Avenged by Love by LJ Evans

Protective, noble Coast Guard. Nerdy, comic loving heroine. Heart tugging words and slow, simmering attraction. Fake marriage, broken promises, and happiness you’ll feel in your bones.

“You don’t have to fight the world alone. You’ve got me.”

Travis Dayton, a.k.a. Truck, is focused on two things: settling into his position at the Coast Guard Academy and helping his younger brother stay out of trouble. So even though the beautiful, comic loving Jersey Banner is tugging at his heart strings in funny ways, he isn’t going to act on those emotions. Not when he’ll eventually be moving on, and she’ll be staying behind.

Jersey has been struggling to keep her family afloat ever since their dad went to jail. The pain she feels on a regular basis? It isn’t anything she can stop to think about. At least not, until she ends up at the emergency room in the protective arms of the one man who makes her pulse beat faster than the superheroes she worships.

When Jersey finds herself in desperate need of medical care that she can’t afford, Truck does the only thing he can to help… he marries her.

When chaos invades their lives, their temporary deal starts to crumble. Hearts and souls are twined together, so that there’s little chance of escape without permanent damage. Unless, they just surrender to it all and let love heal them both.

From award-winning author, LJ Evans, comes a novel inspired by Lady Antebellum’s “Ocean” about resilience and love. You don’t want to miss this small town, military romance.

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So, some books you read and the review is just right there waiting at your fingertips. This book? I’ve been trying to review for a week now. Each time I feel like it just doesn’t quite do it justice. Before I picked up this book, I was in such a reading slump. Nothing would hold my attention, and I just couldn’t get engaged. This is completely out of the norm for me, so it was driving me crazy! However, I picked up Avenged, and I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t possibly love this couple more!

I have been dying for Truck’s story since we first met him in Guarded Dreams. He pulled at my heart so much! I hated that his life had been so derailed, and I wanted his HEA so bad. I fell even harder for him in Forged by Sacrifice! He is just such an amazing character, and I wanted him to have all the happiness he deserved. I kind of had expectations for how his story would go, and I have to admit this wasn’t exactly the story I was expecting, but it was so much better! I loved seeing Truck’s strong, protective side. He has a heart of gold even if it sometimes gets him in trouble.

And Jersey is fantastic. She has fought so hard for everything she has, and I loved watching her open up to Truck! She is so strong and independent, so it was great to watch her vulnerability come through as she let Truck in. However, even though she let her guard down, she didn’t lose her fierceness.

While these characters have both had a lot to overcome, together they were magic. They really clicked together like missing puzzle pieces. Their personalities were so complimentary, but they also challenged one another and pushed each other to be even better. Their chemistry was off the charts, and the slow burn was killer!! I wanted to shout at them to just kiss already!! But when they did, SWOON!! It was completely worth the wait!

In true LJ Evans fashion, this book has just the right amount of angst with an extremely satisfying happily-ever-after!! She is one of the few authors I can trust with my heart when it comes to angst, because I know she will get me there in the end. Not only did she get me there, she left we waiting with bated breath for Dawson and Violet’s story!! I can’t wait for the rest of this series to come out, but not to worry, they are all standalones!

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About the Author

Award winning author LJ Evans writes character-driven contemporary romance novels that are full of raw emotion and are inspired by music.

She lives in the Central Valley of California 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, Veronica Mars 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 why LJ loves fiction novels—the characters can be everything you’re not and still make their way into your heart.

​Her debut series, MY LIFE AS AN ALBUM, has won multiple awards.

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