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The second book of the Sullivan Brothers "Nice Girl Trilogy" that began the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling CAN'T RESIST series.

Her best friend since college. The polar opposite of his brother Connor. The 'good guy' everyone's hell-bent on believing is her perfect match. Anything beyond friendship for them had just never been a possibility.  But it is now.

For over a decade, through his high school sweetheart's illness and eventual passing, Abby had been his pal, his rock. All but a second mother to his young daughter. His heart had simply never been free to love her then.  But it is now.

Now that his brother Connor has left her with a shattered heart he could kill him for causing, Brian's got one chance.

...To prove to Abby that everyone's right.

"A stellar trilogy with unforgettable characters and a truly unique plot...will leave you wrecked one moment and elated the next." -- Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"What. A. Love Triangle. Witty, raw, and at times, heart-wrenching." -- Ebook Escapes

NOTE TO READERS: This is Book #2 in a three-part 600-pg SERIAL (also available as a bundled box set). Each book in the trilogy has a separate story arc in the greater love triangle, and need to be read in order. Book #4 (the other brother's happily ever after) is a standalone novel that can be read on its own.

THE CAN'T RESIST SERIES
BOOK 1: RESISTING the Bad Boy*
BOOK 2: FALLING for the Good Guy*
BOOK 3: CHOOSING the Right Man*
BOOK 4: FINDING the Right Girl

*Also available as a three-book bundle -- the Nice Girl trilogy boxed set
-- A USA TODAY best-seller --

Brewmaster and town sweetheart Dani Dobson is officially declaring war against her hot, maddening new menace of a neighbor--and his shop. How the man manages to provoke her so much is beyond her. But he does, and really, she's just picking up the gauntlet he tosses her way.


The terms of their little throwdown? Her business versus his in the arena of romance.


And the stakes? Very likely, her heart.


Chocolatier and town newcomer Luke Bradford loves his shop's new home. Partly because he couldn't ask for a better fresh start for both his professional and personal life, and partly (okay, mostly) because he gets to lock horns with the feisty beer-brewing beauty next door, and effectively push all her buttons on a fairly regular basis.


To be fair, in his defense--


Just kidding. He has no defense.


As far as the meddling matchmakers in this quirky little town are concerned, this is going to be their most unlikely (and interesting) pairing yet...


"Violet Duke always writes such compelling, delightful characters who manage to pull you in and make you feel a part of their lives." -- #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy 


♥ AUTHOR NOTE ♥

Be forewarned, this slow-burn romcom is definitely sweeter (and longer) than my other books (but there is still some on-page steam, as well as a few curse words--no f-bombs though, per usual). A book about a brewmaster and chocolatier battling over Valentine's Day supremacy? Yep, it was a given I was going to go all-out on the feel-good romance for this one. :) So if you're in the mood for a light and fun love story (with some of my token laugh-and-cry Violet Duke-ness, of course) between two stubbornly romantic characters who work hard for their happily ever after, this is the book for you! xoxo ♥ V


THE CACTUS CREEK SERIES

Love, Chocolate, and Beer [Luke & Dani] - FREE

Love, Diamonds, and Spades [Rylan & Quinn]

Love, Tussles, and Takedowns [Hudson & Lia]

Love, Exes, and Ohs [Isaac & Xoey]


All the Cactus Creek books are standalone novels with feel-good HEAs. :) Enjoy!

-- A USA TODAY Bestseller --


Before that night, Addison Milan had been just a college dropout secretly raising her two young siblings in a beat-up minivan she'd bought with her first semester's tuition refund--the only money her addict mother hadn't taken off with when she'd abandoned them nearly two years ago.


Before that night, Caine Spencer had been just a rough, gruff cop sent to check out the phoned-in claims of suspected child neglect involving the same woman he'd met just months prior when she'd first served him the city's worst diner coffee...which he'd been drinking daily ever since.


Before that night, Addison would never have thought the man she'd been fighting hard not to fall for--her only friend in her new shadow of a life--would be in a position to rip her family apart.


Before that night, Caine would never have believed any woman could make him fall head over heels, let alone make him feel so damn compelled to look the other way when it came to his job.


Then that one perfect night changed everything.


"Hot, sweet, and filled with tender moments, Violet Duke writes heroes who make me swoon!"-- New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan


BEFORE THAT NIGHT (Bk 1 of 2) chronicles the events that take place seven years prior to EVERY NIGHT WITHOUT YOU (Bk 2 of 2), which is the conclusion of Caine & Addison's story of love, sacrifice, and the lengths one will run--and chase--when their past threatens their future.


NOTE: Each of the four couples in the Unfinished Love series have TWO books (duets) that take place years apart. Each duet is a two-part second chance romance, meaning each couple is separated after their first book and reunited in the second book of their duet. As noted in the title, this is Book ONE of TWO; the second book in this duet reunites this couple seven years later, and concludes their story.


The UNFINISHED LOVE Series

Four brothers. Each fighting for their second first chance at love. Years be damned.


(Caine & Addison)

-- Book 1 of 2: Before That Night - FREE

-- Book 2 of 2: Every Night Without You


(Drew & Skylar)

-- Book 1 of 2: Before That Promise

-- Book 2 of 2: Every Promise Unspoken


(Gabe & Hannah)

-- Book 1 of 2: Before That Kiss

-- Book 2 of 2: Every Kiss Goodbye


(Max & Kennedy)

-- Book 1 of 2: Before That Chance

-- Book 2 of 2: Every Chance We Lost

Grady Richardson is used to folks questioning why he never went pro. Sharing genes with a family of NFL greats, it should've been the natural decision. But instead, he chose coaching. Back when he was getting hit with hard life lessons for all his wrong choices, it was the first one he'd made that had felt so right. Moving to the oddball town of Cactus Creek is now officially the second. Here, folks care less about his name and more what the local auto shop teacher--daughter of the coach he's replacing--thinks of him. It's refreshingly different. She's refreshingly different. An opinionated powder keg with mind-melting curves and a garage full of tools he's sure she'd like to hurl at him half the time, Sienna Whitman is the president and sole member of his non-fan club. And lately, it seems all their heated debates over his high-scoring offense dominating her old school defense is starting to mean something a whole lot different in his head...


Sienna Whitman is used to being kept on the sidelines. Cactus Creek's town coaching legend--just plain 'Dad' to Sienna--could've recommended her as an assistant coach to his successor upon his retirement. But thanks to that pesky lack of a Y chromosome on her resume, here she is, back as overqualified team statistician, secretly feeding field plays to her coaching buddies through her phone yet again. Now, it wouldn't be half bad if not for the new head coach continuously pushing her buttons at every turn. Mr. All American good looks with that 'new school offense' of his is driving her crazy. And not just because he's under the very mistaken notion that she's a sex addict in rehab, thanks to the opposite-of-quick thinking by her partners in crime on the field--seriously, if only her Bluetooth had a kill function. No, it's the unprecedented realization that just being around Grady makes Sienna want that rehab center's number for real. On speed dial.


Hell, it's going to be a long season...


Author Note: Thank you all SO much for your patience these last three and a half years while I've been on medical leave receiving treatments and surgeries for multiple organ problems. I love you all to pieces and can't WAIT for you to read Grady & Sienna's fun and feel-good romcom (the chemistry between these two is just insane)! <3


THE CACTUS CREEK SERIES

Love, Chocolate, and Beer [Luke & Dani]

Love, Diamonds, and Spades [Rylan & Quinn]

Love, Tussles, and Takedowns [Hudson & Lia]

Love, Exes, and Ohs [Isaac & Xoey]

Love, Sidelines, and Endzones [Grady & Sienna]


All the Cactus Creek novels are standalone novels with feel good HEAs. Enjoy! :)


For Drew Lawson, there isn't anyone else as undeniably off-limits as the addictively sweet, mind-wreckingly beautiful Skylar Sullivan. Hell, she's the very definition of the girl-next-door do-gooder. And while he is officially classified as a white hat hacker by the suit-wearing folks who keep track of that sort of thing, no one would ever say that hat of his is exactly pristine.


So when Skylar's arrival at his doorstep on the roughest night of the year for him every year leads to a downright memorable hotel mishap, an impromptu road trip, and the discovery of a secret that could change how she sees him forever, Drew is convinced the universe is on some kind of convoluted mission to thaw his cold, jaded heart. 


...Because, lordy, they've certainly sent in a ringer to get the job done right.


Before That Promise is a quick & emotional, short & sweet crossover novella starring two of my favorite secondary characters -- Skylar Sullivan from my Can't Resist series, all grown up, and Drew Lawson from my Cactus Creek series, as swoonworthy as ever (no worries, you don't have to have read either of those series). There's a HFN (happily-for-now) ending, with the second book in this duet (Every Promise Unspoken) picking up a few years down the line for this utterly meant to be couple. 


NOTE: Book Two will be released after Violet's medical prognosis improves (she's been on medical leave since January 2017 receiving aggressive new treatments and surgeries for multiple failing organs). We're hopeful that these treatments take and she'll be able to return to publishing by Spring 2019. Updates will be available on her website and social media pages.


* * * * * EXCERPT * * * * *


His arms became full-body shackles around her when the thought of her being hurt slammed into him.


Skylar released a surprised mini-yelp, and then quickly tried to reassure him, "Drew, I'm fine. Nothing happened to me."


Where once he'd thought the neverending possessiveness he felt about her was his most primal fate, Drew now discovered his protectiveness over her far eclipsed it. "Don't ever do anything so recklessly romantic like that again. Not for me or anyone. I'd never forgive myself if anything had happened to you. And I sure as hell would've made certain no living soul would ever be able to forgive the man who harmed you."


Eyes glued to his, her breathing faltered at whatever she saw in its depths. "Wh-what happened to your due north?"


Drew slid his hands up to cup both sides of her face. "I'm looking at it. Don't ever doubt that where my moral compass is concerned, you're my due north. More than I realized. More and more every day, it seems."


Strange how this was the first time he was admitting out loud that he often pictured Skylar in his future, and yet it didn't sound at all foreign coming out of his mouth.


Her gaze fell to his lips as he uttered that declaration and it took every last bit of restraint in his body to keep himself from kissing her.


Because he knew that once he did, he'd never be able to let her go again.


The UNFINISHED LOVE Series

Four brothers. Each fighting for their second first chance at love. Years be damned.


(Caine & Addison) 

-- Book 1: Before That Night 

-- Book 2: Every Night Without You


(Drew & Skylar) 

-- Book 3: Before That Promise 

-- Book 4: Every Promise Unspoken


(Gabe & Hannah) 

-- Book 5: Before That Kiss 

-- Book 6: Every Kiss Goodbye


(Max & Kennedy) 

-- Book 7: Before That Chance 

-- Book 8: Every Chance We Lost

* * * A USA TODAY best-seller * * *

Being a single dad who's now loved and lost twice in his life, all Brian's currently looking for is something casual and simple for a change. Unfortunately, being the nice guy poster boy and all, he isn't exactly versed in the fine art of flings. So, he looks to the unique and outrageously button-pushing Tessa for a crash course. There's absolutely no way he's falling in love with this one...right?


Tessa has no idea why she told the ridiculously handsome man who couldn't be more wrong for her that she was some sort of fling expert. She's never been flung before and she sure as heck doesn't know how to begin flinging a guy like him. Not only does Brian have as many demons as she does, but worst of all, he's got her thinking of the one thing she stopped hoping for years ago.


...A happily ever after.


"Emotionally charged with wonderful characters, Violet Duke made me laugh and cry in this incredible romance. One of the best I've read this year." -- NYT Bestselling Author J.S. Scott


"Refreshing, engaging, sweet, and spunky all at the same time. This book tugs at your heartstrings in those oh-so-sweet ways...definitely a keeper!" -- The Naughty Vixen Blog


"I love the way Violet weaves real life into her fictional characters, and I applaud her for tackling issues most authors wouldn't think of using in a romance book." -- Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews


The 'other brother's happily ever after'...the standalone spin-off novel (no cliffhanger) to the Sullivan Brothers "Nice Girl Trilogy" that began the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling CAN'T RESIST series.


THE CAN'T RESIST SERIES:

BOOK 1: RESISTING the Bad Boy*

BOOK 2: FALLING for the Good Guy*

BOOK 3: CHOOSING the Right Man*

BOOK 4: FINDING the Right Girl (spin-off standalone novel -- aka "the other brother's HEA")


*Also available as a three-book bundle -- the Nice Girl trilogy boxed set

-- A NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLER --
This is the complete 3-book bundled boxed set of the Sullivan Brothers "Nice Girl Trilogy” that began the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling CAN'T RESIST series. 

BOOK #1: RESISTING 

He’s the ruthless lawyer with a not-so-little black book, and one simple rule as unyielding as his heart:  Nothing more than a month. 

She’s the doctoral student helping to raise his niece.  His brother’s best friend.   And the valium for his soul he had no business wanting. 

To be fair, she did ask him for advice—on what she could do to stop being ‘the nice girl’ for a little bit.  All he did was answer truthfully:  “Try something new that excites you.” 

…Preferably him. 

BOOK #2: FALLING 

Her best friend since college.  The polar opposite of his brother Connor.  The ‘good guy’ everyone’s hell-bent on believing is her perfect match—anything beyond friendship for them was just never a possibility.  But it is now. 

For over a decade, through his high school sweetheart’s illness and eventual passing, Abby had been his pal, his rock.  All but a second mother to his young daughter.   His heart simply wasn’t free to love her then.  But it is now. 

Now that Connor’s left her with a shattered heart he could kill him for causing, Brian’s got one chance. 

…To prove to Abby that everyone’s right. 

BOOK #3: CHOOSING 

The one she never thought she could keep. 

The one she never hoped she could have. 

A decision she never dreamed she’d have to make. 

NOTE TO READERS: Each book in this trilogy bundle has a separate story arc in the greater love triangle. There ARE sex scenes in every book. Book #4 (the other brother's happily ever after) is a standalone novel that can be read on its own. 

THE CAN'T RESIST SERIES 
BOOK 1: RESISTING the Bad Boy 
BOOK 2: FALLING for the Good Guy 
BOOK 3: CHOOSING the Right Man 
BOOK 4: FINDING the Right Girl 

PRAISE FOR VIOLET DUKE 

"A fast-paced, heartfelt, and fun read!" -- #1 NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely 

“Emotional, sexy, and so unique. I could NOT put these books down." -- NYT Bestselling Author Carly Phillips 

"This book gave me one of the worst (or best) book hangovers I've had in a LONG time. I absolutely LOVED it." -- Mama's Reading Break 

"A stellar trilogy with unforgettable characters and a truly unique plot...will leave you wrecked one moment and elated the next." -- Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 

"Found my heart melting at every turn...I was put through an emotional roller coaster I wish I could ride again and again." -- Coffee and Characters 

"What. A. Love Triangle. Witty, raw, and at times, heart-wrenching." -- Ebook Escapes
THE COMPLETE USA TODAY BESTSELLING DUET
Love, sacrifice, and the lengths one will run--and chase--when their past threatens their future.  This bundled box set contains both books in Caine & Addison's bestselling duet (Bk 1: Before That Night and Bk 2: Every Night Without You).  

-- BOOK 1: BEFORE THAT NIGHT--

Before that night, Addison Milan had been just a college dropout secretly raising her two young siblings in a beat-up minivan she'd bought with her first semester's tuition refund--the only money her addict mother hadn't taken off with when she'd abandoned them nearly two years ago.

Before that night, Caine Spencer had been just a rough, gruff cop sent to check out the phoned-in claims of suspected child neglect involving the same woman he'd met just months prior when she'd first served him the city's worst diner coffee...which he'd been drinking daily ever since.

Before that night, Addison would never have thought the man she'd been fighting hard not to fall for--her only friend in her new shadow of a life--would be in a position to rip her family apart.

Before that night, Caine would never have believed any woman could make him fall head over heels, let alone make him feel so damn compelled to look the other way when it came to his job.

Then that one perfect night changed everything.

-- BOOK 2: EVERY NIGHT WITHOUT YOU--

Seven years.

Seven damn years of wondering whether the woman was still alive...whether she'd spent the last two thousand five hundred fifty-five days wondering if he was still alive.

Wondering whether that night was as burned into her memory as it was his.

Seven years having his heart tethered to Addison and now she's back. With even more reasons to run than she'd had then.

Only this time, Caine isn't letting the gorgeous little flight risk out of his sight.

Regardless of how noble her reasons may be.

Note: Each of the 4 couples in the UNFINISHED LOVE series have 2 books (duets) w/ separate storylines that take place years apart. This is Caine & Addison's complete duet.

THE UNFINISHED LOVE SERIES

Unfinished Night [Caine & Addison]
-- Before That Night
-- Every Night Without You

Unfinished Promise [Drew & Skylar]
-- Before That Promise
-- Every Promise Unspoken (Coming 2017)
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