Thursday, 16 July 2015

Review: Dare to Dream (The Maxwell Series) by S.B. Alexander

Bad boy Kade Maxwell knows all too well the pain and loss of the death of a loved one after his sister’s death tore his family—especially his mother—to pieces. He longs for the day his mother can heal from the mental anguish and return home to live with her family again. He prays every day that God will keep his brothers safe and that his father will one day be reunited with his wife. He doesn’t dream of his future. In fact, he had nightmarish glimpses of what his life would’ve been like as an adult until he met Lacey. She’s a light that cuts through his darkness. Her beauty, her determination, and her dedication in overcoming her own tragedy energizes his belief that maybe—just maybe—he can dream again.

Lacey Robinson has suffered tragedy at the hands of a killer who took away her sister and mother. After a change of scenery and a new life, her PTSD is on the mend. With the love and strength from Kade Maxwell and the help of her psychiatrist, she’s been able to work on the triggers that cause her panic attacks and blackouts. With a clear head and a clear road to the future, Lacey dreams of three things: She longs to find the person who killed her family. She wants to play baseball for ASU so bad she can taste it. And she wants a future with Kade Maxwell. But with several roadblocks thrown in her way, she may not get everything she wants. A trip to California opens a door that could expose the killer. Aaron Seever is up to his psychotic, bullying antics, and Kade has his own path for the future, one Lacey isn’t sure includes her.

Kade vows to love and protect Lacey even if that means his life for hers. Lacey vows to push through her demons and show Kade and her family that she has what it takes to rise above tragedy, even if she has to run into the arms of a killer to save a loved one.

Strong language. Sexual content. Violence. Intended for audiences 18 years and older.

Paperback, 268 pages
Expected publication: July 17th 2015 
Series: Maxwell #2
Genre: New Adult/Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

**I received an advanced readers copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

This book is the second book in The Maxwell Series and continues Lacey and Kade's story. To fully appreciate this book you need to read Dare to Kiss first which is the first book in the series and one that I personally really enjoyed.

I don't even know where to begin. This instalment had a much different feel than the first book. Dare to Kiss was mostly about the budding relationship between Lacey and Kade mixed with a bunch of major issues and problems. Dare to Dream took on all of the major issues specifically the murder of Lacey's mom and sister. Although the romance was still there, this book was more suspenseful and action packed.

So many things happened in this book but I don't want to mention them and give anything away. Lets just say that if it were a movie there would be more than a couple eye covering moments. Not only does Lacey have to worry about her PTSD, budding baseball career and relationship but also mobsters, bodyguards, bullies, robbers and murderers. It is way more intense which says a lot because the first book definitely had its moments.

Throughout all of the chaos and drama the characters really developed and grew and even though I was already in their corner, the feeling solidified for me. I also can't forget to mention that I got more of the Maxwell triplets as well. What can I say about them? Athletic, good looking and extremely protective and loyal will have all readers wanting more and I still hold out hope that they will each get their own story.

This was another job well done by S.B. Alexander and I enjoyed it as much as the first but for completely different reasons. I can't wait to see what direction this series goes in next! Perhaps Kelton's story?

Check out my thoughts on Dare to Kiss here.

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About the Author
S. B. Alexander’s passion for writing began when she read her first Stephen King novel, The Shining. Over the years she kept telling family and friends she was going to write a book. Fifteen years later, on the advice of a friend, she sat down and wrote her first novel. Her books are targeted toward the young adult and new adult markets.

Her young adult series, Vampire SEALS, includes three books, On the Edge of Humanity, On the Edge of Eternity, and On the Edge of Destiny, which have garnered high praise from readers.

Dare to Kiss, the first book in the Maxwell Series claimed the #1 bestseller spot in Amazon UK’s sports fiction category. The follow up, Dare to Dream, will be released on July 17, 2015.

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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