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Love, Chocolate, and Beer (Cactus Creek Book 1) by [Duke, Violet]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 705 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in Cactus Creek (4 Book Series)
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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."
--NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Kathleen Brooks

"Holy cow, Luke is one of those heroes you can't help but fall in love with. [And] there is a remarkable ensemble cast. That's what makes this book so incredible."
--Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"Fun, quirky, and romantic...I would marry [Luke] on the spot. [Luke and Dani] were the epitome of adorable."
--Love Between the Sheets
"A small town romance with a great cast of secondary characters. They have chemistry, and the writing is great."
--The Barnes & Noble Review
"Like nothing I've ever read before...all around striking. It wasn't just the beautiful romance between the couple that caught and kept my attention but it was the overall uniqueness and inventiveness of the story."
--Liezel's Book Blog

"Violet Duke has outdone herself...again! There is something pure and beautiful with her writing, it's phenomenal. This is an absolutely fun book about love and friendships. I was laughing and crying throughout the whole book."
--The Lovely Books Book Blog

"This is going down as one of my top favorite books."
--Livzletlivz Book Review Blog
"Another amazing book from Violet Duke. I fell in love with the twists and turns...a must read."
--Tabby's Tantalizing Reviews

"Sweet, sassy, sexy and full moments that made me swoon. Violet has the uncanny ability to pull at your heart strings whilst also causing the biggest of grins at the sweetness of her stories. Overall a brilliant story."
--Can't Beat A Good Book

From the Author


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.
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  2. FALLING (Sullivan Brothers Trilogy, Book 2)
  3. CHOOSING (Sullivan Brothers Trilogy, Book 3)
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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.
An emotional, heart-gripping new series. Four brothers, each fighting for their second first chance at love. Years be damned.

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

(Max & Kennedy) -- Winter 2016**
(Drew & Skylar) -- Spring 2017**

**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

the FOURTH DOWN series (Penguin Random House)
A sexy, fast-paced sports romance series published by Random House Books

Product Details

  • File Size: 1687 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 30, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have read all of Violet's books and I have to say this one is by far my favorite. I was in love with Dani and Luke from the first chapter.

Dani a brewmaster and Luke a chocolatier are in a heated battle or which is more romantic...Beer or Chocolate. Along with the 'throw down' are five beautiful love stories with characters so typical of Violets writing. Each character was very well developed and easy to fall in love with.

Lukes parents are wonderful and have a great sense of humor and the story shows a love between them that most people only dream about.

LC&B flows well and the story builds with just the right amount f dram and heart ache.
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This is a decent story of it's ilk. The quality of the writing is top-notch for the most part. Thinking mainly of the narrative and plotting here.

What got this one a three from me was the over-analysis of every little nuance of emotion that two main characters Luke and Dani have. Every single facet of their sexual attraction for one another is reviewed from every possible angle- endlessly, and a bit leeringly. For me this got boring and i stopped reading after about 8 or so chapters..

This level of introspection is particularly unrealistic of Luke. Young men just dont do this (I speak with authority on this subject having once been a young man). Men of this age are much more neanderthal in their outlook on relations with the opposite sex.

To wit: Oooh girl. Pretty. Make boom, boom. Beer, food, sports, sleep.

And then the cycle repeats at intervals dictated by the age and overall health of the man.

NOW I AM EXAGGERATING HERE- to make the point that men, particularly in the early phase of a relationship, do not obsess in the manner Duke has Luke doing....BUT NOT A LOT.

Maybe I am out of touch and perhaps this is what typical reader of this sort of fiction wants. Could be given the number of five star reviews this book gets. However, when i read similar books by other authors stories are well told without going that deep into the character's heads. And that suits me better. Its enough for me that they like each other and want to do all those things. Now how about the rest of the story?

Bottom line, if you like this level of detail about what the characters are feeling, pondering, thinking, imagining, and daydreaming about each other, then you will probably like this boook more than i did.
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Chocolate and beer throw down challenge and smack talk will have you laughing so hard that your sides will be aching. Dani is a feisty brewmaster and her tenacity drives Luke absolutely crazy with lust. From the first moment Luke lays eyes on Dani sparks fly and he is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. Dani feels it too and when she tries to escape to her storeroom the last thing she expects to find is Luke standing behind her. Passionate kisses erupt as the two attack each other.

I am excited that this sweet and adorable romance made it out just in time for Valentine's Day. It made me laugh, cry, and punch my pillow at times because Dani was soo damn stubborn. I love that Luke is the yin to her yang. He is everything a woman could want in a man. Luke is insanely sweet, super sexy, and will sacrifice everything for those he loves. He is all about doing whatever it takes to make Dani believe in romantic love again. She was burned in the past really badly and has a wall constructed around her heart that is almost impossible to breach. This story will take you on a path of love and forgiveness that will melt your heart. Luke will be at the top of my 2014 Book Boyfriend List.

Quinn, Xoey, and Rylan make an awesome supporting cast. I was hoping to see a spin off with Quinn and Rylan. Violet only gives us a sneak peek of Lia and Hudson the stars of Love, Sidearms, and Armbars. It made me smile that Luke used the sounds that Quinn made when eating his chocolate as a rating scale. The term "tastegasm" was insanely masterful.
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I have fallen in love with all of Violets books and the love continues. You put together your not so typical girl next-door and a hopeless romantic with a healthy competition of Chocolate vs. Beer you get a fun loving story with characters you can't help, but fall in love. Dani Dobson and Luke Bradford live in the wonderful town of Cactus Creek with their friends who are just like family and I guarantee they will win your heart. You will laugh and smile at their endearing friends, characters like Xoey, Quinn and so many more will make you wish the town of Cactus Creek really existed so you can visit, heck maybe even want to move there. I also loved that Violet intertwined the characters from her past stories you don't have to read them to still love this book.I know its early but I can't wait til March for the next story and you won't either.

Ps. I couldn't decide on Chocolate or Beer so I voted for Love!
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