Friday, August 7, 2015

Dare to Dream by S.B. Alexander ~Review

Title: Dare to Dream
Author: S.B. Alexander
Release Date:  July 17, 2015
 ISBN: 978-0-9887762-9-6 (print)
 ISBN: 978-0-9887762-8-9 (ebook) 
Length: 268 pages 
Genre: New Adult Fiction

Bad boy Kade Maxwell knows all too well the pain and loss of the death of a loved one after his sister’sdeath 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.

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Meet 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. Two years later, she has published five novels with more to come. 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 was the first book in her new adult series. 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. She enjoys playing golf, is moved by music and great stories, and will go out of her way to help people. Alexander 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.

My Review
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Another great story by S.B, Alexander!
Dare to Dream is the second book in the Maxwell Series.  This book picks up not long after the first book Dare to Kiss.  We rejoin Lacey and Kade in a new story that will not only test their relationship, but put their lives and the lives of the people they love in danger.  Lacy's life is still full of questions and challenges and her relationship with Kade is the one thing she can depend on.  However, love may not be enough to save them from themselves and their pasts.
S.B. Alexander has a wonderful way with words and characters.  The development of Lacey and Kade's relationship is beautiful and at times frustrating.  Supporting characters run the gambit from interesting to humorous to maddening and I mean that in only the best and most loving way.  The dialogue is never boring and the plot moves along at a pace that is easy to follow and intriguing.  At no point during this story was I ever bored or disinterested and each word is important to the story.  In other words, this is not a book filled with fluff and nonsense.
Happy Reading!

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