Title: Beautiful Mistake
Author : Vi Keeland
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Publication Date: 07/17/17
Date Read: 01/14/18
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I read so often (and in such large quantities), that sometimes I need to shake things up and go for something that is outside of my go-to genres. A friend on Goodreads reviewed this book and had great things to say, so I downloaded this title last night on a whim around 7:00 pm… and had it finished by 2:30 am. I could not sleep until I finished this fun read.
This novel has a dual-perspective POV and weaves in bits and pieces of the character’s pasts into the narrative. Rachel Martin is a TA at graduate school by day and a waitress by night. She is fiercely loyal to her best friend Ava and when she sees Ava’s recent ex in the bar they both work at, a man who was a manipulative, married man, she chews him a new one. Only come to find out, embarrassingly enough, the ‘man in the blue shirt’ was not Ava’s recent ex.
Fast forward to the following day, Rachel’s first day working as a TA for Professor West. She was already off to a rough start, rolling into the stadium-style classroom late when Professor West was notorious for his intolerance of tardiness. Already off her guard, Rachel is shocked when she lays eyes on Professor West and realizes that he was the sexy ‘man in the blue shirt’ from the bar last night.
I know what you’re thinking… She’s the TA and he’s the professor.. and this is a romance novel. How very stereotypical. She met in him a bar and then finds out she works for the man? How very Grey’s Anatomy of you, Beautiful Mistake.
This novel contained a lot of backstory that was woven into the story line that made for fantastic character development. Rachel Martin and Caine West both had things from their past that they had never moved past and they were intricately entwined in the sweetest way. I was so emotionally invested in these characters while I read.
This probably goes without saying, since you have all seen the cover of this book if you are reading this… but this book is hot. Caine West is one maddeningly desirable fictional character. But the best part… this book had just the right ratio of steam to plot. I hate when I read a contemporary romance novel that gets that ratio wrong. I spend half the book thinking ‘Geeze, would they get out of the bedroom and give me some narrative to become invested in, please?’. Not with this title though. Vi Keeland gets it right.
I would definitely recommend this novel. Not just to fans of contemporary romance, but to anyone who needs a quick, can’t-put-down read. I immediately went onto the Kindle store and purchased more of this authors titles (so much for that monthly book budget.. amiright?)
**After you check this novel out, the photo props–headphones and pennies–will make total sense. Promise. I didn’t just walk around my house and find random props. 🙂