"Dark and delicious."—Kerrelyn Sparks, New York Times bestselling author on Race the Darkness
Out of darkness and danger
You can’t hide your secrets from Lathan Montgomery—he can read your darkest memories. And while his special abilities are invaluable in the FBI’s hunt for a serial killer, he has no way to avoid the pain that brings him. Until he is drawn to courageous, down-on-her-luck Evanee Brown and finds himself able to offer her something he’s never offered another human being: himself.
Dawns a unique and powerful love
Nightmares are nothing new to Evanee Brown. But once she meets Lathan, they plummet into the realm of the macabre. Murder victims are reaching from beyond the grave to give Evanee evidence that could help Lathan bring a terrifying killer to justice. Together, they could forge an indomitable partnership to thwart violence, abuse, and death—if they survive the forces that seek to tear them apart.
Fatal Dreams Duology:
Race the Darkness (Book 1)
Hunt the Dawn (Book 2)
The pursuit of a serial killer becomes a twisted, macabre trip in Roads's gritty, fantastical second Fatal Dreams romantic thriller (after Race the Darkness). Lathan Montgomery is an FBI consultant with a genetic anomaly that burdens him with the power to read people's emotions through their scent. He's currently tracking a serial killer nicknamed the Strategist, a quest that has brought him to rural Ohio. Waitress Evanee Brown survived a harsh childhood with her sexually abusive mother and stepfamily. Evanee suffers from nightmares, born of trauma, that turn even more ominous as the ghosts of the Strategist's victims reach out to her through a parallel universe. Lathan and Evanee, caught up in the serial killer's orbit, become lovers, with a powerful physical connection that's tied to a Native American spirit. Roads's grim novel has ample suffering; it largely succeeds as a fantasy of good versus evil, but its heavy-handed depravity becomes tedious as the story progresses, and readers may look askance at the use of Lathan's paranormal abilities to balance out his hearing impairment.
This is the second in the series but the first that I have read. I felt that the psychic/paranormal aspects of this story were different. The story took a bit to understand what was going on with the abilities, but the main story about Evanee and her past, Lathan and his work and past, and how the two belong together kept me turning the pages. I would have preferred Evanee to be a little stronger, but Lathan's acceptance of her in his life was great. All he wanted to do was take care of her. I recommend this story and will check out other books by Abbie Roads.
I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
I voluntarily received an ARC of Hunt the Dawn by Abbie Roads in exchange for an honest review.
When I sit back and imagine Abbie Roads writing the masterpiece that is Hunt the Dawn, I imagine something similar to the Professor mixing together the chemicals that made the Powerpuff Girls. Except Abbie mixed romance, steamy sex, action, and suspense instead of sugar, spice, everything nice, and chemical X.
Lathan's character grabbed my attention in Race the Darkness and made me want to know more about him and his abilities. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find out that Lathan would be getting his own book in Hunt the Dawn! Once again, Abbie made me fall in love with her characters and despise others. I won't name anyone specific due to potential spoilers, but I'm sure you will feel the same as I do.
If you have already read Race the Darkness, go preorder Hunt the Dawn. If you haven't already started the Fatal Dreams series with Race the Darkness, what are you waiting for?
Lathan and Evanee
Lathan was an interesting man. I was intrigued by his power. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it and I like that it was a give and take with his power. Yes, he could see things beyond most people’s capabilities, but he suffered for it. He had to isolate himself to remain comfortable. Until Evanee helped control his power Lathan lived more with a curse than a gift. I’m glad that he had Gill to help him along and support him.
Evanee had a truly horrific power. I don’t think there’s any way to see it as a gift. There’s more than mental anguish, but a terrible physical aspect to it that really makes what she experienced hit home. It added a horror element that I’m not used to reading in romantic suspense. And having to deal with that on top of her horrible family? She’s tough to have survived it all.
Xander and Isleen made multiple appearances. It was nice to see them.
The epilogue was perfect. A sweet and emotional end to their story.