Publication Date: September 2014
Origins: From Publicist for Review
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 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 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.
Review: DARE TO KISS covers timely issues, such as PTSD and females in male-dominated sports. Lacey Robinson’s love is baseball and she’s such a good pitcher she was being scouted by Arizona State University for their team. When tragedy strikes her family, Lacey’s world falls apart. Diagnosed with PTSD, Lacey and her father move across the country to give them both a fresh start. DARE TO KISS is a heartbreaking novel of love and loss. I felt for Lacey and her struggle to come back to herself. I liked the Maxwell brothers, who were determined to protect Lacey, especially in light of a tragic event which befell a former female baseball player at Lacey’s new school. I thought the bullies were childish and petty, yet dangerous, which is often the case in life. Kade Maxwell is good for Lacey and her recovery, but I thought their relationship developed too quickly; however, sometimes it’s how it happens when you’re a teenager. DARE TO KISS is a fast-paced, sweet, and sexy romance novel. I think readers will get attached to the characters quickly and want to know what happens to them all next.