Review – Jackson’s Trust by Violet Duke

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New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her sizzling-hot new Fourth Down series with a 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.

Advance praise for Jackson’s Trust

“I totally love this hotter side of Violet Duke. You still get the same sweet, emotional story but with a little bit of extra sizzle. Jackson’s Trust is a must-read novel.”New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett

“A delightfully fresh read . . . Violet Duke delivers it all in Jackson’s Trust!”New York Timesbestselling author Jen McLaughlin

“Violet Duke’s writing jumps off the page and grabs you from the first sentence. You will loveJackson’s Trust.”New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre

Jackson’s Trust is hot, sweet, and filled with tender moments. Violet Duke writes heroes who make me swoon!”New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan

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BFF K’s Review



I feel like I should break this review into 2 different parts. I really enjoyed the first half of this book, the 2nd half – not as much. The first half was everything the synopsis had built up to. Jackson was a sweet sportscaster falling for his spunky and lovely new coworker. That’s the book I wanted to read. About half way through, the book took a turn that I wasn’t expecting. Gone was the flirty banter and sports related setting. And, I found the rest of the book just didn’t hold as much appeal for me. I felt like the characters that had been developed made some decisions in the end of the book that were contrary to the personalities they had developed over the beginning pages. Honestly, most of the last 1/3 of the book felt like it came out of left field or could have been another book entirely.

I liked Jackson’s character. He’s sweet and caring. He’s the kind of guy to notice small gestures and support the people around him. And, I liked Leila. She was complex and ambitious. The beginning of their story was all of the butterflies I hoped I would have when I read the synopsis. The angst came in the second half of the book, and maybe the angst was self-induced because I just didn’t see the changes coming.

I am anxious to talk about Jackson’s Trust with someone else who has read it. (If you’ve read it, comment or message me on Facebook.) The book wasn’t horrible. The writing was strong, the characters were interesting, it was just not a super great read for me. If you’re looking for a romance that has sports undertones – but not too much sport and a sweet leading man, check this out. Jackson’s Trust didn’t score big for me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be one of your besties.










An advance copy was received in exchange for an honest review.

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About Violet Duke

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romances filled with strong, unique heroines and memorably romantic heroes. With just under a million books sold to date, since becoming an author in 2013, Violet has appeared on the USA Today bestseller list thirteen times and the NYT bestseller list three times, with the additional honor of charting in the Top 10 across the major eretailers both in the U.S. and internationally. Her fans, who she just adores to pieces, affectionately call her books sweet & sexy ‘laugh & cry’ love stories.

When she’s not 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 impossible-to-be-duplicated ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. A born and raised island girl, she spends her days in Hawai’i chasing after her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband (their ringleader).

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