Title: Pitch Imperfect
Author: Elise Alden
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: October 20, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
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.
While reading Pitch Imperfect I couldn’t decide who I wanted to shake more Anjuli or Rob… wait that is a blatant lie. I wanted to shake Anjuli until her teeth rattled not because she wasn’t a likeable character or hard to empathize with. It was motivated by pure unadulterated frustration. Over and over again if she would have told someone, anyone her troubles perhaps I wouldn’t have wanted to clock her one quite so acutely. Rob though boneheaded in his own special way was not quite so infuriating.
Years before Anjuli abandoned Rob at the altar then a chance meeting found them back in the bedroom as if no time had passed. Grief stricken Anjuli wants no commitment particularly from the one man she has never forgotten. The only architect in the area Rob has Anjuli exactly where he wants her in his debt, if she wants the castle manor restored that she has sunk the last of her monies into.
The small town atmosphere of rural Scotland was skilfully and lovingly depicted from Anjuli’s delightfully eccentric sister to Rob’s interfering secretary cum godmother. However frustrating the refusal of the main characters to simply communicate I did very much enjoy Elise Alden’s tale.
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About the Author
Elise reads, writes and revels in romance, and is never happier than when caught up in a heart-thumping, sweat-your-socks-off tale—hers or somebody else’s. She loves creating stories about flawed characters, people for whom love isn’t simply a question of boy-meets-girl, but a gut wrenching journey of transformation.