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

Violet Duke
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Nice Girl series comes a new standalone novel in the USA TODAY bestselling Cactus Creek series.

He's a better fighter.  But she has all the weapons.

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 live again. 

Sweet, angel-faced Liana Lin is a scrappy little thing--an antique arms authenticator trained in martial arts who's made a living turning the unthinkable demons of her past into the passions that fuel, and fill, her life. 

He can't get her out of his head. 

Even though she's everything he's told himself he can't have, Hudson can't help but want her.  She's a fiery, unpredictable paradox with hidden wounds as deep as his own, and a wicked roundhouse kick he's gotten mighty acquainted with.  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 sparring long enough to find out...



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PRAISE FOR VIOLET DUKE:
 
"A new must-read series from Violet Duke. Not only will you fall in love with the characters, you'll fall in love with romance." -- NYT Bestselling Author Kathleen Brooks on the CACTUS CREEK series
 
"Heartfelt, fast-paced, and fun!" -- NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely on Violet Duke
 
"An incredible romance--emotionally charged with wonderful characters.  One of the best I've read this year!" -- NYT Bestselling Author J.S. Scott on the NICE GIRL TO LOVE series

"Emotional, sexy, and so unique!" -- NYT Bestselling Author Carly Phillips on Violet Duke

Product Details

  • File Size: 2988 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1941198961
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K3698M2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! June 30, 2014
By JOKEN
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sigh June 30, 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By FLO
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Tussles & Takedowns... And Hudson. June 30, 2014
By Mellaz
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A winner! June 30, 2014
By AuntR
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violet Keeps on Giving June 30, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing journey June 30, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner in my book! July 6, 2014
By taximom
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Love, Tussles, and Takedowns is the story of Lia and Hudson. Set in Arizona, author Violet Duke tells the story of two very strong individuals, both confident in their own abilities but carrying baggage from their pasts. Lia is an antique arms expert, bouncer for the local brewpub, a kung fu master with four brothers looking out for her. She is also a virgin widow. Hudson is former military with injured hands, so now consults on weapon and fight scenes in movies. He is a very honorable man trying to find his way in the non-military world. Lia and Hudson first noticed each other at a wedding, and found their way to each other a few weeks later. As Lia and Hudson get to know each other, we see the protectiveness of Lia’s family, and the fun and caring this couple bring to the table.

The author does a great job of bringing secondary characters into this book. The backstories and relationships seem real. I also learned a lot about kung fu. I definitely recommend this book. Violet Duke has never let me down yet!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love book.
This kindle book is full of sweetness. It's very lovely and exciting to read.
Published 21 hours ago by Regina T.
5.0 out of 5 stars geat series
Great book. The entire series has been good and now i can't wait for the next book to come out in August!
Published 2 days ago by Cindy Vaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book
Once again Violet Duke had me laughing and physically crying as reading this book. I love this series and look forward to each and every book. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kelly Pillman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed reading it
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great book I enjoyed it
Published 3 days ago by Melissa addonizio
4.0 out of 5 stars Violet Duke does it again!
This is a Cactus Creek novel but it can be read as a stand alone. I recommend, however, that you read all of her books cause they are really good. Read more
Published 3 days ago by brannagh wolf
3.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet. Felt as if I was reading a younger romance :(
I have read many of Violet's books to date. Some I absolutely loved and others made less impact. With this book, I almost wanted to give up in the beginning because all the talk... Read more
Published 4 days ago by amac
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Cactus Creek
This was an absolutely wonderful read. I was hooked from the very first sentence.
This story is about Hudson, an ex military man who was injured in active duty, and Lia, a... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Colleen Snibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great book!!
This book (like all Violets others) was a particicularly awesome book!! I enjoy the military guys a little too well (giggles) but when they are so tortured its sad but love when... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Danielle Renee Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters & I loved how the story is very ...
Hot ex military. Great characters & I loved how the story is very believable. It could happen in real life.
Published 5 days ago by Diana J. Brenneman
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More About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Her NYT and USA Today bestselling books have been Top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, and featured on IndieReader and GalleyCat as breakout hits. When she's not writing or 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 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. She lives in Hawai'i with her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband.

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



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