Race the Darkness
October 4, 2016
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.
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 to experience the book, not just read it.
Well move over world because Ms. Roads has the ability to write like that and she's about to take over the Romantic Suspense genre. She may be a new author but you would never guess that from reading this book. She's come into the author world and completely rocked it's very foundation, leaving no doubt in my mind that she's going to be around for many years, creating stories that will inspire other authors and make them want to be as great as her.
I'll finish my author fangirling now and move on to the story.
This book was like a dark fairy tale that I absolutely adored. Through the twists and turns that the story took you on there was a lot of romance involved with Xander and Isleen, and I really liked that the connection between them never got lost between the mystery unfolding. There are many romantic suspense novels that are more like thrillers because there's no romance, and it's one of the reasons I took a long break from the genre. Well that is definitely not a problem with this story and the romance was mixed perfectly with the suspense.
The connection that Xander and Isleen shared was very prominent and there was never a doubt in my mind that they belonged together. I say it was like a fairy tale because honestly even with all the bad things happening during this book I somehow still felt like a little kid again, reading about destiny bringing two people together like Cinderella and her Prince Charming. Except this was a more adult version with a brooding Hero that I wanted to lick all over.
Was Xander a bit of an asshole? Yup! But I loved him for it and I especially loved him for never apologizing for his personality. He just went with it and never tried to change for people which I thought was great. And Isleen was just as amazing. I liked her strength and how, even after going through something so tragic, she was able fight and didn't just give up.
With addition of the mystery surrounding Isleen's abduction there was no way this book could be less than five stars from me. Which honestly doesn't happen that much and definitely not for a romantic suspense book. But everything just came together so well and was never not boring or too much for one book that I couldn't help but love it.
Bottom line, read this book. If you're a fan of romantic suspense or if you aren't read this book. It's that good that I am urging everyone to give it a chance because I think it's going to be wildly popular. The suspense is well done, the romance is a mix of adorable and sexy, and the characters are amazing. So seriously, read this book!
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