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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 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...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... ...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 wh... ...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...

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 the pun.


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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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