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

Violet Duke
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Book Description

* * * SPECIAL EDITION SALE * * * Through August, a portion of ALL proceeds from the sale of this limited time special edition cover will go to the WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

From the author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Nice Girl series comes a standalone novel in the fun new 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 that's become mighty acquainted with his head. 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...

Love, Chocolate, and Beer [Luke & Dani]
Love, Tussles, and Takedowns [Hudson & Lia]
Love, Exes, and Ohs [Isaac & Xoey]
Love, Sidelines, and Endzones [Grady & Sienna]
Love, Stilettos, and Cufflinks [Noah & Katelyn]

Editorial Reviews


"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: 3202 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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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! June 30, 2014
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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
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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
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like
I've read worse...this book has alot of good reviews but I could never connect with the characters in this book...thought it was slow and drawn out... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by DianeH
5.0 out of 5 stars but add in sweet, caring and feisty and I'm head over heels
I'm a sucker for a sexy man in uniform, but add in sweet, caring and feisty and I'm head over heels.  I fell in love with Hudson instantly. Read more
Published 2 days ago by megsmomma
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Loved this book! I love the second chance at happiness stories and this one definitely had all the feels!
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, GREAT Book
GREAT, GREAT Book!! There really isn't much else to say. I love a strong woman and equally strong man who doesn't back down to her "strengths".... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kirsten
5.0 out of 5 stars Starts slow, but what a finish!
I came very close to giving up on this book during the first couple of chapters, but AM I glad I didn't! The book for better and better. Lia and Hudson's story is great. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ginny
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and passionless
This book was slow moving. The characters didn't really connect for me. There are too many unanswered questions and holes in the plot. I was just left feeling empty. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Violet delivers a steamy read with some amazing characters that will...
I fell in love with Hudson and Lia from the very beginning. Lia is an amazing fighter and for such a young girl has had lot of turmoil in her life that she has had to deal with. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, really enjoyed it.
Published 15 days ago by mabaker51
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!!!
this book is funny from beginning g to end but there is also a lot of very touching moments. this was the first cactus creek story I read , but I am sure it won're be the last!!!
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Tussles, and Takedowns by Violet Duke
Violet Duke has once again spun her special kind of magic and delivered an amazing story for her readers. Read more
Published 22 days ago by MsChris1161
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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.

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