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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Over the course of a Beautiful Mistake, a hilarious case of mistaken identity turns into the most heart-wrenching and poignant romance I have read from Vi Keeland. This book is full of heart and steam, with a side of slow-burning romance and a bit of the forbidden student/teacher relationship as well. This might just be my new favorite of hers.
Rachel is a grad student working as a teacher’s assistant in exchange for a break on her tuition. She also works part-time at a bar to make ends meet. Her best friend and coworker has just had her heart broken and Rachel takes it upon herself to tell him off. Unfortunately for her, she has the wrong guy. Even worse, the guy is the new professor she has been assigned to assist.
Caine is a music professor at Rachel’s college. He has had a long and sordid past, and he still carries a lot of the guilt in his current life. Having Rachel in his life is a temptation he doesn’t need, but there is something about her that he can’t deny. They may fight like cats and dogs, but you can only deny your attraction for so long.
From the minute we meet Caine and Rachel, their chemistry is undeniable. They are both strong characters who butt heads quite often (like, a ton), but this really helps to build the sexual tension in the first half of the book. When they get finally get together, I thought my Kindle was going to go up in flames. They have a hot and feisty relationship that is highly flammable. In addition to the insane attraction, they are both survivors of their pasts and we get glimpses of that past woven throughout the story. I was intrigued by how the story came full-circle in the end.
While I loved most of the book, I found that there was an aspect of the storyline that required a minor suspension of reality, plus there were several times that childish behavior had me rolling my eyes. These things didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment, but I thought I should mention them. As always, I was smiling by the epilogue and I am looking forward to my next book by Ms. Keeland.