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Series: Dare Me #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled (Brazen)
Publication Date: October 1st 2012
Format: PDF submitted for review by publisher
Rating: 5 Stars
When Lacey Garrity finds her groom in flagrante delicto in the reception hall closet with her bridesmaid, she's saved by her best friend’s older brother—childhood tormentor, crush, and boxing bad boy Galen Thomas. Galen’s solution is both exciting and dangerous. What better way to forget the mess of her life than go on her honeymoon with a hot guy who can’t promise anything beyond today?
Galen had been counting on Lacey's wedding to put her out of reach—and out of his mind—once and for all, but their steamy Puerto Rican escape is testing all his boundaries. Now that Lacey’s embracing her inner bad girl, Galen is tempted to throw in the towel and claim her for himself. But with the biggest fight of his career on the line and an important business merger threatening to derail Lacey’s resolve, their romance might be down for the count before it even begins.
I really loved this book! I was drawn in by the first chapter and hooked throughout by the steamy romance between the two main characters Lacey and Galen. Lacey was the uptight, workaholic, control freak and Galen was the carefree, hot as sin boxer with a heart of gold. Watching him slowly break down her defenses while they were in this beautiful tropic location was fantastic! I have always been a sucker for a story about childhood friends to lovers situations and this one really played my heartstrings. Lacey has been in love with Galen since she was little and Galen always had a thing for her but kept his distance because she was younger than him. There were a few moments from his POV that took a brief look back at his younger days hanging around with Lacey that shows the reader just how he felt about her. I enjoyed being given that small glimpse because at first you think Galen wasn't really into her when he was a young man. With him always calling her "Squirt" throughout her life you get the feeling that he only looks at her as his sister's best friend but when they become something more to each other the nickname becomes a sweet term of endearment that made me swoon for Galen so hard!
Lacey was a very insecure character. She couldn't understand why someone as hot as Galen would want her because she felt like a plain Jane, especially after her dumbass husband banged her friend. How could any woman feel special about herself after that? It doesn't help that her mother is a raging bitch who controls every aspect of Lacey's life and has never really liked Galen or his sister Cathrine or "Cat" as she prefers to be called. I loved watching Galen slowly break down her controlling defenses and how he helped her relax a little. Seeing how Lacey grew up with her rigid mother you really fall in love with her best friend Cat who has always been a lifeline for her. She has also gotten Lacey into some trouble a time or two which is the reason why Lacey's mother can't stand her. Which brings me to my next point...CAT!! She gets her own book and I couldn't be more thrilled! This funny redhead is a spitfire and with only small glimpses of her in this book you just want more of her. She was funny and snarky and just down right FUN! I can't wait to see what shenanigans she brings to the table in her story.
Down For The Count was downright fun, flirty and sexy! It was such a romantic story filled with serious heat and sweet endearing moments that will have you saying "Aww" and "DAYUM!" so grab a fresh pack of panties (TRUST) and get to reading!!
Oh my God. I kneed him in the wiener. And oh my
frigging God, it was like stone. pg 45
His name was a litany on her lips and her body
tensed, straining against him. She was close. God, she
was so fucking close. And his cock was loaded for bear
and he was a suck, fuck, or jerk away from the point of
no return. pg 102
“I wish you could see what I see. My cock slipping
in and out of those sweet pink folds.” His husky voice
grounded her, and she pushed back against him, taking
him deeper in a counter thrust. “Damn it, Lacey, I can’t
hold back if you do that.”
“Don’t hold back. Please, don’t hold back,” she
pleaded. pg 186
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christine Bell is a romance author and also writes erotic romance as Chloe Cole. She and her handsome hubby currently reside in Pennsylvania with a four-pack of teenage boys. If she gets time off from her duties as maid, chef, chauffeur, or therapist, she can be found reading just about anything she can get her hands on, from Young Adult novels to books on poker theory. She doesn’t like root beer, clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but lurrves chocolate, going to the movies, the New York Giants and playing Texas Hold ‘Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she would be a pirate…or, like, a ninja maybe. She loves writing steamy romance stories, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with a rusty spoon. Christine loves to hear from readers, so please contact her through her website, www.christine-bell.com