Welcome to Jersey Girl Book Reviews, S.B!
How did the Maxwell Series begin?
The series was born out of my love for baseball, family and experiences in my life that have challenged me and shaped me into who I am today.
What will fans of Dare to Kiss and Dare to Dream like about Dare to Love?
Dare to Love is based on Kelton Maxwell, brother to Kade, Kross and Kody. Out of the four brothers Kelton is quite cocky, brash, infallible and doesn’t think before he acts. He’s funny, sexy and always keeps his family and his values in the forefront. Fans who’ve read the series so far have a love/hate relationship with Kelton, and they’ll love getting in his head and will be surprised at some of the choices he makes.
Dare to Love steps away from the lives of Kade Maxwell and Lacey Robinson, whose dramatic love story dominated the pages of Dare to Kiss and Dare to Dream. Was it your intention from the beginning to expand on the stories of other characters in the series?
The series is all about family and growing from tragedy. The main characters in the series have all been affected by something heartbreaking. From that, I want to take readers on a journey into each of their lives to show how they change and grow, how they help others and at the same time, how they overcome their issues to set a path in life.
You inserted a piece of your personal life, your experience with PTSD, into Dare to Kiss and Dare to Dream. Did any elements of your life sneak into Dare to Love?
The series itself has a lot of elements that I had and didn’t have growing up. And in Dare to Love, I didn’t have a cohesive family unit around me. I didn’t have parents who were open to love, which made it difficult for me to express emotions, and if I did, I always seemed to have gotten hurt by love.
After writing two Young Adult books, what inspired you to write New Adult fiction, and how was writing this genre different?
As a writer, when I’m drafting an outline for a story, I don’t think too much about the genre. I let the story unfold. But in both genres the characters are learning life in different states of their pre-teen, teenage or college age years. What I find different in one genre over the other is the character’s decision making. They might’ve learned from an experience in high school, but when faced with that same experience in college how will they react? Will they make the same decision or will they take a different path?
How do you balance your time between working full time and writing on the side?
I set a weekly goal for writing, and in between all the daily stuff I have going on, I write. I usually accomplish the goal I set, and if I don’t I make up for it somehow in the following week.
What’s next for you?
I still have planned three more books in the Maxwell Series, and the next one will be based on Kross Maxwell, the next triplet. However, I have a new series I’m outlining that will be based on a family that is not as cohesive as the Maxwell family. This new series will be a little darker and will have elements of mystery, romance and suspense. On top of that, I’m working on my fourth book in my vampire series.
Thank you, S.B., for visiting Jersey Girl Book Reviews, and sharing with us a bit about yourself and your writing career.
About The Author
Her young adult series, Vampire SEALS, includes three books, On the Edge of Humanity, On the Edge of Eternity, and On the Edge of Destiny, which have garnered high praise from readers. Dare to Kiss was the first book in her new adult series, The Maxwell Series. The follow up, Dare to Dream, was released in 2015. Up next is Dare to Love, that was released on Feb. 16, 2016.
Alexander’s career has been colorful—a former navy veteran, high school math teacher and college professor, sales consultant, coach, and manager. She loves baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox. She enjoys playing golf, is moved by music and great stories, and will go out of her way to help people.
She currently works full time in Corporate America and writes any chance she gets. She believes words are the key to opening the door to extraordinary places with amazing characters that tell a great story.
Dare to Love by S.B. Alexander
Book 3: The Maxwell Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Format: eBook - 268 pages
Kindle - 1405 KB
Nook - 605 KB
Genre: New Adult Romance
Buy The Book:
Buy The Series: The Maxwell Series
Book 1: Dare to Kiss
Book 2: Dare to Dream
Book 3: Dare to Love
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book review opportunity hosted by JKS Communications.
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.
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.
My Book Review:
In the third book of The Maxwell Series, Dare to Love, author S.B. Alexander weaves a compelling new adult novel that easily draws the reader into triplet brother Kelton Maxwell's story.
Dare to Love is an emotional story that has a great mixture of drama, romance, suspense, and humor. Kelton Maxwell is a senior at Boston University and has aspirations of entering Harvard Law. He's a college playboy who does nude modeling for a college art class, he loves the adrenaline rush and attention from the ladies, but he doesn't do love, and isn't willing to commit. He vows to stay away from women who want more than he can give, his heart and a life of forever. He doesn't do forever, and he won't open his heart to anyone, especially after experiencing traumatic family events from the past. But there is one girl that he can't let go of, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Reardon, his old childhood best friend and teenage girlfriend who left him with a broken heart seven years ago. That is until the past unexpectedly walks back into his life, but Lizzie has her own personal reasons for being in Boston and internal demons to chase .... can Kelton open his heart to Lizzie and once again dare to love, even if it comes with danger?
Kelton and Lizzie's story is interwoven with enough drama, romance, and intrigue that easily kept me engaged and turning the pages. They are both broken but strong people who are dealing with a shared history and troubled pasts. As they reconnect, their relationship develops with enough angst, sizzling chemistry and sexual tension, witty banter, and a sweet romance that makes their reunion exciting enough to heal old wounds, and open their heart to a second chance at love. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I loved the Maxwell brothers, these fun loving bad boys stole my heart, I can't wait to read more about them in the next books in The Maxwell Series!
If you are a fan of New Adult romance novels, Dare to Love is an enjoyable story that will leave you wanting more from the Maxwell brothers!
RATING: 4 STARS