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Jackson's Trust

(Fourth Down #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,273 ratings  ·  396 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her fun and sexy new Fourth Down series with a heartwarming 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 . . . c
ebook, 315 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Loveswept
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Jennifer Kyle
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
3.75 STARS

”What a beautiful little liar.”


This is my first read by this author and I’m happy to report that I enjoyed her writing style. The hero, Jackson Gray is DBC Sports Network’s senior analyst (football) and his fall for the new sideline report Leila Hart. These two’s fall into love was pretty swoon-worthy. The sports content in this story is well done written, however it went over my head seeing how they are both analyst's of the game.

The story starts with the hero, Jackson only ever co
Geri Reads
Mar 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Where do I even begin?

Based on the blurb alone, this book was a solid 4 stars. I mean, a gorgeous sports analyst with secret meets feisty, upcoming field reporter with a head for sports stats. They're forced to work together while keeping their attraction under wraps. Sounds like a good, solid plot for a romance novel. Sure, the writing was more on the side "telling" instead of showing but it was still a decent read. There were a few annoying plot contrivances that crop up here and there but I c
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
The book starts off a little slow for me with a good deal of the plot not really moving the story forward. The first few chapters read very much like a big monologue and one that didn't really captivate me, at that. Things started getting interesting for me when at 21%, they finally kiss. From there, you get a little more insight into the characters though Jackson's reluctance to get with Leila isn't really explained. He warns her off many times (to the point that it gets kind of annoying) and s ...more
2 Underwhelmed Stars

This review is going to stay on the short and sweet side. I’m going to do my best not to give away any spoilers, even though the issues that bothered me the most relate to those damn spoilers. Gah! Stay with me, folks.

Leila’s a woman who knows her football. Even though she’s a vagina carrying member of the population, she’s been lucky enough to be given a shot at her dream job, which is normally dominated by those of the cock and balls variety.

When Jackson and Leila meet he
Claire Robinson
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "Kindred spirits and all." Stars!

Jackson’s Trust is the first book I have read by this author, it is also the first book in the Fourth Down series. I love me some sports romance, and this one was a little different in that it was set around the people that report on it, and not the players or their teams.

This book was in the realms of a five star read for me, until the last 25% or so, but the author stepped into WTF overload territory with both feet by throwing a kitchen sink worth of errone
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Leila Hart is determined to make a name for herself in the male-dominated world of football. She knows that it won't be easy, but she is determined. It doesn't hurt that she knows her stuff and shocks the hell out of her colleagues. The only one not shocked about her football IQ is Jackson Gray, the man assigned to train her.

Jackson's life is complicated. And making it more so is cute-as-hell Leila. The more time he s
Lady Heather
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: contemporary romance, slow burn romance lovers
"A copy of this book has been provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review "

4 "weatherman & sunshine" stars!

I really enjoyed this story.
This is the first book I've read by the author. The story and the characters were well written and developed.

A good start for a new sports-romance series. In this case, however, the H/h are not players, but both are football analysts and one a sports reporter.

The story is a "semi"-slow burn romance. So, the H/h start out as frie
Review written: February 24, 2016
Star Rating: ★☆☆☆
Heat Rating: ☀☀☼☼☼

An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review.

To say that this book was disappointing might just be an understatement. Violet Duke has written some really, really good books. This is not one of them. Have you ever read the back cover blurb for a book, thought "This sounds great", and then read the book and it was nothing like what the blurb led you to believe? Yeah, that's t
Kate's Corner
I had to gather my thoughts on this one and also filter out half of the information that I highlighted to write my review. Annoying when you nearly highlight half of the damn frigging book. I would like to add that this is the first book that I've read by Ms. Duke and I consider her to be very talented.

But what I can say after a slow beginning but a genuinely fantastic read I give it 4.5 'Sunshine & Weatherman' Stars.

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The first time Jackson Grey sees Leila Hart he knows that she is
1-Click Addict Support Group
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a sexy fast paced love/hate story that drew me in from the beginning, especially when Jackson realizes he's in trouble with the new sideline reporter, Leila Hart!

Seeing how Jackson, at first, tries his best to ignore his attraction to Leila had me cracking up because she makes it impossible by proving to him that she knows her game!

Jackson's big secret as to why he doesn't do relationships, well, I didn't think it was that big of a deal but to each their own. One thing I loved about J
Cocktails and Books
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

This is a well written, captivating story with characters that touched my heart. What drew me to this book was that it is about the world of sports and I love to read about sports and athletes. This is the first Violet Duke book I have read and I enjoyed it so much, I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future.

The story opens up when Leila Hart lands her dream job as a sideline reporter for DBC Sports Network. She will be wo
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ebooks
3.5 Stars

One thing I have to say about this book is just when you think you know what's going on, the storyline changes and going into Jackson's Trust, it doesn't seem like that type of book. There were parts of the story that I enjoyed and parts that I could have done without. Such as the all-things-football sections at the beginning. I'm not a sports fan. Therefore, I started liking the book better when there wasn't anymore technical talk about football.

Also, I felt that all the time gaps in
Bette Hansen
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's no secret I am a huge Violet Duke fan and this book just adds to that admiration. It has all the feels you want from a great romance. It's fun, a little angsty, great characters, and a whole lot of sexy. Leila Hart is a strong female lead determined to make it in a male dominated career. Everything seems to come so easily to the incredibly yummy Jackson Gray but he has his own issues to deal with. The chemistry between these two is intense and you can definitely feel it jump from the pages. ...more
Carlene Inspired
ARC received via Netgalley.

Jackson Gray knows a football fan when he sees one and the new sideline reporter, Leila Hart, is just that. There's something about her, and the twinkle in her eye, that draws him to her and when she opens up her witty mouth he's a lost cause, even though he doesn't believe in anything more than one night stands. Leila never intended to develop feelings for a coworker, she's used to guy friends, but Jackson is another man entirely, he believes in her, even though he do
I honestly don't think I could love Violet Duke's writing style any more than I do... it's always humorous, yet real, in a way that feels uniquely Violet even when dealing with serious emotions. Her stories always capture my full attention with a fresh, engaging storyline. Her characters are always witty, feisty and lovable with a little sarcasm served up for good measure. In other words real and interesting. People I can see myself having laughs with over lunch. This all goes double for her new ...more
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.

Jackson's Trust threw me for quite the loop. A rather confusing loop.

I had trouble really following the story. There were moments that were scattered and left me confused. The chemistry between Jackson and Leila There was nothing that really pulled me in to this H and h.

Also, the story was just too consumed with football talk. I mean, I get it, that was essentially the attraction to each other, but it was overloade
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It was a little slow at first but turned out nice. Not exactly predictable. Great characters, well written, nice slow romance with HEA.
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Even though I am a non-lover of football I still find myself reading football romances, but Jackson's Trust by Violet Duke was very different in that both the hero and heroine lived and breathed football but weren't directly involved with it. As a sports network's game analyst and an sidelines reporter they both have a great knowledge of the game but from the moment Jackson Gray sees Leila Hart he knows two things, one he can't get her off hi
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
3.5 - 4 stars

Jackson's Trust was an enjoyable & entertaining read.

I loved watching the relationship between Jackson and Leila develop. They were fun, strong, intelligent, passionate people who find their other half in each other.

I also enjoyed Jackson's friends, they made me laugh and I'm looking forward to reading Bennett's book next in Bennett's Chance.

While I enjoyed most of the book, there were parts I wasn't a fan of and it took some of the enjoyment away. I wasn't a fan of the drama,
Anne OK
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
Good solid start to new series. I enjoyed the detailed information on the sports-related material. Well-written and I'll look forward to the next installment.
Violet Duke has been on my watch list for awhile and mostly because of the title of the first book in her Cactus Creek Series, I mean how could my interest not be peaked by the title Love, Chocolate and Beer?? But I just never got around to reading it, the sad reality when one has a never ending and always growing TBR pile, so when I saw that she was starting up a new series I didn’t hesitate to request it, especially since football was going to be involved in some way, and I’m happy I did. Whil ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2016
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
4 "Never anyone else" Stars

This was my first Violet Duke book and I really enjoyed this one! It was such a fun, quick read.

We have Leila Hart a sassy, sexy little football loving field reporter with some major family drama and a secret identity. Who tries her best to down play her massive and sometimes very confusing football stats knowledge. She wants to be known for her solid work and not as just another bimbo worker her wa
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars - 3 Flames

Oh. My. Goodness!!!!

The twists, the turns, the anticipation, the drama. This had it ALL! Just when you think, "oh, that's such a good story". BAM, you're completely thrown off your game and are sprinting to the Red Zone just to try to catch up. Yes, I used Football language. Another reason I really liked this. I wouldn't call myself a "Football Analyst" or even a guru, but I know enough about the sport that I wasn't lost (I was actually drawn in more) whenever Football was bei
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a brand new series by Duke and after reading the blurb I wasn't sure if I would actually like it or not but as it turns out I really enjoyed it. Her writing style was enjoyable as were the characters.

We meet Jackson who is a senior football analyst who falls for the new sideline reporter Leila. Jackson has ever committed to more then just one night stands but with Leila's faith in him that will change.

These two have great attraction toward each other and quickly fall
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
Title: Jackson’s Trust
Author: Violet Duke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook
Pages: 315
Rating: 5 (6 if it were possible)


Main Characters: Leila Hart, Jackson Gray

Summary: Leila lands her dream job as a NFL sportscaster doing sideline reports. Jackson, the sports analyst, gets the job of training her. Keeping things professional soon becomes a challenge as they both get to know each other better.

Thoughts: Wow, just wow! Jackson is the ultimate book boyfriend! He’s the dream ma
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I love the uniqueness of this story. Tomboy girl who is a jock at heart gets her dream job and immediately meets her new dream man. Heat and the sexual tension was evident throughout this entire book, almost to the point of frustration on the readers end. I kept wondering if they were ever going to get it done. This man has patience!

I did have some issues with the amount of Sport speak in this book. As one who loves football it almost became distracting the fact that Leila would have to prove he
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
If you're looking for a sweet sports romance with wit, humor and plenty of heat, then you NEED to run to pick up this book! Jackson's attraction to Leila is instantaneous and all consuming - which is shocking since he's never wanted more with anyone else. He's not even truly sure that he can give her more...his life is complicated.

Leila is full of spitfire, one-liners and intelligence. She's smart as hell and I loved her for it. She makes Jackson work for what he wants, even though he's not quit
aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog


Yowza! What a fantastic read that got me invested and captivates my heart and mind. It was funny, sweet, sexy, flirty and steamy. I went from laughing, to swooning to making my jaw dropped and then back to swooning again then finally fall in love with them.

So, this book follows the story of Jackson Gray, a senior analyst of DBC Sports Network who looked like any other ridiculously handsome former athlete. But more than that, HE IS DEEP and HE DOESN'T DO RELA
I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Leila Hart starts work at DBC Sports News as a sideline reporter for American football (hey, I'm English, we play football). Jackson Gray is DBC Sports News' in-house expert on all things football and the person who will be guiding and supporting Leila for the first few months of her job. Jackson is intrigued by Leila from the moment he lays his eyes on her, especially when he can tell that Leila
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NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education ecstatic to be on the other side of the page now writing emotion-rich stories with fun, everyday characters and sweet, sexy match-ups. Since her debut series in 2013, over a million readers have put all four of Violet's laugh & cry contemporary romance series on bestseller lists and Top 10 ...more

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