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Dare to Live

(Maxwell #5)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  313 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Maybe opposites do attract.

Kody Maxwell’s life has been rooted in grief and death. He tasted love briefly until the girl he loved died suddenly. Determined not to experience that kind of pain again, Kody prefers being alone and writing music. His life goal is to sign with a big-name producer who will take his music to the next level. But lately, he’s been struggling with w
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Published December 12th 2017 by Raven Wing Publishing
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Siobhan Davis
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, author-provided
Dare to Live is the fifth book in S.B. Alexander's amazing Maxwell brothers series, and a book I was highly anticipating because Kody so needed his HEA!

Kody has featured as a side character in previous novels and he is the last of the triplets to tell his story. My heart was already broken for him, but even more so at the start of this novel at a very poignant scene in a graveyard. Mandy's death broke Kody, and six years later he is still struggling to get through each day. Until a certain feis
Secretly Adorkable Readers
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The anticipation of waiting on Kody's story is finally here! It was more than I hoped for plus more! I was praying he would finally get his HEA 💕I was in tears throughout the whole story. Beautifully written & fell in love with Jessie too. I would love for a spinoff series of the Maxwell series in the future.
Eva Christopherson
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kody and Jessie have both suffered losses in the past. Kody's loss of the woman he loved years before, kept him from getting emotionally involved with any other woman. He dreams of writing songs and signing with a famous producer. Writing his songs has been his emotional outlet till he suffers writers block. A chance meeting with a beautiful nurse with an amazing voice gives him new inspiration and has him feeling emotions he thought he would never feel again.

Through her loss and struggles, Jess
Amy Korbel
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while you come across an author who just captures your heart with her books, her words, her characters, and most of all herself. S. B. Alexander is one of those authors for me. She has captured my heart from the very first page of Dare to Kiss (the first book in the series), and my love for the Maxwell's and her continue to grow, just when I thought I couldn't love them any more than I already do, she goes and writes another phenomenal book that takes another piece of my heart. I ...more
Jennifer Lowe
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read a advanced review copy of this book! I knew going in that this was the last Maxwell brother to find his lifetime love. Kody loved and lost in the past and over the years he refused to get involved emotionally with another woman. Until Jessie, she is perfect for Kody. She has her own fears that she is dealing with and both are reluctant to get involved with each other. The heart wants what the heart wants. They couldn’t ignore it. I have loved every single book that S B Alexand ...more
Heather Carver
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! I love the whole Maxwell family! They love hard. Once you get their love you have it forever!

I’ve been looking forward to Kody’s book since I first read Dare to Kiss. Something about his story spoke to me. He was such a young kid with so much heartache. He was different than his brothers which made him stand out to me!!!

Kody has his faults and he did piss me off in this book. To the point where I wanted to jump into the book and shake the hell out of him. Though I do love w
Melissa  Wright
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Prepare to get all get all the feels!!! Kody was worth the wait. The best book yet.

Kody has been a background character in all the Dare books. We have known his tragic story and have been waiting patiently for his story to unfold. His past is heartbreaking and he tries to hide himself in his music. If you have not fallen in love with his sexy and sensitive character yet you will by the end of chapter 1.

Jessie has just as much of a tearful past and and uncertain future. She is faced with some har
Anita Chaney
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG… where do I begin it is an honour to be on the ARC Team for Dare to live. This is book 5 in the Maxwell series… And after reading it all I can say is it is absolutely beautifully written just like the rest of the Maxwell series, I was so gripped from chapter 1 I didn’t want it to end, You get totally lost in the story, I said after reading Dare to Dance (book 4) that that was the best book so far but Susan and gone one better yet again, this book is defiantly a MUST read 5* all the way. I ca ...more
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
When you have already gone through a devastating loss of someone you thought you were going to spend the rest of your life with, finding someone new is never important. But when Kody Maxwell comes across a crying nurse in the cafeteria of the hospital his life is forever changed. Will a new relationship built around strong feelings and the love of music be able to set his future in the music world or will the reason she is crying and the people from the past get in the way? With beautiful honest ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read each of the Dare to books and I have always said that Dare to Kiss was my favorite. After reading Kody’s story in Dare to Live I have to change my response and say that Dare to Live is my absolute favorite. Kody’s story was an emotional one that I sort of wish didn’t have to end. I get like that when I read an excellent book that I have fallen in love with.

I thought this book was well written. Dare to Live had my emotions all over the place. I cried and was mad at times while readin
Rebecca Leslie
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dare-to-live
I was super excited to be selected to be on the ARC team, thank you so much allowing me the honour.
You know you have come across a special author when every single word, in every sentence, in every paragraph of every page in a book manages to touch you so deeply. I love the whole Maxwell series and let me tell you Dare to Live did not disappoint.
The story is so beautifully written, there are smiles, tears (a while lot of them), laughter, fun and heartbreak, everything you would hope for in betw
Ashley Gosvener Swafford
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my new favorite books! I love all the Maxwell books! Kade has allways been my favorite and I swore he couldn't be topped.... That was until I read Kody's book! WOW this is one amazing book! It pulls on your heartstrings! Kody has had a hard time since his first love died in a motorcycle accident and wasn't ready, or think he would find, love again. Jessie also has had a hard life. Her dad dies when she was little then her mom from breast cancer, leaving only her and her brother, who is pa ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Well flappity-flippers Alexander knocked me on my butt with this book.

OK. Truth time. I haven't read any of other Maxwell books so I am doing the series back to front it seems but SB has written this so well as a standalone in the series that it does not matter that I haven't read the others.

On the flip side, there are lots of appearances by the other Maxwell brothers and family which will keep everyone happy. As usual with Alexander, this is a rollercoaster of emotions and at some points I ju
Steph Bardsley
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and so heartwarming not to mention heart-wrenching. Dare to live was beyond what I expected it’s an emotional read and rollercoaster.

The story is so powerful and you see the characters go thru there struggles with the past, present and future as well as how to learn forgive, let go and love. I was crying at some places but also excited at others, the book is so well written I was hooked from chapter 1. Kody was my favourite triplet and Susan has made his story even though on
Katy Battisti
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! Another phenomenal book by S.B. Alexander. This is the fifth book in the Maxwell Series. Dare to Live was a well-written easy read. I love her writing style and how she can captivate you to keep reading. This story follows Kody Maxwell in his journey to overcome grief and a past that haunts him to find his true love. Jessie Ryan is a daredevil wanting to feel the wind in her hair and a complete opposite from Kody. Finding a common ground and daring to live brings the ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Starting this book was so conflicting for me. I was so excited to finally read Kody’s love story, yet so sad to start, knowing he was the last Maxwell brother to fall in love.
S.B Alexander did not disappoint me like the previous 4 Maxwell books I was hooked from the start. She has a way with her writing that draws the reader in, you feel like you are walking the path of the characters. When they feel loss and hurt you as the read do too. I cried as Kody cried. It’s such a rare gift and I cheris
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Omg this book is so good couldn’t put it down. Jessie goes through a situation that a lot of women now and days go through and sometimes the guys don’t stand by their side!! in other hand Kody did he had he’s little demons he had to deal with but at the end he was there through an accident and a tough time. This book helps you understand what some women go through and what guys feel when they loose a loved one and it’s hard to fall in live again!!!
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dare to live. It's more than just a title of a book. We've all been at a crossroads in our life where we could play it safe or...dare to live. This book is an emotional journey of two people who do just that. They must overcome their past to see how bright the future can be.
Jessie is a health care professional who must make an impossible decision. Kody is a musician who struggles to forget the past.
This book is gritty and raw. It has twists and turns you never see coming. Make sure you have a ti
Angie Foster
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Kept me constantly wanting to read ahead . It pulls on your heart strings from the first chapter and doesn't let go until the end. Characters are well written and you can see them being your friends and sharing their lives with them. It would be a mistake not to add this to your collection and probably one of the best books I have read in a while. Worth it’s weight in gold!! 5 stars all the way !!!
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book along with all others in the Maxwell series are amazing! Kody and Jessie are so wrong for each other but so right at the same time. I absolutely love how these characters met and how S.B. Alexander meshes all of these stories together. You will fall in love with the Maxwell boys who put loyalty and family above everything else. I want to be invited to Sunday dinner at the Maxwell’s.
Michelle Sprester
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Susan never disappoints, this book has all the feel. You laugh, you cry, Kody is every bit as amazing as his brothers. From lying low and having a broken heart to being the man he always was. Kody and Jessie are amazing souls together, the love and heartache they share is every bit what life is about.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Omg... I just love Kody he might be my favorite Maxwell brother. This is the fifth book in the series by they can all be read as standalones. My heart went out to Kody he is a really great guy but badly damaged after lots of loss the chemistry between him and Jessie was really strong but will it be enough to get him past his fears this was a great read and I really liked it
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot-romance
The Maxwell's are a special group, loving deeply and honestly. We've met Kade, Kross, Kelton and Kody. The only one struggling with his past is Kody, he can't see beyond his girlfriend's death six years ago. Jessie is a tough cookie, dealing with medical issues and her disabled brother are taking a toll on her. Out of the entire series, as each of the boys had intense storylines, this one touched my heart the most. Jessie's concerns are relatable to most women and hopefully we can take her advic ...more
Rukaya Rateb Jaber
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
S.B. Alexander has done it again!!! I had the feels the whole way throughout reading this book! It will make you laugh, cry, be angry, and fill you with so much joy! I was given the opportunity to read an ARC copy of Dare To Live and I’m so grateful for it! I know that once I read this again it will feel as if I was reading it for the first time all over. All of her books make me feel like this!!! I am so more in love with Kody now that I know his full story!! You will just love it!!!
Maria Metsikas
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you haven’t read the Maxwell brothers series then you need to. Book 5, Kodys story packs a real punch touching on real life issues . It’s heart wrenching and heartwarming at the same time.
This author never disappoints and is a must read. So beautifully written, I just couldn’t put this book down!
Mary Polentini
Dec 07, 2017 marked it as to-read
I love all the Maxwell boys and Kody was no exception. This story gave me all the feels. Ilaughed and i cried all while a truly sensitive and personal subject matter was expertly wove into a fantastic story. Well worth the read.
Wilmaris Lugo-santana
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Kody story it was great I was so happy that kody has a second chance at love. I was cheer for him and I was crying with him too. Love all of the old and new Characters in this book. S.B. Alexander did it again a beautiful writing story and book.
Vicky Packer
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was very excited to became one of the few to read and review this book before it came out.I loved the story of Kody and Jesse.It was like I was right there with them in their story .I couldnt put it down till I finished.Well done Susan you are truly an amazing writer.
Shelly Walters
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!! Another great story in a great series. I would recommend all of the book in this series to everyone. The storyline and characters are phenomenal.
Danielle Pollard
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Couldn’t put it down. Kody has held a place in my heart since the first book. So glad to finally read his story!
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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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