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Anytime I think of Violet Duke, I picture this ball of positive energy with wings, a wand in one hand sprinkling pixie dust of romance and brandishing with the other a pen to write the most alluring and charismatic of love stories!!!

 

And that brings us to her new “Unfinished Loved Series”, about four brothers who find love but lose only to get another chance down the years to reclaim it. It’s fresh, it’s new and it makes it even more emotional and romantic to wait for that HEA.

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First in the series, “Before That Night” has a young teenager Addison Millan trying to survive through sheer determination to take care of her younger siblings as they live in a beat up van. Having lost a roof and a mother to drugs, her abandonment only motivates Addison to create a better life. Always with a smile and a kind word, working as a waitress and a caretaker, she adds positivity and courage to her resume.

Her immense strength and smile draws the gruff and tough cop Caine Spencer to the diner everyday and that everyday leads to conversations that turn into friendship and the flare of attraction that kindles between them is kept at bay given the circumstances. But all that changes instantly as Addison gets into the crosshairs of an obsessive diner, blackmailing her with the secret that she’s been hiding.

And that one incident creates a domino effect of consequences even as Addison and Caine fall in love with each other. As her secret see the light of day, it comes down to final straw if Caine is going to go against the oath he had taken as a cop and support Addison. And is Addison brave enough to make the biggest decision of her young life…and if she goes with the choice she’s making, will her love survive…. for a second chance….

Another brilliant, captivating and an emotional love story, all Violet Duke style full of love and care, friendship and support, warmth and family.

Can’t wait to read the second installment “Every Night Without You” as Addison comes back into Caine’s life, the unanswered questions, sacrifice and the love that never died for seven long years!

Received an ARC from the author for an honest review.

Anytime I think of Violet Duke, I picture this ball of positive energy with wings, a wand in one hand sprinkling pixie dust of romance and brandishing with the other a pen to write the most alluring and charismatic of love stories!!!

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Whether the heroine is a chocolate connoisseur or an expert in arms, a shrewd business lady or a super smart sports analyst, Violet Duke writes each character within their fields of strength with so much detail and aplomb, it’s hard not falling for them and their charm. I love her attention to detail and every dialogue brings a chuckle or a smile…. and sometimes a tear.

And Leila Hart is not far behind in giving Jackson Gray a ride for his pedestal of sports fanaticism and analytical skills. Hiding her skills as a sports analyst close to her heart, Leila Hart is trying hard to blend into the background and concentrate on fulfilling her dream of becoming a college and pro football reporter.

Her smile kicks Jackson Gray in the gut, and her intelligence only convinces him that she’s hiding things that he wants to know, play by play. As his Sunshine shuffles and evades, Jackson strategizes and plays to win her heart. And what you get in “Jackson’s Trust”, is a story full of witty dialogues, panty melting wooing, a few sacks and turnovers, huddles and touchdowns as Jackson and Leila race to the end zone.

And that my fellow readers is a brilliant touchdown!!!!

Received an ARC from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley for an honest review.

From the fun and captivating CAMP VIOLET………another scintillating series is on the horizon to pleasure us, rock us and do Violet famous cartwheels!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sneak peak into the love story (first two books) of Caine and Addison 

BEFORE THAT NIGHT

(Unfinished Love, Book 1: Caine & Addison)

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Before that night, Addison Millan had been just a college dropout secretly raising her two young siblings in a beat-up minivan she’d bought with her first semester’s tuition refund—the only money her addict mother hadn’t taken off with when she’d abandoned them the year prior.

Before that night, Caine Spencer had been just a rough, gruff cop sent to check out the phoned-in claims of suspected child neglect involving the same woman he’d met a month ago when she’d first served him the city’s worst diner coffee…which he’d been drinking daily ever since.

Before that night, Addison would never have thought the man she’d been fighting hard not to fall for—her only friend in her new shadow of a life—would be in a position to rip her family apart.

Before that night, Caine would never have believed any woman could make him fall head over heels, let alone make him feel so damn compelled to look the other way when it came to his job.

Then that one perfect night changed everything.

BEFORE THAT NIGHT (Book 1) chronicles the destiny-altering events that take place seven years prior to HIS TO LOVE (Book 2), Caine & Addison’s explosive story of love, sacrifice, and the lengths one will run—and chase—when their past threatens their future.

GOODREADS:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25485960-before-that-night

HIS TO LOVE

(Unfinished Love, Book 2: Caine & Addison)

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Seven years.

Seven damn years of wondering whether the woman was still alive…whether she’d spent the last two thousand five hundred fifty five days wondering if he was still alive.

Wondering whether that night was as burned into her memory as it was his.

Seven years having his heart tethered to Addison—and now she’s back. With even more reasons to run than she’d had then.

This time, Caine isn’t letting the gorgeous little flight risk out of his sight.

Regardless of how noble her reasons may be.

GOODREADS:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25485971-his-to-love

Here is the list of the entire “The UNFINISHED LOVE” Series

Four Spencer brothers, each fighting for their second first chance at love.

Years be damned.

A compelling new series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Violet Duke.

(Caine & Addison) – Summer 2015

— Book 1: Before That Night

— Book 2: His to Love

(Gabe & Hannah) – Fall 2015

— Book 3: Before That Kiss

— Book 4: His to Hold

(Drew & Skylar) – Winter 2015

— Book 5: Before That Promise

— Book 6: His to Keep

(Max & Kennedy) – Spring 2016

— Book 7: Before That Chance

— Book 8: His to Protect

ABOUT VIOLET DUKE:

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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 Hawaii alongside her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband.

Find the latest on her books and fan giveaways at www.facebook.com/VioletDukeBooks

I don’t know if Violet Duke can give us a perfect ‘OH’ than the story of Isaac and Xoey. Her Cactus Creek series is a romantic cauldron of some amazing characters, lovable, warm, just plain perfect with imperfections. They grow on you, they tempt you with chocolate and beer, they protect you with their might, they support you unconditionally and they give the readers the perfect Ohs!!!!

Xoey Montenegro and Isaac McKnight have a long history between them before they decided to remain best friends. They talk every night, they have breakfast together everyday, they talk about their misfit dates, analyze every single thing under the sky, except talk about the feelings they have for each other. It’s perfectly clear to Isaac that Xoey is ‘the woman’ for him, whereas Xoey has a history that holds her back from accepting Mr. Wrong as her Mr. Right.

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“Loves, Exes And Ohs” is just not another sweet romance with a happy ending. It is loaded with emotions and pain, love and friendship, and a history with a twist that would rock our hearts, yet at the same time leaves us feeling warm and fuzzy.

Xoey is a darling with a heart of gold and everyone just loves her. Strong and resilient, she is open with her feelings and kindness. Smart, sassy and beautiful inside out, she has a past that she needs to reconcile with before she can give herself completely to Isaac.

And Isaac the perfect Oh for Xoey is the perfect complement to her wit and charm. Supported by his good friends including the new ‘dwarfs’ who have made a home in Cactus Creek and have appointed themselves as Xoey’s unrelated siblings, Isaac has the daunting task of convincing Xoey that he is her Mr. Right forever, despite the past that connects him with Xoey.

Violet Duke as always is one of the most charming writers I’ve come across. Her penchant for narrating stories that tug at your heart, creating characters that you can absolutely relate on a daily basis, and the moments of tender emotions that ties your heart into knots, I can guarantee will make her one of your favorite to go writers.

Be it with her witty dialogues, the warm and friendly conversations, or the unsuspecting twists she weaves into her story, you will always end up with the biggest ‘OH’!!!!

Received an ARC from the author for an honest review.

I may be biased, I may be in adoration of Violet Duke and maybe it is just ‘finding-the-right-author’ to read. Whatever may be the case; there is no denying the fact that Violet Duke is a brilliant writer of romance. She has tons of positivity that spills into her stories, her zeal and zest for life creates amazing love stories, her wicked sense of humor has her pages reeling in laughter, and there is no dearth of pain and hurt in her stories that makes her readers laugh, cry, and do crazy cartwheels with her narration.

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‘Finding The Right Girl’ (Can’t Resist Series, Book 4) is another of her love stories that gives Brian Sullivan his happily ever after. Brian Sullivan is one of the most admirable and fun-loving characters I’ve read so far. Having lost his wife early in life and his best friend to his brother in marriage, he still focuses on living life on his terms, and yet taking care of his daughter. Loyal, supportive and trusting is what Brian encompasses, and adding family values and his respect for people just makes him one of the most kind-hearted persons.

Wanting to have some fun, he hooks up with Tessa to have the fling of his life. Tessa matches Brian with her love for life and positive attitude and she is not immune to pain and loss either. But wanting to fling with Brian Sullivan is one of the most spontaneous things she has done, and boy does she wonder about her decision a hundred times. Their acquaintance turns into friendship into lovers and looks like Brian may have found the right girl to make a future. Then again nothing comes easy in life and we have to go through the bumps and speed-breakers that fate loves to throw at us, before it softens the ride…. for a lifetime…imperfectly perfect!

‘Finding The Right Girl’ is a beautiful, beautiful love story of second chances. It is a charismatic story that tests love and trust in trying times. It is a passionate love story of kind people, unconditional support and family values. And it is a wonderful read of people who are willing to give to others with open hearts!

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