Jackson's Trust: A Fourth Down Novel

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Violet Duke kicks off her fun and sexy new Fourth Down series with a heartwarming 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.

Praise for Jackson’s Trust

“A delightfully fresh read . . . Violet Duke delivers it all in Jackson’s Trust!”New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin

“Violet Duke’s writing jumps off the page and grabs you from the first sentence. You will love Jackson’s Trust.”New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre

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

“Refreshing, steamy, and wonderfully written, Jackson’s Trust is a five-star read! Violet Duke’s writing is clever, original, and beautiful.”New York Times bestselling author S. L. Scott

“I totally love this 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 well-written insta-attraction between kindred souls . . . For the love of football, Violet Duke has scored with this book. Jackson and Leila are a couple you don’t want to miss.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin

“Written in true Violet Duke fashion, with steamy chemistry, sweet moments, and witty banter.”New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine

“Sweet, sexy, and sassy! Jackson will melt you, Leila will make you smile, and their romance will warm your heart.”USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson

“A swoon-worthy workplace/friends-to-lovers [novel with] just the right mix of romance, laughter, angst and drama . . . This author’s writing style is fun and entertaining.”—Once Upon a Book Blog

“Please, read Jackson’s Trust if you want to be blown away by a hot romance between the amazingly sweet Jackson and the cute Leila.”—Chelles Life in Books

“Besides being a good read in general, this story had some fun side characters that lend themselves to future plots of the series.”—The Romance Factor

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-- A USA TODAY best-seller --

Chocolatier and town newcomer Luke Bradford loves his shop's new home. Mostly because it means he gets to do his new favorite thing every day, which is to lock horns with the feisty beer-brewing beauty next door, both business-wise and otherwise.


But to be fair, in his defense --


Just kidding. He has no defense.


Brewmaster and town sweetheart Dani Dobson is declaring war against her hot, maddening new menace of a neighbor. And his shop. He absolutely started it. She's just picking up the chocolate-covered gauntlet he unintentionally threw down.


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


The stakes? Very likely, her heart.


"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 book 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]

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
-- 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
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Loveswept
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Mar 8, 2016
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246
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9781101887240
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Sports
Fiction / Women
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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Whether it’s a clutch goal or a cocktail, nothing beats “top shelf.” In this novel from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving jock and an ambitious career woman mix business with pleasure.

Not only is Jared Rupp one of the stars of the NHL’s Chicago Aces, he’s also the owner of the Sin Bin, the after-hours hot spot where the whole team hangs out. Lately, Jared can’t take his eyes off the woman he’s hired to give the Bin a more modern feel: a sexy, sophisticated consultant who has carved out a niche updating drink menus. She’s as passionate about her career as Jared is about hockey—and yet he can’t help wondering what kind of cocktail she really wants.

In her line of work, Sidney Frayne is used to guys hitting on her in bars, but Jared gets her hot enough to burst into flames. When he’s wining and dining her, he’s sophisticated as hell; on the rink, he’s a testosterone-fueled powerhouse. Still, Sidney’s bitter divorce taught her to keep her emotions on ice. With her busy schedule—and Jared’s playboy reputation—she’s not sure she’s ready for a fling. Because if she lets Jared into her bed, she just may have to let him into her heart.

Kelly Jamieson’s USA Today bestselling Aces Hockey series can be read together or separately:
MAJOR MISCONDUCT
OFF LIMITS
ICING
TOP SHELF
BACK CHECK
SLAP SHOT
PLAYING HURT
BIG STICK

Don’t miss any of Kelly’s alluring reads:
The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT | CROSS CHECK
The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT | HOT SHOT | LONG SHOT
The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN

Praise for Top Shelf

“I’m a total sucker for sports romances, and so Top Shelf ticked a lot of boxes for me. If you’ve got a similar bent, I’d recommend it to you, too.”—All About Romance

“Five star review: Top Shelf is a sweet romance with a credible couple and, as it is the third book in the Aces series, you get a feel for the way the club ticks and there are guest appearances from the stars of the previous two books. . . . Although you can read this as a stand-alone story, I thoroughly recommend that you pick up the first two in this series and catch up with the rest of the team. Go Aces!”—Angel Net Reviews

“Fans of Jamieson’s silver-tongued heroes with a heart of gold will find a good deal to like here, and newcomers to the series’ will find it easy to get their footing.”—RT Book Reviews

“Mixology is a special skill and Top Shelf is the only way to go. With a little sadness, a lot of heat, and crazy chemistry, this book was difficult to put down. I’ve enjoyed Jared and his bar in previous books, I loved him in this! Five stars.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst

“I loved this book. Jared and Sidney were so entertaining.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

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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

USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Hailed by Jami Davenport as her “go-to author for hockey romance,” the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series sets the ice ablaze with another sexy novel featuring the gorgeous men of the Chicago Aces.

Duncan Armstrong may be an NHL star, but he’s a country boy at heart. His ultimate fantasy is going home with the Stanley Cup, not a gold-digging airhead who aspires to be a trophy wife and nothing more. Newly single and hoping to enjoy a night out with his teammates, he ends up hitting it off with a down-to-earth waitress who’s a complete breath of fresh air—until Duncan learns that she’s a part-time model. He tries to forget about her, but their sizzling chemistry has him coming back for more.

Amber Johnson is working hard to put herself through school, and has zero interest in dating a professional athlete. She’s seen firsthand how fame and fortune can mess with their heads—her father’s brilliant football career ended in a firestorm of addiction and infidelity. So Duncan’s attentions immediately have her on the defensive. Still, there’s something different about him. And once she stops trying to freeze him out, irresistible temptation turns into all-consuming passion.

Kelly Jamieson’s USA Today bestselling Aces Hockey series can be read together or separately:
MAJOR MISCONDUCT
OFF LIMITS
ICING
TOP SHELF
BACK CHECK
SLAP SHOT
PLAYING HURT
BIG STICK

Don’t miss any of Kelly’s alluring reads:
The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT | CROSS CHECK
The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT | HOT SHOT | LONG SHOT
The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN

Praise for Icing

“With chemistry that melts the ice, this novel had me rushing into the zone to finish before the whistle blew. I really enjoyed it!”—Toni Aleo, New York Times bestselling author of the Assassins series

“You’d better wear gloves when you read this book, because the heat will burn your fingers. The chemistry between Amber and Duncan is off the charts!”—Christi Barth, author of Risking It All

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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