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Disguised as Love is Here!

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! That’s about all I’ve been thinking since midnight. Are you as ready for DISGUISED AS LOVE as I am?

Keep reading for a look at Raisa and Cruz’s first kiss, a link to the first few chapters I sent out earlier this week, and a chance at a signed paperback!


A chemistry-filled, enemies-to-lovers romance

He’s a surly, undercover agent set in his ways.

She’s a genius scientist from the family he’s investigating.

One mistake can cost them everything, including their hearts.

After years working to bring the Leskov family down, Special Agent Cruz Malone is determined not to let the sexy, blonde scientist of the family stop him. Tying her to his side with a lie seems like his only option until having her there becomes his riskiest venture yet.

Avoiding her family’s criminal world was Raisa Leskov’s wish and her father’s command, so being summoned home comes with inherent danger. When a broody agent storms in promising to protect her, she lets him. But that doesn’t mean she’ll just sit back and watch while the infuriating man dismantles her world…or her heart.

Want a look at the first few chapters?

Check out them out in my newsletter from earlier this week:



Maybe you want a look at their first kiss?

Just keep reading right here:

“I can’t protect you if you don’t tell me the truth.”

This pissed me off. I stormed back to him and shoved a finger into the brick wall of his chest. “You are the one who insisted on coming. I told you it was a mistake. I’ve told you all I could. I know nothing about Rurik or Papa or even Malik’s businesses. I know nothing about being promised to anyone. I assumed Papa didn’t want me to come back because of my breakthroughs with the photovoltaic nano cells. You…you don’t get to come here and act like you have some hold on me. I don’t owe you anything. If you die here, it’s on you.”

It was a lie. The truth was the complete opposite. If he died here, it would haunt me for the rest of my life.

“Feel better now?” he asked, calmly as if none of this was disturbing him.

I growled. “No. You are completely infur―”

He yanked me up tight against his body, and his mouth landed on mine. The shock caused me to freeze. His lips were enticingly soft when they’d always appeared so hard, and the heat of them seemed to melt into me, spreading a honey-like glow and causing my skin to prickle like it did when stepping from the cold into the warmth of the sun. A knot in my chest let go, and then I was kissing him back.

He shifted so his hand tangled with my hair, forcing my head to tilt as he deepened the kiss, tongue flicking against the seam of my mouth. My brain was screaming to push him away, but my body was craving more. I wanted to know if the inner recesses of him would taste like the salt water and clove he smelled of, so I let him in.

He groaned as I opened for him, and I swallowed the sound as my body ignited. My hands went to the nape of his neck, nails scratching into the dense weave. Our tongues battled it out, exploring, demanding, each wanting to control the heated embrace―the most passionate kiss I’d ever had in my life. Every single cell of my body was responding. My limbs curled into him, my core seeking his and that’s when I came to my senses.

I shoved at him with all my might, but he didn’t let me go. He held me tight as we stared into each other’s faces, our gazes falling to lips and heaving chests before our eyes met again. I was in the arms of a federal agent. I’d kissed him, knowing exactly why he was there. To bring my family down. To ruin Papa’s name. Arrest Malik. Arrest Papa’s friends. I was being used… and I couldn’t lose sight of that.

I struggled again, and he stilled me. “Stop fighting. We have an audience.”

© LJ Evans 2022

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I’m both happy and sad that this story is finally out in the world! Happy because it’s my first enemies-to-lovers story and the early readers have been as entranced with Raisa and Cruz’s chemistry as I was when writing it―YAY! But then I’m sad because this brings the Anchor Suspense Novels to an end―BOO! This spin-off series of the Anchor Novels was my first real venture into full-on romantic suspense, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! I hope you’ve enjoyed every last word as well!


Okay, I’m off to go visit with my reader’s group on Facebook and take a moment to celebrate my FIFTEENTH BOOK being out in the world. Holy cheese and crackers, how did that happen?!

If you’re interested in entering for a chance at a signed paperback of Disguised as Love, just click on over to LJ's Music & Stories and look for the pinned announcement!

Thank you so much for all your love and support for me and my books!



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