I’ve recently discovered Vi Keeland and been most pleased. I’ve enjoyed the books she’s written alone as well as the ones she has written with Penelope Ward. So when I received notice that her latest book was out, it took me no time at all to pick it up and dig in. I know I’m in for a good read filled with lots of smiles.
And Beautiful Mistake delivered all that, well, beautifully. Ms. Keeland excels in writing characters I wish were real because they are so interesting, so fun, so likable and so many other things. Caine West, our hero, and Rachel Martin, our heroine, meet for the first time when she chews him out at a local bar she works at for messing with her best friend when he’s married. She holds nothing back. The main problem is the case of mistaken identity. You see, Caine is not the one who played her friend. Rachel feels so bad and so guilty that she slips out without issuing any kind of apology. Then, much to her horror, she discovers the next day that she is the teaching assistant for the very same guy she told off. There first interaction is an indicator of what’s to come and it’s delicious. Instead of being angry with Rachel when she told him off, he’s rather amused and intrigued at the same time.
Caine has a reputation as being a difficult professor, but Rachel doesn’t find this to be the case. Instead, she is very attracted to him and the feeling is mutual. Then there is the fact that he is, in essence, her boss. Add to that the fact that Caine doesn’t “do” relationships, so he doesn’t want to hurt Rachel.
But the attraction, despite both trying to resist, continues to grow until they can’t resist each other any longer. But then it turns out there is another connection between them that may destroy the love they have come to feel for each other.
I really, really, liked both Caine and Rachel. Caine has a low opinion of himself, thinking he’s selfish and is responsible for some bad stuff. But he’s not, not at all. Instead he’s the kind of guy who takes things on his shoulders and feels responsible when they go wrong when it really isn’t his fault. He’s such a yummy hero.
And Rachel is a yummyette heroine. She has bad stuff in her past which we get glimpses of, but she’s still upbeat and hopeful. She loves the career she is headed for, in music therapy. She’s kind and thoughtful and just such a sweetheart. And I love how loyal she is and how she has no problem standing up for herself.
This book gets all the checkmarks I need in a book:
Great hero – check
Great heroine – check
Good storyline – check
Cute – check
When I finish the last page I sigh in contentment – check
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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