Review: Dare to Live (Maxwell #5) by S.B. Alexander

Title: Dare to Live
Author: S.B. Alexander
Series: Maxwell #5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
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 writer’s block until he encounters a beautiful nurse with the voice of an angel. She brings out feelings he hasn’t experienced in a long time, and that scares the crap out of him. Still, he knows he can’t let her get away. She may have just what he needs to get his juices flowing.

Motorcycle-riding Jessie Ryan loves the thrill of danger and the exhilarating desire for speed. She plays by her own set of rules. But when she discovers she carries the breast cancer gene on the same day she meets the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on, she isn’t prepared to face what the future may hold.
As Jessie and Kody begin to form a bond, they learn things about each other and themselves they didn’t see coming. Will they dare to live when fear threatens to stop them?

Dare to Live can be read as a stand alone. Intended for adult audiences.

My Review:
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 feisty motorcycle-loving nurse crosses his path.

Kody and Jessie are pretty much smitten with one another when they first meet, but the timing isn’t exactly right. Jessie has just received some devastating news and thoughts of guys should be at the back of her mind, but she can’t forget the intense, handsome man or his cute niece.

This story has its fair share of angst and it will definitely tug your heartstrings. The irony of their pairing would be laughable, it it wasn’t so sad, but it added a layer of authenticity to the story. I was rooting for this couple from the very start.

Heart-wrenching, heartwarming, and ultimately uplifting, Dare to Live is an emotional read which packs a powerful punch. I loved it! The underlying message is one of letting go of the past, conquering your fears, and learning to live in the moment. Highly recommended as are all the previous novels in this series.

I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary advance copy of this book but all the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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