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Review: Jackson’s Trust (Fourth Down #1) 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.

My Review

“Every emotion was a shard of broken glass that made her bleed even more, every thought and memory like salt on each new laceration.”

I’m just going to keep this review short and sweet. Jackson’s Trust was a quick and easy read for me. The story-line was fresh and intriguing. The characters were a lot of fun and I really enjoyed getting to know more about them. I fell in love with Jackson and Leila instantly. The two of them were such a wonderful match. I loved their connection and how they both loved sports. It was fun watching Jackson try to fight his feelings for Leila and leave his playboy ways behind. Leila was a ton of fun. Not only was she super smart, but she really knew her sports. I felt bad for her that she tried to keep her smarts hidden, but I totally get why she did it. She was afraid that she wouldn’t be taken seriously and when you’re in a mostly man’s job, I totally get it. I loved the easy friendship that Leila developed with Jackson and I honestly couldn’t wait to see them give into what we all know they wanted.

Overall, I thought this was a great read. This is my first book by this author and I have to tell you, I am super stoked to read more from her. This author’s writing style is fun and entertaining. It made me laugh and swoon.  I honestly enjoyed everything about this book, from start to finish. Jackson’s Trust is a swoon-worthy workplace/friends to lovers romance, that has just the right mix of romance, laughter, angst and drama. I think this new series is off to a terrific start and I’m looking forward to seeing where the series will go from here.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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