Guarded Dreams: A Second Chance, Military Romance

Guarded Dreams: A Second Chance, Military Romance

Book 1: An Anchor Novel
Sometimes reality is better than a dream.
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From award-winning author LJ Evans comes a soul-tugging, first-love, standalone romance between a broody, military man and a spirited, musician who threatens everything he’s built…


"Just like the moon calls the tides, she has called me home. To her."

 Serious, by-the-book Eli Wyatt has life all figured out. He’s got a five-year plan, his future in the Coast Guard, and friends who always have his back.

And then Ava Abrams breezes into his life, tempting him in ways he can’t shake.

A free spirit, Ava’s on the run, heading in the direction of her dreams. She's set her heart on Juilliard and country music stardom, not a happily ever after with a man she’s just met. Still, there’s something about gorgeous and enigmatic Eli that tugs at her soul.

Just as they start to fall, they’re forced into a goodbye that leaves only the memories of a fairytale summer.

Four years later, Eli stumbles into a bar with Ava on stage. And once again, she’s like a siren calling to him.

Will he make the same mistake and let her slip away? Or will he build a new dream with her at its center?

Inspired by Luke Bryan’s “Sunrise, Sunburn Sunset,” comes a slow burn, summer beach read about dreams lost and remade with vibrant characters and poetic prose you won’t want to miss.


Also available in The Anchor Novels: The Military Brothers box set with an exclusive novella.

Release date: May 2, 2019

Publisher: LJ Evans Book

Print pages: 458

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Behind the book

Not only was this book inspired by Luke Bryan's "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" but it was also inspired by Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. I fell in love with their romance (and the sweetness of it) from a Pinterest picture of a Mila post (before her social media sites went dark - I guess). Then, I read an article Mila did for Glamour and a statement on Ashton's Twitter about building things from dreams, and the result was a second chance romance story all about dreams.

Like all the characters in my books, I like to think that Ava and Eli learn to live life resiliently. To take the challenges and successes that life throws at them, embed it into their souls, and become a newer, different version of themselves.

I hope you read Guarded Dreams and love it as much as I loved writing it.

♬ "Where Music & Stories Collide" ♬

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