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Review: Down and Dirty by Christine Bell

Down and Dirty (Dare Me #2) by Christine Bell
Category Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic
Ebook $2.99 (127 pages, BRAZEN)
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?

Author Site: christine-bell.com

Sophomore slumpy, but not unlikable... (3 stars)

I'm not gonna lie... DOWN FOR THE COUNT is a tough act to follow and it probably has a lot to do with why I just didn't enjoy DOWN AND DIRTY all that much. It's not a bad book but it's not as hilarious and sexy as its predecessor. Cat's one of those best friends that you hope will get their own book and I was totally okay with her getting involved with Galen's friend Shane but I never quite felt the chemistry there, I'm not sure why.

What did work for me was the general external plot that makes the pieces fall together for Shane and Cat to work out their feelings. They're both characters I liked! Shane's protective but not overbearing. Cat's on a mission to find him a girlfriend so she can foil his plans of a relationship with her... it's funny and I was really pleased to get hints of a potential next heroine out of it!

As much as I wanted to like it though, I just felt ambivalent once I finished. Not liking it or disliking it. Just... well, blah. That said, I cannot speak highly enough of Bell's writing in every other one of her books I've read. She has ridiculous talent when it comes to humor and can make pages catch fire with steamy love scenes. If you enjoyed DFTC it's worth reading just to get a hint at where Lacey and Galen are at in their relationship, otherwise you may find yourself experiencing the same ho-hum reaction I did to this.

Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

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