Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 4th 2016
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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.
¬¬Reviewed by Lynda¬¬
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 that asks him for help. He had never heard someone specifically ask him for help before. One night he hears the voice louder than ever. He randomly drives to where his gut tells him to go and everything in his had becomes silent.
Our heroine….Isleen, was kidnapped with her Gran years ago. Queen, their abductor, enjoys torturing them. Whether or not she calls Isleen “Dragon” or believes Dragon must be slayed she gets off on inflicting torture. Isleen worries more about her Gran. She is only in her sixties, but looks like a starved woman in her nineties who suffers from dementia. When Gran is in her own world, Isleen does not worry as much. When Gran is lucid, Isleen feels her pain even more. But in her own world or lucid, Gran says the same thing to Isleen, he will come, he will save you.
On with the story now….. Xander is on his way home from an interrogation and the female voice is in his head AGAIN. As alcohol is clearly not the answer to stop the voice, he follows it. What he finds is sick. Just sick. A trailer in a field with two emaciated women. The women have scars on their bodies from old wounds and the young woman has a fresh wound and is bleeding. Xander gets them away from Queen, but, Queen was not alone. King was the person who gave Isleen and her Gran to Queen. And King is hunting to slay the Dragon.
Spoiler free review….. My thoughts on the hero… I loved Xander. He is different. Not just because of his scars or his ability to read minds, he’s different because he has zero people skills. Zero relationship skills. And that goes further than his interactions with Isleen. His relationship with his Dad, Uncle and co-workers leave a lot to be desired. (To be fair, if I could read minds and someone smiled and gave me a compliment, while thinking “fecking eejit” I’d be brutally honest, like Xander too). Xander’s downside for me was sleeping with his colleague’s sister. Yes, he knows her thoughts do not go to love, but, Xander come on….ten years of hooking up would give anyone ideas of settling down. In love or not.
My thoughts on the heroine…. Isleen is one of the best heroines I’ve read. She endures physical and mental abuse. She has precognitive dreams of people being murdered. She’s been kidnapped before she could have an awkward fumble after prom night. Is she a shy virgin who lets people walk all over her? Oh hell no!! (Love her reactions to Xander’s night time dalliance from before they met)
My thoughts on the book…. Race The Darkness does what it says on the tin. It’s about surviving darkness, discovering who is behind madness killings and chasing away dark dreams so they won’t come true. And if they do, how to handle them. It’s also about bad people hiding behind what “The Lord” says….I really loved how King’s mentor, The Chosen One (self appointed title?) gets King, Queen and his other minions to do his crazy dirty work, because “The Lord” said so. Nothing about God. Or Allah. Or Buddha. Or Mother Nature. Just the words “The Lord” and “Chosen One” are used. The author was very clever in her wording.
This book is a romance, but it delves into how people can be brainwashed. And how its hard for people to believe in anything other than real life, science and what TV or the Kardashians have to say. (the Kardashians bit is just me on modern life).
For a fan of anything paranormal or supernatural, this is is a must read. The pages could not turn quick enough for me. The bad guys hide behind all that is good. The good guys are barely getting their heads around the paranormal powers that ordinary people can have, and the MC’s have paranormal powers in spades.
If, like me, you can work out whodunnit, it’s still a great book. It’s paranormal, so soulmates find love early on. What I loved was, the word ‘mate’ wasn’t used. The H and H found each other, felt happy and safe with each other while fighting dark forces.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.