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Unmasked Dreams

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  80 reviews
“He was an undefinable formula. An accelerant lighting me up.”

Dawson Langley is living three separate lives and hiding secrets from those he loves most. Trying to keep his worlds apart takes every ounce of concentration he has. So, returning to New London and discovering Violet Banner managing the bed and breakfast he calls home isn’t just a problem, it’s a cat
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Published April 5th 2021
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Unmasked Dreams is a stand alone romantic suspense by L.J. Evans. Violet and Dawson were introduced in L.J.’s previous book, Avenged By Love which was Violet’s sister Jersey and Dawson’s brother, Truck’s story. This book takes place five years later. I have not read the previous book. Plenty of details are given to help you put together the details of any previous history.

Violet Banner is twenty one years old now and is working on her doctoral degree in chemistry but she’s not happy. She’s been
Leticia (jerseygirl)
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"We were pieces of the same puzzle. Pieces that had gotten lost for a while, but then come crashing back together."
When I read the inspiration behind this book was Daughtry's song "What About Now", I knew I had to read it. That song was part of every playlist I ever had, and I love the band. Knowing L.J. always makes a connection between chapters and music, I knew this would be right up my alley. And I wasn't wrong.

"There are certain chemical reactions that, once they’ve occurred, you can never
Leisa Ann
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow just wow!!! What a ride!! LJ Evans is a fantastic story teller and this book highlights her talents! There’s romance, mystery and danger.....this is one of those book that could definitely be a movie! I couldn’t put it down once I started it and at 70% the suspense really notched up so I did what anyone else would do.....I decided to forgo sleep and finish the book! I was invested in this story from page 1 and I couldn’t love Dawson and Violet more. The one thing I took away from this book i ...more
Candyce Kirk
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We met Dawson and Violet in Avenged by Love and since reading that I've been wanting their story. LJ Evans definitely gave me what I was asking for, because wow, this story was amazing! Not only did we get some amazing characters, but this story really kept me on the edge of my seat. I read this book in one day!

Unmasked Dreams is the kind of book for me that I enjoyed so much that it's kind of hard to put into words what I loved so much. It's clear from when we met them in Avenged by Love that V
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Remember Violet and Dawson? Well, Violet has grown up!
This book is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. Violet and Dawson have to work together to help Jada. Both of them have "known" that they are meant to be together for the past five years. Can they have a relationship and still keep their family together? The push and pull between these two is agonizingly delicious.
Romantic suspense is not my go to right now but... I HIGHLY recommend this book. I would give it ten stars if I could.
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Unmasked Dreams is a fantastic suspense romance that has you wanting more. This book has Crime, showed, love and secrets. What more could you ask for.

L.J. Evans writes a fantastic story of two friends that have feelings for each other but never act upon them and to their separate ways.

Violet is a intelligent scientist who wants to produce an organic antimicrobial. She is turned down at her university to do her PhD. She gets a call that has her going back home but this haunts her because of past
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC from Goodreads New Adult Book Club for the promise of an honest review.

It was good. Dawson and Violet are really different. Violet is a science geek looking for purpose after her research proposal was rejected by a grant committee. Dawson is living the charmed life as an international playboy that races yachts/boats for a living. Dawson meet Violet when she was 16. There has been a strong attraction between them but Dawson would never act on it. Dawson's brother is married
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Violet and Dawson story is my second favorite from LJ, her first book will forever be my favorite, but this story was just that good that went right to second place. It's a first love romance, those who read Avanged by Love, have met Violet as Dawson as well as few other caracters already, but it can easily be read as a standalone. What I loved about this book? It's well paced, action packed, the caracters have strong personalities. Reading the blurb I was curious about Violet,  being in love wi ...more
Sophie Koufes
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Unmasked Dreams is a romantic suspense that draws you in and captivates your heart. It all began with the intriguing prologue and fast forward five years later bringing more intrigue and suspense. Nothing to compare as this novel stands on its own and is just as beautiful as this authors other books. A different story, different genre, and different reasons to love this story. The characters are compelling and loveable. The mystery surrounding the Japanese element is highly intriguing. I love th ...more
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
GAH! This book!! I've always enjoyed reading LJ Evans but throw in some mystery with my romance and I'm hooked. ...more
Kristina Rose
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Our lives had blended together, shifted apart, and found their way back to each other. But int the end, my original theorem at sixteen had proven true. We hadn't been water and cesium then. We weren't Dawson or Violet now. We were Vanadium and Bromine merging. We were solely and completely one unit. A water based solution that was always meant to be."

Violet, an aspiring scientist who is pursing her doctor degree along side her science boyfriend. Once she receives a phone call from her sister no
Menotah (Canadian Girl Book Blog)

The inner peace I only ever felt on the water coursed through me. It wasn't a blur of sky and ocean causing it, but a blur of light and lilac. Home.

Unmasked Dreams is a fast-paced, suspenseful, slow-burn that grabs your attention and keeps you guessing.

Dawson and Violet have been connected since they met, only she was off-limits so they had to go their separate ways. Five years later, they are back under the same roof and their connection is stronger than ever.
Sandi Thompson
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As usual LJ Evans does not disappoint in her Latest book in her Anchored world . Unmasked Dreams is a second chance love story. Violet and Dawson met when She was 16 and he was 22. Violet was too young, and had a rough upbringing. Dawson was also wrestling with some demons . They could not be together because of the age difference, but that didn’t stop them from falling for each other. Violet is brilliant , and goes away to school to study chemistry. Dawson, with his partner Dax, has a very succ ...more
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
LJ Evans Unmasked Dreams is a thrilling ride from the United States to Spain and back with two of my favourite characters this year!

Violet is the girl who cannot see the forest for the trees for a while, until she is given the option to change locations, and then everything changes for her. I love her spirit, the bubbly excitement, her unrequited love for Dawson, and her intelligence knows no bounds. Her beauty is off the charts, but what I love most is the beauty of her brain. The way she sees
Reading Addict
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
LJ Evans is a great storyteller and after reading almost all of her books Unmasked Dreams completely blew me away! We first met Violet Banner and Dawson Langley five years ago in Avenged by Love. Violet was a brilliant 16 year old high school student who had a huge crush on her sister's husband's 21 year old troubled younger brother. As with all things in life, timing is everything and Violet and Dawson were not meant to be. Now Violet is a brilliant PHD candidate living in California but unfulf ...more
Luv 2 Read
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was so drawn to these two characters from the story, Avenged By Love.
I didn't want to wait for 16 year old Violet Banner to grow up. The wait was definitely worth it.

When Violet met, Dawson Langley, he was twenty-two and ‘shadowed’ with regret due to some bad decisions he had made. He has a bad boy reputation to those who didn't really know him and was told constantly by his father he was no good.

Now five years later, Violet Banner, is a genus who has formulas and calculations swimming aroun
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Finally, we have Violet and Dawson's story! I’ve been eagerly anticipating it since these two first met. While the stories in this series have been amazing, touching and heart-rending, this romance also has a riveting suspense added to it.

The stars have never aligned for Dawson Langley and Violet Banner. When they first met, she was too young and he was too messed up. Violet goes off to school to study chemistry, and Dawson makes a name for himself in racing boats for the rich and famous. Now th
Vera Blaz
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, author-arc, 2021
Violet Banner and Dawson Langley have been in each other's lives since their siblings, Jersey and Truck met and married. She was 16; he was 21. He loved her then and five years later, he still loves her. Maybe even more so. Violet Banner has lived the with the mistakes her father made all those years ago. She's been doing the things she thinks everyone else wants her to do until she has a major revelation that she needs to do what SHE wants. When she returns to New London to bury the father who ...more
Deeply Love Reading Blog
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The twists and turns just kept getting better and better with each page. A slow burn that had so much chemistry coming off the page that you didn’t even realize that it was not a slow burn. Ms. Evans took you on a journey that brings laughter, tears, broken hearts, mystery and suspense. Such a refreshing read that just leaves you breathless. A definite must read for 2021.
“Vi, there is no man in their right mind who would ever choose to walk away from you.”


Violet Banner was under-aged and
Angela's Book Addiction
Unmasked Dreams by LJ Evans is a slow burn, new adult, unrequited romantic suspense told in first person, dual POV. It's the sixth 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, Damaged Desires, or Branded by a Song first, doing so will enhance the experience when previous characters appear.

When we first met Violet and Dawson in Avenged by Love, she was 16 and he was 22. Ther
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I put off writing a review for this after finishing, because my words just couldn't do it justice. I'm still not sure I have the words for it, so you should really just stop reading and go buy it. You can thank me later.

This book. This book is everything. I inhaled it and was ready to immediately reread it. I absolutely adored both the love story and the suspense. When I started reading, I absolutely had to know what was going to happen. Between Dawson and Violet finally getting their chance (or
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
From the first chapter to the last…you will not want to put this book down! It is a perfect blend of romantic suspense, sibling’s friend, and FBI. Author LJ Evans “killed” it with this one!

Dawson Langley and scientist Violet Banner met in her sister’s book (Avenged by Love). Violet was too young for Dawson at the time, forward 5 years later…and you have Unmasked Dreams…when Violet may finally have her dreams come true…and maybe even Dawson’s, too.

There’d been a time in her life w
Tara Peters
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dawson and Violet will take you on a mysterious, intriguing journey from start to finish. Dawson has secrets that he wishes he could tell, but he can’t. He has had feelings for her for years, but he has never acted on them and now that they are back in each other’s lives he knows he needs to stay away but it gets harder and harder to do. Vi has always been in love with Dawson but has tried to put him behind her. She knows they will never happen, but she can’t help hoping that he will see her as ...more
Kristie Galindo
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-arc
Another fantastic book by LJ Evan’s! She’s an fantastic story teller who creates characters and books that take the reader on an incredible journey. LJ’s details of the characters and the events within the story helps the reader “see” what is going on within the book.

Loved me some Dawson and Violet. They have a past, hidden feelings and when their paths cross again they can’t stay apart.

Dawson is living a secret life that he’s been hiding from friends and family. His intentions are in the right
Just Love books
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
"The boy I couldn’t have had turned into a man who was even more off-limits."

Life has been feeling pretty dull and mundane for Violet, nothing seems to be holding her interest be it her doctoral degree in chemistry or the guy that she has been dating. But when her father dies Violet sees an out and away to start a fresh which is what leads her back home to New London and the B&B. She just didn't realise that she would be sharing the place with her childhood crush Dawson.


"I wasn’t supposed to t
Michelle Fritz PA
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Magnetic. Electrifying. Two opposites with an undeniable attraction that you won't be able to set aside. This is the story that I've been wishing and waiting for. Ms. Evans brings us espionage and science like nothing we've seen before. There are daring rescues, pulse pounding chases and some very super charged scenes.

Vi and Dawson were always meant to be. It was absolutely inevitable. They were instantly drawn to each other. We had to wait for them to grow up and into their skins before we cou
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Note: An ARC was provided by the author.

Experience has taught me that LJ Evans knows how to write romance, and not just any ordinary romance. She knows how to tug at your heartstrings without overdoing it, all while giving readers thoughtful and enticing stories with main characters that you can't help but fall in love with. Her newest release, Unmasked Dreams, though, has an added element to it--suspense--and I do love me my romantic suspense reads! Now, the main characters here were supporting
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
LJ Evans is a 1-click author for me and has been for a very long time! This was a little bit different than most of her other books that focus on more emotional dynamics as the climactic climb. Unmasked Dreams focused on two big pieces:

1. The age gap with the two main characters
2. International crime

Now, I'm a BIG fan of age gap romances, so those elements were a treat for me as a reader. Although much of those elements take place in flashbacks as they remember when they first met at 16 (Violet)
Clara Martinez Turco
Wow! What did I just read? Unmasked Dreams is an outstanding, mind-blowing, and gripping read, full of suspense and with the most amazing characters. First L.J. Evans book I've ever read, and it's a phenomenal story.

Violet and Dawson have known each other for years. She has always had a crush on him, but time and age have never been on their side. They have always shared a connection and their attraction has always been evident to everyone. So when life takes them back to New London and their wo
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Are you ready for a swoon-worthy love story that will take you on an unforgettable adventure? This thrilling read immediately captivated me and had me on the edge of my seat through ups and downs, suspense, family drama, humorous moments and more that had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen! Violet & Dawson’s pull was so magnetic & electrifying! Truly a roller coaster ride if emotions with twists & turns that are sure to leave you gasping, breathless, angry, s ...more
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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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