Published by Carina Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Musician, Romance, Second Chances
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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 went back and forth between whether or not I should give this three or four stars, because ultimately I did enjoy this book, I read it from beginning to end in one sitting, but at the same time, I don’t think this book stuck with me after I was done reading it like some other books I have read.
So when the book starts you have Anjuli coming back home to start her life over from scratch basically. She used to be a very famous singer, making millions of dollars, but when the book starts her personal life has completely imploded, and she has lost pretty much every penny she has. What little she did have left she used to buy a Victorian manor that is basically a total money pit, and can only be fixed buy the one guy in town she doesn’t really want to see her ex. The guy she left behind to follow her dream.
From the beginning you could tell that Anjuli is totally dealing with some serious stuff, some traumatic stuff, but you don’t really get the full picture of what happened to her until later on in the book. She really opposed to have anything to do with her life as a famous musician, she doesn’t want to sing in town or to give interviews to the local paper. I actually liked her, and more I respected her. When she was young she left her fiance behind to follow her dream, and now as an adult she is starting over from scratch, that’s admirable, especially in light of what happened to her. I also liked how good of a sister she is.
Rob is an all around good guy. He is active in the community, he’s a good brother, and seems to be a good boss as well. But I felt like he pushes Anjuli, granted he didn’t have any idea about why she’s back in town or what happened to her. He’s an interesting romantic interest, because of the history the two of them share. The two of them seem to want to revisit the past, all while being completely against revisiting their prior relationship, makes for some interesting push and pull.
The book was a little slow in places and I thought maybe the book was a bit too long for the story. I didn’t like how one of the characters ended up with Anjuli, the situation just seemed too over the top, but you will have to read to see if you agree. Overall, I did like the book, I liked the characters, and I love having second chances. If you like stories with musicians, or romances taking place in Scotland, you should without a doubt check out this book.