If you’ve been following the blog, you know that LJ Evans is one of my favorite authors. She’s written quite a few books and Avenged by Love is the next book in her Anchor Novels. I’ve really enjoyed Guarded Dreams and Forged by Sacrifice. I’ve been looking forward to the next book quite some time. Today I’m going to tell you all about it!
A big thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review.
Title: Avenged by Love
Author: LJ Evans
Publication Date: April 29, 2020
Genre: Contemporary romance, military romance, fake marriage
Format: Print and digital
Tag Line: “Love is the only real superpower.”
“𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙥𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧.”
𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙨, 𝙖.𝙠.𝙖. 𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙘𝙠, 𝘿𝙖𝙮𝙩𝙤𝙣 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, fandom loving 𝙅𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙮 𝘽𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙧 is tugging at his chest in funny ways, he doesn’t intend on acting on those emotions. Not when he’ll eventually be moving on, and she’ll be staying behind.
But when Jersey suddenly finds herself in desperate need of medical care that she can’t afford, Truck does the only thing he can think of to help… he marries her.
Jersey has been struggling to keep her and her sister afloat ever since their dad was sent to jail. The pain she feels on a regular basis isn’t anything she can stop to think about until she ends up at the E.R. in the protective arms of the one man who makes her pulse beat faster than the superheroes she worships.
When chaos invades their lives, their temporary deal starts to crumble, leaving hearts and souls twined together in such a way 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 slow burn, military romance.
𝘼𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧’𝙨 𝙉𝙤𝙩𝙚: 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚, 𝙣𝙤𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙂𝙪𝙖𝙧𝙙. 𝙉𝙚𝙧𝙙𝙮, 𝙛𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙤𝙢 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙚. 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙩𝙪𝙜𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙡𝙤𝙬, 𝙨𝙞𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝙁𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙜𝙚, 𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙠𝙚𝙣 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙨, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪’𝙡𝙡 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙞𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙗𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨.
Avenged by Love Links:
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/31ma5fZ
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2GIOuVJ
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2uXkYZn
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2UiNLT0
Avenged on Spotify https://spoti.fi/2uBGKBO
Avenged Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/CiJ3KjwN-Ng
This review has been on my mind for the past few weeks! Sometimes a book just connects with you and I find that the books I love are always hard to review. There’s just so much I want to say, but it’s not always easy to put into words and make sure new readers don’t know everything about the book when you’re done, haha.
So far Guarded Dreams and Forged by Sacrifice has made me love the characters and their story! I keep saying that every story gets better and it’s so hard to pick just one favorite. It’s just not possible. And then Avenged by Love came along and made that choice even harder. Truck and Jersey’s story was just everything I wanted and more!
Truck is a character we already met in Guarded Dreams and has had me excited to finally get to his. He hasn’t had the easiest of time and with the way he grew up, that’s so understandable. His career is going well now and he’s determined to keep an eye on his brother. I love how protective Truck is of those he loves. He’ll do anything if they’ll be happy. And in many ways he’s just a typical guy. Truck had me laughing and in awe of his character! I could easily read so many books about him.
Jersey was also a special one. She was her own superhero and didn’t even realize it. So much happened in her life and she’s so strong! Jersey is a fighter and her sister is everything. It was hard to read about Jersey at times though. For such a strong woman who went through so much, she had such a hard time depending on others and opening up to them. Even though she deserves all the happiness in the world.
And then, Truck and Jersey come together and it was everything I wanted. I’m a big fan of the fake marriage trope and LJ didn’t disappoint. I loved everything about the set up and it had me laughing so much. There romance is the definition of slow burn, but it’s perfect. Just when you think you’re going to be left hanging or you think it’s going to head a certain way, LJ delivers with the emotions and conversations you need! There haven’t been two characters that deserve love as much as these do. I loved reading about Jersey slowly letting down her walls and letting herself feel.
Also, don’t even get me started on the side characters. The cast of side characters was just amazing. Of course, we hear about the characters we’ve come to love, but Violet and Dawson definitely took a piece of my heart. As soon as I got to the end of this book, I knew I needed them to have a story (thankfully that’s happening). Add a playlist that fits these characters and the story and I was one happy bookworm. Especially with Jersey loving comics and superheros!
Avenged by Love had me laughing, swooning, crying and just wanting to reach out and make everything okay for Truck and Jersey. It really hit me in all the feels. And then I got to the author’s note and that really hit home! I think it’s amazing this author shared her story and I think it definitely needs more attention. After reading that, I could tell even more than beforehand that this author really put everything into Avenged by Love. I won’t be forgetting this book anytime soon!
About the Anchor Novels
The Anchor Novels from award-winning author, LJ Evans, are all standalone HEA stories about true friends, real “family”, and the dreams that we reshape as we go through this crazy thing called life. With vivid, endearing characters who will almost certainly carve out a special little spot in your heart, they are books you won’t want to miss.
♬ “𝒲𝒽𝑒𝓇𝑒 𝓂𝓊𝓈𝒾𝒸 & 𝓈𝓉𝑜𝓇𝒾𝑒𝓈 𝒸𝑜𝓁𝓁𝒾𝒹𝑒.” ♬
Other books in the Anchor Novels:
Avenged by Love — Truck & Jersey, April 2020; links above
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. 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 novel, MY LIFE AS A COUNTRY ALBUM, was the Independent Author Network’s 2017 YA Book of the Year. For more information about LJ and her books, check out her website www.ljevansbooks.com.
LJ Evans Books : https://www.ljevansbooks.com/
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LJ Evans definitely did it again with Avenged by Love! I can’t wait for the next book and I’ll definitely be giving these books another read before the next one is published! And listening to the playlists! The songs always fit the stories so well. Also, I interviewed LJ last month, click here to read this interview. I definitely suggest checking it out, she’s such a sweet person!