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Love, Tussles, and Takedowns (Cactus Creek Book 3) Kindle Edition

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PRAISE FOR VIOLET DUKE:
 
"Violet Duke is an auto-buy for me!"
--
Erin Nicholas, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author

"Sexy, emotional, and so unique!
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Carly Phillips, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author  

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Prepare to laugh, cry and fall in love!"
--
Skye Jordan, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author

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A sexy, often emotional treat!"
-- Lexi Ryan, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author

PRAISE FOR LOVE, TUSSLES, AND TAKEDOWNS:

"Charming, witty, and so very colorful in her descriptions, I am completely drawn into the world she builds.  Violet has taken a story line that could have been a serious downer, and while respecting the issues addressed and giving them the depth they deserved, still filled it with funny, delightful and loving characters that infused just enough humor to make this book a joy to read." -- Ms. C's Diversions Book Blog

"I get some serious goose bumps thinking of all the getting to know you moments between these two. [This book] will make you laugh (a lot), make you cry, have you cheering, and make you believe that when two people are meant to be together, nothing can stop them." -- Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Blog

"Violet Duke has a hit in the Cactus Creek series...there is just something magical about this little town." -- Melena's Reviews Blog

"A steamy read with some amazing characters that will melt your heart." -- Smut Book Junkie

"A brilliant writer with an insight into the souls of her characters, heavily invested in the emotions of her heroes and heroines.  Love, Tussles and Takedowns is an emotional journey of relationships, of unconditional bonds made through heart, and the undying faith in humanity. -- Within These Words Book Blog

From the Author

OTHER BOOKS BY VIOLET DUKE

the CAN'T RESIST series (Available Now)
The acclaimed NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series, a Top 10 Bestseller across Amazon, B&N, and iTunes, both in the U.S. and internationally.
  1. RESISTING (Sullivan Brothers Trilogy, Book 1) -- **FREE**
  2. FALLING (Sullivan Brothers Trilogy, Book 2)
  3. CHOOSING (Sullivan Brothers Trilogy, Book 3)
  4. FINDING (Book 4, Sullivan Brothers Spin-Off Standalone Novel)
the CACTUS CREEK series (Available Now)
The fun USA TODAY bestselling series with strong heroines, memorably romantic heroes, and a quirky town that fans have fallen in love with.
  1. LOVE, CHOCOLATE, AND BEER
  2. LOVE, DIAMONDS, AND SPADES
  3. LOVE, TUSSLES, AND TAKEDOWNS
  4. LOVE, EXES, AND OHS
the UNFINISHED LOVE series (Coming Soon)
An emotional, heart-gripping new series.  Four brothers, each fighting for their second first chance at love. Years be damned. 

(Caine & Addison) -- Spring 2016**
(Gabe & Hannah) -- Summer 2016**

(Max & Kennedy) -- Fall 2016**
(Drew & Skylar) -- Winter 2016**

**Postponed until Violet returns from medical leave. She received treatments on the mainland for complications from her congenital brain condition in July 2015. She recovered well and is now back home with her family again (yay!). However, her doctors also discovered four necrotic masses in her breast in the summer, and she is undergoing surgery in Nov to remove them, and receiving treatment with an infectious disease and immune specialist through the end of the year. The good news is that it's not cancer! And she'll absolutely be back to fighting form at the start of Jan. As soon as her doctors let her return, she'll be able to release these books like dominoes. :) Thanks for your patience, all!  She's battling through this and winning! You can find the latest updates at facebook.com/violetdukebooks

the FOURTH DOWN series (Penguin Random House)
A sexy, fast-paced series coming from Random House Books in 2016
  1. JACKSON'S TRUST (Spring 2016)
  2. BENNETT'S CHANCE (Fall 2016)
  3. DONOVAN'S HEART (Spring 2017)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1862 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K3698M2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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).

Find the latest on her books and epic fan giveaways at www.facebook.com/VioletDukeBooks

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I fell In love with Hudson and Lia quickly! Their love story was different from most that I've read. They had their ups and downs but I was always rooting for them! I laughed and cried and I am so glad I read Love, Tussles and Takedowns. Hudson's problems are some that I know many veterans must face but unless you are directly affected its hard to understand. I have a much better view now. Lia was perfect for him and his recovery and their happily ever after started! It's a great book....a must read!!!
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Violet Duke does it again! Love Tussles and Takedowns, book three in the Cactus Creek series, is a sweet story of two strong but damaged people. A strong alpha, Hudson doesn't give himself to many. Just as strong, Lia, also keeps her heart to herself. But from their first sight of each other, there is a connection between them. They decide to become "friends with partial benefits". They help each other fix the broken parts. I loved the interaction between them and Lia's brothers, who have made themselves her personal protection squad. There is love, sex (hot), humor, and hand to hand fighting (between Hudson & Lia!) A good, quick read you will love.
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I read book #.5 of this series – A Little Combustible Chemistry – and then skipped to this book. I’m not really sure if it would have helped if I read the books in between or not.

I really liked the characters and would have liked more detail about them. I loved the playful relationship of Lia and Hudson. I liked how they were tuned into each other. I liked the protectiveness of Lia’s family toward her.

I’m not sure if it was the writing style or something else, but there were times in the book that I had difficulty following what was happening or I felt like I missed something. The first two or three chapters were the worst for me. I almost didn’t make it past them. There was very little “talking” in the first two chapters. At one point I even thought that Hudson couldn’t speak. But that was just me misreading the book. That’s how confused it made me at times. There was one thing that we learned about in the book that I would have liked to see resolved. But I guess it was a bit more realistic not knowing the outcome.

I will probably give this series another chance because I do like the characters and the town. I do feel that it has possibilities.
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WOW...this series just keeps getting better and better... I absolutely adore cactus creek and everyone in it... Hudson's story is so true to life for so many soldiers right now Violets attention to detail is amazing... this book had my emotions all over the place one minute crying sympathetic tears then happy ones then laughing.... Lia is awesome bad ads and sensitive in one little package.... Now comes the hard part waiting for the next book.... it's like a drug addict waiting for your next fix they are that addictive....
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Wow! Another great book by Violet. I love reading about strong women characters as well as a strong male characters. Violet does such a great job of creating a picture of the characters showing their strengths as well as their weaknesses. She has a way of pulling you in to the story so you are either the character, or right there with the characters. I love reading about military men which this gave me along with a love story. The protective family that the main character has was fun to read about and I wanted to be a part of the family. Grab the book, get a glass of your favorite beverage, and lay back for an enjoyable read.
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Violet Duke strikes again! I'd been eagerly awaiting this next installment of The Cactus Creek series and Love, Tussels and Takedowns did not disappoint! It was absolutely worth the wait. For me, this book had it ALL! Within the first few pages I was snorting in laughter and later I was crying like a baby. I loved the relationship between Hudson and Lia and watching it develop was an emotional roller-coaster ride for me and I loved every single bit of it. I really cannot wait for more from this brilliant author and this fantastic series.
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Ms. Duke has struggled to get this book out to her fans due to factors beyound her control; but the wait was definitely worth it. I read it on a rainy Sunday afternoon and it was the perfect way to pass the time. I loved the main characters. Both suffering from deep hurts and pain, they come together and heal each other. Loved seeing characters from her other books intertwined in the story and definitely looking forward to reading more about those Spencer boys!
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Hudson and Lia's journey is not your cookie cutter romance. I love Lia's strength and her take charge attitude. I love that they both have obstacles to overcome, but realize they are better together. There are many surprises and I loved Hudson's career choice in the end!
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