Release Day- Branded By a Song, LJ Evans


Title: Branded by a Song
Author: LJ Evans
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: February 3, 2021
Genre: standalone, contemporary romance
Tropes: rock star, single parent, small-town, slow burn
ISBN: 979-8593596888
Format: Print and digital


Hearts aren’t limited to just one love song.

Country-Rock Star
 Single Mom
 Child Prodigy
 Slow Burn
 Standalone Novel

Has this country-rock legend finally met his match? A woman who can fill the aching void for “more” that’s been missing from his life?

Brady O’Neil tells the world he’s temporarily returning to upstate New York to help his sister. While it’s the truth, he’s also searching for the soul his music has lost. Certain his childhood mentor can help, he seeks her out and finds a woman trapped in the past instead. A woman who makes him want to stay like he never has before.

Losing her grandmother feels like yet another blow the world has dealt Cari. Keeping the music store and her daughter afloat is all she can focus on, and Grams’ beloved student sauntering in doesn’t change anything. He’s just another adventure she can’t afford.

Conceding that Brady holds the solution to her troubles doesn’t mean he can have her heart. After all, she buried that bruised organ alongside her husband years ago.

“We would be art. We would be paint and chords blended together.”

Author’s Note: This flirty rock star, independent heroine, and adorable child prodigy might just leave a permanent mark on you with their achingly sweet story.

From the award-winning author, LJ Evans, comes a standalone, single-parent romance about the lyrical healing power of love, inspired by Chris Janson’s “Done.”

Don’t miss Brady in his debut performances as a best friend in the standalone Anchor Novels, GUARDED DREAMS and DAMAGED DESIRES.


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My Review:
“When I’m with you, all the holes go away, and all I feel is complete.”

I had an inkling how rough things were with Tristan in the previous books where we met her. But I didn’t know how bad things really were. When pain consumes you, swallowing you whole, leaving you no room to expand your lungs and breathe, somehow she woke up, and forged through another day. Her sadness and hurt brought me to tears. Her daughter Hannah is amazing, and I can see her doing wonderful things in her life. I hope we get to see more of her.

Brady was just phenomenal, though I couldn’t stand his mother. I know well how parents can have favorites, but Brady’s mother took the cake. It was Cass’s love for Brady and his unfair treatment that she spoke up to their mother on his behalf. I wish it was Brady that had stood up to her instead. With how well Brady is with words, watching him speak up would have been glorious to see. I adored Cass as well. I read another reviewer wants to see Cassidy and Marco get a book, and I am completely behind that pairing.

This is an amazing book from start to finish. You’re going to fall in love with Tristan, Brady, and Hannah. You’re going to cry, and then LJ will put you back together. A truly emotional and beautiful read.


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 on this wild ride called life. With vivid, endearing characters who will carve out a special little spot in your heart, they are books you might not want to miss.


Guarded Dreams — Eli & Ava, May 2019; 
Forged by Sacrifice — Mac & Georgie, October 2019; 
Avenged by Love — Truck & Jersey, April 2020; 
Damaged Desires — Dani & Nash, October 2020; 
Branded by Love — Brady O’Neil, February 2021; 
Unmasked Dreams — Violet & Dawson, April 2021; 


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. A former first grade teacher, she now spends her days reading and writing, as well as binge-watching original shows like The Crown, A Discovery of Witches, 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, and the debut series has won multiple awards including Romance Audiobook of the Year in the Indie Audiobook Awards.


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