brutish and insane woman, Isleen knew her days were numbered, if the beatings didn’t kill her, the lack of food and water would. Her only escapes were her dreams of a man, a man w
Jen Davis
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
The blurb for this book sounded right up my alley. I am all about a tortured hero. Here, Xander is both physically scarred and mentally ravaged by his ability to hear the thoughts of other people. Making matters worse, he is haunted by the voice of a woman begging him to save her. Our heroine, Isleen, has been held captive for years and found some of her only comfort in her dreams of Xander. The story essentially begins with him saving her and moves forward from there.

It sounds amazing, right? A
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Xander Stone isn't your typical investigator. He's that tortured hero, nail the bad guys to the wall, why go by the rules type of dude. If you like your hero all sugary-sweet, then this one won't work for you. He has some baggage. As in a heavy trunk o' torment from his past.

The most intriguing thing about Xander? You won't be keeping any secrets from this guy. He can hear your every thought. This skill makes catching the baddies pretty awesome until he faces his most important case ever--a matt
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Link to full review below!Supernatural, paranormal, thrilling! A bit of Dexter mixed with paranormal. Its a book you can't put down! See full review on The Book Disciple ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, arcs, 2016
Xander Stone can uncover any secret. It isn’t because is a really good criminal investigator or some type of mentalist, it’s because he can hear the thoughts of those around him. While he has to strain to hear those around him, he always heard a lone female voice calling out for help. Finally giving in to insanity, he chases down the owner of that voice only to find a woman in desperate need of saving. Isleen Walker has been kidnapped, tortured, and kept in a tiny dark room for years. A bizarre ...more
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
This has to be the most confusing book i have read in a while. I am still not sure what the point of the entire book was, I kept reading to see the bigger picture and somehow that picture didn't load completely.

Xander , a criminal consultant, can hear your thoughts. One day he hears a nagging voice in his head and follows through and finds Isleen and her grandmother after being kept captive and tortured. He saves her by sheer luck (view spoiler)
Was I supposed to feel schizophrenic, too?

This book started out with such dark, mental paranormal promise. Xander, struck by lightening as a boy, now has enhanced hearing and can read people's thoughts. It comes at a painful price, though, and he has become a virtual recluse except when "doing his thing" to interview criminals for the Criminal Bureau of Investigation. There is one voice he has heard for years, and thinking he is insane, he drowns it in alcohol. Until the night comes that he cann
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Criminal investigator, Xander Stone, is called in when all else fails. Hit by lightning as a child, he gained the ability to hear people’s thought. When he’s finished with his latest case, he hears a woman’s voice telling him she is dying. This voice has been speaking to him for years, begging for him to save her. Convinced it is nothing more than hallucinations brought on by his accident, he usually silences her voice with
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads

An intense paranormal romance thriller. First in a series.
The hero was hit by lightning. He wears the scars and is tortured by hearing the thoughts and amplified sounds all around him. He uses the hearing power to interrogate criminals.
The heroine was captured as a teen and has been tortured and starved in captivity for years.
He’s be able to hear her for years but didn’t think it was real.
Now he’s rescued her from captivity but it seems the danger isn’t over.

♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

I was surprised to see that “Race the Darkness” seems to be the debut novel by Abbie Roads.

The author has some serious skills and while I had some problem with the plotline that does not mean the author’s writing was bad.

I liked Xander – he was an intriguing and well developed character easy to fall for ( at least for me) and the plotline around his abilities was just far away from the reality to feel paranormal yet near enough to be believable.

The reader cannot help but wonder how a person in X
Melissa Killingbeck
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Xander Stone has supercharged hearing. As a criminal investigator he doesn't have to question you to get answers, he can hear them before you speak. "Holy shit. What happened to the dude's face ? Xander heard the words even though they hadn't been spoken aloud." Isleen Walker has been kidnapped, tortured, and kept in the dark for years. She dreams of a man who will save her. "You're not coming. You're not going to save me. Because you don't exist. Never have. I believed in you. Thought you must ...more
Amalie Berlin
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm writing this on my tablet, so beware, typos likely ahead!

Disclaimer done.

I really loved this book. It was dark and raw, great fantasy elements, exceptional descriptive passages, and it bled emotion.

I don't do spoilers in reviews, so I will simply say I had a raging case of author envy upon reading it, and unlike most books, I never had any idea what was going to happen next. Unpredictable stories are my favorite opiate.

Oh, another disclaimer: If you're mostly into fluffy happy books, all kit
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book successfully got me out of my book slump!! Race the Darkness is filled with suspense, cults, and romance that's to die for! I read over 50 percent in one sitting. I was pulled in from the very first chapter and I absolutely loved everything about it.

Xander rescues Isleen from severe abuse and captivity due to a mental connection the two of them share... but her rescue is only the beginning. Darkness still chases her and danger isn't far. I loved watching both Isleen and Xander heal an
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
( dreams, super enhanced hearing, mind reading, and a legend all play a part in the fascinating first book in this author’s Fatal Dreams duology. I wasn’t at all sure what I was going to get when I started this read, but ended up pleasantly surprised at how good of a read it really was. I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Xander Stone works with the police as an interrogator when needed. The fact that he can read minds make
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 k
Vi ~ Inkvotary
This is one emotional rollercoaster! Read!

OH MY GOD what a phenomenal book. A must read for everyone who loves to read contemporary romance with a dark side and perfect created main characters.

Race The Darkness is the debut novel of author Abbie Roads. If you are looking for some dark contemporary with some hit-off figures and a great to read plot, then this is your book.

I fell in love with the cover the moment I saw it. Those eyes! Holy moly they are so haunting, so intense. And they show you
Race the Darkness was...chilling. And I was oh so glad that Abbie Roads wasn't afraid to explore the dark corners of humanity with this one. New series by a new to me debut author and I found her blend of paranormal-thriller romance just the thing. Did it make me feel the heroine was pushed beyond endurance and what a human being can handle? Yes. But then again, the evil that tortured her seemed beyond human, too.

Xander Stone was struck by lightning and the burn scars that disfigure him are the
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review is based on an eARC I received from NetGalley. It is an honest review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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
Suze Lavender
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Xander was struck by lightning. It didn't only scar his face, it also gave him psychic abilities. He can hear people's thoughts. There's something else that changed since his accident and it's bothering him, he's hearing a voice in his head. There's a woman calling for help and he thinks he's going insane. Whenever she's there he wants to numb the screams as quickly as he can. He has no idea that the voice might actually be real.

Isleen has lived a large part of her life in captivity. She's being
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Race the darkness is Abbie Roads debut novel it, is also the first book in the fatal dream series. When I first heard about this book  I was so very excited ,everything about this book sounded incredible so when I  got the chance to read it I dived into this book as soon as I could and I was not disappointed Race the darkness was fantastic. 

 In this book we follow Xander  and Isleen and I absolutely love these two characters. What these two characters have been through is just horrible , with Xa
I figured there would be some crazy going on with this book based on the description, and was honestly looking forward to it, but even I had a few moments of WTH going on because boy howdy is there some crazy going on here. But that crazy had me turning the pages to find out what was going on and to see how everything would be resolved.

Xander is a loner and a self proclaimed asshole, but when you are able to hear people’s thoughts and unable to control it, it’s understandable. I honestly liked X
Nicola Rose
Fantastic dark and twisty ride!

This was exactly the paranormal romance I've been needing in my life! Abbie Roads has a great, effortless way with her words. I found the writing so engaging that I couldn't put it down. If you're after something dark, suspenseful and steamy - give this a go!
Nov 09, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNFed at 49%
I will never get back to this book now that Audible Escape is no more, so putting in the DNF pile for good!
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: October 2016

Race The Darkness is wowzers with an extra helping of brilliant.

Our hero....
Xander Stone was struck by lightening years ago. It left his face and body scarred and gave him a special gift. Xander can hear peoples thoughts. Even though he feels the gift is a curse, the pain in his head alone is excruciating, Xander uses his gift for good. He helps the Criminal Bureau of Investigation to interrogate suspects. On his own time, he drinks in an attempt to drown out one voice
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