Monday, March 16, 2015

Dare to Kiss by S.B. Alexander ~Review


Title: Dare to Kiss
Series: The Maxwell Series, Book 1
E-book ISBN: 978-0-9887762-4-1
Print ISBN: 978-0-9887762-5-8
Page Count: 340
Genre: New Adult Fiction, Romance
Publication Date: September 30, 2014

 Blurb/ Synopsis:
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 looses 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. 

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 Author’s personal experience with PTSD leads to New Adult novel
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Author S.B. Alexander has drawn on a childhood experience and her love of baseball to inspire her New Adult fiction romance, Dare to Kiss (September 30, 2014).

Dare to Kiss is the story of Lacey Robinson, whose two loves are baseball and her family. When her mother and sister are killed in a home invasion, Lacey’s baseball dreams die with them. The tragedy seeps 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. For Lacey, that’s baseball. She moves across the country with two goals—to overcome her PTSD and make Kensington High’s baseball team. But trying out for the team comes with complications—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 arch-nemesis returns to town to settle a vendetta.

“The story developed from something that happened to me when I was a child,” Alexander said. “And from that experience the story unfolded. The message in the story: With the right help and people around you, a person might be able to overcome PTSD. I’m not saying they will, but taking the right steps can certainly help to heal some of the symptoms associated with PTSD. I will never get the image of my experience out of my head, but I’m not afraid anymore.”

Dare to Kiss is the first book in The Maxwell Series. Alexander has also written a thrilling young adult series, Vampire SEALS, which has drawn praise from fans across the world.

Alexander is a former navy veteran, high school math teacher and college professor. She currently works as a corporate sales manager, but is always looking for her next story, character or scenery.

Author Biography of S.B. Alexander

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. One year later, she published two novels with three more slotted for release. Her books are targeted toward the young adult and new adult markets.

Her young adult series, Vampire SEALS, includes two books, On the Edge of Humanity, and On the Edge of Eternity, which have garnered high praise from readers. Dare to Kiss is the first book in her new adult series.

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. She enjoys playing golf, is moved by music and great stories, and will go out of her way to help people.

She currently works full time in Corporate America and writes any chance she gets.

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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My Review
*I was provided a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review
Finding strength in weakness
Dare to Kiss is a short journey through change, anxiety, discovery, love and tragedy as seen through the eyes of a group of people who experience loss and the chance to move forward.  Lacey suffers the effects of PTSD and must find a way to grab on to reality before her past gets the upper hand.  Her future rides on a cross country move, and her ability to keep it together long enough to make her high school baseball team.
This story is based in a reality that many people face every day, but the characters are strong and have a unique voice.  Anxiety is a very real thing that is portrayed in a clear way without being over-dramatized.  The flow of the book is smooth, but exciting.  The budding romance between Lacey and Kade is charming, witty and interesting.
Dare to kiss is a romance that covers some serious topics, but at the same time is not overly serious.  This is an excellent story written in a way that is approachable and humorous while taking on PTSD in a way that is not mocking or degrading.
Happy Reading!
~Red

Praise for S.B. Alexander’s
Vampire SEALS series
Via Amazon.com...

I couldn't put this book down. When my Kindle wasn't available, I used the app on my phone to continue reading. I thought the characters were captivating. I loved the storyline. When I finished reading the book it left me wanting more. I can't wait for the second book. Way to go... S.B. Alexander!” --TracyHope


“I've read tons of vampire books over the years, ever since the Anne Rice days. I thought I'd seen every possible configuration of vampire abilities and appearance, but I was wrong. Ms. Alexander added just enough of a unique twist to typical vampire convention to make her story world fresh, without heaping all kinds of unnecessary crazy on top. I don't usually read YA and it was a pleasant surprise to find myself truly engaged and invested in the characters. I will definitely read the next book in this series.” --Julie Jaret


“Great book S.B. Alexander! This novel was tough to put down. Tremendous job of character development. The author immerses us into a different world and it feels quite believable!
I always feel a sign of a great book is that it leaves us wanting more. That was the case with this wonderful book. Thanks S.B.” -- Joseph D. Rigter


“I love reading and could not put this series down. I love the chemistry between Webb and Jo. I enjoyed the first and could not wait until book 2 came out and now I'm anticipating the 3rd book! I can't wait!!!” --Frances T. Leon


“I am an avid reader who was reading Agatha Christi, Helen McGinnis and Dick Francis before I turned 10. I can't imagine a day without a book. This series has me admiring S.B.Alexander greatly. Characters, plot, creativity and absolute genius are here to be enjoyed. I love fantasy but usually read with a certain level of tolerance for frequent lack of grammar, character development. This series read like the best. I will be eagerly awaiting more.” --Mms
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