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No matter how many times I say, it still would not do justice to this super sumptuous, utterly delicious and sizzling love stories that would leave us breathless and sheer pleasure. Talk about brilliant talent under the sky, coming together to make this an irresistible read – Violet Duke, the sister duo of Melanie Shawna, Bella Andre, Melissa Foster, Erin Nicholas, Carly Phillip, Lauren Blakely, Sawyer Bennett, Jessie Evans and Crista McHugh.

And if I start reviewing each book, it would run pages ;). So I’ll try to stick to a condensed version of some the ones I’ve read so far and with no order of preference –

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Can’t Help Falling In Love by Bella Andre: Book 3 of the infamous Sullivan family and Bella’s crowning glory, Gabe Sullivan rescues Megan Harris and her daughter from a fire and loses his heart and soul to these two beautiful ladies. A sweet, charming and sizzling romance that we can’t help falling in love with.

Out Of Bounds by Erin Nicholas: Part of the Boys Of Fall series that is a standalone, Jackson Brady returns to Quinn, TX to help his ailing high school coach and falls out of bounds with his one time nemesis Annabelle. Old hurt and past love, embers of passion still sparkling between them, Jackson and Annabelle set our hearts on fire.

Love, Tussles And Takedowns by Violet Duke: Book 3 of the Cactus Creek series, Violet Duke charms the pants off her readers with her delightful story of Hudson Reyes and Liana Lin. Ex-combat military veteran meets the arms and martial arts dynamo and what we get is a barrel of fun, laughter, love and the unconditional support and strength of family and community.

Dare To Desire by Carly Phillips: Book two of the Dare Series, Carly Phillips fires up her writing a notch as she throws quarterback Alex Dare into the path of Madison Evans. Retired early due to an injury, the chip-on-a-shoulder Alex is drawn to his past with Madison, as she struggles to keep him at arm’s length. They sizzle, they charm and they leave us wanting more of them.

Falling For The Wingman by Crista McHugh: This was the first book of Crista McHugh’s that I read and was utterly taken in by the savvy tomboy Alex Leadbetter, who gets turned on by cars, and the only other person who can twist her insides is Air Force pilot Caleb Kelly. And Caleb is hell bent on getting this sister to be his side forever. Book 3 of the Kelly Brother Series, the Kelly brothers are a force to reckon with and you’ll fall on love with Jasper!!!!

Actually Love by Melanie Shawn: What can I say about this sister duo. They write sinful love stories and their Crossroad Series is just as popular as them. Book 7 of the Crossroad Series, Actually Love brings PR Jessie Sloan and sculpted boxing champion Zach Courtland under one roof as they fake their relationship for mutual reasons. But living together, love actually lands a hard punch and knocks their hearts out. So can they put their insecurities and fears outside the ring and be together forever? Alluring and an endearing love story of romance and meddling Sloan family.

And I’m sure the other four books by Melissa Foster, Jessie Evans, Lauren Blakely and Sawyer Bennett are equally captivating, delightful and utterly delicious (yet to finish the rest). I’ve read their books before and they have been on my list of favorites for a while now.

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Another boxed set from some of the most romantic writers of contemporary times, stories of love, laughter and steamy walks into the sunset……can’t go wrong with these ultra delicious alphas and their sassy heroines!

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BELLA ANDRE — Can’t Help Falling in Love (The Sullivans): He can’t make the mistake of falling for another fire victim. She can’t love-and lose-another man with a dangerous job. Gabe Sullivan & Megan Harris have every reason to stay apart…but they can’t help falling in love.

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MELISSA FOSTER — Seaside Dreams (Seaside Summers): Bella Abbascia has quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer Caden Grant appears on the scene. After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, but starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined.  Can true love really conquer all?

LAUREN BLAKELY — Trophy Husband (Caught Up in Love): Sometimes you can’t help falling in love, even when you try to do the opposite… McKenna embarks on a playful, ironic quest for a trophy husband after her ex has ditched her, but along the way she meets someone who rocks her world. And she’ll have to choose between protecting her heart from hurt, or letting go of her fears of a new beginning.

VIOLET DUKE — Love, Tussles, and Takedowns (Cactus Creek): 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 sweet, angel-faced wrecking ball to his good intentions–antique arms authenticator and martial arts maven, Liana Lin. Even though she’s everything he’s told himself he can’t have, sure as sin, if one woman could sneak past the barbed wires he’s wrapped around his heart, it’d be her. Now if only they could stop sparring long enough to find out…

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SAWYER BENNETT — On the Rocks (The Last Call): He left to travel the world for fame and glory, but only after spurning Gabby Ward and crushing her young heart. Now Hunter Markham has come back home to the salty breeze of the North Carolina Outer Banks and looking at the all-grown-up Gabby in a whole new way. Still bitter over his rebuff years before, Gabby is content to stay far away from him and his dangerously charming ways, but when Hunter presents an offer to her that she simply can’t refuse, she has to battle her ever growing attraction to the man that first taught her about heartbreak.

CARLY PHILLIPS — Dare to Desire (Dare to Love): Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all–an all-star football career and his choice of willing women–until injury forces him into early retirement. Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows what it means to have-not. She isn’t impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests. This time around Madison refuses to succumb. But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what he wants. Can he convince Madison to take a risk and dare to love?

ERIN NICHOLAS — Out of Bounds (Boys of Fall): Wild child Jackson Brady doesn’t think twice about returning home to help out when his beloved high school football coach gets sick. Jackson’s done a lot of growing up in the past twelve years and this is an opportunity to atone for his past sins. But to get back into everyone’s good graces, he needs to prove he’s changed. Sweet, well-respected Annabelle Hartington is the key. If she’ll give him a second chance, everyone will know he’s a new man. Surprisingly, he’s not the only one who’s changed and it turns out nothing stirs his inner bad boy like the *former* goody-two-shoes.

MELANIE SHAWN — Actually Love (Crossroads): Real or fake… As VP of public relations for SPC, the beautiful and talented Jessie Sloan knew the difference. The order and control she had in her life was real. Love was fake and she didn’t have time for fake. Win or lose… Sexy, sculpted boxing champ Zach Courtland has had his share of losses in life, but inside the ring, he knew nothing but wins. He was used to taking and landing punches, but little did he know that he was about to get the knockout of his life.

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JESSIE EVANS — Diamonds and Dust (Lonesome Point Texas): Pike Sherman is a legend in Lonesome Point, a hometown boy who made it to the big leagues. Literally. Professional baseball acquired one hell of a pitching arm and its latest celebrity bad boy when the gifted Pike was drafted. His broken heart came along for the ride, too, but he kept that private. After a few days back in Lonesome Point, Pike can’t imagine life without Tulsi Hearst, the girl he left behind, but when Tulsi’s secret is revealed, his heart is broken all over again. The only thing worse than losing Tulsi, is losing six years with the daughter he didn’t know he had.

CRISTA MCHUGH — Falling for the Wingman (The Kelly Brothers): Air Force pilot Caleb Kelly has come back home with one mission in mind–to propose to the woman whose letters and lucky charm helped him survive his deployment in Afghanistan. But when he finds their apartment empty with a note saying she’s left him, he arrives at her mother’s house in rural Alabama to find Kourtney is about to marry another man. Her little sister, Alex, convinces him that the best way to get Kourtney back is to make her think he’s fallen for someone new–her. But when a fake romance becomes all too real, Alex’s deception may leave them both grounded.

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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.

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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.

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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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