OH MY GOD, what a phenomenal book! A must-read for everyone who loves to read a 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 the 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 things … and I am not talking about a world full of dark emotions. No, if you look at them closer, there is something else.

Race The Darkness
by Abbie Roads
Fatal Dreams Trilogy #1
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 4, 2016
Genre Dark Contemporary Romance
Pages 332
Format Paperback
Source Purchased

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.
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. 
Xander hears this voice for years. A female voice who begs him to come and free her. One day, after a rough day at the office, he decides to drive where his head is leading him and finds two women in desperate need of help. But freeing them is only the beginning. Because one of them keeps a dark secret no one ever should know; especially not Isleen. But Isleen´s ability to look into the future is something someone doesn´t want her to do. And that someone would rather kill her instead of believing that she does something good with it.

Abbie Roads has a special way to tell a story. Blunt, naughty, humorous, and dark at the same time and with some very hot scenes in it - yes, her writing style is quite something. I know a lot of authors, but none who writes like she does. She uses words I didn´t even know that exist and with that I mean she has such a huge vocabulary, such a way to use it that it sounds always perfect and natural. She goes beyond anything you can imagine and is still on the good side with her plot, her characters, and how they feel and act. Her writing is simple but effective. No word too much, none too less. She describes with a few words a beautiful landscape, an intense scene, or how a character looks. But mostly you get to see them through their actions. She doesn´t use any platitude or kitsch and has a modern touch in it. 

Written in the personal narrative perspective you get to know what Isleen and Xander think, how they feel, and why they do what they do. There is a deep romance in this novel, a love so deep and resisting everything that is bad or evil that you get really touched by it. In Race The Darkness the author brings a well-done mix of religious madness, devotion born out of the loss of the one and only love, and what the denial of a child can do to it. Oh yes, Abbie Roads uses everything dark to come up with a beautiful, entertaining and diversified plot where you won´t miss a thing.

Abbie Roads has created some very dark but profound figures. They all have some kind of torture or hell lying behind them or they are still in it. Some of them are just mean, weak, and have no spine at all. 

Isleen is even after all those years in cruel torturous captivity blessed with strength and view of the world that is only stunning. You would expect anything else under normal circumstances, but not Isleen. Okay, she does instead something that is much worse and dangerous. She denies what happened to herself and doesn´t want to talk about it with others. Her way of dealing with everything is something you admire at first. But after a while, you start to see that the road she is going down is not good. Not for her, not for the people around her. In the end, she does something very remarkable and proofs what she is really capable of. What a woman.

Xander is frankly said a man who likes being alone. He can´t control what he hears and when you hear every noise the world has to offer, you are in danger to go nuts. He is a man who has a certain kind of humor, oh yes, he doesn´t give a damn about what others think about his way of doing his job and he doesn´t give up. Never.

And Row! Oh my goodness, she is one hell of a woman. I loved her the second I could picture her.

Race The Darkness is, without a doubt, a real page-turner. After I had finished it, I was literally shaken to the core. Shocked, thrilled, in tears, happy and completely speechless. Yes, Race The Darkness has left quite an impact on me with its emotional rollercoaster. You have to read it! Highly recommended. 

Happy reading
Abbie Roads
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Abbie Roads is a 2014 Golden Heart Finalist with her romantic suspense novel Dangerous Dreams.  Her writing is darkly emotional, but she always gives her damaged characters the happy ending she wishes for all her clients. She’s a mental health counselor known for her blunt honest style of therapy and her shoes. Abbie Roads believes that many of life’s problems can be solved with a kick-ass pair of heels and a chocolate martini—or three.  If that doesn’t work—seek professional help.



  1. Vi!

    What a lovely review! Thank you so much! After how supportive you've been--I was seriously worried you would be dissappointed. I'm so happy you liked it! Thank You Thank You Thank You.

    1. You wrote a fantastic book - so I have to THANK YOU for that :-)


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