Love, Diamonds, and Spades

CACTUS CREEK

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-- A USA TODAY best-seller --

Fiercely independent single mom Quinn Christiansen likes being known for having a heart too hard for any man to break. So when she finally meets the lone man in town inexplicably undaunted by her ball-busting tendencies, she has absolutely no clue what to do with him. Not only is he ridiculously handsome, and surprisingly sweet under his gruff and gritty exterior, he's also clearly determined to invade her life.


Rylan Grey isn't used to getting a woman so worked up. Well, not in a bad way, at least. And yet somehow, his mere existence seems to nettle the guarded and gorgeous Quinn to no end. But that's okay. He's a patient guy. Truth be told, though he's never wagered anything he's not willing to lose--namely his heart--where Quinn is concerned, he's more than ready to ante up...for what's bound to be his riskiest gamble yet.


"Violet's writing simply jumps off the page and grabs you from the first sentence. If you love strong heroes, you'll love her books." -- New York Times Bestselling Author Bella Andre


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!

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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 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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Violet Duke
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Feb 3, 2015
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9781941198971
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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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!

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 new sizzling romance from a USA TODAY BESTSELLING Author* Sebastian Bennett is a determined man. It’s the secret behind the business empire he built from scratch. Under his rule, Bennett Enterprises dominates the jewelry industry. Despite being ruthless in his work, family comes first for him, and he’d do anything for his parents and eight siblings—even if they drive him crazy sometimes. . . like when they keep nagging him to get married already. 

Sebastian doesn’t believe in love, until he brings in external marketing consultant Ava to oversee the next collection launch. She’s beautiful, funny, and just as stubborn as he is. Not only is he obsessed with her delicious curves, but he also finds himself willing to do anything to make her smile. 

He’s determined to have Ava, even if she’s completely off limits. 

Ava Lindt has one job to do at Bennett Enterprises: make the next collection launch unforgettable. Daydreaming about the hot CEO is definitely not on her to-do list. Neither is doing said CEO. The consultancy she works for has a strict policy—no fraternizing with clients. She won’t risk her job. Besides, Ava knows better than to trust men with her heart.

But their sizzling chemistry spirals into a deep connection that takes both of them by surprise. Sebastian blows through her defenses one sweet kiss and sinful touch at a time. 

When Ava’s time as a consultant in his company comes to an end, will Sebastian fight for the woman he loves or will he end up losing her? 
*This book is a standalone. Each book in The Bennett Family series will follow a different couple.* 
*This read is recommended for ages 18+ due to mature content. 
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

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