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Branded by a Song

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  98 reviews
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
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Published February 3rd 2021
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Branded by a Song is a stand alone romance by L.J. Evans. This is only my second book by L.J. and I am blown away by her poetic words. The way she blends together lyrics with her story is breathtaking.

Brady O’Neil is twenty nine years old and is a world famous country rock star. After releasing three albums, the critics are starting to say his music is becoming repetitious. Even though those closest to him tell him not to listen, he knows they are right. He’s just finished a tour and is going h
Leticia (jerseygirl)
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Please love. Find someone who needs you as much as you need them. Someone who can be the center of your whole world. Someone who will be your inspiration and motivation. The reason you make notes."
I usually don't write my reviews right after I've finished a book because I feel like I may be writing too much, or not enough. And then I edit, again and again. But it didn't feel right to me to go to bed without writing this.

This book got to me for several reasons. It is beautifully written, and an
Dora Koutsoukou
3,5 ❤️❤️❤️ 🌟s❣️

This was a beautifully written small town - rock star romance read.
I loved that each chapter was titled by lyrics from a wonderful playlist of songs!

Tristan was struggling with the loss of her husband and was raising her amazing daughter with her grandmother.
Brady was a famous rock star singer who had returned to stay with his family for a while.
When they met, the attraction to each other was palpable and their journey began.
It was an emotional story, filled with loss, healing
⭐Toonasa⭐ •Romance Book Lovers' Haven•
"I want this to work, Tristan. I want us. I want to give you both all the stars.”
“We don’t need the stars, but I kind of think we might need you.”

A Heartwarming Emotion-Provoking Thoughtful Story With Slowburn Romance, Fresh Starts, Hurt & Healing, Cuteness, Swoons & HEA.
Brady, Tristan & her Sweet daughter Hannah were Lovable! I was excited about This book, knowing full well what Our MCs have gone through, it's also fun to see Previous Characters!

Brady "Cormac"; Charming, Patient, Caring; is a R
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Leave it to LJ Evans to surprise the hell out of me while tugging my heartstrings all over again Branded By A Song!

This book is one that I was looking forward to on Brady's end for months because he's been woven throughout all of LJ'S books since the beginning of the Anchor series, and really who COULDN'T fall in love with this man?

Brash, bold, sexy, sweet, and super friendly, Brady has turned the world upside down since Guarded Dreams and yet, he was STILL alone. It was apparent in both Forged
Menotah (Canadian Girl Book Blog)
“You’re doing something for me. You’re filling in all these gaps in my soul I could never see before but always felt. Emptiness. When I’m with you, all the holes go away, and all I feel is complete.”

Branded by a Song is an emotionally gripping story that will hold onto you from page one.

Brady is returning home to try and get back to his roots. Cari has been trying to hold it together for her daughter after the loss of her husband. Brady and Cari have never met but always hear about each oth
Candice Jacobs
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
WOW LJ Evans has done it again for me.

I waited so long for Brady’s book and when I finally got my hands on it I understood why.

Brady throughout the Anchor novels comes across as a happy go lucky/wild child type of personality and I loved that about him.

Then we get to his book. Sigh

This book had me in tears from beginning to end.

A shock of course finding out who his lady love was. Let’s just say it’s not someone we don’t know - wink wink.

So Brady shares his life with us. And we get to know
Stephanie Rose
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Poetic, emotional, and beautiful story. I love how LJ Evans weaves her stories with music. 5 stars for this amazing book.
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4.25 Stars

This was such a lovely story of overcoming death and finding a hero and love. Tristan and Brady were so beautiful together and the slow burn romance was perfect. The only thing that aggregated me was how much Brady was appreciated for the man he really was. The ending was perfect and brought tears to my eyes!
Leisa Ann
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve waited a long time for this heroine’s HEA (since her identity is a secret I won’t spoil it). What a beautiful story of love, loss and another chance at a lifetime of happiness. Just as LJ Evans uses music to shape her stories, her stories could give shape to songs. Her words are like poetry and I can envision lyrics being written using her words as inspiration. I’m a sucker for a single parent book but this book is so much more than that. Brady’s book is everything I’d hoped it would be. I ...more
Deeply Love Reading Blog
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lj Evans is an author who always draws out all the emotions. Branded by a Song brands your heart. Not only with Tristan and Brady, but with all the supporting characters. I got lost in Tristan and Brady’s story, could not put the book down. “The simplest things are often the most beautiful,”

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 c
Reading Addict
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I pick up a LJ Evans book I am always secure in the fact that her story will squeeze my heart and send my emotions into overdrive but leave me with a sense of joy and happiness at the end. Branded by a Song was another beautiful, emotional story to add to all of the others. Brady O'Neil is at the top of the country music charts. Everyone wants to meet him, be with him or be the next version of him. We first met Brady in Ms. Evans book Guarded Dreams. It isn't necessary to read that book how ...more
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
YAY!!! We finally get Brady’s story!!!! The wonderful country star who has been traveling the world, but has roots in his hometown. Author LJ Evans has been leading up to Brady’s story throughout this whole series…and this romance is swoon-worthy! Mix Brady with Cari and you have 2 struggling souls trying to heal. All of the characters, the situations, the heart-breaking history…blend together to create an absolutely amazing love story. All of the characters (the H/h, the kids, the supporting ch ...more
Kari Hansen
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Brady success as musician have exceeded his wildest dreams and although he is grateful he wonders if this is all he is destined for. He is growing weary of the stress and scrutiny that he faces on an ongoing basis and needs a break so what could be better than spending time with his sister.

Tristan was devastated when her husband passed away but with the help of her grandmother she picked up the pieces and is a single mother to daughter Hannah and manages her grandmother’s music store. Although s
Jenn Lockwood Editing
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I cannot even wait for y’all to feel all these feels! I knew Brady’s story was going to be special, and it is absolutely extraordinary!
Brady has been such an amazing and intriguing—and swoony—character since the beginning of this series, and I couldn’t wait to dive into his world.
The healing and strength that Brady and Cari provide for each other made my soul awaken…not to mention Cari’s daughter, who is absolutely one of a kind! She will make your heart burst with love! I think LJ’s former lif
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“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
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved the characters. It slogged a bit in middle while Tristan (I always thought of boys name) made up her mind. So a star off for dithering for forever. Brady was so cool. Hannah was fun.

There were loads of unnecessary details and characters that did not help story move along. All my opinion and I gave it a big 4 stars. I did love Brady.
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Evans knocks it out of the park again!

Cari is a widow. She’s been struggling with the loss for of her husband for four years, raising her daughter on her own, with the help of her beloved grandmother. Her world once again crumbled when her grandmother passed in her sleep and she is left struggling to keep her grandmother’s beloved music store alive.

Brady has become an international star since we first met him in Guarded Dreams. Although he’s adored by fans around the world, there’s still a
Amy Malek Concepcion
4.5 Stars
OMG Brady!!!! I don’t know how LJ keeps writing all these amazing heros. With every book of hers I read I fall more in love. (But don’t worry Seth, you’re still my favorite) The connection with him and Cari is instantaneous and it sucked me in. I devoured this book in pretty much a day. I love the single mom subgenre too. She deserved to find her second chance at happiness. Brady was just what she didn’t know she needed. And she was the perfect compliment for him as well. Add in the ri
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I want to start by elaborating on the fact that I obtained this book via an ARC I specifically requested. As a huge fan of LJ Evans’, I am part of her ARC Team and have a deep appreciation for her stories and how she weaves loss and sorrow into something intimately powerful to the reader.

Before I dig into this review, I also want to point out that she’s one of very few authors that I know of who puts a big emphasis on a playlist that accompanies each and every one of her books. It truly is amazi
Angela's Book Addiction
Branded by a Song by L.J. Evans is a slow burn, contemporary, small-town, single-parent, rock star romance told in first person, dual POV. It's the fifth book in the Anchor series, a series of interconnected standalones. Although it's not necessary to read Guarded Dreams, Forged by Sacrifice, Avenged by Love, or Damaged Desires first, doing so will enhance the experience when previous characters appear.

In a musical rut, country-rock star Brady O'Neil comes home to spend time with his fam
Vera Blaz
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, author-arc, 2021
Where do I begin? Let me preface this by saying I read a lot and have since I could string together the letters that made words pop out on a page. I've always gravitated towards the romance genre because let's face it, who doesn't love a happily ever after? I haven't yet met a book by LJ that I didn't love and this one makes the list of books that give me a complete book hangover. So if this review does not make any sense at all, well...I'm still gutted from LJ's gift of storytelling.

What I love
Sandi Thompson
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Branded By a Song by LJ Evans, is the fifth book in the Anchor Series
Brady O’Neil is a bestselling country artist, who feels like he’s lost his mojo. Tristan Morgan is a grieving widow with a 4 year old daughter. She lost her husband, a Navy, SEAL when her little girl, Hannah was just a few months old. Tristan came to Grand Orchard to help her grandmother, Elena, when she broke her hip, and ended up staying and helping her with her music store. Elena was a music teacher and insisted on calling h
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
"The only thing I cared about was following Cari into that black void and hoping I never came back."

This book is absolutely everything. LJ Evans never fails to capture real emotions with her characters, but she took it to a whole new level with this book. I couldn't adore Brady, Cari, and the little prodigy more. And who doesn't want to watch the rockstar chase after the girl and really have to work for it?

The character development in this book is simply incredible. Watching Brady go from the et
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When Brady comes to his home in Grand Orchard, he doesn’t have to hide. He doesn’t worry that he will be mobbed or followed, or hounded... because here, he’d just Cormac, the boy who grew up there. He can kickback and move freely. This time, he’s home for a while, his parents are working in Ireland, and he’s here to help his sister, Cassidy, with her new baby. When he looks through the messages his mother sent him, he finds one regarding a lawyer and something his mentor and friend, Elena, left ...more
amanda  shaner
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Brady, the country star, was missing something in his life and he didn't know what it was until he went home to Grand Orchard. Tristan, the single mother, had lost everything four and a half years ago when her husband died. Their story is a rock-star, slow-burn romance that almost doesn't happen because Tristan feels like she is betraying her dead husband. The loss of Tristan's grandmother is what brings them together to begin with but what holds them together is the love that starts growing bet ...more
Katia Hatter
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book and am reviewing it honestly. To be honest, I knew I would love it before I even opened it, because I was finally going to get Brady’s story! If you aren’t familiar with Brady, he’s the singer/songwriter we first met as Ava’s songwriting partner and best friend in Guarded Dreams, the first novel in the Anchor series. This book can be read as a stand alone, but I’d recommend reading the rest of series too, because it’s that good!

What we don’t expect
Tanja OMGReads
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feb-2021, omgreads, 5star
OK...where is all this swoon coming from? I was rooted to my seat eating page after page like my life depended on it.

I've been intrigued by Tristan since I've met her back in Damaged Desires. Life has not been kind to her. She's lost so much and is just trying to get by and give her adorable little girl a happy life. Brady is looking for inspiration and when he meets her and her girl he quickly discovers that they are what he's been looking for his whole life. I loved how much he wanted to do e
Dawn Sitter
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I cannot even express how much I loved this book. This has to be my favorite LJ Evans book to date.

I totally fell in love with Brady, Cari and little Hannah's story. It is a story of promise, love and happily ever afters. It is a story of joy and kindness.

This book gave me all of the feels. I was so connected to the characters and never wanted the story to end. I really hope there are some Brady's out there in the world. How do you not fall in love with Brady.

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Award winning author, LJ Evans, lives in the California Central Valley with her husband, daughter, 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 first-grade teacher, she now spends her days reading and writing, as well as binge-watching original shows like ...more

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