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Down for the Count (Dare Me) (edition 2012)

by Christine Bell

Series: Dare Me (1)

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Title:Down for the Count (Dare Me)
Authors:Christine Bell
Info:Entangled Publishing (Brazen) (2012), Kindle Edition, 128 pages
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Down for the Count by Christine Bell

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This. Was. Awesome!

Lacey (I kind of really like the name, btw) catches her brand new, and I mean BRAND new husband fucking her bridesmaid (and best friend) at their wedding reception, she bails. With the assistance of her other and true best friend, Cat and brother, Galen.
Lacey has had a crush on Galen since they were kids, but being treated like the annoying little sister, it never led anywhere.

Galen, a professional boxer, suggests Lacey do something drastic and carefree with herself, find herself and learn to stand up for herself and not conform to her mother's stone cold nature. Lacey decides to go on her honeymoon to Puerto Rico and Galen joins her. As a friend. As support. Chyeah!

Lacey sure learns how to live life for herself and not her mother or the family business. She learns what true love is and what's important in a relationship.

Christine Bell nails this story spot on in the head. It starts with a bang (pun PUN!!!) and ends with the expected HEA, but the journey in between is fantastic.

It will make you all want a Galen of your own.

Go read! ( )
  TheBookHammock | Sep 24, 2013 |
I was pleasantly surprised by this hot, short read from an author I'd never read before.

The plot was interesting, the characters were engaging, and the sex was hot.

What kept it from 5 stars: The continued use of the nickname "squirt". If you are fucking her, stop calling her that. She is not your little sister. And a couple other random items (tight channel was used, and at one point, the heroine's hair was written as red instead of the honey it was through the entire book, and the unsatisfactory resolution with her whore of a mother).

All in all, though, this was a good way to spend an afternoon. I'll be checking out more of Ms. Bell's work. ( )
  CreativeJunkie | Sep 23, 2013 |
One sentence made me love him on the spot, Galen Thomas.
"Dear Satan. I don't know why you're testing me, but I don't like it. No love, Galen."
Lacey had the worst surprise ever, discovering her husband on her wedding day screwing her best friend and bridesmaid on a closet.
That just made me feel sorry for her, and not even comprehend how she had the state of mind to not flip ( of course she flipped ), and take the gallantry way out ( I would have killed both of them :P, I guess I´m not polite lol ). After that came the night that changes everything between Galen and Lacey.
They are both harboring a crush since early on, but neither of them ever tried anything, or even though the other one felt the same way. One night of drinking, daring, and I never, changes all of that, and we are left with a cute, lovely and fun honeymoon (without the husband).
Galen is the sweetest man, not trying to pressure her but at the same time fighting himself against the hot and steamy feelings he has. Lacey is fighting against what she thinks is right and her naughty toughs towards Galen.
Seeing a god like that almost naked :O who wouldn´t have a hard time.
I loved the book, it took both of them on a journey so fun, sexy and romantic. There were moments so funny, Galen is hilarious, and her reactions to some of the things he does and says are just priceless.
She found her man.
I loved what he did in the end, she needed that little push to realize what she truly wanted, and most importantly to understand that she had to fight for what she wanted, and search on her the thing that mattered to her and start doing things for her.
It was a life lesson she needed, and he made the sacrifice and hurt in the process for her to able to get there. He made the ultimate sacrifice and I´m glad we got a HEA :)
Lovely compelling sweet story, that made me turn the page and want for more :)
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  SBookLover | May 19, 2013 |
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
www.readyourwrites.blogspot.com

Lacey Garrity’s life is set. She is the marketing director for her family’s law firm. She’s just married Marty Clemson and things should be perfect. Too bad she can’t find Marty, the man she married two hours ago. What’s a girl to do? Well, I guess it’s time to go look for him. With the help of her phone she finds Marty in a closet. But his pants are down and he isn’t alone. Marty’s in the closet with Becca, Lacey’s bridesmaid and one of her oldest childhood friends. To make matters worse, not only does Lacey stumble upon this scene, so do her best friend Cat and Cat’s brother Galen, a man Lacey’s had a thing for for years.

Galen Thomas is an almost thirty-year-old boxer. Thanks to his sister’s relationship with Lacey, Lacey has never been far from his mind. The girls have been best friends for almost twenty years, almost as long as Galen has had his own little crush on Lacey. When Lacey’s world shatters, it’s Galen who steps in to save her from an embarrassing situation.

Galen takes Lacey to the Thomas family cabin with the intention of leaving her alone to lick her wounds. Lacey doesn’t want to be left alone and suggests that she and Galen go on her honeymoon to Puerto Rico. Lacey isn’t ready to deal with the fall out of leaving her husband, the fact that her not-so-wonderful mother Rowena aka The Admiral is going to blame her, or the business merger which is part of the reason for the wedding in the first place. Galen is only happy to take Lacey away and help her see that she's stronger than she gives herself credit for.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is Cat talking on the phone to Galen about Lacey, the night of “closet gate”, "Good. She's so uptight sometimes, I was afraid she wouldn't let herself have a day to break down a little. I was half thinking she'd be in a hotel somewhere writing apology letters to the wedding guests and re-mapping her future out on a spreadsheet or whatever."

Lacey and Galen are opposites. I can't really say that he's a spur of the moment kind of guy, but he knows how to relax and have fun. Lacey is, as Cat says, uptight A LOT. She's a people pleaser. It probably comes from her parents, unfortunately. Her mother is all about control and appearances. She doesn't care what you have to do or endure in order to look good at the country club. In fact, Rowana despises the whole Thomas family because they aren't from money or, in her opinion, have enough.

Lacey and Galen spend a week in Puerto Rico, just the two of them, laughing and enjoying each other's company. Lacey learns how to loosen up and have fun. Though they each realize that they're attracted to the other, it takes them awhile to act on their feelings. But when they do, oh boy, things get hot and steamy.

I'm not a girl who's into boxing, so I never thought of boxers as being sexy as sin, but Galen has definitely made me change my mind. Not only does this guy have a six pack, he has a eight pack. He's a good guy who just wants Lacey to be happy, whether it's with him or not. Really, how can you NOT fall for a guy who says, "When you come to your senses and you're ready to have the experience of a lifetime, I'm your guy. I'm the one you're going to get wild with. I'm the one who's going to show you that getting down and dirty doesn't mean rolling in the wet sand." - Excuse me, while I close my mouth and wipe the drool off my face.

I immediately fell in love with the characters and the book itself. Lacey reminds me of someone I know. Galen, like I said is unbelievable. There’s so much to love about this guy, there isn’t enough time to say everything. And Cat is a little feisty but she's the perfect friend to have when you're as square as Lacey is.

You gotta love books where both people have had a thing for each other for years but refused to admit their feelings for whatever reason. That can ONLY lead to GOOD, HOT, and AMAZING things. As always with Brazen, be sure to have a fan handy, so you don’t get too hot.

If I didn’t love the book before, the Notting Hill moment put it over the top! I can’t wait to read more from Christine and this series.

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  ReadYourWrites | Apr 4, 2013 |
The ending was a little cheesy, but this book made me laugh out loud, which is rare lately. :) ( )
  lchardesty | Mar 29, 2013 |
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