Thursday, September 18, 2014

ARC Review: Dare to Kiss by S.B. Alexander

Dare to Kiss by S.B. Alexander
Via Publisher + Netgalley


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.

Cute, fun and a little sassy with a bit of tragedy acting as the cherry on top of the New Adult sundae, DARE TO KISS has a bit of the old strung into the new. Sort of like when your knitting. Or when I’m knitting. Do any of y’all knit? Now, this book isn’t going to break your heart or stop the world. Even just for a bit, but it was a good read.
Lacey is broken. Her mother and sister were killed in a break in and she’s the one who found them surrounded in their own blood. Diagnosed with PTSD, her dad decided to move them to a new state, a new place: a fresh start. With a fresh start comes a baseball team surrounded in mystery. And nobody seems to want to talk about that one time a girl was on the team and mysteriously died. Sounds iffy, yes? Yes. Yes it does. Lacey has her sights set on the team. And Kade has his sights set on her.

Oh. I haven’t mentioned Kade yet, have I? Well Kade is lovely. Broken and frustrating, but lovely all the same. And he has a lot of siblings. WHAT IS THAT?! DO I SEE A SEQUAL OVER THE HILL? OH MY LORD IT IS!!!

I really liked all the characters pretty well in DARE TO KISS. I mean sure I didn’t like them one hundred percent of the time. I mean who does? Lacey would jump to really stupid conclusions and Kade. . .I just really wanted to hit him with a brick sometimes. Other times I wanted to give him a giant hug. And then Tyler was just adorable. Totally friend zone but adorable none the less.

Overall this was a book about sticking together. Friends. Family. It was about getting through the hard times, learning to trust, healing. Never giving it. It was refreshing. It wasn’t my favorite and I probably won’t re read it anytime soon, but it was a nice filler book.

 I just love baseball. And romance. And cute guys who say even cuter things. 

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