Monday, March 7, 2016

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Jackson's Trust by Violet Duke

Title: Jackson's Trust
Series: Fourth Down Series
Author: Violet Duke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date:  March 8, 2016
Review Source: ARC

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.

Violet Duke manages to draw us in yet again right from the very start with this love story.  This time though, we are on the sidelines watching the action and asking the questions as we get to know Leila and Jackson.  Right from the start you can sense the chemistry between these two, but Leila is determine to keep Jackson as friends.

My heart goes out to Jackson when he tells Leila of his past dreams and that the best thing for them is just friendship.  Leila has her reasons for accepting this and the main one is her job.  She has finally got the chance to show that she is someone, someone that her family still doesn't choose to believe is anything more than "arm candy."

The way that Violet writes the friendship between these two leads you to wonder if anything will ever happen.  And the further you get into the book, you start screaming to yourself, would y'all just hurry up and hook up already.  Now, don't get me wrong, just because I was like please please please take it to another level, this does not by any means affect the book.  In fact I think it may be one of the things that keeps you pulled in and help hostage.  She keeps you holding on and has your heart begging for them to see what is right in front of them.  The problem is that the past is still to vivid for each of them that they both have decided to sit on the sideline and watch the game go by.

So yes, this book will make you take and follow each of the downs.  No to mention Violet has a bit of a mean streak in her, and I will let you wonder what that is.  But, we each know that with any great romance everything is not always rainbows and sunshine.  I am looking forward to finding out what happens next with our rowdy group of  friends.  And the best part is that there are no cliffhangers, so we get to see where everything is headed straight to the very end.

Now this wouldn't be a true review if I did not leave you with a few of my favorite quotes.

"So you flirting with me earlier was you picking up on some sex-only, no breakfast in bed vibe I have going on?"  "Thant's a pretty powerfully accurate gift you have there, Skippy."  ~ Leila ~

"Funny thing is that I used to be one of those guys who figured he'd have a kid or two by now.  Cute hell raisers who'd help me spoil their mom on Sunday mornings, that sort of thing." ~ Jackson ~

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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