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Love, Tussles and Takedowns

Book 3, Cactus Creek - Cactus Creek

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A hot, wounded veteran struggling to heal & the sweet, goofy weapons expert he can't stop sparring with...

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 one woman who makes him want to live again.

An antique arms authenticator with a lifetime of martial arts training, Liana Lin has made a living turning the demons of her past into the passions that fuel, and fill, her life. She's a scrappy little thing. A sweet, angel-faced wrecking ball to his good intentions capable of making him laugh, and turning him inside out. Hell's bells, watching her execute that wicked roundhouse kick of hers shouldn't be a turn-on--especially not when his head is the receiving target--but hot damn, it is. She's a fiery, unpredictable paradox who wears her heart on her sleeve, despite the wounds he knows she has hidden as deeply as he hides his own.

Even though she's everything he's told himself he can't have, Hudson can't help but want her. Sure as sin, if one woman could sneak past the barbed wires he's wrapped around his heart, it'd be Lia.

Now if only they could stop going at it long enough to find out...

"Heart-melting and guaranteed to make you laugh and cry before you finish the last page." -- New York Times Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett

Love, Chocolate, and Beer [Luke & Dani]
Love, Diamonds, and Spades [Rylan & Quinn]
Love, Tussles, and Takedowns [Hudson & Lia]
Love, Exes, and Ohs [Isaac & Xoey]

All the Cactus Creek books are standalone novels with no cliffhangers. :) Enjoy!

Customer Reviews

Hudson and Lia, a must read!

Another hit by Violet Duke! How can I live in Catcus Creek? I absolutely adore this town and all of it's residents, have not been disappointed by any of the stories in the series yet and this one is no exception. The story of Hudson and Lia is sweet, funny, and romantic. I could not put it down and did not want it end. As individuals they have traumas that keep them guarded, together they heal and grow into a couple that I want to hang out with.


violet duke is one of my fave writers. I love her sweet romance and clever writing

Delightful, Witty, and Romantic

I cannot begin to express how much I adored reading this book!! Two impeccably strong people who fight, in more ways than one, to keep their hearts guarded learn what it means to let go and help each other heal. An amazing love story about learning to live and love!

Everyone has their demons and for Hudson, his are always waiting in the wings ready to take him down to keep him from healing from his past. To keep those around him at arms length. After he meets Lia, the one woman he can’t stay away from..even though he knows he’s undeserving of her, perhaps he’ll finally see that his deep-set wounds from war can truly be healed.

And Lia, the other side to this incredible couple, has struggles and demons all her own that she has worked hard to turn into the life she lives for now. Upon meeting Hudson she knows she won’t be able to hold off for long before he breaks through her defenses. So the craziest “friends-with-benefits” proposal is made...with a tacked on expiration date...and only time will tell if they’ll be able to walk away when it expires.

Lia and Hudson were more than worth the wait in Violet Duke’s third installment in the Cactus Creek series, 'Love, Tussles, and Takedowns'! With impressive fighting skills, antique guns galore, and quick-witted verbal sparring, swoon-worthy Hudson and independently, strong Lia will draw you in and captivate you.

This delightful, witty, and romantic story will definitely give you your fill while waiting for more! I’m so excited for Xoey and Isaac’s story coming soon! I’m ready to be swept off my feet with more Cactus Creek love. ^_^

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Love, Tussles and Takedowns
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  • $3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Jun 30, 2014
  • Publisher: Violet Duke
  • Seller: Violet Duke
  • Print Length: 301 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, Cactus Creek
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