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Peek Inside Down and Dirty

When she’s dared to rekindle an old flame, self-professed infatuation junky Cat Thomas knows she’s screwed. She’s never been able to resist her brother’s sexy best friend, so after one hot night together, she does what any sane woman would do—sets him up on a dating site before she does something stupid. Like fall in love with him again.

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He was a dare she’s never been able to resist…

Cat Thomas has never been the kind of girl to stick. A self-professed infatuation junky, she latches on the newest, hottest guy on the block, then finds a reason—real or imagined—to dump him. When she accepts a dare to rekindle her high school flame and jump in bed with her brother’s best friend, Shane Decker, she knows she’s in trouble. She can’t resist the man, even after all these years apart, and that just won’t do.

Shane has come back to town for a couple reasons. The biggest one? He’s tired of living away from those he loves, including Cat. But now she’s spooked and will do anything to drive a wedge between them, including trying to fix him up with other women through an online dating service.

What does he have to do to make her see that settling down doesn’t mean settling, and he’s ready to spend a lifetime proving it?


"A PINT of humour with a delicious TWO scoops of Wit. Throw in some off the scale CHEMISTRY and scrumptious loving action (a GENEROUS quantity, please). One outrageously, gorgeous fall- in -love with Mouth-watering male, combine with a knockout, sassy, tempting female. Add a dash of heartache (but go steady, just a spoonful). Mix well, serve with caution, sit back and DEVOUR." --Lisa, Goodreads 

"I loved this book...The chemistry between our two main characters are smokin' and as always, the ending is beautiful! <33" --Alba and her Secrets, Goodreads

"The book was totally HOT!!" --Saly, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622667956
Series: Dare Me, Book 2
Release Date: Feb 28, 2013
Page Count: 224
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: bait and switch, older brother's best friend

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By Mo September 05, 2013

… and Shane did you have it in bounds, patience, that is, well you had plenty other stuff too that I could comment on.

Cat, you nearly drove me made with your insecurities, your wishy-washy, couldn’t make up your bloody mind….

Did you need to go to

Could you not see that hunk of manhood in front of yo ...more

By Alba and Her Secrets..♥ November 16, 2015

♦ 4 "Bucket List" Stars! ♦

So, continuing with the Dare Me series, now is the turn of Mary Catherine "Cat" Thomas (Galen's sister and Lacey's BFF) and Shane Decker (the hot hero who is in love with her).

Again, I loved this book. I loved how Shane fights for Cat, who is quite afraid of compromise ...more

By • Lisa • March 08, 2013

INGREDIENTS for a christine Bell QUICKIE.

A PINT of humour with a delicious TWO scoops of Wit. Throw in some off the scale CHEMISTRY and scrumptious loving action (a GENEROUS quantity, please). One outrageously, gorgeous fall- in -love with Mouth-watering male, combine with a knockout, sassy, temptin ...more

By Saly April 22, 2013

The book was totally HOT!!The heroine Cat has commitment issues because she feels her mother compromised and gave up her dream to marry her father, so she lives life fully. She constantly finds faults with men she is dating and runs from love.

The hero is someone the heroine has always known is a thr ...more

By Kara February 18, 2014

Cat and Shane....strong willed and sweet.

Bell keeps a good thing coming with the 2nd book in this series. I would've liked to have seen a bit more of where Shane has been or what he does for a living - I hope that comes in a later book.

Cat is strong & I love that in an mc. She could be frustrating ...more

By Emma ~ The Indecisive Reader ~ September 03, 2013

Love just straight forward romances, friends to lovers. Sweet sexy and hot!! ...more

By Claire February 10, 2014

4 Search & Rescue Me Please Shane Stars! ...more

By Lisa March 11, 2013

~3.5 Stars~

He was a dare she’d never been able to resist…

I feel like I’m repeating myself when I say this, but can that cover get any hotter? I mean, daaaaamn. I loved the cover for Down For the Count but this one takes the cake! Don’t mistake me for being superficial when it comes to books, but kee ...more

By Brit March 27, 2013

Another picture-filled review – ready? 

Well. This was a hot little read.

I liked this one – it wasn’t as funny/fun as the first, but WAY hotter.

I loved Cat from the first book – she was full of one liners and super sass. She still was but not as much – or at least I didn’t feel it as much. For th ...more

By Hayson April 16, 2013

I really loved Down and Dirty. Pretty much read it straight through. First up. I love Shane. Sorry I meant to say I LOVE Shane and I really adore Cat but I wanted to follow Shane around and make him all mine.

Cat and Shane have history. Years earlier Shane had promised Cat's brother (Galen whom we me ...more

By Jaime March 01, 2013

I'm totally a fan of Christine Bell for sure after this second book in the Dare Me Series.

Down and Dirty is Cat and Shane's story. If you've read book one, then you know that Cat is Galen's sister. She's brash and spontaneous and always looking for adventure.

Shane just happens to be her brother's b ...more

By McGee Magoo March 11, 2014

I'm reading this series in reverse, which is kind of dumb of me, but I'm enjoying them all so much that I can't really muster up any regret. Christine Bell knows how to make me laugh out loud and make me love her heroines and make me have to take a break to splash some cool water on my face. Whoo!

Ca ...more

By Fiction And Fashion March 06, 2013

If you know me at all you know that I fell head over heels in LOVE with Galen from Down for the Count. You knew that I was counting down the days until the next book in this series was out. Was I a tad disappointed that Galen did not have a bigger part in the second book? No...because ladies...I hav ...more

By Erin April 16, 2013

This was an awesome continuation to the Dare Me series! I loved Lacey and Galen in Down for the Count, so I was very anxious to get my hands on this second installment. Christine Bell has impressed me yet again with her memorable characters that have smoking-hot chemistry, and a heartwarming love st ...more

By Lisa March 17, 2013

This is book 2 in the Bare me Series. I red book one and loved it. Book 2 is about Cat Thomas. Galen's sister from book one. We got a pretty good introduction to her in book one. Shane is Galen's best friend and has the hots for Cat for a really long time but he was sworn to watch out for her in her ...more

By MaggieReadsRom March 27, 2014

I am seriously in love with Christine Bell's voice! It is laced with the perfect amount of humor and sensuality and makes her characters come alive.
I loved this book from start to finish! Another sexy and funny read with characters that stole my heart. Prior to reading the book I skimmed a few revi ...more

By Riley September 06, 2016

I was sucked in from page one! God, I love a spunky heroine and Cat fills those heels nicely! Fortunately, her hunky hero, Shane, can handle her. I really loved how Shane understood who Cat was and didn't try to change her. All he did was patiently force her to grow-up and own her faults. As to that ...more

By Min Li Li October 07, 2015

Öncelikle şunu söylemeliyim.Mary Catherine’e acayip gıcık ve uyuz oldum nokta!!!!

Yahu Shane gibi bir adamı bulmuşsun daha ne istiyorsun?

Yok özgürlüğümden vazgeçmem,yok beni korumana,benim için endişelenmene ihtiyacım yok,kendi ayaklarımın üstünde dururum,sana bağımlı hale gelmek istiyorum,bu ilişkiy ...more

By Erica February 26, 2013

While I didn't love this one as much as the first book in this series, Down For the Count, Down and Dirty was still a pretty good read. I loved hearing Cat's story and Shane was quite a hunk.

The moms in the book kind of cracked me up. They were so conniving. I also loved Courtney - she had such a b ...more

By Dalia March 13, 2013

Interesting storyline, engaging characters, funny dialogue , a scorching attraction and enough emotions to tug at your heartstrings. The perfect combination for an amazing read.
Cat is a force to be reckoned with, full of spirit, mischief and sass. But Shane is her perfect match. Add to that, he has ...more

By Maria February 06, 2017

Cat Got Your Tongue

Cat can't believe she is hearing a voice from her past. The one man who she silently crushed over...The man who hurt her. She knows she has to put up a front because he is one of her brother's best friends, but that does not mean she has to like it. Cat might be short, but she is ...more

By ♡PıNaR DeğiRmeNci ♡ July 24, 2018

Christine Bell
Kitabı beğendim mi bilemiyorum
Tek anlamadığım kadınların benim kimseye ihtiyacım yok ,yok yok istemem ama bir o kadar da seni istiyorum demeleri
Cat tamamen öyleydi Shane ile liseden beri sevdiği kişi onu koruduğu için onu kısıtladığını düşünüyor ve istemiyor.
Shane a ...more

By Kaetrin March 14, 2013

review copy from publisher.

3.5 stars, rounded up.

Why I read it: I received a review copy from the publisher.

What it's about: (from Goodreads) He was a dare she’d never been able to resist…

Cat Thomas has never been the kind of girl to stick. A self-professed infatuation junkie, she latches on the n ...more

By Stella March 14, 2013

Although I haven't read the first book in Christine Bell's Dare Me series, so Down and Dirty was my introduction to both the series and Christine Bell's writing and what an introduction! *fans herself*

Down and Dirty was an addictive read I gobbled up in a matter of hours and could have gone on readi ...more

By FV Angela March 01, 2013

Review originally posted at:

Having absolutely adored the first book in the Dare Me series, Down for the Count, I couldn’t wait to get my hot, little hands on Lacey’s best friend and Galen’s sister, Cat’s story. Cat is quite a character, larger than life, a da ...more

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Christine Bell

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Christine Bell

Christine Bell is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances, and one half of the happiest couple in the world. She doesn't like clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but loves movies, football, and playing Texas Hold 'Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she'd be a wizard. She loves writing fun, sexy romances, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with rusty spoons.

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