Hunt the Dawn by Abbie Roads

Hunt the Dawn by Abbie RoadsHunt the Dawn by Abbie Roads

Series: #2 Fatal Dreams
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 6, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Another twisting, atmospheric and dark psychic romantic thriller that follows on the heels of the first Fatal Dreams book, Race the Darkness.

Lathan Montgomery has psychic gifts that are the envy of no one and leave him separated from the normal world though invaluable as an FBI consultant.  He has a strongly developed sense of smell that allows him to even scent memories.  And people put off a lot of scent memories that can overwhelm him particularly if he is touching them.  Lately, he has been on the hunt for a serial killer he calls The Strategist and that is his focus until he comes upon a woman in need of rescue.  His timely arrival before she is assaulted startles him when he blissfully discovers that she gives off no scent memories for him and her touch is soothing- he needs her?

Evanee Brown just needs to make enough money to escape town- escape her creepy and obsessive step-brother who insists she’s his and the jurisdiction of his father the sheriff.  Junior has her trapped until a stranger comes along and rescues her.  The big man with the face tattoo might be terrifying to others, but Evanee knows who the real monsters are and they can have the most handsome faces.  Lathan is different, but he is compassionate, understanding, and makes her feel safe.  She’s not proud of her past, but somehow she has found someone who knows a bit about being hurt, vulnerable, and alone.  It is Lathan who stays by her through the threat from Junior and this new terrifying psychic gift when she falls asleep and dreams.  They are both on the radar of a cunning killer now.

Hunt the Dawn started out and had me confused at first.  It seemed disjointed and unconnected as it introduced the new situation and characters.  But as I read on, it snapped into place and things started making sense.  It built the suspense and slowly revealed it’s secrets and twists so the reader gets the full-effect of the horror of the situation.

The characters are likeable having flaws and strengths that make them interesting.  These are both vulnerable people who really need each other.  They stumble along and make mistakes and make assumptions, but they share a passion that comes quickly since there is a fated mates element to this world.

I was fascinated by the psychic gifts that both possessed and how their gifts worked together.  Lathan’s scent gift that could read peoples’ emotions and memories and Evanee’s dreams that brought back real objects from her encounters with the dead.

The suspense element included narration of both Lathan and Evanee, but also the killer.  The reader knows who the killer is all along, but that doesn’t detract from the tension because he is hiding in plain sight and no one realizes their danger.

The connection to the first book is there when the Race the Darkness characters crossover and have minor roles in this one.  On an aside, best to read these in order so this one makes better sense when the tie-in with the other book begins.

In summary, this was fantastic and another riveting read like the first book.  I don’t know if there will be any more in the series though I’d enjoy a story about Evanee’s brother or Lathan’s friend Gill.  I would recommend this one to those who enjoy darker, grittier romantic suspenses or thrillers with a psychic element.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #389 PNR
Books N Tunes #45  Restless Heart “I’ll Still Be Loving You”

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I like the aspect of paranormal with serial killer in it. I remember an old Anita Blake that had on and I really liked it. Don’t know what I think about “smelling memories” that doesn’t sound too believable. I also like when you get some of the POV of the killer. I’ve had that in a few suspense books. Sounds pretty good overall. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I thought that was a good blend, too. Yeah, the scent memories was very different.

      She did a really good job getting inside the killer’s mind and I liked knowing the why behind the issues.

      I think you might enjoy this one and the first book so I hope it comes out on audio for you.

  • I love the Restless Heart song! 🙂

    I tried to read the first book in this series, but I am not a fan of getting the villain’s POV. It can sometimes be jarring. I may try picking it up again, because I do think the premise is unique.

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the series.

    • This song just popped into my head when I was reading the book so had to include it for the BnT challenge.

      Sometimes, I don’t like the villain’s point of view especially if it causes all the tension to leave the story, but with these, I think it makes it stronger. Hope it works out when you pick up the first book again, Angie.

  • Ooooo, “dark psychic romantic thriller”. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that combination before. Interesting that the perspective of the killer is given as well. I’m glad you enjoyed this book so much, Sophia!

    Wonderful review. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I thought these were rather unique, too, Alyssa. It gives me the creeps getting the Killer POV, but also I liked knowing why behind it all.

  • Oh man, that brother is all sorts of wrong. Another intense read from the sounds of it — shall have to check out the first in the series.

    • Yeah, these books get well down into the dark murky stuff. Hope you like it if you try it, Verushka. 🙂

  • So glad you enjoyed this read! I know that the series is supposed to be over, but I am with you a book about her brother or Gill wouldn’t be a bad thing-especially since they are in law enforcement. Great review Sophia!

    • I saw after I posted my review that it was just meant to be a dualogy, but I agree either of them would be good heroes of more thrillers in the series. I’d even be okay if it was a separate series of plain romantic suspenses. 🙂