Author: Violet Duke
Book: Jackson’s Trust
tl;dr recommendation: There are no penalties in this sweet love story
New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her fun and sexy new Fourth Down series with a heartwarming friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met.
It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.
Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.
If you’re looking for a sweet sports romance with wit, humor and plenty of heat, then you NEED to run to pick up this book! Jackson’s attraction to Leila is instantaneous and all consuming – which is shocking since he’s never wanted more with anyone else. He’s not even truly sure that he can give her more…his life is complicated.
Leila is full of spitfire, one-liners and intelligence. She’s smart as hell and I loved her for it. She makes Jackson work for what he wants, even though he’s not quite sure what his end goal is. He just knows that she feels so good in his arms, and that her kisses light him up inside.
Duke is masterful at creating passion with grace and sweetness with humor. This story is full of fantastic characters you actually want to cheer on, root for and hope they score. There’s also a TON of dirty talk. While both aren’t sure that they can…or should…get involved with the other, they just can’t help it. It’s like fates colliding and the world halting to make sure that they know that they’re supposed to be with the other.
There are no penalties in this sweet love story – Violet throws a glorious pass with Jackson’s Trust! 4.5 stars!
[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]