Inspired by Luke Bryan’s “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” comes a novel from award-winning author, LJ Evans, about all the ways dreams can be chased, lost, and remade and how love can guide you through.
Title: Guarded Dreams
Author: LJ Evans
Release Date: May 2, 2019
“No one can take away a love story that is yours.”
Once upon a summer, a boy unexpectedly meets a girl at the beach. Their bodies and souls know what their brains do not. They are meant to be one. But…
Eli dreams about being a US Coast Guard.
Ava dreams about being a country music star.
Those dreams send them careening in different directions, and their summer love story is left as a wish that never came true.
Four years later, Eli’s Coast Guard career is threatened, and Ava’s dreams are shadowed by her past, just as fate brings them together once more in New York City.
As their lives start to crumble, they find the possibility of a second chance in each other. If they’ll only listen to what their souls are whispering and realize that, sometimes, the best dream to come true is simply to have loved.
LJ Evans is a unicorn author. You know the kind – they only come along once in a blue moon, but every word they write is pure magic. Every single one of her books brings all the feels and more, and Guarded Dreams is no exception. This book is absolutely amazing.
I fell so hard for Eli and Ava. They are both such amazing, complex characters. They are incredibly well developed both on their own and as a couple. And the build…oh the sweet build that leads up to this romance is complete perfection. It is one of those books that make you want to ignore everything else, because you have to see it through – see them through to the end.
These are characters that absolutely deserve a happy ending, but they have to work for it. However, once they got there it was everything I hoped for and more. Eli is book boyfriend perfection. He is kind and caring. He knows what he wants and goes after it, but he also has realistic expectations. He put himself out there and made me swoon more than once. Ava is the girl you want to befriend, support, and cheer on. She has had so much to overcome, but she is determined. She puts her heart and soul into her dreams, but she is wise enough to see when those dreams are growing and changing. They are a couple you get behind and long to see through because you are so invested in each of them.
LJ’s writing is pure poetry. She pulled me in from the very beginning, and kept me hooked to the very last word. The descriptions she chooses to include are perfection. I felt every word of this book. When I finished, it was filled with highlights I wanted to immediately reread. This is by far one of the best books of 2019.
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We heard the music before we even hit the top of the stairs. Loud. Country music. It was blaring out the open windows, letting the air conditioning cool the humidity instead of the other way around.
The guys and I exchanged a curious look.
I opened the door in time to see a blur of dark hair and tan skin jump off the coffee table, guitar in hand, strumming and screaming along to the lyrics.
Except it wasn’t really screaming. It was the huskiest, sexiest female voice I’d ever heard. Her hair was a tumble of dark curls and waves that flung out about her as she continued to move, swaying with the guitar and the lyrics. Her frame was all lean muscle with small curves in all the right places.
Her shorts barely covered those curves on her rear end, and a striped shirt was tied so that it bared her midriff, showing off more bronzed skin and muscles.
She was dancer and singer and girl all rolled into one. She hit me to my core and wouldn’t let me move. The guys were equally stunned, standing behind me, watching her perform for an audience she hadn’t even registered was there yet.
When she finally turned, mid-strum and mid-word, I was hit once more. This time by the intensity of her eyes that stared at me beneath dark lashes. One eye was as blue-green as a Caribbean island bay, while the other was almost muddy green like a Louisiana swamp. They didn’t match. And yet, they fit her perfectly.
The joy that radiated across her face from her performance slid off, just as her hand slid off her guitar at the sight of us.
“What the hell?” Her husky voice, full of surprise, washed over me in a wave that told of unsteady seas. Of beauty and desire and storms. And I knew I was in trouble.
About the Author
Award winning author, LJ Evans, lives in the California Central Valley with her husband, daughter, and the three terrors called cats. She’s been writing, almost as a compulsion, since she was a little girl and will often pull the car over to write when a song lyric strikes her. While she currently spends her days teaching 1st grade in a local public school, she spends her free time reading and writing, as well as binge watching original shows like The Crown, Victoria, and Stranger Things.
If you ask her the one thing she won’t do, it’s pretty much anything that involves dirt—sports, gardening, or otherwise. But she loves to write about all of those things, and her first published heroine was pretty much involved with dirt on a daily basis. Which is exactly what LJ loves about fiction novels—the characters can be everything you’re not and still make their way into your heart.
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(1) Grand Prize: Signed paperback of Guarded Dreams + a $50 Amazon Gift Card
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