Thursday, 20 July 2017

REVIEW BLITZ: 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…

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Don’t know how it happens but every time I pick up a Vi book, I always get lulled into thinking that it will be rom-com when her books are normally not. Yes, there’s humor, but as you dive into it some more, you’ll get the feels, that’s for sure. This book is no exception, for sure.

In true Vi fashion, first the yummy cover, ✔. Second, the blurb, ✔. Third, the meet-cute that’s always a hoot, ✔. Fourth, like I said, the feels, ✔. And of course, the sexual tension and the heat, ✔✔✔. 😏

A spin on the teacher-student trope, Caine is the professor and Rachel is the TA; so not quite forbidden but still iffy due to the idea of fraternization. It’s all about the attraction. As the relationship builds, you then realize that they’re more tethered to each other than they both know. The present then becomes full of secrets. Hmmm…

Rachel is one h one can easily relate to. I’d say she’s a strong woman. She didn’t let her scarred past shape the kind of person she is at present. She’s learned to move on. She’s got a good head on her shoulder.

I wasn’t sure if I want to hug Caine or slap him so he smartens up. But in the end, I lurve him! His past was full of what ifs, so many regrets. None of them were on him, but he made it so. I thought that was a smart move to display the past in Caine’s POV as it was nice to see what shaped the present Caine. And present Caine is one sexy dirty-talkin’ dude! *g*

There’s a sweet sadness to the story but it was nicely balanced with humor. An unsettled Caine was adorable to read. And the connection between them was tangible. Whatever Vi put these characters thru, you’ll find that even when they (by they, I mean mostly Caine LOL) make stupid decisions, she will redeem them as well in your eyes so that at the end of the day you’ll love them regardless, and then comes sweet forgiveness.

So if you’re familiar with Vi’s work, you definitely won’t be disappointed with this. You get a well-developed story and characters with a lot of heart, and heat. And if you’re not, I’d say this is a good starting place as any to get familiar with her work. Wachoo waiting for, huh?!


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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