Book Review: Down on Her Knees by Christine Bell

February 25, 2014 Adult Book Reviews 3 ★★½

Book Review: Down on Her Knees by Christine BellTitle: Down on Her Knees by Christine Bell
Series: Dare Me #3
Published by: Entangled Brazen on February 24, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Publisher
Format: eARC
Pages: 212
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two-half-stars

Four lessons, no strings…

Detective Rafe Davenport has always made Courtney DeLollis uneasy. While her instincts whisper, Touch him, her mind says, Run. But since she learned that he’s dominant in the bedroom, she hasn’t been able to forget about it. She should be appalled—she knows all too well what happens when a man has too much control—but a deeper, darker part of her is fascinated...

And so is Rafe. The sexual tension between them is thick enough to touch, and damn, does he want to touch. So he suggests something that will benefit them both. Four scenes—because anything more is a relationship, and Rafe won’t go there ever again. Each scenario is designed to tease and torment. To show Courtney that with every submission comes the reward of scintillating pleasure. But once he has Courtney down on her knees, Rafe realizes that she might be the one woman capable of bringing him to his…

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: I could see the appeal, but this one just wasn’t for me.

In My Opinion: Worth a try!

While I enjoyed this book to a certain extent, I have to say I was a bit put off by how quickly things moved with Rafe and Courtney. There was pretty much no substantial preamble, they denied their feelings for like a second, and then went for it. Now I’m saying this having never read any of the other books in the series, so I don’t have any connections to any of the characters, but with companion novels, this shouldn’t even be an issue.

Also, I don’t know how true this is in the BDSM community, but Bell made everything seem so methodical and open, which surprised me. I always thought these things were handled more discretely, so it was weird to see Courtney and Rafe so open and nonchalant about it, especially around their friends. Not to say that it bothered me, or swayed me in any particular way, I’m all for the “whatever floats your boat” motto, just wanted to point that out about the book. And again, I’m no BDSM expert, but everything felt pretty tame to me, and often times a bit cheesy. The sex scenes had some steam to them, but it didn’t stir anything in me.

I don’t think this was a good fit for me, as far as Brazens go, but I’m sure fans of Bell’s series will still enjoy this. It felt more like these two were a couple due to circumstance, enjoying each other’s company because they were just there (and attracted to each other), and I didn’t really feel a connection to any of them. As much as I wanted to like this, it was a miss for me.

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