This is the second installment of the Fatal Dreams series but can definitely be read as a standalone because I haven’t read the first one and never felt lost.
I feel like that the first thing I need to say is that this book should come with the words ***TRIGGER WARNING***, and in big bold, capital letters, if not on the blurb then at the beginning of the book at the very least. Please be aware that there are scenes with emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and they are extremely descriptive.
To me it was not so much a romantic suspense but rather a thriller with paranormal and romantic undertones. I liked the plot but overall I didn’t love it as much as others did. There were a some things that didn’t click with me especially when it came to Evanee and the main villain.
The beginning of the story provided a nice background to both main characters, however, and this might just have been that the author is new to me, the prose sounded a bit trite and repetitive. Without going too much into spoilery ground, I’m going to say that when Lathan and Evanee meet, she does the exact opposite of what I think any sane person would do. Her actions were later explained in the book but when I read it they sounded so reckless that I had to roll my eyes. I also feel the story focused too much on her past history and that left Lathan’s feeling incomplete. Finally, towards the end when she’s told someone she's come to trust has done terrible things (and was about to commit some more) she still wanted to remain friends with that person. Uhm, huh? That felt as if the author wanted to reassert what a loving and innocent person she still was in spite of the rough life she’d lived but I thought that was utterly unnecessary.
I don't know, perhaps if there would have been just one thing to focus on but there were just too many things to look at. What with the psycho, the sociopath, the survivor, the rapist, the toxic family, the hero with the hearing disability and "superpowers", the crazy-a$$ dreams... Honestly, this book had me ranting plenty of times but when I wasn’t ranting I kind of liked it. I specially liked the friendship between Lathan and his friend Gill. I’m still debating whether I want to continue reading the series if more books come out but since I already have the first one I will at least read that one.
*** I received this book via Netgalley at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***