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Love, Tussles, and Takedowns (Cactus Creek Book 3) by [Duke, Violet]
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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!"
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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
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
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
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

the FOURTH DOWN series (Penguin Random House)
A sexy, fast-paced sports romance series published by Random House Books.
  1. JACKSON'S TRUST
  2. BENNETT'S CHANCE -- Spring 2017
  3. DONOVAN'S HEART -- Summer 2017

Product Details

  • File Size: 1454 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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I’ve loved, loved Violet Duke from the first time I read her – a brilliant writer with an insight into the souls of her characters, heavily invested into the emotions of her heroes and heroines, a tremendous energy of keeping wit and humor between the lines and a sublime spark of passion and love, just ready to sizzle the pages of her stories.

If Love, Chocolate and Beer was a heady concoction of rich, warm chocolate and beer brewed to perfection, Love, Tussles and Takedowns is armed with the unconditional love and support of a family, with no boundaries whatsoever and a town of people brimming with undying protection of their younglings. And not to mention the alpha male who trips and falls flat in the midst of prickly Cactus Creek!

Liana Lin is an antique arms authenticator with a lifetime of martial arts training, and a past that had made her what she is today. Loved by all, adored by the kids of Cactus Creek, protected to the last pore of her very being, the pretty, sexy and sassy Lia has Hudson Reyes all but gets kicked in the gut with her kick-ass moves.

A former marine recovering from war injuries and working as a movie industry consultant for weapons and fight scenes, Hudson Reyes is all knocked out of breath by the angel face, tiny Liana Lin. Having endured the ravages of war, and the endless guilt of loss and pain, Hudson sees those chains around his heart break, as he gets to know Lia.

With an amazing supporting cast of characters in Cactus Creek (I’m sure we’ll see them more), Hudson and Lia become friends with benefits, followed by home runs! Love, Tussles and Takedowns is an emotional journey of relationships, of unconditional bonds made through heart, and the undying faith in humanity that there are good people among us.
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