Jackson's TrustTitle:  Jackson’s Trust
Series:  Fourth Down #1
Author:  Violet Duke
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 8, 2016
Publisher:  Loveswept
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

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.

Read on for my thoughts on Jackson’s Trust.  No true spoilers, promise.

Secrets.

They really cause such troubles that you gotta wonder why it’s worth keeping secrets at all – because the one thing about secrets… they don’t stay that way forever.

I enjoyed Jackson’s Trust so much.  This story is full of banter, laughter, one-liners – sensuous leads, some suspense and those darned secrets that always come out eventually.

Leila and Jackson’s romance was the slow building kind, with serious banter along the way.  Neither wants to risk a work place romance, especially considering that Leila is training under Jackson… hmm, maybe that pun is intended.  🙂  But eventually a slow burn from friendship, to a lot more is going to test this couple’s ability to keep their secrets safe.

When we learn what those secrets are so much makes sense – and even more I wanted to say “so what, go for it”.  But the reveal does add another layer to this engaging, funny and sexy story.

Love happens.  And you either roll with it and enjoy or you deny yourself a possible lifetime of being with the one person who “gets you”.  That’s a choice that Jackson and Leila have to make.

For all you sports loving readers, there’s lots of football talk, and these two know their stuff.  If you’re in it for the romance then you will have found a cute, funny and sexy couple to watch fall in love – along with all the pitfalls involved.  Jackson’s Trust is truly a fun read, with delightful characters and is a great beginning introduction to the Fourth Down series.  I’m a sucker for great secondary characters and we certainly have plenty of them – and perhaps some more fun stories featuring Jackson’s friends, we’ll see in the next installment of this series.

This is one of those stories that needs to go on your reading list if you simply cannot get to it right now.  It’s worth it, completely.

*I received an e-ARC of Jackson’s Trust from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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