Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Once-famous singer Anjuli Carver has returned to tiny Heaverlock Village alone and nearly broke. She’s poured every last penny into a rambling Victorian manor, hoping to start over. Trouble is, her money pit is falling to pieces and the only restoration architect for miles is Rob Douglas…her ex-fiancé.
For eight years, Rob has regretted not telling Anjuli why he never answered her letters. Being left at the altar broke his heart, but being used for sex one night in London after the fact nearly drove him to the edge of sanity, and he’ll be damned if he allows Anjuli to wreak havoc on his life again. He’ll restore her manor, all right, and give her taste of her own medicine while he’s at it.
But how long can revenge last when memories of their shared past keep rushing to the surface?
Soon, Rob wants answers. Why did Anjuli leave the international spotlight to become a recluse in the Scottish Borderlands? And why does she refuse to sing? Anjuli wants nothing more than to be left alone with her grief, even as she struggles to keep her sexy fantasies about Rob in check. With gossipy villagers, interfering friends and more secrets between them than notes on a scale, Anjuli and Rob will need to find forgiveness in order to work together, then decide if they’re willing to risk it all on an encore performance.
I fell in love with Elise Alden a few months ago when I read her debut novel, Hate To Love You. That book was such a surprise, because the story was sexy, heartbreaking, fun, and entertaining. Well, she delivers again with Pitch Imperfect! In this sweet second chance love story, two proud, imperfect characters have to learn to let go of the past in order to save what they once had.
I love Alden’s characters because they are flawed, they make mistakes, and they have to deal with the consequences in real ways. This book starts off with Anjuli returning home to her small Scottish town, tail tucked between her legs, heartbroken because of a tragedy. She’s a once famous singer, who’s lost her money and her voice, and she’s trying to find happiness in a rumbling home that holds good memories. Unfortunately for her, small towns have long memories and wagging tongues, and with all eyes on her, Anjuli tries to hide her grief, especially from one set of eyes in particular.
Rob Douglas is Anjuli’s jilted ex-fiancé, and he’s hell bent on forgetting what they once had, and not falling for the girl who broke his heart. Too bad that’s easier said than done. Rob is a hot-blooded, Scottish hunk, with caveman-ish tendencies, but where Anjuli is concerned, he’s vulnerable. A mixture of hard and soft, brusque and gentle, Rob is a great book boyfriend, and I enjoyed swooning over him.
I loved how this author expressed the bond between these two characters. There’s something about reading about characters that have a long history. That bond, those feelings are there from the very first pages, and the uncertainty, the push and pull of not knowing whether they’ll end up together is quite addicting. I love these types of stories!
Pitch Imperfect is a quick read but it has depth, and it will keep you entertained. It reads like an indie romance movie, with life-like characters who have quirky personalities. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes stories about finding love again, who enjoys characters who must overcome mistakes of the past, and anyone who enjoys a slow burn, because Elise Alden teases the reader until the very end, keeping you unsure of whether these two characters will learn from their mistakes and get their HEA. Enjoy!