Sunday, 16 August 2015

Dare to Kiss (Maxwell #1) by S.B. Alexander

Besides her family, Lacey Robinson’s only other love is baseball. She’s on top of the world when Arizona State University approaches her to discuss a scholarship. To be the first girl ever to grace a college boys’ team is beyond what she has ever dreamed.

Her fastball is impeccable, her curveball equally as good, and her slider annihilates anyone who dares to step in the batter’s box. But fate has its own way of throwing curveballs. When she loses her mother and sister to a home invasion, baseball and her dreams die with them. Tragedy has a way of seeping deep into her psyche, causing nightmares, panic attacks and blackouts. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, her psychiatrist recommends a change of scenery and picking up the things that she loved to do, and for Lacey that is baseball.

After a move clear across the country, only two things matter to Lacey—overcome her PTSD and make Kensington High’s baseball team. But trying out for the team comes with obstacles—the captain, Aaron Seever, doesn’t want a girl on the team. 

Her life is further complicated when she meets Kade Maxwell, a tall, sexy and drool-worthy bad boy who has a magical touch that awakens her feminine side and a kiss that slowly erases her nightmares. But getting involved with him may be dangerous when Kade’s archenemy returns to town to settle a vendetta. 

To complicate matters, her PTSD has taken a turn for the worse. She has to find a way to heal otherwise she may not have a chance at anything in life, especially love.

This is a New Adult Novel and contains strong language and sexual content. Intended for audiences age 17+

I received a copy from the author in exchange for a honest review.
5* read.
Sometimes you come across a talented author that you've never read anything by before yet you fall in love with their writing style and characters, this was the case with this book. I actually had to take a step back after reading it before writing this review as I was so excited and entrapped with this book that I had a complete book hangover after it and if I'd wrote my review straight away it would have just been full of rambles that no one could understand. There was so much emotion that I needed to step back before writing the review so that's what i did. This author did an amazing job at highlighting a difficult subject with the PTSD side and did it in a very emotional but sensitive way.
Lacey is the main female lead in this book. Her and her dad have moved across the country for a fresh start after loosing her mother and sister. This is also why Lacey has PTSD and that is explained and looked into in this book in a sensitive but beautiful way. Kade is the cocky arrogant bad boy who also has his share of problems. They both meet and from that first encounter you could feel the chemistry and spark between them both. I think my favourite part was when Lacey and Kade first met in the parking lot. I loved it and knew straight away that I was going to fall in love with both characters and especially Kade. This was the moment I fell in love with the cocky sexy Kade and I was excited to see what else he was going to bring to the story. And what's even better is there's not just Kade, he also has brothers, the sexy triplets Kross, Kelton and Kody. I loved the bond and relationship between the brothers and I cant wait to see where their stories will lead to in future books.
I loved this book and I have read the next book so will be reviewing that one too. I cant wait for more in this series and look forward to seeing what else this author comes up with.


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