Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway for 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…

"I wanted to give him everything he was about to take and more."

As you probably saw on my Facebook post, this book had me giggling from the get-go!!! Seriously, three pages in and I was laughing and enjoying the smart-assery that was being thrown around like confetti! This book didn't disappoint when it came to Vi's signature swoony man and outright HOT and sexy times, infusing wit and sass right into her characters. Signature. Really easy beginning to this story that provided laughs and a valuable "OOPS" to start out the embarrassing encounter. I loved Caine's smirk and the cover of this book could NOT have been more perfect. You will see once you get to 'that' scene.

Caine was the cause of quite a few giggles and smiles. He was so witty, and the banter between Caine and Rachel was really so perfect. It made me laugh, and for me, someone that loves a wiseass, he definitely fit the bill of confidence and swagger. I loved his strength and wittiness when he was confident. He had a dirty mouth and was quite.....ahem, knowledgable in the bedroom, ifyouknowwhatImean. Seriously sexy on all counts. But he was also skittish and quite wishy-washy in the feelings department because he was afraid of messing up. Dude. I wanted to shake the ever loving ish outta him!!! That got to be quite aggravating because FATE. Ok? Fate. "Can't fight this feeling." Ever heard that song?? They were destined....written in the stars, or some ish. I swear, #MEN

"It felt so good to be completely overwhelmed by this man. I'd been fighting it since the day we met, and giving in was such an emotional relief."

Rachel had such a good disposition and I liked how super stubborn she was. I am stubborn (don't tell my husband I admitted that) and so I could totally relate to her on that level. I maaaaay also be quick-tempered as well. HA! Kindred spirit and all. But with stubbornness comes a certain weakness; her kryptonite was Caine in every sense of the word. I wanted to be stubborn right along with her, I totally did. Yessiree. But man! When you have the likes of CAINE fighting for your attention, while fighting himself against admitting his feelings for you, things can get a little muddled. And they did. That caused some turmoil, some pain, and some good angst pangs while I read. I must say that I cannot imagine how exhausting it was for her to be pushed and pulled from one side to the very opposite side when it came to Caine giving his all, to pulling back emotional whiplash. I felt for her heart!

But Caine was really a sweetheart with a cocky side that was completely drool-worthy. He was respectfully forward with Rachel as well.....if that is even possible, toeing the line between professional and inappropriate, which of course caused all sorts of smiles and blushing from me. He was straight to the point with her, but very observant with her as well, and I loved seeing how he treated her when they were flirting with each other. He really was dreamy! I love reading about an instant attraction; one that is more than just physical and leads to hot sex. I love an attraction, instant or not, that has depth to it. One where there are honest feelings and questions and emotions to back up that attraction, and that is something that Vi writes extremely well -- this was what Rachel and Caine most definitely had. There were so many layers to these characters; ones that we got to peel back as we continued deeper into their story.

"I didn't think you could be any more beautiful to look at. But your face with me inside of you is...I have no words..."

I will be honest -- I'm struggling with my rating on this one. There was depth. There was emotion. There was even some serious swoonage, but I also felt there was a lot of down time. We met a lot of side characters that played a significant role in the book, but I guess it felt like....I dunno, it felt "long", which I've never thought with Vi's writing before. Does that diminish the quality of the book or her writing? No way. I just had a hard time staying in the moment with this book. The ending also felt a little anticlimactic for everything that happened. Maybe it was because I figured out the twist very early on, so I was just waiting for the ball to drop, to see how it all played out. This was also the FIRST time I have ever had ominous angst while reading one of her books. This was completely weird for me, because I have always enjoyed Vi's writing. I really did enjoy this story and her writing was, as usual, great, but it missed her normal punch that I always feel at the end. Overall, Vi manages to give us a good mix of sincerity, pain, and mischief, along with a side of snarkasm with these two characters.

"I'm the last person who should be giving relationship advice. But if it's not there, you can't force it. No different than when it is there and you try to make it not be."

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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!






  1. I like that description - ominous angst.

    1. You just knew something was coming....something bad, and you couldn't stop it from coming. It was really good.

  2. I have been so excited to read this. Now after reading your review, I am even more excited. I love your honesty Bee. You have always been my inspiration in making my own review. Thanks for making great reviews.

    1. Awww -- thanks so much, Bunny. I love doing this. It's so fun.