Monday, March 7, 2016

review || JACKSON'S TRUST { blog tour } by Violet Duke

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Loveswept | March 8, 2016 | Sport Romance
Fourth Down, book 1


New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her sizzling-hot new Fourth Down series with a friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met.

It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.

Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.

Advance praise for Jackson’s Trust

“I totally love this hotter side of Violet Duke. You still get the same sweet, emotional story but with a little bit of extra sizzle. Jackson’s Trust is a must-read novel.”New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett

“A delightfully fresh read . . . Violet Duke delivers it all in Jackson’s Trust!”New York Timesbestselling author Jen McLaughlin “Violet Duke’s writing jumps off the page and grabs you from the first sentence. You will loveJackson’s Trust.”New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre

Jackson’s Trust is hot, sweet, and filled with tender moments. Violet Duke writes heroes who make me swoon!”New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan

{ about violet duke } .

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romances filled with strong, unique heroines and memorably romantic heroes. With just under a million books sold to date, since becoming an author in 2013, Violet has appeared on the USA Today bestseller list thirteen times and the NYT bestseller list three times, with the additional honor of charting in the Top 10 across the major eretailers both in the U.S. and internationally. Her fans, who she just adores to pieces, affectionately call her books sweet & sexy 'laugh & cry' love stories.

When she's not feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking impossible-to-be-duplicated 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. A born and raised island girl, she spends her days in Hawai'i chasing after her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband (their ringleader).

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{ review } .

Oh my goodness gracious, did I love Jackson and Leila. Their story line isn't necessarily an original one -- it's a tried and true one, to be honest -- but Ms. Duke wrote it to work, and work it certainly did.

Leila is a huge tomboy. With the initial's of L.J., she's been able to fool men for years in fantasy football -- there's something about a woman playing and beating hundreds of men that just doesn't seem to work. But with her initials and the keeping of her gender to herself, she's made a name for herself. Now, she's getting an opportunity to work as a sideline reporter -- but with a little bit of inside knowledge from someone, she knows to play it dumb a little bit.

The funny part about that was Jackson caught on right away. I loved as he goaded her in their initial meeting, and how when she realized it, it was as if a friendship was formed right then and there. From the beginning, Leila and Jackson simply worked well together.

Jackson has stayed single for years because of something deep and dark in his mind. The real kicker is this is a man who wants the white picket fence and the rambunctious toddlers -- it's more than evident in his thoughts and the few conversations he has. But because of this deep, dark secret, he knows that's not in his cards, so he plays the playboy card instead.

I very much enjoyed as these two went from fast friends to lovers, to a true, solid relationship. Jackson has trust issues (go figure, with the title and all), and of course, per romance novel writing class 101, that is where the fall out will lie, but beyond trust, these two have such a deep, deep chemistry and love for one another, so watching as this story unfolds felt real and certainly likely. The big "black moment" of the story was a bit of a two-fold, but with it we certainly see the full depth of emotion these two have for one another.

The other aspect I absolutely adored about this book was the best friends -- and I am so freaking excited to see that Bennett is next to fall. I'm sure his leading lady has nothing to do with a plan Leila and Jackson think up...

The only cons, which I didn't factor into rating this book, was I found the epilogue to be a little lackluster for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, it was sweet and very Jackson and Leila, but I wanted just a little bit more. But beyond that, I found the story to be greatly written and the characters to be well developed and certainly well loved.

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