Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Review of Dare to Kiss by S.B. Alexander

The bit on the back…

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 play for a college boys’ team is beyond what she has ever dreamed. Her fastball is impeccable, her slider equally as good, and her curveball 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 complications—the captain, Aaron Seever, doesn’t want a girl on the team.

Adding to her new life, she never counted on meeting someone who wants her as badly as Kade Maxwell. The tall, sexy and drool-worthy bad boy 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.

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

Firstly, thank you to S.B. Alexander and JKSCommunications for approving me for a copy of this book to review via NetGalley. The cover definitely intrigued me and I am really loving series’ right now.

The story starts with our main character and narrator Lacey Robinson getting some practice on the baseball field. We’re introduced almost immediately to our other main character Kade as she has an altercation with him in the parking lot after practice. From the very beginning of this story, from this exact point I loved Kade. I loved his cocky, arrogant, sexy attitude and that he was calm and cool with Lacey. I also really liked her friend Tyler!

One thing I can definitely commend this story for is it’s cast of hot guys. Kade is brother to triplets Kross, Kelton and Kody and each of these guys are described as attractive with some of the same traits as their big brother Kade. One of the only things that pickled me here was the ages of the guys! I’m not completely au fait with the American school system so I wasn’t sure what year everyone was in although I did get that the triplets were all younger than Kade. However, that was just a personal thing and not detrimental to the story.

Lacey suffers from PTSD and I really enjoyed learning a bit about PTSD through this side of the story. She’s been through a horrific ordeal with her mum and sister and it’s left her emotionally scarred. I think the author really handled that storyline well throughout and complimented it well with the issues that Kade’s family face too.

I didn’t realise at first that this was aimed at Young Adult – New Adult age range but I think the relationship between Kade and Lacey was pitched appropriately for the age of potential readers. 

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