Love, Tussles, and Takedowns (Cedar Creek #3) by Violet Duke

Love, Tussles, and Takedowns (Cactus Creek Book 3)


He’s a better fighter...but she has all the weapons. 

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.

Sweet, angel-faced Liana Lin is a scrappy little thing--an antique arms authenticator trained in martial arts who's made a living turning the unthinkable demons of her past into the passions that fuel, and fill, her life.

He can't get her out of his head.

Even though she's everything he's told himself he can't have, Hudson can't help but want her. She's a fiery, unpredictable paradox with hidden wounds as deep as his own, and a wicked roundhouse kick he's gotten mighty acquainted with. 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...


I loved Love, Tussles, and Takedowns. Hudson and Lia are amazing together. Where they both end up by the end of the book is just perfect. Such a great read.

Lia is this strong, tough, girl. She is the bouncer for the local bar, she is an antique arms authenticator, she does kickboxing and martial arts, she is just amazing. She is small, but man you do not want to mess with her. Loved her.

Hudson is trying to figure out his new life outside the military. He was forced to retire when he was injured before he was ready. Now he is working on films helping with the fight scenes and weapons expert. He has a bit of PTSD and just not really dealing with what happened to him well. He is just kind of existing until he sees Lia at a friends wedding. When he runs into her again at an antique arms convention he is intrigued.

One of my favorite things about this book is how much Hudson loves Lia for her strength. How he admired her for her skills and knowledge of things. How he is just in awe of her as a person. He spars with her, they fight, and he doesn't always win. He loves that and I love that about him. I love how he can appreciate someone who is so strong and able. She has some issues to deal with herself, but he is so sweet with her. He helps her work through some things that she didn't even know she wanted or needed. He helps clear some things up for her and he is just amazing with her.

Hudson has some injuries that made it so he could no longer be in the military. He has some things to deal with regarding that last mission that injured him. He carries a lot around with him and Lia is the perfect person to share some of that weight. She helps him in more ways than he could have imagined. They didn't think there could ever be anything long term between them since he works on movie sets and is stationed all over all the time, but man I am so glad they figure it all out in the end.

"Hudson, anything with you and the word 'home' in it sounds better than perfect to me."

And it makes me wonder if what Lia and her brother came up with to help Hudson and people like him - do these places actually exist? Is what she did something returning soldiers have access to? This book made me want to look into more what resources there are for injured returning soldiers. Really amazing.

Oh there is one other thing. I have absolutely no idea how Lia puts up with her brothers. There is protective, there is over protective, then there are her brothers. She wears a watch that signals them of her mood every second of the day with alarms if she seems upset. Really? Why would you ever wear that? I would not have been able to handle that. That is way too overprotective for me. And too invasive. I can see with her past she might have had some issues, but man. That was a bit much, but she doesn't seem to think so. And Hudson deals with it too. It was just like woah, I would not be able to handle that. I would be getting them to back off. I know they do it because they care, but it was way over the top for me. But if they don't mind then I guess I shouldn't either.

Overall another great read. I love how the author writes and handles every situation. I love the characters and the town and I just am always left wanting more. Amazing.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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