Down for the Count by Christine Bell

Posted June 2, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Down for the Count by Christine BellDown for the Count by Christine Bell
Series: Dare Me #1
Format: eBook
Published by Entangled Source: Purchased
Genres: Alpha Guy, Best Friends Sibling, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Sports
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Truth or dare…or TKO?

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.

Truth be told, my biggest complaint about this book is that it ended too quickly. I liked both the main characters in the book, I loved the scenario that put the two of them together, and I enjoyed the whole best friends sibling angle, which is one of my favorite things in romance books.

So in this book Lacey is at her wedding and who does she happen to find in a closet with one of her bridesmaids? Oh yeah, that would be her husband. Total winner right? Needless to say Lacey wants to get out of there and fast. Enter Galen, her best friends brother, and the guy who used to tease her and she had a crush on once upon a time. So things I liked about Lacey, well first and foremost that she didn’t just pretend she didn’t find her douchey groom cheating. I liked that over the course of the book she really learns to stand up for what she wants and what she needs instead of just going along with what her family wants her to do. I really just liked how much her character grew throughout the book, she learns so much about herself and I love when a character evolves.

Now Galen, oh sweet Galen. First, I love his name, I didn’t think I would, but I do. Second he’s like the bad boy version of a knight in shining armor. He is really good to Lacey in her time of need. And I liked that even though he was attracted to her from the beginning, he doesn’t do anything that would push her after what can only be described as traumatic. He encourages her to do what she feels is best and he is protective of her when other people are trying to invade her space. I liked that the two of them went on her honeymoon together, and that they went around experiencing Puerto Rico together and having fun experiences.

By the end of the book I really loved both of the character and I wanted them to get their happily ever after. I really liked that they were in their own little bubble removed from as many distractions of the real world as possible, it really let you get to know the two characters really well while they got to know each other as more than just two people connected by Galen’s sister. I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end (except I wished it had lasted longer). I would definitely read another book by this author, and so it is really easy for me to recommend this book to anyone who likes a hot fighter guy, a best friends sibling romance, or books where the heroine has a disaster at their wedding, you should check it out.

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About Christine Bell

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.

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