Damaged Desires by LJ Evans

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“I wanted her more than I’d wanted anything else in my life. That meant I had to look at the entirety of my world and, perhaps, reimagine it.”

There are some books you read, and they keep you entertained while you are reading them, and then there are books you read that stick with you long after you finish. Damaged Desires is one of those books that burrows deep in your heart and sticks with you long after you finish.

Nash and Dani are such amazing characters. They both have these tragic events they have to overcome, and while they struggle to get back on track, their resilience is breathtaking. The way they not only pull themselves together, but also the way they learn to accept love and help from one another makes this book so much more.

The way LJ Evans wrote this book had me hooked from the very beginning to end. While I already knew some of their background from Forged by Sacrifice, the way we started with Dani’s sass and immediate struggle to overcome had me turning page after page and tuning out the world. I also felt like this was the most military of all of LJ’s Anchor books. While they have all been based on characters in the military. this one really delved in with what the military meant to Nash, and the fallout when that identity was in question.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It really is a new favorite of mine! While I love this whole series and think everyone should start at the beginning and read them all, this one would work as a standalone.

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Blurb

“Challenge accepted!” were the last words she expected him to utter, and now it’s a race to see who will back down first.

Dani Whittaker has turned in her Washington D.C. insider badge, leaving behind the backstabbing ways and seedy politicians. When a friendly favor ends with the one man she can’t have making her body sing in ways she hates to adore, D.C. isn’t the only thing she needs to escape.

Navy SEAL, Nash Wellesley, is all about honoring a promise to his dead brother, so accepting a dare from the long-legged force of nature tempting him isn’t in the cards. Not if he wants to keep his only remaining friend and stick to the code he grew up on.

But retreat is impossible after Dani’s new job puts her in the headlights of a fanatic, and Nash is called upon to protect her.

When the chase ends, will they be left shattered or will they emerge from the ashes together?

Author’s Note: This broody, honor-bound SEAL and confident, daring heroine just might make you laugh, tear your heart out, and slowly combust. Are you ready for it?

From award-winning author, LJ Evans, comes a standalone, frenemy, military romance about the triumphant healing power of love inspired by Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”
*Contains nongraphic assault flashbacks not involving the hero.

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About the Author

Award winning author, LJ Evans, lives in the California Central Valley with her husband, daughter, and the 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. A former first grade teacher, she now spends her days reading and writing, as well as binge-watching original shows like The Crown, The Great, 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 novel, MY LIFE AS A COUNTRY ALBUM, was the Independent Author Network’s 2017 YA Book of the Year, and the debut series has won multiple awards including Romance Audiobook of the Year in the Indie Audiobook Awards.

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