Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads
Series: Fatal Truth Series
Genre: Dark Romantic Thriller
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
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Another gem from witty wordsmith Maggie Wells!
Third in the Coastal Heat series, Love & Rockets follows in the footsteps of the previous installments: the title can be read as a standalone romance, and it stands out among its peers as superbly written.
Maggie’s use of the English language never fails to amaze me. While reading, I often think: “Wow, I never would have thought to express __________ in that way.” Rather than watered down prose, her vocabulary and syntax challenge readers, giving credit to their intellect and/or powers of deduction.
Like the other titles in the Coastal Heat series, Love & Rockets features relatable, well-developed characters and sources of conflict that readers can identify with: family tensions, societal hierarchies, career demands, and—last but not least—the treacherous “dating” landscape.
A Maggie Wells hero has chinks in his armor, a source of vulnerability that makes him human (one of my favorite aspects of the author’s storytelling). Her heroines, on the other hand, wear pride and independence like a badge and struggle to admit when they need help. This dynamic, when aired with the author’s mastery of the craft, never fails to deliver a page-turner.
Finally, I found the aspects of Jake’s job to be well-researched, and I liked that the novel’s rhetorical devices (i.e. descriptions and comparisons) often revolved around the subject of space science. The latter adds an extra layer of “art” to an already well-written novel.
REALLY impressed with this debut from Abbie Roads!
As Race the Dawn’s premise is quite complex, I really didn’t know what to expect from the title. Preternatural elements, religious fanaticism, and convoluted interpersonal relationships make this a difficult read to categorize. For me, it strikes a balance between my two favorite genres, romance and mystery/suspense, with a sprinkling of paranormal thrown in to keep readers on their toes.
Learning about Xander’s ability, post-trauma, gets the novel off to an interesting start. The hook did its job of investing me in the characters and action, and the momentum never lapsed. Thankfully, there was no sagging middle to contend with. Instead, the action chugs along at a steady pace, offering readers a new discovery in nearly every chapter.
The author’s writing really impressed me. Her vivid descriptions held me captive (no pun intended), and even the villains had a complexity and depth to them that goes beyond the typical good guy-bad guy scenario.
Race the Dawn is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. As this one was a win for me, I’ve already started on another from the author (Hunt the Dawn).