Her dreams shattered. Her world destroyed. He can save and heal her... Only if she dares. Trying to rebuild her life, seventeen-year-old Lacey Robinson moves from one coast to the other to start over. But the pain and devastation of her past can’t be left behind--not after a loss like that. Starting over is always easier said than done... When Lacey meets the brooding, sexy Kade Maxwell, he just might have the magic touch that awakens her feminine side, and a kiss that erases her worst nightmares. As Lacey begins to heal, her dreams of playing baseball take a turn for the worse--a chauvinistic team captain has other plans. And when Kade comes face-to-face with a violent rival from his past, Lacey’s fears and pain resurface, threatening to destroy what they repaired. Together, they must dare to fight, so they can dare to find a future. Intended for audiences 17 and older.
At five-years-old, I'd found my dad's best friend dead in such a way I had nightmares and other issues for many years. But when I was growing up Post Traumatic Stress Disorder hadn't been a prevalent term. Still, the trauma of what I'd experienced had psychological ramifications. Today, PTSD is usually associated with military personnel. However, any shattering event can trigger the symptoms for PTSD for anyone, especially when the situation feels uncontrollable and leaves one stuck and feeling hopeless and helpless. A lot of what I went through spills into Dare to Kiss. The protagonist, Lacey Robinson has severe symptoms of PTSD as a result of finding her mom and sister’s dead bodies. Her outbursts of anger, nightmares, depression, hopelessness, and panic attacks, all trigger her blackouts, causing life to be uncontrollable and hard to deal with.
Baseball has always been a sport I’ve loved. As a little girl my nighttime prayers consisted of two things. I prayed for a better life, and I prayed that when I woke up in the morning I’d be a boy and not a girl. Sure, it was a crazy wish, but I hated when the boys in my neighborhood told me I couldn’t play baseball or any sport for that matter. “Go play with your dolls,” they'd said. I didn’t want to play with dolls or dress up pretty. Nope, I wanted holey jeans, a T-shirt, a bat, a glove and a baseball. I wanted to get dirty, run around bases, hit a ball, and play the game. This book was inspired by my love for baseball.
Death and pain brought them together. Vengeance and darkness might tear them apart. Kade Maxwell will do anything to save Lacey Robinson from her past--and from herself. A task that is harder than he ever realized as fate has something else in store. Bound and determined to push through her demons and achieve her dreams, Lacey just might dare to go too far--right into the arms of a killer. Dare to Dream is Book 2 in the series and follows the continuing story of Kade and Lacey from Dare to Kiss.
In today’s society, girls are slowly breaking into the game of baseball. Take for instance, pitching sensation, Mo’ne Davis who made the cover of Sports Illustrated. She’s the first girl to throw a shutout at the Little League World Series in 2014, or teenage knuckleballer, Chelsea Baker who made the news in early 2014 when she threw batting practice to the Tampa Bay Rays. She also became the first female in Hillsborough County, FL to make the varsity baseball team at Durant High School. Lacey Robinson is in the same league, breaking barriers in Dare to Dream.
Growing up, I'd never had a tight-knit family. I'd always been jealous of those who did. The ones where family came first. Where blood, sweat and tears ruled above all else. So, with the Maxwells, I created a bond so strong among the brothers that it would take an army of men to try and break their connection. They stick together no matter what. They go to great lengths to protect their family and friends, even in the face of death.
Sexy, confident, college playboy, Kelton Maxwell has his future right in the palm of his hands. Women want him. Guys want to be him. And he’s got one foot in the door at Harvard Law. All he needs now is just one prestigious internship at a highfalutin law firm to seal the deal. Nothing can stand in his way. Until… A blast from the past smacks him right in the face, bringing back memories he tried to forget. Kelton swore he’d never go back--never put himself through that again. He’d rather pledge his allegiance to the devil himself before he drops to his knees to worship a woman—especially her. He won’t dare to get close. Won’t dare to let her in. Can’t dare to love.
Love is a word that makes you smile, makes you cry, makes you feel, makes you sad, makes you think about a person, a place, and even a thing. I had my first crush as a teenager. Butterflies found a home in my stomach when I laid eyes on a boy who lived in my neighborhood. What did it mean? Did butterflies equal love? Maybe I thought. I was certainly happy and giddy over the feelings I had for him. But after he broke my heart, I became cautious as I continued to date. If loving someone ended with a broken heart, I didn’t want any part of it. Still, I had to put myself out there. I had to find out what it meant to really love and be loved. Someone had told me once that love is a remedy for those who are broken inside. All of us react to love in different ways, and in Dare to Love, Kelton Maxwell shields himself on the matters of the heart. It’s not until the past knocks on his door that he begins his tumultuous inner journey that challenges his beliefs when it comes love.
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