Guarded Dreams

Sometimes, reality is better than a dream.”

Once upon a summer, a boy unexpectedly meets a girl at the beach. Their bodies and souls know what their brains do not. They are meant to be one. But…

Eli dreams about being a US Coast Guard.

Ava dreams about being a country music star.

Those dreams send them careening in different directions, and their summer love story is left as a wish that never came true.

Four years later, Eli's Coast Guard career is threatened, and Ava's dreams are shadowed by her past, just as fate brings them together once more in New York City. 

As their lives start to crumble, they find the possibility of a second chance in each other. If they’ll only listen to what their souls are whispering and realize that, sometimes, the best dream to come true is simply to have loved.

Inspired by Luke Bryan’s “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” comes a novel from award-winning author, LJ Evans, about all the ways dreams can be chased, lost and remade, and how love can guide you through.

Genre: contemporary women's fiction, contemporary romance, second chances

Series: standalone, an Anchor novel

Pages: 460

Release Date: May 2, 2019

Available: eBook, paperback, and hardback

Other Books in Series: Forged by Sacrifice, Avenged by Love, Damaged Desires, Branded by a Song, Unmasked Dreams



Teaser pics courtesy of Lisa Reads A Lot on Instagram

  • Amazon Bestselling Author, Jami Albright, says that "Guarded Dreams is a lovely, lyrical, and moving second chance romance that sucked me in and refused to let go until I was wholly in love with Eli and Ava. LJ Evans has written a beautiful story that will steal your heart, and make you believe in love that lasts forever."

  • “LJ Evans is a unicorn author. You know the kind - they only come along once in a blue moon, but every word they write is pure magic. Every single one of her books brings all the feels and more, and Guarded Dreams is no exception. This book is absolutely amazing.” – Novel Momma

  • “Smooth cadence, lovely words, times that made my heart hurt and soar, Guarded Dreams took me on a journey filled with chasing dreams, highs and lows, struggle and sacrifice, and a love that fills the soul.” – Z.O. Goodreads Reviewer

  • “This is the greatest second chance romance without all the angst. You will laugh, sniffle, swoon and fall in love with all the characters." – V.M. Goodreads Reviewer

  • "Where in the world have I been for this to be my first time reading LJ Evans! She totally nailed it with this one… I have laughed, cried and completely fallen in love with Ava and Eli." – Curly Hair Lass 

  • “The story of how Ava and Eli learn to weave their lives together is wonderfully told!” “I always get a little choked up when reading books by LJ Evans and this one is no exception!” – K.W. Goodreads Reviewer

  • “Have you ever listened to your favorite song, that you have been obsessed with for years and then the artist strips the song down, doing an acoustic version, that blows your mind? It's like hearing the song for the first time, as it's becoming a masterpiece in their hands. This is how LJ Evans, develops her characters. It's a beautiful masterpiece in her hands. This is not your typical romance.” -Luv2Read Romance



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