Damaged Desires

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From the ashes, there's life!

“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 challenge 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 in irreparable pieces 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, military romance about the triumphant healing power of love inspired by Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

Genre: contemporary romance, military, frenemies, brother's best friend

Series: standalone, an Anchor novel

Pages: 448

Release Date: October 26, 2020

Available: eBook, paperback, and hardback

Other Books in Series: Guarded DreamsForged by Sacrifice, Avenged by Love, Branded by a Song, Unmasked Dreams


  • “Nash and Dani's story is poignant, evocative, and stunning.” BookAddict’s Reviews

  • Angsty, suspenseful, sexy, and romantic. Highly recommended!” Angela’s Book Addiction, Amazon

  • "A fantastically original author that everyone needs in their lives. I can honestly say that I absolutely LOVE every new book more than the last (if even possible), and Damaged Desires is no exception." The Power Of Three Readers

  • "6 Beautiful stars for The Otter and his Athena!" Amazon Reviewer

  • “Every single book I've read so far had me laughing, crying and smiling so big that I can say without a doubt that I've turned into a HUGE L.J. Evans fan.” OMG Reads

  • Beautifully crafted with deep characters.” Goodreads Reviewer

  • “I laughed and cried and devoured every single word!” Goodreads Reviewer

  • “Using her words, [LJ] took two people broken by life, struggling to keep afloat and mended them into a new item. Together, they are the better versions of themselves.” Goodreads Reviewer

  • “LJ Evans has shown you through her characters that you can be strong yet vulnerable, broken but resilient and that not all scars mean we lost the battle.” Goodreads Reviewer

  • “I love how she takes two damaged people and strips them down and puts them back together whole.” Luv2Read

  • Chemistry, heartache, family, love… soooo much love! Thank you, LJ for writing realistic characters with flaws and still HEAS.” Goodreads Reviewer

  • “This book draws you in, capturing your every sense, making you live and breathe each moment alongside these arresting, irresistible characters… With prose as poetic as the song lyrics that usher in each chapter, the heart of this book sings a haunting melody that settles deep into the reader's soul.”  Goodreads Reviewer

  • “LJ, what have you done to me??... You have ruined me for other fictional couples.” Energy Rae

  • “LJ Evans, is such a breath of fresh air.” BookBub Reviewer

  • The characters, settings, and backstories are all stunningly blended to create this phenomenally written love story. It will have you laughing, crying, and swooning. BookBub Reviewer

  • The emotion running throughout this book is raw, authentic and breathtaking, leaving the reader no choice but to hold on tìghtly, devour every word, and breathe a delighted, blissful sigh at the end. A dynamite addition to an exceptional series, this one is absolutely not to be missed!” Amazon Review

  • “Another jewel by LJ Evans! This is #UnPutDownable and breathtaking! One wow of a book!” Amazon reviewer

  • "There's a reason why I've made it a point to read every single one of LJ Evans's releases. From the moment I read her debut release, I saw the promise she had as an author, and over the past three years (and a few months) since then, I've borne witness to her evolution as a storyteller. Dare I say that Evans has outdone herself Damaged Desires, which earns five stars." DogEared Books


  • Damaged Desires is a story full of romance, heat, and suspense so perfect in my eyes. So hit those one-click buttons for the amazing experience of Nash & Dani's story! HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!  The Power of Three Readers



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