Love, Diamonds, and Spades

Cactus Creek

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-- A USA TODAY Bestseller --

Fiercely independent single mom Quinn Christiansen likes already being known in town for having a heart too hard for any man to break, courtesy of her deadbeat ex who left her with a mountain of his gambling debts to pay off, on top of all the pediatric hospital bills her son had required from birth.  So when she finally meets the lone man in Cactus Creek inexplicably undaunted by her ball-busting tendencies, Quinn has absolutely no idea 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 annoy the guarded and gorgeous Quinn to no end. Sure, he's made some gambles to get to where he's at, but they were all of the life variety, with risks as important as the rewards, fate betting as the house, and most importantly, not a single dollar in play. Though Rylan has never wagered anything he's not willing to lose—namely his heart—once he sees past Quinn’s icy defenses, he’s more than ready to ante up…for what’s bound to be his riskiest gamble yet.


"Guaranteed feel-good, swoon-worthy romance!" -- New York Times Bestselling Author Erin Nicholas 

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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Book 1
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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Violet Duke
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Published on
Feb 3, 2015
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Pages
220
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ISBN
9781941198971
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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Book 4
She's his best friend, and the woman he never stopped loving...
To this day, Isaac McKnight still has no idea why the perfectly-imperfect-woman-for-him put an end to their relationship out of the blue. But he made sure they stayed friends. Now a year later, whether it's at his gym or the dog park they visit every weekend--though neither of them own a dog--he and Xoey are steadily getting sucked deeper into buddy-zone galaxy, with its dangerous proximity to watch-me-settle-down-with-someone-else abyss. That is...until one drunken confession changes everything.

He's the world's greatest ex, and the man she can't risk losing...
For Xoey Montenegro, history has taught her that sometimes, it's Prince Charming who vanishes without a trace. And fairytale love? Highly overrated. Heck, give her a real and perfect 'oh' over that fantasy any day. So as far as rock-solid tequila-fueled plans for her love life go, coming up with a match-finding formula based on the qualities of the men responsible for her three most epic ohs seems brilliant. The only problem is that one-third of her genius man-quation is all about her best friend Isaac. Also, there isthe matter of that fourth epic oh she's kept buried deep in her past. An easy enough thing to keep ignoring...

Until her past isn't past tense anymore.

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 novels are standalone novels with feel good HEAs. Enjoy! :)
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A hot, wounded veteran struggling to heal & the sweet, goofy weapons expert he can't stop sparring with...

After his combat injuries retire him from the military career he wasn't ready to give up, battle-scarred Hudson Reyes now spends his new life as a movie industry fight scene and weapons specialist simply doing what he knows best: surviving. Until he meets her. The one woman who makes him want to liveagain.

An antique arms authenticator with a lifetime of martial arts training, Liana Lin has made a living turning the demons of her past into the passions that fuel, and fill, her life. She's a scrappy little thing. A sweet, angel-faced wrecking ball to his good intentions capable of making him laugh, and turning him inside out. Hell's bells, watching her execute that wicked roundhouse kick of hers shouldn't be a turn-on--especially not when his head is the receiving target--but hot damn, it is. She's a fiery, unpredictable paradox who wears her heart on her sleeve, despite the wounds he knows she has hidden as deeply as he hides his own.

Even though she's everything he's told himself he can't have, Hudson can't help but want her. Sure as sin, if one woman could sneak past the barbed wires he's wrapped around his heart, it'd be Lia.

Now if only they could stop going at it long enough to find out...

"Heart-melting and guaranteed to make you laugh and cry before you finish the last page." -- New York Times Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett

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 no cliffhangers. :) Enjoy!
Book 2
Voted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business Moms, UK

The Snow Sisters are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely
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"Like Nora Roberts, Melissa Foster has captivated me with her fantastic, sexy, romantic stories." K. Winning

"Contemporary romance has found its new breakout author. Melissa Foster does not disappoint! Steamy sciences interlaced with strong family values. I have found my newest poolside favorite author." A Gluten Free Mom, reader review (on Sisters in White)

In SISTERS IN BLOOM...
Kaylie Snow has always been the fun, flirty, pretty sister. Now her burgeoning baby bump, hormone-infused emotions, and faltering singing career are sending her into an unexpected identity crisis. Watching her older sister, Danica, glide through a major career change and a new relationship with the grace of a ballerina, Kaylie's insecurities rise to the forefront--and her relationship with fiancé Chaz Crew is caught in the crossfire.

Chaz Crew has everything he's ever wanted: a lovely fiancée, a baby on the way, and soon, the film festival he owns will host its biggest event ever. When he's called away to woo the festival's largest sponsor--and the lover he's never admitted to having--secrets from his past turn his new life upside down.

With her baby shower around the corner and her fiancé's big event looming, the pressure is on for Kaylie to pull herself together--and for Chaz to right his wrongs. In a few short weeks, the couple who had it all figured out will learn things about life and love that may change their minds--and their hearts.
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SNOW SISTERS
Sisters in Love
Sisters in Bloom
Sisters in White

***The SNOW SISTERS are part of the LOVE IN BLOOM big family romance collection. Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series. Read the complete LOVE IN BLOOM series.

THE BRADENS (at Weston, CO)
Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max)
Destined for Love (Rex & Jade)
Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley)
Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy)
Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack)
Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree)

THE BRADENS (at Trusty, CO)
Taken by Love (Luke)
Fated for Love (Wes)
Romancing My Love (Pierce)
Flirting with Love (Ross)
Dreaming of Love (Emily)
Crashing into Love (Jake) 

BRADEN WORLD NOVELLAS
Promise My Love (Rex & Jade's Wedding Novella)
Daring Her Love (1001 Dark Nights)

THE REMINGTONS
Game of Love (Dex)
Stroke of Love (Sage)
Flames of Love (Siena)
Slope of Love (Rush)
Read, Write, Love (Kurt)

SEASIDE SUMMERS
Seaside Dreams (Bella)
Seaside Hearts (Jenna)
Seaside Sunsets (Jamie)
Seaside Secrets (Amy)
Seaside Nights (Sky)
Seaside Embrace (Hunter)
Seaside Lovers (Grayson)
Seaside Whispers (Matt)

THE BRADENS (at Peaceful Harbor)
Healed by Love (Nate)
Surrender My Love (Cole)
Crushing on Love (Shannon)
River of Love (Sam)
Whisper of Love (Tempest)
Thrill of Love (Ty)


"Melissa Foster is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Fated For Love was amazing. It kind of reminds me of Jill Shalvis' books and they are my benchmark for contemporary romance awesomeness." --Books Like Breathing

Sisters in Bloom is a steamy contemporary romance with alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable for readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction.

Book 2
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
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