ARC Review: Hunt the Dawn by Abbie Roads

29201141Title: Hunt the Dawn (Fatal Dreams, #2)

Author: Abbie Roads

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca

Expected Release Date: December 6, 2016

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 352

Rating: 2.75 Stars

 

synopsis

“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.


 

♦ Personal Thought ♦

I ranted the whole time I read Race the Darkness, so it was sort of daredevil of me to even grabbed this following title. Admittedly, I was rather wary when I opened the first chapter. Turned out, I liked this book better than Race the Darkness. Well… sort of.

We met with Lathan Montgomery in the previous book, giving supposedly the help Xander – the hero there – needed. Lathan was born with the ability to read SMs (I interpret it as shared memory) of people just out of proximity and touch. As a child this had driven him wild and seen as possessed. An attack during childhood caused him to loose some of his hearing. All these had him further withdrawn from people and basically only have one close friend, who grew up to be an FBI agent. And Lathan’s ability later on had him hired as a special consultant with the FBI.

I’m quite taken with Lathan’s character (way more than I did Xander on previous book). He literary isolated himself from the world just to live a normal life. So don’t blame me that I fiercely rooted for Gill Garrison when he acted out of concern for his good friend. And therein lay the problem.. for me.

Just like in the first book, the heroine here had ability with dreams. As with previous couple, the connection between Lathan and Evanee was instantaneous, more so with the added shock of the incident that led to that meeting. That Gill didn’t easily trust her because of her background – and let’s face it, he’s an FBI agent, it’s in their nature to be suspicious – caused quite a friction between the best friends. Evanee didn’t help matter by mocking Gill whenever she had a chance.

On top of these all, Lathan supposedly helped FBI finding a serial killer, which was pictured quite brilliantly killing over 30 people yet still manage to evading law enforcement. Unfortunately, quite a big portion of the storyline was focusing on Evanee’s family issue instead.

The mention of a family member gave Evanee away to a cold blooded lunatic had me wonder if there was more beyond some psycho talking (like maybe there’s Wiccan ritual at play or something, anything more!). Which of course turned to be a false assumption.

The culmination of everything was pure recklessness, in my opinion. Furthermore, after the whole debacle, it is really unsatisfactory for me that it took others to reach out a hand because our hero was busy feeling sorry for himself.

Well, it seems I ended up ranting after all. But I stick to my earlier account that I liked this one better than the previous book. If nothing else, it was due Gill who sticked by his friend’s side no matter what.

In fact, I wouldn’t mind at all if there’s a twist in the story where Gill could be more than friend to Lathan. Clearly, that’s not what happened and he wasn’t given much credit on the story. Poor Gill.

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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