Down for the Count (Dare Me #1) by Christine Bell

Down for the Count by Christine Bell
Pages: 145
Series: Dare Me #1
on October 1, 2012

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...
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.

Kinda disappointed by this one. 
A bride that finds her husband screwing one of her bridesmaids at their wedding reception, runs away in her honeymoon with her childhood crush, a super awesome boxer, the brother of her best friend.
Things get heated in Puerto Rico, but it all crashes down. Don’t worry, it’s a classical romance with HEA guaranteed.

Sounds good, right? Well, the main problem for me was the heroine. She looked so strong and brave and funnily sarcastic in the first few pages, but then… Oh! My! God! She got on my nerves by being unbelievable naive, with zero confidence in herself, a doormat of her bitchy mother and the list goes on. I didn’t like anything about her. Zero. Nada.

The hero was pretty great, though. He was patient enough trying to infuse some confidence into our heroine, demonstrating that she wasn’t “broken” because she never had an orgasm, but her previous sex partners were the actual problem and I got impressed in the end, <spoiler>when he [gave her space to figure things out by herself.</spoiler>.

I also hated the development of their relationship. Besides the hot sex and physical attraction, there wasn’t anything left, but self-doubt (more from her and a little from him), insecurities (“what’s this? what’s next?” “do you feel the same way?”) and so on.

Plus, i wanted a little more in the end <spoiler>like at least a marriage proposal, not just a kiss and “i love you”.</spoiler>

“ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”