Beautiful Mistake (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…


For the past year or so, I’ve been steadily enjoying Vi Keeland’s books, and her collaborations with Penelope Ward, so I was expecting another hit from Beautiful Mistake. Unfortunately, this book turned out to be my least favorite romance by this great author.

I was enjoying this book at first, but then something felt off for me. The main thing that bothered me was Rachel, the main character herself, because while she is a great girl most of the times, when Caine calls her feisty, I would call her a first class bitchy brat.

I’m gonna put stuff into context here. Rachel meets Caine, she then realizes she’ll be his teaching assitant, they’re clearly attracted to each other and they are never really the epitome of professional. But I have to give it to the guy, he tries to keep away, badly, but he tries. He also has a lot to lose if it gets out that he’s interested in a student, even if she’s 25 and a graduate student at that. But everytime things don’t go Rachel’s way, or Caine tries to act a little more cold, she calls him off, she shouts at him, she tries to make him jealous on purpose, she dresses provocative… but the thing is, she does all this at his place of employment! While I could ride the train of a student/teacher relationship, her behaviour inside their class room was a huge NO for me.

Another thing I could not get on board with was the fact that after it was clear that they felt something for each other – though nothing had happened yet – Caine offered to be Rachel’s thesis advisor. And she accepted. While the TA/Teacher relationship I could get on board with, because it was like a boss/employee thing, the advisor/advisee didn’t sit well with me. As a graduate student myself, I know the power flow of that position. And in my opinion is even worse than a student/professor relationship, because that class would only last a semester, while a thesis can last a lot longer. I didn’t like that at all. Mostly because when they got into that arrangement, they already knew how they felt.

I also had a lot of issues with the past stories of the characters. Rachel says at one point that she had very wild teen years, and yet, while the reason can be inferred, the story is never developed. The same with Caine’s past… we have a lot of elements, but nothing is ever tied together. Some things are never explained. I was expecting a better constructed storyline, and to be honest, I was severely disappointed by the lack of the development of the back story.

I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t sold on the romance either. While the chemistry was awesome and there’s no doubt that Keeland can write some fantastic intimate scenes, the romance felt a bit weak, and more based on the attraction than anything else. Another thing I felt needed a bit MORE.

Now, not everything is a negative, I did like the writing style, like always, and I did enjoy the fact that we got dual POV, even though Caine’s POV was more limited than Rachel’s, which was a shame because I felt like he had a stronger voice. And because I listened to the audio version, I have to say again that  Andi Arndt and Sebastian York are the most amazing narrators

I’m really sorry to write such a review today, I love most of Vi Keeland’s books, and I’m so sad I didn’t enjoy this one too. Either way, I’m sure I’ll continue to scarf down anything she writes 😉 .

Have you read Beautiful Mistake? What are your thoughts on it?

To Professor, With Love (Linda Kage)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | BOOK Set In College

Junior in college. Star athlete. Constant attention from the opposite sex.

On this campus, I’m worshiped. While seven hundred miles away, back in my hometown, I’m still trailer park trash, child of the town tramp, and older sibling to three kids who are counting on me to keep my shit together so I can take them away from the same crappy life I grew up in.

These two opposing sides of myself never mix until one person gets a glimpse of the true me. I never expected to connect with anyone like this or want more beyond one night. This may be the real deal.

Problem is Dr. Kavanagh’s my literature professor.

If I start anything with a teacher and we’re caught together, I might as well kiss my entire future goodbye, as well as my family’s and especially Dr. Kavanagh’s. Except sometimes love is worth risking everything. Or at least, it damn well better be, because I can only resist so much.

-N. G.-


I decided in December that the Forbidden Men series was one of those I wanted to finish in 2017, so I took the first opportunity I got this month to read book number 2 of this series. While I didn’t quite like it as much as book 1, Price of a Kiss, it was still very entertaining.

This one, however, is not fit for every NA lover. See, it involves a teacher-student relationship, and while I think it was all handled quite well, it is still a problem for a lot of people, so if you’re not comfortable with that trope, maybe skip this book.

To Professor, With Love starts off very differently than the previous book, mainly because this one is dual POV, in contrasts to the single female POV of Price of a Kiss. So, I really liked this change, because it gives two very different perspectives of the romance, which is a good thing, considering how forbidden it is.

One thing I really did like were both main characters, Noel and Aspen. Noel really surprised me, because at first I thought that he was an entitled player, but he worked so hard for everything and the fact that he was trying to have a better life, so he could provide for his younger siblings was just amazing. He turned out to be a very strong willed guy with the most amazing heart.

Aspen was a little harder to get, but once I did… oh boy, poor girl. She tried her best to please two people who never gave her any value, and she ends up finding love in the least likely of places. She freaks out a lot during the book, and while I understood her completely, her back and forth was a bit much at times.

The romance is where things get a bit tricky, because I can spin it all I like, but at the end of the day, Aspen is still Noel’s literature professor. But here’s the thing, the first is only 23 yo, yes, she had a PhD and is in a position of power, but she’s just a young girl herself. Even though they do use their classes to advance their relationship, I was kind of ok with it because I think that she found a fair way to not let their relationship influence her grading. I also really liked her ethics, and how they survived despite everything. I did like their connection, they had a bit of a love/hate relationship, and there’s no doubt that their relationship was all kinds of hot. It did advance pretty quickly though, but again, super ok with it, because it was based on them really getting to know each other and falling in love.

I did like the plot, even though I wasn’t super crazy about some elements, and I think the overall story is a sweet and deep romance. There’s more to them than at first meets the eye, and that’s always something good, right?

Overall, I’m really really enjoying this series. It was very cool to see the main characters of the first book here, and see how the rest of the series is shaping up. I’m excited!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set In College

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc)

I’m going with books set in college, as in not with just with college students, but where college and classes actually have a huge impact on the story.


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In Her Eyes (Wesley Banks)

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When Ben Wilder is given a second chance he focuses on the one thing he’s always been good at: running. After walking on to the University of Florida Track and Field team he begins to quickly move up the national rankings, paving a path towards the NCAA Championships. Everything is going the way he planned, until the day he bumps into Casey Taylor. 

New to Gainesville, and focused on her first year out of medical school, Casey is initially hesitant to let Ben into her life. But the truth is she’s worried about letting a guy near the one thing she loves most: her daughter, Emma. After one fun and fateful night Casey can no longer bury her feelings behind these excuses, and takes a chance on a guy she is slowly falling for. 

Casey’s relationship with Ben starts to gradually build into a love that she has never felt before. But more importantly, Emma has taken a particular liking to Ben. As they all spend more time together Ben is forced to confront painful memories when he starts to notice something hauntingly familiar in Emma’s eyes. 

After a local journalist uncovers the secret of Ben’s past their lives begin to converge on a single promise that Ben Wilder has long since made: to never give up…no matter what.


I read this book as yet another buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. You should just assume that most of this month and the next, I’ll be doing buddy reads with her – damn Netgalley! 😀 You can find her review of this book HERE.

You know when you read a blurb, and get all excited, expecting a great story, a lot of heartbreak, and twists that will make your heart bleed? Yeah, I thought this would be that kind of book, and I was so disappointed 😦 .

Let me start with the writing… I really didn’t like it, it felt choppy. To make matters worse, this book is on the third person, which is fine, until near the end you realize that it’s an omnicious 3rd person narrator… and was not a fan of that. I didn’t get if it was like that throughout the whole book and I didn’t catch it, or if it changed for some reason near the end… either way, it didn’t work for me at all.

I felt like the characters had huge potential, and I liked them for most part, but I needed more from them. There were a lot of small things brought up that had no continuity or relevance, and other things that should have been mentioned and weren’t – *cof – where’s Emma’s dad – cof*.

The plot was cute for a good bit, with Ben and Casey getting to know each other and beginning a relationship, and then it went to cliché and predictable and  literal, and not the good kind of either of those things.

I had a huge problem with the timeline within the book, as well as the fact that neither character really acted their age. I mean, how old is Parker? He’s not a freshman, but is he 19? How old is Casey’s BFF? They went together to highschool, right? So 25? So weird! And Emma… oh boy… I’m sorry, but the girl felt more like a filler and a good excuse for Casey than anything else. I didn’t really feel her connection with her mom or Ben, and by the end I wasn’t entirely sure if Ben really loved her, or if she was a substitute for what he had lost…

Either way, this book by all standards was OK, but it just wasn’t for me. 😦

Musical Connections #4

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Hello!!!! Today I’ll do a quick post (because I have to catch a plane in a few hours). I can’t listen to any album by K’s Choice without linking it to my exams from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of University.

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Me and a friend developed this routine when we started studying for the exams on the first semester of the first year… we would get to the university around 8 a.m., set our things at the library, go for coffee (maybe a game of cards), go study a bit, break, study… it worked well for most of the time. LOL. She introduced me to K’s Choice, and when a lot more people started to gather around us – due to her mad skills at Math – I really concentrated on my music.

Our routine maintained itself more or less constant throughout her 4 years of college, even though by the 3rd year we had different subjects matters.

I chose this for this week’s theme because TODAY IT’S HER BIRTHDAY!!! Happy Birthday IF (if by any miracle you’re reading this – which you sometimes do). Double congratulations are in order because she just became a Doctor this week! Yeah!!! She did it right 😉 and managed to even finish her PhD before her 30th birthday (I’m beyond proud of you!).