Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland


The first time I met Caine West was in a bar. He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out. When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass. You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend--smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married. He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he'd done. Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant. Only it turned out, the man I'd just told off wasn't the right guy. Oops. My mistake. Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology. I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right? That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning. Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant. I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking. Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West. This was going to be interesting… ADD TO GOODREADS  

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One of my favorite things about Vi Keeland's books is that there's always some sort of twist and I try to figure it out before it comes out in the book - with Beautiful Mistake - I thought I had it pegged - but I wasn't entirely accurate in my guess.

Caine and Rachel's story was one that kept me on my toes - the push and pull between them, the secrets, the struggles - it all combined together leaving me to root for them while trying to figure it all out myself.

When Caine and Rachel meet for the first time, she's under the impression he's someone else - and tells him off. Feeling good about that and what she did for her friend, when she discovers the truth, she's too embarassed to say anything else. That is until she walks into the classroom to meet the Professor she's going to be working with and finds Caine there.  Talk about a bad first impression.

Caine is struggling with his attraction to Rachel - and an internal feeling that he knows her from somewhere - but he can't deny the connection between them scares him so he does his best to push her away.  But when Rachel expresses the same feelings and believes he doesn't see her the same way - he gives in. But things are never simple  and the two of them have obstacles between them, secrets from the past they don't want to share, private fears that make them want to hold back.

Beautiful mistake was full of emotions, filled with amazing chemistry that grew with each interaction, and just enough angst to keep a reader hooked.  I enjoyed watching these two try to figure things out between them. With the addition of some fun side characters - like Charlie the owner of the bar Rachel worked at who was also a surrogate father figure, and Ava - Rachel's best friend who was funny in her own rights, and a mix of other characters that added a little to the story, I felt like I could be a part of this group.

Caine and Rachel learned a lot about each other and when things got tough they took the time needed to work through their feelings and discover they were stronger together. That their meeting was destined to bring greatness.


Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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