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Peek Inside Down for the Count

After Lacey Garrity’s wedding day goes horribly, adulterously wrong, she shucks her straight-laced life and accepts a reckless challenge from sexy boxer Galen Thomas, her best friend’s older brother. The dare? Take him on her honeymoon instead, but will running away with the enemy lead Lacey to love?

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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.


"Christine Bell's Down for the Count is a sexy and fun contemporary with a gorgeous hero who is determined to show the recently jilted heroine that love and passion are inseparable. Romantics will love the big gesture ending." Jane Litte, Dear Author

"This book had some very funny, laugh out loud moments. The dialogue between Galen and Lacey was amusing, but also sweet and sexy...I enjoyed Down for the Count and would recommend it to anyone who wants a funny, fast, sexy contemporary romance." -Fiction Vixen review

"I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who's looking for a fun, sexy read. It gets 4.5 stars from me." -Mad from RRAH Novel Thoughts review

"I adored Galen. You know how sometimes you read an uber alpha hero that is so romantic but you know you would smother him with a pillow in real life? Galen wasn't that guy. So sweet and so sarcastic. I wanted a Galen of my own..."- Lillie from RRAH Novel Thoughts review

"Sexy and wickedly funny, Christine Bell delivers!" -USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates

"Every girl needs a Galen and every erotic romance reader needs Down for the Count by Christine Bell. I've never rooted as hard for a couple to make it as I have for Lacey and Galen. And that was before the end of chapter one." -Tiffany Reisz, author of The Siren (The Original Sinners series)

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622669769
Series: Dare Me, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 20, 2012
Page Count: 238
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, sports romance
Tropes: bet/dare/wager, older brother's best friend

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By Mo September 04, 2013

“Every erotic romance reader needs Down for the Count.. I’ve never rooted as hard for a couple to make it as I have for Lacey and Galen.” Tiffany Reisz

Well if Ms. Reisz is rooting for the couple I sure as hell am too. These Brazen books are usually quick reads and they pack quite a punch, excuse t ...more

By Kristen November 23, 2012


Down for the Count is a fun, clever, feel-good romance with a splash of emotional angst, some steamy goodness, and a lot of laughs. The endearing characters will put a smile on your face and the ending will leave you feeling happy. What more can you ask?! ...more

By Catarina June 15, 2014

4 Runaway Stars!

On the very day of her wedding, Lacey finds her groom hidden in a closet. With her best-friend.
In a very compromising position.
So, like any decent lady she leaves the wedding in the back of her best-friend’s older brother motorcycle. The same one whom she used to have a crush for ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts December 14, 2014

4 Friends to Lovers with Hot Encounters * * * *

Woot Woot- a fun, sexy, long-time friends to lovers tale. Perfect set up with newly married bride discovering her just married groom doing the nasty with her bridesmaid in the cloak closet at her reception! Yup... and the guy tries to make out it isn't ...more

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

♦ 4 "squirt" Stars! ♦

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Sweet, sexy and humorous, this was an amazing read! I am reading the whole Dare Me series and cannot wait to read more! I think, in this case, I will write very short reviews because there is not too much to explain!

Still, this explains the story between Galen Thomas (the ho ...more

By Alyssa December 19, 2014

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Down for the Count by Christine Bell
Book One of the Dare Me series
Publisher: Brazen
Publication Date: September 20, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Bought from Amazon

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodre ...more

By Gökçe July 24, 2017

Her şeyden önce belirtmek istiyorum ki kitabı çıktığından beri okumak istiyordum; sırf kapaktaki ayakkabılar için! Ayakkabı için kitap okuyan garip bir insanım falan ama ayakkabıya bayıldım yani bir şey diyemem yani :D

Yani diyeceğim o ki yayınevleri bazı kitapların kapaklarını Türkiye'de yayınlarken ...more

By Laura November 23, 2012

Down For the Count comes out swinging from page one!

After one hell of a shocking betrayal and discovery in the linen closet on her wedding day, Lacey Garrity is whisked away by her best friend’s older brother, Galen, who Lacey has been drooling over and crushing on her entire life. Combine the oh-so ...more

By [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ September 07, 2013

Had I known the main character was a fighter I would have read this much sooner.

Lacey catches her groom cheating on her on the wedding day.

Unless, of course, she's lost something inside her vagina and you were gallant enough to fish it out of her. With your penis.

She ends up spending her pre boo ...more

By • Lisa • January 05, 2013

Two words ... GALEN THOMAS!!
This book was put together to perfection - chemistry, love, romance, desire, humour, friendship and plenty of sexy love scenes to keep you more than interested. To say I loved this short story would be an understatement, for me this is the perfect kind of story, and I was ...more

By Sláinte October 08, 2012

Cover & Title - 3 out of 5. When i heard the title before i read the blurb or saw the cover i thought it would be a historical romance, i never thought of boxing... weirdly.
Favorite line - “Please tell me you’re not chastising me over my lack of manners right now. Because if I thoght that were true, ...more

By Saly April 17, 2013

Wooh, the sexual tension in this book was off the charts. The heroine who just got married a few hours back, catches her hubby in the act with one of her oldest friends and the hero is there to witness her humiliation. What hurts the heroine the most is her friend's betrayal and it makes her realize ...more

By Merve •Kitaptelvesi• August 11, 2020

Tam bir çerezdi. Hiçbir beklentiniz olmadan okursanız gerçekten keyif alırsınız. Ya da benim gibi üst üste sürekli ağır kitaplar okuduktan sonra ufak bir “reset” atmak isterseniz.🤭 ...more

By Nikki August 02, 2013

As I sat down to write this review I looked at the question, 'What did you think?' and all I can respond is I freaking LOVED it!! while wearing a huge dumb grin on my face! I seriously could not put this one down. The story was great, if not a little predictable. The characters were so lovable and I ...more

By Kara February 15, 2014

The best friends brother who carries you off on a bike!? YES YES YES.
This was a fun read! I thought the characters were really well done. I connected right away.
It was hot and smexy all over the place. Who doesn't love a fighter - I do! I do!

By Laura November 21, 2012

I loved, loved, loved this book! OMG! Just finished it and I'm almost mad it's over! I adored Galen and Lacey, thought the sexual tension was crazy good, and was rooting so hard for them to be together that, twice when it seemed that something might keep them apart, my stomach got that icky sinking ...more

By Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-» May 24, 2015

I loved this! After my last book blunder, this was the perfect rebound. Galen and Lacey won me over and their romance was too adorable. This was a good book to end my year with, left me all smiles. :D


Full Review to Come... ...more

By Fiction And Fashion February 09, 2013

“What it looks like is that you’re having sex with one of my oldest friends in the linen closet of our reception hall. Unless, of course, she’s lost something in her vagina and you were gallant enough to try and fish it out for her. With your penis. If that’s the case, I suggest using a larger lure. ...more

By ... October 03, 2012

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 li ...more

By Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer* February 21, 2013

Omg, how I love love loved this story. The sexual tension was scorching, the sex was outrageously hot, the characters were awesome, and it was a perfect in between book. I normally am left wanting more with short stories and feeling like they were rushed, but this wasn't rushed at all. It was perfec ...more

By Claire February 08, 2014

Loved It. Galen *sigh* ...more

Quick fun read with very likable characters and plenty of steam!!! ...more

By Jeanne December 27, 2013

After reading the summary (above) and skimming the sample chapter on Amazon I was sure I was settling down for a fun, light and sexy read. While, Down for the Count is most definitely fun, and sexy there is also depth to this romantic tale of unexpected love.

Right off the bat, I fell in love with L ...more

By FV Angela October 12, 2012

Review originally posted at

“So I don’t know why you’re trying to talk yourself out of it now. The hard stuff is over. You dumped the groom, ran out of your wedding reception, and jumped on the back of a Harley in your slip. Then you got drunk and flew to Puer

By Lindsay January 29, 2013

I loved this book. I’m a huge sucker for childhood crush stories and when you add it the fact that the crush was on her best friend’s brother…I’m all over it! And this book lived up to every expectation and surpassed them! I have absolutely no complaints about this book. It was perfect from start to ...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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