Love, Tussles, and Takedowns

Love, Tussles, and Takedowns

by Violet Duke

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

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 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. 

And 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 sparring 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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150552999
Publisher: Violet Duke
Publication date: 01/30/2015
Series: Cactus Creek , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 102,861
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, Amazon Top 10, iBooks Top 5, and B&N Top 5 bestselling author Violet Duke is a former English Ed professor who loves being on the other side of the page now writing emotion-rich stories with fun, everyday characters and sweet, sexy match-ups. Since her debut book in 2013, over a million readers have put all four of Violet's laugh & cry series on U.S. bestseller lists, as well as Top 10 charts on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, and Kobo.

When she isn't feeding her book-a-day addiction, Violet enjoys doing far too many things without checking the directions first (often with outrageous power tools she has no business operating), and cooking impossible-to-replicate 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. She lives in Hawai'i with her kids (Violet & Duke) and Mr. Violet Duke (their ringleader), with a PJs-and-rubber-slippers work dress code she takes very seriously.

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Love, Tussles, and Takedowns 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
deeeee More than 1 year ago
Lia was orphaned at a young age, but found deep love with her foster family. She is also an antique weapons expert and phenomenal at martial arts. Hudson is a wounded warrior who admired Lia from afar at a wedding they both attended. He gets more "intel" on her and runs into her at an antique weapons convention. There is definite interest on both sides, but Lia has some personal issues. She is a 27 year old widowed virgin and the community, and her brothers, are extremely protective of her. Her husband has been MIA for 8 years and she's looking for some closure. Hudson has struggled to overcome his physical wounds, but still battles his internal wounds. I loved Love, Chocolate and Beer and am a fan of Ms. Duke. I'm not really into martial arts and MMA fighting, but it didn't distract from my enjoyment of the story. I look forward to more books from Ms. Duke and this series.
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Izzybear More than 1 year ago
Hudson and Lia's story was very sweet. I loved the chemistry between the two. Their story made me laugh and cry. It was very touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A spirit of love and human undersetting. Not able to put it down.
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
I was given this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. This is book 3 in the Cactus Creek Series. Hudson Reeves is a movie industry fight scene and weapons specialist after he has to retire from the military due combat injuries. Liana Lin is an antique arms specialist and very skilled in the martial arts. She helps run her Foster Family's Business. She is also a widow of a MIA soldier. Hudson is Luke's (from book 1) good friend and Dani's (also from book 1) bouncer in her Brewpub, Ocotillos. Hudson and Liana first get 'see' each other at Dani and Luke's wedding and again at a Gun Show. Love the chance meetings before they actually meet. They have so much in common especially with the martial arts training. Love their sparing matches. For such a little thing she sure is fiesty! They help each other out with their own issues. It's very special. Liana's foster brother's are absolutely hilarious and take the 'Big Brother watching over little sister' to a whole new level. I actually read this book straight through. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
rvingmillers More than 1 year ago
Love this author and this series
slz52 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars. Loved reading about Lia and Hudson. Good job.
kmichels More than 1 year ago
Wonderful!  Lia & Hudson!  I had so much fun reading this book and couldn't put it down once I started it. Violet makes you laugh and cry every time, but you can't wait to see what happens next. I loved it when they "tussled". Nicely done, Violet!
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ScrapbkjcnLynda More than 1 year ago
These two are perfect for each other.  The sparks that ignite are just awesome.   Love that he lets her be free to be herself.  Her brothers just cracked me up. Looking forward to reading more about this family.
NOLAreaderMH More than 1 year ago
Hudson and Lia's story was a sexy, fun read, and I'm looking forward to reading more in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hudson and Lia are awesome! They're both tough on the outside, scarred on the inside. I found it interesting that both were reluctant to let the other person in. These two are somewhat more serious that most of the friends in Cactus Creek, but that made them great characters. Highly recommended!
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
We are back for another round in Cactus Creek, Arizona and I'm glad to be back! In this third book in the series, we learn the story of Liana Lin and Hudson Reyes, both whom have been wounded in their own ways over the course of their lives. When they both attend the wedding of their friends Dani and Luke, Hudson noticed Lia, but he had to get some intel and "run" into her at one of her places of business. There is mutual interest on both their parts, but will the scars they both have from earlier in life allow them to let their guards down long enough to see if they are compatible? Violet Duke does a great job once again of creating characters we really care about and that have real, difficult issues to deal with. Another must read in this great series!
livzletlivz More than 1 year ago
I’ve loved, loved Violet Duke from the first time I read her – a brilliant writer with an insight into the souls of her characters, heavily invested into the emotions of her heroes and heroines, a tremendous energy of keeping wit and humor between the lines and a sublime spark of passion and love, just ready to sizzle the pages of her stories. If Love, Chocolate and Beer was a heady concoction of rich, warm chocolate and beer brewed to perfection, Love, Tussles and Takedowns is armed with the unconditional love and support of a family, with no boundaries whatsoever and a town of people brimming with undying protection of their younglings. And not to mention the alpha male who trips and falls flat in the midst of prickly Cactus Creek! Liana Lin is an antique arms authenticator with a lifetime of martial arts training, and a past that had made her what she is today. Loved by all, adored by the kids of Cactus Creek, protected to the last pore of her very being, the pretty, sexy and sassy Lia has Hudson Reyes all but gets kicked in the gut with her kick-ass moves.  A former marine recovering from war injuries and working as a movie industry consultant for weapons and fight scenes, Hudson Reyes is all knocked out of breath by the angel face, tiny Liana Lin. Having endured the ravages of war, and the endless guilt of loss and pain, Hudson sees those chains around his heart break, as he gets to know Lia. With an amazing supporting cast of characters in Cactus Creek (I’m sure we’ll see them more), Hudson and Lia become friends with benefits, followed by home runs! Love, Tussles and Takedowns is an emotional journey of relationships, of unconditional bonds made through heart, and the undying faith in humanity that there are good people among us. It is a charming story of two wonderful people who deserve each other of their love and passion. Violet Duke does another fabulous job of keeping us on the toes of our feet, heart fluttering, warmth oozing, charm and charisma brimming, with a family that can go to any ends to protect their own, and a love that is armed and loaded with patience, humor and understanding.
RHolub More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Lia & Hudson & while it is part of a series it can easily be read as a stand alone. Oh my, I absolutely loved Lia & Hudson. Lia is a strong woman, in so many ways. She survived the death of her parents with the help of her foster family, then she survived the disappearence/death of her husband in the war. She is an expert in martial arts and antique firearms. Hudson was, among other things, a sniper in the Army in Afghanastan but when he received a career ending injury he found his expertise in warfare and weaponry came in handy working as a consultant to the movie industry. When Hudson sees Lia at an antique gun show he is impressed not only with her knowledge of antique firearms but also with her beauty. When he tries to approach her after the show she gets away before he can talk to her, but he knows where to find her because he recognized her from his friends wedding & knows she's from Cactus Creek.He is so intrigued with her that he follows her back to town only to find that there are a lot of people keeping others away. But he is determined to find a way to talk to her... This story was a very sweet love story. Lia & Hudson don't just jump into bed together. Tjere is plenty of romance along the way, along with a nice amount of heat. I am looking forward to reading more books in this series.
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
Love, Tussles, and Takedowns was a very enjoyable read. Violet Duke is one author, who can always count on to give you a well written page turner. The story line and characters will have you glued to your e-reader, making sure you don't miss a single word. Hudson and Lia were great characters, who were a little damaged but then again if they were perfect, it wouldn't make for much of a story. I would definitely recommend this book and this author!
Grandma_Tami More than 1 year ago
I Love this Series The whole dynamics is wonderful Lia & Hudson play so well off each other they are survivors and have to find their way to their HEA but in true Violet form you will not be disappointed . There will be times you want to shake them and say HEY look in front of you and times you want to shout for joy . Give this series a chance you will be glad you did
megsmomma More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for a sexy man in uniform, but add in sweet, caring and feisty and I'm head over heels.  I fell in love with Hudson instantly.  The way he treats Lia and how he expects nothing more than her friendship is amazing.  Lia is a virgin widow who was orphaned  and has an amazing foster family.  She is a weapons expert and loves to tackle her stress by working up a sweat.   I absolutely loved this book and can't wait for the next in the series.  Violet Duke has done it again!
firepal136 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I look forward to the other books in this series.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Violet Duke has once again spun her special kind of magic and delivered an amazing story for her readers. LOVE, TUSSLES, AND TAKEDOWNS is the second full-length book in her Cactus Creek series, but can be read as a stand alone. As I said, Violet' s style of writing always feels a bit magical to me. It's charming, witty, and so very colorful in her descriptions I am completely drawn into the world she builds, in this case, Cactus Creek. The residents of the town itself are quirky, intrusive, close-knit, pretty much without boundaries with each other, yet loving and protective of their own. And hilarious. Did I mention hilarious? The dialogue and banter had me cracking up throughout the book. Love, Tussles, and Takedowns features, Lia and Hudson, who really do have a lot in common and are perfect together. Both are tough as nails, extremely competitive, and also both broken, trauma survivors. They are both into martial arts and antique weapons, a little anti-social, yet have a cache of loyal friends/family who would do anything for them, because of their huge hearts and giving personalities. Being so alike helps them bond and sneak under the other's skin because they "get" each other, but it also feeds the "they deserve better" facet. For instance, they have some pretty intense sexual attraction going between them and Lia's all for taking that next step, but Hudson holds back because he doesn't feel good enough. Being martial artists, they often "take it to the mat", literally.    Hudson and Lia each go through a lot of growth in this story to get to the end, the HEA end. As they begin to trust the feelings between them, and as their love develops, they also find themselves not so guarded with the other people in their life who love them and have been waiting on the sidelines to show just how much. Lia's brothers were perfect in their roles. I loved how they and Lia were so close they could predict each other's behavior and played off that like a comedy routine. Violet has taken a story line that could have been a serious downer, and while respecting the issues addressed and giving them the depth they deserved, still filled it with funny, delightful and loving characters that infused just enough humor to make this book a joy to read. 4.5 stars ~Complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is fun and an easy read. Perfect for that quick summer book. I like that the characters have some depth to them and that you can relate to them as well. Each book in the series is well connected and it is great to see characters pop up again from other books - even other series books of Violet Duke. This one was especially interesting because the woman is quite unconventional in many ways!
jeter2 More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book, very well written. Can't wait for the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite Violet Dukr book so far! I could relate so well to Lia and her relationship with her brothers! Loved reading how many different ways sher brothers kept track of everything she did. Just brought back memories of how my older brother used to torment me and interogate my boyfriends growing up! I also loved how Hudson just went with the flow and lets them do it!