Friday, October 31, 2014

Review & Giveway: Pitch Imperfect by Elise Alden

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.

Title: Pitch Imperfect
Author: Elise Alden
Age: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: October 20, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press

 What I thought about Pitch Imperfect

Anjuli returns home practically penniless, toting her baggage full of secrets, grief, and regrets to her rundown future B&B. It's a good thing her sister can give her some hours at the local pub. But what really has everyone in a tither is how her ex-fiance Rob, the guy she left at the altar, is handling her return.

Rob Douglas is an accomplished architect, with lots of opportunities to leave small time life, but once Anjuli comes home, he wants to resolve some unfinished business between them. For the most part I liked Rob, especially in the second half of the book, although he did have a tendency to jump through a range of emotions in any given situation. One minute he's seductive, then contrite, then silly.  Sometimes that worked for me and sometimes it didn't.

Pitch Imperfect is set in a small-town in Scotland, and it covers the typical small-town themes of nosy townsfolk, the bachelor everyone wants to marry off, scandals and having everyone in town know your business.Typical stuff. 

It takes a long time for Rob and Anjuli to work through their problems. A long time. I could have given this a higher rating had that been tightened up somewhat. At times Pitch Imperfect was just too wordy. I did like the setting, and I liked the story for the most part, I just wished it had moved along at a better pace.

Overall, Pitch Imperfect was a solid three star read for me. There were parts I liked, and parts I thought could have been better. I'd love to know more about Ash and Viking or even Damien and Mac, as they were interesting secondary characters. 

ARC provided for review. 

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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.

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Twitter: @elise_alden

1 comment:

Elise Alden said...

Hi there! Thanks for hosting Pitch Imperfect and for you honest review. Glad there were parts of the book you liked! All the best, Elise