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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He’s a grumpy Coast Guard focused on a life of service. She’s a feisty musician searching for stardom. Nothing about them fits, and yet attraction burns wild when they end up in the same house for the summer.


I had one last summer with my best friends before the Coast Guard became my life. Quiet solidarity is what I seek. Not a free-spirited musician whose soul all but screams trouble. But when Ava Abrams lays claim to my bedroom in our beach rental, I find it hard to resist her siren-like call. And when I catch a glimpse past her shiny bravado to the wounds her father left behind, I’m tempted to toss my five-year plan aside just to protect her.


Staying at our family beach house was only a temporary stop on my way to Juilliard and country music stardom. Until broody, by-the-book Eli Wyatt demands I leave, and I become desperate to unravel him. Too bad the kiss I provoke steals my heart along with his.


Too bad my father tracks me down, and I’m forced to run, leaving Eli to face the music.


When Eli walks into the bar I’m performing at four years later, the anger in his eyes doesn’t surprise me, and yet I can’t help craving another taste of the fairytale summer we once shared.


We almost destroyed each other the first time around. Will this time be any different?


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


Inspired by Luke Bryan’s “Sunrise, Sunburn Sunset,” comes a slow-burn, beach read about dreams lost and remade with vibrant characters, beautiful friendships, and found families.


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Can be read in any order.

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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