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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Jackson's Trust: Violet Duke

Jackson's Trust (Fourth Down #1)
Violet Duke
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Expected March 8, 2016


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

Leila Hart just got her dream job as a sideline reporter for a sports network and her new mentor is the popular sports analyst Jackson Gray. He is keenly observant and analytical and figures out quickly that she is smarter and knows more about football than she is letting on. She has her reasons for initially dumbing down a bit. She is really smart, witty, fiery and a football fanatic and good analyst herself.

Jackson is charming, sexy, intelligent, thoughtful, and supportive of those around him. But he does not date or do relationships. And he seems to have some deep hidden reasons why. She has her own reasons not to date in the work place. 
And she has her own background issues she has tried to keep hidden as well. So they really should keep each other off limits.
But mutual attraction and appreciation, flirty banter, smoldering chemistry, and a building friendship make it hard to resist. When friends turn into cuddle buddies it is only a matter of time before the temptation becomes too great. Trust is a big issue for them both. And Jackson is protective and is worried about his secret getting out and hurting her in the process. And she has her own secrets to worry about.

But can they survive it if their fragile trust is shaken as their secrets come to light?

This started out as a funny, fluffy, and flirty book then had twists, shocks, surprises, and lots of emotion. It was about football, friendship, love, sacrifice, and believing in what you deserve. Their pasts brought about conflict, drama, angst, scrutiny, and even danger. It ended up being much more than a sweet, easy love story. I honestly could not put it down and it kept me up way later than it should because I had to find out what happened.

I really loved both Jackson and Leila's personalities and their chemistry. They were completely likable and were multi-layered. They had issues and made some mistakes, but were such compatible personalities that I could not help but want them to be able to handle all of their challenges. I enjoyed the side characters of his best friends Bennett and Donovan. They were so intrusive, goofy, and just plain fun. And her football player friend Nick. I am looking forward to more in this series and these possible heroes. This was my first Violet Duke book and it will not be my last.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. 

Leila Hart has always has her eyes set on being an NFL reporter. Football has always been a part of her life and she has worked hard to make it where she is today. As she gets to know the analyst in charge of her training, she begins to find walls crumbling between them, even as she knows he thinks he has nothing to offer her.

Jackson Gray catches hints that Leila knows more about the game than she lets on during her first day on the job, but he can’t figure out why she’s hiding. He also can’t figure out how she has worked her way through his thick walls. He doesn’t offer anything more than sex to women, but this woman isn’t asking for sex and as hard as he fights, he can’t seem to stay away from her.

I loved the back and forth between them. She sees the possibility of more, while he clings to his no relationship rule. The way they go about bridging that gap is sweet and unique and had me wondering exactly why Jackson kept himself so closed off from women, especially this one who has seemingly found a crack in his walls.

This felt like such a smooth, easy progression. Until their secrets start coming to light, and they are both holding secrets close to their chests. Some of the twists caught me completely unaware. While some twists were expected and predicted, there were a couple that seemed to come out of left field, until I gave them more thought and realized the faint threads that had been hinted earlier.

Great side characters surround these two. Jackson’s friends, Bennett & Donovan, had me in stitches with their intercom hijinx and easygoing natures. A few other characters threw me for a loop as to their importance in the story, and I loved that it kept me guessing.

The football backdrop was light. Though there is a football presence in the story, it’s not really about the game, only about two people with a love of the sport. Their initial connection through game stats only served to spark the chemistry that brewed between them. 

Watching Leila and Jackson work through challenges both as individuals and as a couple had me falling harder for them. The multiple threats and conflicts made this a book where something new came up regularly, keeping me reading with rapt attention from start to finish.
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
Fourth Down Series

Expected Spetember 27, 2016
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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