Book Review: Dare to Dream by: S.B. Alexander


Publication Date: July 17, 2015

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: 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.

Review: DARE TO DREAM is the continuation of Lacey Robinson and Kade Maxwell’s story which started in DARE TO KISS.  DARE TO DREAM is intended for adult audiences only due to strong language, violence, and adult content. Kade and Lacey’s relationship is deepening, but there are definitely potholes on the road to happiness. One of the strengths of DARE TO DREAM is the depth of emotions the author is able to convey. There were some aspects of the story which didn’t seem to fit with the characters as I had come to know them, but it seemed those were necessary based on the events which unfolded. The bond between the entire Maxwell family is amazing, so very precious, and brings a sweetness to the story. DARE TO DREAM has dynamic characters, exciting drama, and a satisfying conclusion.

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