Title: Sweet Memory
Author: LJ Evans
Publisher: That’s What She Said Publishing
Publication Date: March 15, 2023
About the Book
The world’s most beloved rock star falls for a troubled music producer whose past comes back to haunt them.
As the youngest member of The Painted Daisies, keyboardist Paisley Kim’s entire life revolves around writing songs and playing music. It’s easy for her to fall head over heels for producer Jonas Riccoli from the moment he enters her life. Amidst their fiery arguments about music and lyrics, it feels like he’s the only one who sees beyond her stage fright and shyness to the bold, brave musician she wants to become.
However, not everyone in the band is happy for the new couple. When her sister, Landry, warns her to stay away from the troubled producer, Paisley doesn’t listen, and her sister pays the price.
Jonas thinks Paisley is the woman he could spend his future with, until his past catches up to him and Landry is murdered. He blames himself, and so does the brokenhearted Paisley, who walks out of his life without looking back.
But when she decides to offer herself up as bait to catch the killer, Jonas returns to Paisley’s side. There’s no way he’s going to let her face the danger alone. He’ll be there to keep her safe even if she doesn’t want him, even if it means his own destruction.
Releases March 15th
About the Author
Award winning author, LJ Evans, lives in the Northern California with her husband, child, and the three terrors known as 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 Ted Lasso, Wednesday, 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 novel, CHARMING AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM, was Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-book Romance of the Year in 2021. Find out more at ljevansbooks.com.
Jonas and Paisley are both 18 and making their way in the world. Paisley is battling anxiety but has her sister Landry and the band. Jonas is trying to find self-acceptance and learn he’s worth all the good things the world has to offer. But when tragedy makes its way into Paisley’s life, everything changes. Paisley needs to go her own way and discover who she is in a world her sister is no longer in.
At the center of this story is loss and setting boundaries for oneself. Jonas has come such a long way in his life. He’s learning to love himself but needs to learn to control his anger. He flies off the handle too quickly. And Paisley… Well, I get she’s hurting, but she’s hurting others. I felt a lot of what she was doing was unfair. But they’re young, and they make mistakes. It’s how we grow and learn from them that matters.
Sweet Memory has multiple veins of storyline that cover so many areas, with the band performing, Paisley and Jonas’ romance, and the mystery element, which shined for me. Evans knows romantic suspense, which made this a fun read from start to finish.
2 thoughts on “Sweet Memory, L.J. Evans”
I love the music setting. Wonderful review!
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The mystery and the music setting both intrigue me. This sounds like a delightfully layered story. Excellent review!
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