Branded by a Song by LJ Evans

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“The only thing I cared about was following Cari into that black void and hoping I never came back.”

This book is absolutely everything. LJ Evans never fails to capture real emotions with her characters, but she took it to a whole new level with this book. I couldn’t adore Brady, Cari, and the little prodigy more. And who doesn’t want to watch the rockstar chase after the girl and really have to work for it?

The character development in this book is simply incredible. Watching Brady go from the eternal flirt to someone who questions his priorities and place in the world, to someone ready to take on the world for those he loves was just incredible. I loved watching his journey and felt every single emotion he went through. And Cari had such a tough journey. My heart broke for her, but I couldn’t help cheer her on every step of the way as she discovered herself yet again. I also loved that she didn’t make it easy for Brady. Watching him chase her was fantastic! And the prodigy stole my heart from the very beginning. I don’t always think kids are well done in books, but I loved her so, so much! She was sweet and quirky, and I don’t know how anyone could not fall in love with her.

And the chemistry between these two?!?! So. perfect. I loved the common connection they had, the friendship they built, and the undeniable attraction and chemistry. Even more than that, I believed with all of my heart that they were truly meant for each other. I loved the quiet ways they looked out for one another, and the way they all three fit together like puzzle pieces.

If you want a book where the characters pop right off the pages and into your heart, this is the book for you. Be careful, because you won’t be able to put it down once you start, but it will be worth every second of your time.

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Blurb

Has this country-rock legend finally met his match? A woman who can fill the aching void for “more” that’s been missing from his life?

Brady O’Neil tells the world he’s temporarily returning to upstate New York to help his sister. While it’s the truth, he’s also searching for the soul his music has lost. Certain his childhood mentor can help, he seeks her out and finds a woman trapped in the past instead. A woman who makes him want to stay like he never has before.

Losing her grandmother feels like yet another blow the world has dealt Cari. Keeping the music store and her daughter afloat is all she can focus on, and Grams’ beloved student sauntering in doesn’t change anything. He’s just another adventure she can’t afford.

Conceding that Brady holds the solution to her troubles doesn’t mean he can have her heart. After all, she buried that bruised organ alongside her husband years ago.

Can Brady convince her that hearts aren’t limited to just one love song?

“We would be art. We would be paint and chords blended together.”

Author’s Note: This flirty rock star, independent heroine, and adorable child prodigy might just leave a permanent mark on you with their achingly sweet story.

From the award-winning author, LJ Evans, comes a standalone, single-parent romance about the lyrical healing power of love, inspired by Chris Janson’s “Done.”

Don’t miss Brady in his debut performances as a best friend in the standalone Anchor Novels, GUARDED DREAMS and DAMAGED DESIRES.

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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, A Discovery of Witches, 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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