Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Down for the Count (Dare Me #1) by Christine Bell

Publication: October 1, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
Truth or dare…

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?

…or TKO?

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
Down for the Count was just the romantic pick me up that I was looking for. It was a cute, funny, quick, and steamy afternoon read.
I liked how Galen stuck with Lucy after her douche of a husband Marty, shattered her love and faith in him by sleeping with her close friend on their actual wedding day. He could’ve easily pawned her off on Cat, his sister and Lucy’s bestie, but he didn’t.
He ends up daring Lucy to go on the honeymoon she should’ve been on with Marty. She accepts the dare and her and Galen go together. Lucy learns to let go and come out of her shell more.
That is when they really begin to learn more about each other and start to realize that there are some feelings hiding beneath the surface.
It could’ve been just me, but when Galen kept calling Lucy squirt, I kept thinking really? She is not some 10 year old kid with pig tails, she is an adult. A woman. Even after you have sex with someone why would you still call them squirt? I thought that took some of the romantic love I was feeling for these two down a peg or two. 
That was my only complaint with the story. Other than that, I had a good time reading it. Lucy and Galen made such a cute couple. The writing was solid and the characters were just the way I like them..real and easily connectable. If you are looking for a sweet romantic quickie, I would definitely recommend giving Down for the Count a shot.

RATING: 3½-4 out of 5.

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