Title: Sweet Memory
Series: The Painted Daisies Book 1
Author: LJ Evans
Genre: Second Chance, Opposite-sides-of-the-track, Female Rockstar ~ Romance
Release Date: March 15, 2023
Cover Design: Emily Wittig Designs
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.
With an all-female rock band and the alpha heroes who steal their hearts, The Painted Daisies might just leave you breathless. Each full-length novel has a different HEA couple and a concluded suspense plot, but the series is best read from book one to keep track of the overarching murder mystery. Are you ready for it?
𝙎𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙏 𝙈𝙀𝙈𝙊𝙍𝙔 is a second-chance, opposite-sides-of-the-track romance. The world’s sweetest rock star falls for a troubled music producer whose past comes back to haunt them.
Sweet Memory by L.J. Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In true L.J. Evans fashion, she delivered another gut-wrenching story for us to enjoy. But I must be honest and say, this is probably the first time I didn’t love 100% our heroine.
Jonas is trying to outrun his past. His love for Paisley was so strong that he was willing to break his heart for her to be well and alive. And here’s where it gets tricky for me.
Paisley has her share of problems and the guilt she feels after her sister is killed, it was overwhelming for her, and I did feel a bit of sympathy for her. But when she still shut him out, even when she knew what she was doing to him, I felt resentment towards her. I get she was young and all, but she was breaking my heart as well as Jonas’s.
But as the story progress and we get to see her becoming all the things her sisters hoped she would become, I guess I did start to like her, but just a fraction, compared to the love I have for Jonas. What I did love about her was, when she realized that she’d been wrong, she was determined to make it up to him, so there’s that.
Since I started reading L.J. Evans, I’m always prepared for all the emotions her books bring me, but one was different. It had me guessing what was happening from start to finish and honestly, I loved it. And with the epilog at the end, the next Daisy to get her HEA, I’m sure this series will turn out to be one of the best by this author.
***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***
𝙁𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙃𝙀𝘼 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙛𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙨, 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙞𝙩?
The epic saga two years in the making is finally here! With an all-female rock band and the alpha heroes who steal their hearts, 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝘿𝙖𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙚𝙨 might just leave you breathless.
March 15th – 𝙎𝙒𝙀𝙀𝙏 𝙈𝙀𝙈𝙊𝙍𝙔 is a second-chance, opposite-sides-of-the-track romance. The world’s sweetest rock star falls for a troubled music producer whose past comes back to haunt them.
April 12th – 𝙂𝙍𝙀𝙀𝙉 𝙅𝙀𝙒𝙀𝙇 is an enemies-to-lovers, single-dad romance. He did it. She’ll prove it. Her body’s reaction to him be damned.
May 17th – 𝘾𝙃𝙀𝙍𝙍𝙔 𝘽𝙍𝘼𝙉𝘿𝙔 is an opposites-attract, forbidden romance. Being on the run with only one bed is no excuse to touch her…until touching is the only choice.
June 14th – 𝘽𝙇𝙐𝙀 𝙈𝘼𝙍𝙂𝙐𝙀𝙍𝙄𝙏𝙀 a frenemy romance, second-chance, celebrity romance. She’ll never forgive him for humiliating her. Not even when he offers the answers her family desperately seeks.
July 12th – 𝙍𝙊𝙔𝘼𝙇 𝙃𝘼𝙕𝙀 is the stunning conclusion to the series. It’s an antihero, secret society romance. He was ready to torture, steal, and kill to defend the world he believed in. What he wasn’t prepared for…was her.
Join the adventure today!
𝘌𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭-𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩 𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘭 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘏𝘌𝘈 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘶𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘵, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘺.
Award-winning author LJ Evans writes achingly heartfelt slow-burns with deep, relatable characters, true friends, real “family”, and dreams remade on this wild ride called life.
She lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, child, and the three 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 1st-grade teacher, she now spends her free time 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.
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