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Dare to Kiss

(Maxwell #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,163 ratings  ·  220 reviews
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 ba
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Published September 1st 2014
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S.B. Alexander Yes, there will be more volumes. The next book in the Maxwell Series - Dare to Dream will be out on July 17th. Dare to Dream will complete Kade and…moreYes, there will be more volumes. The next book in the Maxwell Series - Dare to Dream will be out on July 17th. Dare to Dream will complete Kade and Lacey's story. But you'll see them again in the next book in the series, which will be based on Kelton Maxwell. Each of the triplets will have their own book.

Throughout the series, new characters will be introduced, but you'll always see the Maxwell brothers and their family. (less)

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This is my first book by S.B. Alexander,and I really enjoyed reading Kade and Lacey's story. Both characters were amazing,I really liked them.But the story had lots of high school drama,jealousy,fights over girlfriends,etc which didn't appeal me.

It is a story about Lacey,who is suffering from PTSD after her mother and sister died and she keeps struggling with her panick attacks. I had some issues with her character because she shows he
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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3 Stars..


Really enjoyed reading this sweet, quick book!. and my first read from S.B. Alexander.

I really liked the Characters, Lacey, the sweet , down to earth girl, who i saw a little bit of me in her! her passion to proceed her dreams , and goals. even though she went through many obstacles, losing her mother. and sister who were brutally killed. And ever since she struggles with PTSD,and panic attacks. although many times she annoyed me! i guess that's how high school girls are :-P.

Kade, the
So I started this book not really sure what I was getting into. A book about a chick who wants to play baseball with the boys... alright, I read Catching Jordan, I liked that- I'll probably like this too then...

5%... Wait, what is going on here? This is kind of interesting...
15%... Uh, not expecting to be reading an awesome book right now, but I think I am...
35%... Ok, awesome book. I love it.
60%... I need sleep... but I can't stop reading!
70%ISH... fell asleep clutching my kindle.... woke up 5
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Oh it started soooo good with a female athlete who has her issues, but still is a badass and a hot male, who is a little bit a mystery. Their first encounter involved a gun and a fist, because of that you expect a mind-blowing story and then it happened:
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Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
So first off I have to love this book since I am obsessed with baseball and romance. Let’s face it put the two together you have a match made in heaven.

So Lacey’s character is great. She is beautiful, strong, stubborn at times, and very smart. I felt so bad for her for what happened to her mother and sister, poor girl. She is a great baseball player which earns her points playing a male dominated sport as well.

Kade was the mysterious bad boy everyone says to stay far away from. Player in all s
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I wasn't exactly sure what to expect when I picked up this book. The synopsis sounded intriguing but with the baseball angle ( a sport that puts me to sleep) I feared that it might not hold my interest.

This book is more about Lacey's struggle with PTSD than it is about baseball. Don't get me wrong...b
Siobhan Davis
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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OMG, how am I only discovering this series now? I just love those Maxwell boys! Very entertaining, well written, with a strong MC you can root for and a plethora of gorgeous boys. And I loved all the drama and angst. Onto book 2.
❀ Crystal ✿ -
4.5 "Take Me Out to The Ball-Game" Stars
As soon as I read the blurb for Dare to Kiss I knew I had to read it. I’m not a huge sports fan nor have I ever really been into sports myself but how can anyone deny the originality and uniqueness of a female baseball player. I went into this book with eyes wide open and I’m so glad because it was a HOME RUN.

Lacey and her father are new in town. Lacey wants to start living again. She wants to leave the sheltered and depressing life she and her dad have b
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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E-arc provided by NetGalley to read and review.

I honestly have mixed feelings about Dare To Kiss. Granted, I didn't hate it but I can't say I love it either.
The first thing that caught my attention about the book is the blurb. I love a good story with a kickass heroine and a swoony romance. And Dare to Kiss is both of those things. Unfortunately, there were some aspects of the book that I'm really bothered with.

What I didn't like about the book:
- It felt like Lacey had personality issues. Her p
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, awesome, definitely should read!

oh my goodness! I Absolutely recommend this book. I loved it so much and im disappointed that I have to wait until spring to read the second one. I haven't cried during a book since I read the Last Song by Nicholas Sparks.
it's an emotional rollercoaster, I'll tell you that! but it is the perfect amount of drama and good so it balances out perfectly. It had my jaw dropping to me smiling until my cheeks hurt.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Not sure with this one. I felt Lacey was so full of bravado when she enter her new school. After all she had been through I just didn't feel this was realistic at all. She has terrible PSTD yet she is a complete badass, particularly when she first meets Kade!!!! I liked Kade and his brothers but their insta chemistry, your mine, say it you're mine, alpha insta love just didn't do it for me at all.
A real shame as it had great promise after their unorthodox meeting ( which I loved!)
I found the cha
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The gist: Lacey is a senior in high school and a baseball player. She and her dad moved across the country in an effort to get a fresh start after Lacey’s mom and sister were brutally murdered in the family home. Lacey has hopes of making the boys’ baseball team in an effort to obtain a college scholarship. She’s dealt with animosity from the male players before, but she wasn’t fully prepared for the fierceness of the animosity
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing


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 siste
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*****SAR Blog 5 Star Review*****


Lacey Robinson and her father leave their home town to start over, to leave their tragic past behind and to give them both a fresh start.  Lacey returns to focus on her career in being the best pitcher and to get into ASU-Arizona.  Her dad chases his demons away by becoming a workaholic.  Soon, they will both realize that they cannot run from th
Gemma Weir
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars

Dare to Kiss is the first book in The Maxwell Series and my introduction to this author; I was given this ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review so here goes...

Ok so the good Bits...

• Lacey, I love this girl she has lots of issues but she’s badass!!

• Kade, he’s a bit too young for me to be lusting over him but hell he’s hot, caring and a
tiny bit alpha swoon!!

• This book was not at all what I
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A year after suffering a tragedy that took her mother and sister, seventeen year old Lacey Robinson and father James move from their LA, California home clear across the country to Ashford, Massachusetts to start their life over. Lacey, James and older brother Rob each struggle with the grief from their loss, especially Lacey who was diagnosed with PTSD. The move is the Robinson's way to get their life back on track, and for Lacey it is a chance to win a scholarship to Arizona State University i ...more
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Before I crawl back into bed and start consuming the second book... I will share my opinions on this great book with all of you! Warning, it's a sports themed swoon fest.

Lacey is doing her best to start over, move on, and get her life back on track after a horrible tragedy leaves her crippled with fear and constant anxiety. Moving across the country is step one of the plan, now all she has to do is find a way to make her dreams come true. It's already a struggle, but when Kade Maxwell comes barg
Kristine Ruiz
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So I got this as a free read from net gallery, and I got to say it was so worth the read I'm definitely waiting to see what happens .

Lacey is a girl who has gone through so much heart ache in her young life, with a dramatic loss of loved.ones in her life. She then starts to have panic attacks, nightmares, blackouts, and anger issues. Going through PTSD was hard for her to deal with but she was trying to work through it with help. Not willing to trust anyone and afraid of things beyond her belief
Anna Doe
3.5 stars

I remember loving this book and series a lot, but after book #4 there has been a year or two when the author didn't publish new books. Now, with the whole series out I decided to re-read the whole series before finishing it. 2016 when I read the book was a long time ago after all.

I still like it, but I see some things I haven't seen the first time around. Or maybe I changed in the meantime. Who knows?

I like Lacey. But at the same time, I don't like her.

After her Mom and sister are murd
Jul 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Received ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I first finished reading Dare to Kiss I struggled with what to write for my review because I knew it would not be in favor of the author but I committed to being honest so that's what I'm going to be. I suppose I should just jump right in and say I did not like this book. I never connected with the h or any of the characters for that matter. It took me a few days to finish the book because I felt the story dragged on. Well, maybe
*ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I really loved this book and think that it's going to be a great series.

Lacey moves across the country with her dad after she loses her mom and sister in a horrible tragedy. It leaves her with PTSD and panic attacks which she is trying to overcome in order to focus on her one true love, baseball. Lacey is a pitcher and she's really good. She has a plan for herself that only includes baseball and school, when she meets Kade Maxwell and
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I saw this book, the blurb made me curious and I stopped everything I was doing to start reading.

This book was really good and I enjoyed it. I was surprised at the end though because I wasn't aware it was the first book in a series but I'm not disappointed by it. It's not a cliffhanger and I was glad about that. This book had me in a good mood and I felt the hope of the heroine that things could finally go for the better.

I've never read a book with baseball being a focus for the main char
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
*ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

The synposis sounded good so I figured I'd give it a shot. I wasn't expecting much yet so glad that I read it.

Although in high school, these characters seem a little older but I guess their pasts have forced them to grow up and mature faster than most.

Lacey suffers from PTSD due to the murders of her mother and sister. I surprisingly didn't find Lacey annoying at all. She has been through hell and she is dealing the best she can. I
I wasn't expecting this book to be this good! Probably because none of my friends read it??! Dunno! Anyway, I really loved it. Lacey is a baseball player. She's been through enough in her life already even if she is still in high school. Despite all the negative things that happened in her life, playing baseball is the one thing helps her the most. She and her father move to another state. So she is new to the whole scene, high school, neighbourhood...all. But she makes a friend immediately who ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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5 Beautiful Stars!

ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved Dare to Kiss! This was such an engaging book I devoured it in 1 day! I love Lacey. She was so feisty and never backed down from anyone. I was so saddened by what she went through. At times she would come across needy, but mostly like able. Kade was borderline too much for me at times. I loved the sweeter side of him and how he was always there for Lacey, but some of his dominance was just too much.
Alissandra Kyle
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!

I went into this thinking it would be just another run of the mill story & was so wonderfully surprised. This was excellent writing with great story & character development. I connected with the main character, Lacey, who was a strong but beautifully flawed girl due to a very traumatic event she lived through. And I know what you're thinking - same story,different book - but that so was not the case here. The story was interesting and super well developed and there was no
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)

Lacey Robinson is a high school senior who loves baseball and ASU has their eye on her for a scholarship. This would make her the first girl to be on a college baseball team. Lacey world drastically changed when she found her mom and sister murdered during a home invasion. Lacey has now been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and was recommended to change her scenery and to play baseball again.
Lacey and her father move across the country for Lacey to make the Kensington High’s baseba
Gabic Reads
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Original review at Gabic Reads. ARC received via Netgalley.

I adore this story!! I was caught up in it from the beginning. Lacey is getting over her mother and sister's death and she's struggling to find a balance in her life. The only thing that keeps her going is the chance at getting a baseball scholarship to University of Arizona. She's constantly on the field practicing her pitch. Kade is also recovering from trauma in his life and understands what Lacey's going through.

Lacey is headstrong a
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Navy veteran S. B. Alexander, also known to many as Susan, grew up playing and watching sports. But if you ask her what her favorite sport is, she’ll tell you hands down it’s baseball. She grew up collecting baseball cards, watching the Boston Red Sox, and playing the sport with the boys in her neighborhood, which was how her bestselling Maxwell series started—with a high school girl who plays boy ...more

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