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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 (154 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

From the author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Can't Resist series comes a fun, romantic 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.

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 sparring long enough to find out...

Love, Chocolate, and Beer [Luke & Dani] 
Love, Diamonds, and Spades** [Rylan & Quinn] 
Love, Tussles, and Takedowns [Hudson & Lia] 
Love, Exes, and Ohs [Isaac & Xoey] 
Love, Sidelines, and Endzones [Grady & Sienna] -- Coming Spring 2015

** By fan request, written & added to the series Feb 2015.

(modern small town, contemporary romance, laugh and cry love story, sweet alpha heroes, strong feisty heroines, funny meddling friends, fun beach read)

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


"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

"Simply put, Love, Tussles, and Takedowns 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 Blog

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 2546 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K3698M2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Tussles & Takedowns... And Hudson. June 30, 2014
By Mellaz
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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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Score
Violet Duke scores again. She researches topics like chocolate making and in this book makes martial arts a subject you can understand yet pushes the plot and romance forward. Read more
Published 10 days ago by ck
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This was a heartwarming and emotional story that kept me glued to the page. I loved Hudson, Lia, and her brothers.
Published 12 days ago by Liz Duvall
4.0 out of 5 stars OOPS!!! Got downloaded the wrong book. !!!
OOPS! Love this book but I just down loaded Love, Exes and OHS and it is the exact same book as Love Tussles and Takedowns. Does this happen often? It's a first for me. Read more
Published 12 days ago by READER
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh how I love the cactus creek series of books this one focuses ...
Oh how I love the cactus creek series of books this one focuses on the love between Lia and Hudson.
Hudson has been injured during the war in Afghanistan and has been released... Read more
Published 20 days ago by hayleyw121
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Cactus Creek Series!
I think this was my favorite book in the series so far! I love the way the Lia and Hudson fit together. They complement each other without it being over the top or seem forced. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Scorpiomama
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit!!
Violet Duke has a fantastic series on her hands! I love these books so much!
Published 29 days ago by RACEGAL8
4.0 out of 5 stars We are back for another round in Cactus Creek, Arizona and I'm glad to...
In this third book in the series, we learn the story of Liana Lin and Hudson Reyes, both whom have been wounded in their own ways over the course of their lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
This book was truly a wonderful story and will require tissues at times. From the time I started reading I could hardly put the book down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AuntJennJenn
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Very well written very romantic. Really excited to get into book three! Violet Duke is becoming my new favorite author!
Published 2 months ago by stylin13
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Another excellent surprise from violet duke! Liam and Hudson are dreamy. Lots of history to deal with and overcome, lots of humor and fun in this read. Can't put it down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Crystal Yawn
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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 across the major eretailers both in the US and internationally. 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. A born and raised island girl, she spends her days getting into creatively fun trouble in Hawai'i alongside her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband.

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