Sunday, 11 September 2016

Review: Dare to Dance by S.B. Alexander

This story will grab your heart and never let go! Based on true events.

Hoping to sign with one of the biggest boxing promoters in the country, Kross Maxwell has to maintain a near perfect record. He can’t afford to lose any more bouts. But his head isn’t in the ring. Instead, he can’t seem to shake his past that’s been beating on his mind. To get back in the game, he goes in search of the girl he walked away from--the one girl who's always owned his heart.

Twenty-year-old, Ruby Lewis, is angry and frustrated with the way her life turned out. She dreamed of becoming a ballerina, but instead of performing for the rich and famous, she’s swinging her fists at girls twice her size in filthy, underground fights. She’d give anything to sleep in a bed, rather than the cold dark streets of Boston. Begging for her next meal, she often thinks of the friends she once had, the nice home she lived in, and the only boy to ever steal her heart. But Kross Maxwell wouldn’t want her now--not with dirty fingernails, ragged clothes and oily hair. But when she runs into him, the concrete wall she’s erected around herself threatens to crumble, and she can’t let that happen--if she wants to survive and get back the only thing that's ever mattered to her.

Dare to Dance is the 4th book in the Maxwell Series and can be read as a stand-alone. The book is intended for audiences 18 plus

Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Raven Wing Publishing 
Series: The Maxwell Series #4
Genre: Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy directly from the author and JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

I have read all of the books in The Maxwell Series so I was excited to get to know Kross and his story. It is not necessary to read the others in order to follow along but I recommend it simply because the series is enjoyable.

I did not like this instalment as much as the ones before it. It was an entertaining story but I enjoyed the previous ones better. Kross, like all of his other brothers, was easy to like. With his rugged good looks, strong family ties and sense of loyalty, how could I not. I loved the bond that he shared with his brothers. Being a twin, I understood the closeness that they shared.

I struggled a little bit with Ruby. I wanted to like her and I wanted a happily ever after with Kross but her character bugged me on more than a couple of occasions. She was in a terrible situation and was suppose to be trying to prove that she was responsible and able to care for her daughter. However, her actions were the total opposite. She was late for a fight that would have provided her with some much needed funds because she needed time to herself. Granted, it was an illegal fight but still. She was desperate for money and wanted her daughter back so bad but didn't even have a good excuse for being late. She also refused help, refused to listen and pretty much did whatever she wanted even though it hindered instead of helped her situation. I was frustrated with her character a lot. So much so that I didn't fully feel the connection or chemistry between Ruby and Kross.

Even though I was frustrated on a few occasions I still liked the story. Unless faced with a situation like Ruby's one can never say how they would deal with it. Although it was my least favourite of the series thus far I was still happy to get my fill of  Maxwell brothers. I also look forward to the next in the series. There is still one Maxwell brother to hear from and I would also be really happy if Dillon got a story or series of his own. In fact, I REALLY want Dillon gets his own book.

Check out my thoughts on Dare to Kiss (The Maxwell Series #1) here.
Check out my thoughts on Dare to Dream (The Maxwell Series #2) here.
Check out my thoughts on Dare to Love (The Maxwell Series #3) here.

About the Author
S.B. Alexander’s books are filled with stories that tug at your heart, and are filled with romance, drama, action and suspense. As much as she loves to write, she also loves to read. Some of her favorite authors are Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe, although in the past three years she's gravitated toward the paranormal and new adult genre, which is when she started her journey to write her first book, On the Edge of Humanity. Since then she's written other books, including the popular new adult novel, Dare to Kiss.

Alexander’s career has been colorful—a former navy veteran, high school math teacher and college professor, sales consultant, coach, and manager. She loves baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox, white powdered donuts, and handbags. Her husband calls her the bag lady. She enjoys playing golf, is moved by music and great stories, and will go out of her way to help people.

She believes words are the key to opening the door to extraordinary places with amazing characters that tell a great story.
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