Book Review: Green Jewel by LJ Evans

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An ARC copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Green Jewel is the second book is The Painted Daisies series by LJ Evans. It follows the band of all female performers known as The Painted Daisies. In Book 1, Sweet Memory, we are introduced to the band and follow it’s youngest member Paisley as she falls for the boy from the other side of the tracks. At the end of Book 1 one of their band mates is killed and it tears them down to the core.

In Green Jewel, we get to learn more about the Irish-born member of the band, Fiadh, and delve into her simmering hatred for their label manager, Asher Riggs. Fiadh was already my favorite character from the first book because of my relatability with her Irish heritage and how strong she tries to be for everyone around her. As a woman who only has her band mates as her family, she keeps her emotions locked up tight and lashes out regularly. Asher Riggs is very much the same way and these seemingly “opposites attract” brings all the heat to center stage.

This one was an emotional roller coaster that I wasn’t quite prepared for. From the loss of their band member and friend to the fact that both Fiadh and Asher are closed off to letting in love, this is a story that takes you on quite the journey of self discovery. Along with the mystery element of trying to catch the killer from Book 1 and the continued threats against the remaining band members.

A series with a total of 5 books so there are 3 more to come over the next few months! Get in on the adventure now and catch up by reading Book 1: Sweet Memory!

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He did it. She’ll prove it.

A fiery rock star and a ruthless businessman battle to expose each other’s secrets.

The only family The Painted Daisies singer and harpist Fiadh Kane has left in this world is her band. When their leader―her best friend who stood by her through the worst―is killed, she’s determined to find who did it and make him pay.

Fiadh is convinced the band’s new label owner knows more about the murder than he’s shared. She plans to reveal Asher’s skeletons by any means possible, even if it means using the magnetic lure blooming between them in ways she never expected.

Asher Riggs is paying penance for the sins of his youth. Raising his daughter and securing his company’s future are his only priorities. He certainly won’t be giving in to the wild temptress of a musician who lights a fire in his blood that’s a convoluted mix of lust and fury.

When a freak snowstorm forces Asher to take the brazen rock star to his home, the ice outside can’t tame the heat that ignites…or the shadows that come lurking.

But if they can’t find a way to trust each other with their secrets and their hearts, they’ll only be left with misery when the blizzard passes.

With an all-female rock band and the alpha heroes who steal their hearts, this fast-paced series might just leave you breathless. 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. Are you ready for it?


Writer’s Digest 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 Northern 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 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.

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2 responses to “Book Review: Green Jewel by LJ Evans”

    • Thank you! What’s really awesome about how Evans’ is doing this series, is they’re all releasing one month apart! So there’s not a very long wait between them.


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