Review: Jackson’s Trust (Fourth Down #1) by Violet Duke

Title: Jackson’s Trust
Author: Violet Duke
Series: Fourth Down #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

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 heโ€™s ever met.

Itโ€™s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesnโ€™t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jacksonโ€™s life is . . . complicated. And it doesnโ€™t help that his current hands-off โ€œfriendshipโ€ is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter heโ€™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 Hartโ€™s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something sheโ€™d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jacksonโ€™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:
Jackson’s Trust was my first book by Violet Duke though I doubt it will be the last. It was in equal parts funny and sad, heart warming and heart wrenching, swoon worthy and angsty. The chemistry between Leila and Jackson was off the charts, and I really felt their connection. I loved the immediate connection that progressed into a genuine mutually supportive friendship that then developed into a steamy sexual relationship.

The writing was fantastic and characterisation was superb. I loved both mains, and they were well developed, and there was an interesting mix of side characters. Jackson’s friends were a riot and I expect future books to focus on their stories – I, for one, am definitely interested in learning more about them.

The plot was a little predictable at times but there were enough unexpected twists and turns to balance it out. I thought the pacing was a little off in the first half of the book and I did find myself skimming a few parts, but the second half of the book more than made up for it.

Overall, this was a great, fun, quick read. Highly recommended.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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