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.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I loved Violet Duke’s Cactus Creek series, so I was really excited to start her Fourth Down series with its first book, Jackson’s Trust. This book is a sports romance story. True to its subgenre, you will really read a lot of sports facts and terminologies in this book. It’s not a bad thing, but I can see that some people will feel disappointed as it loses the romantic touch of the story.

Plot-wise, this book started out as your usual contemporary sports romance. The hero and the heroine are obviously attracted to each other, but both have secrets of their own and goals of their own that stop them from going after what they want. However, the surprises and plot twists were really unexpected. It’s just something that, as a reader, you wouldn’t quite believe. I think this is a solid story and a good start to a new series. It’s not as good as the other books I’ve read from her, but this is still a good read that I enjoyed.


New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. When she’s not arguing with her story characters or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools while trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first and cooking ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. Violet lives in Hawai’i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.

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