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?

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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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!).

Tiny Pleasures #8

tiny pleasuresOk, let’s from now on assume that I’ll do this on a monthly (or 2 weeks) basis, and not weekly, because my life is boring as hell, ok? So, The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering.

1. The Guild!!!

After listening to Felicia Day’s book, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), I decided to watch the thing that had made her (that she made). I was so not disappointed. The show is incredible and I grew super attached to these characters that I saw on screen only for a few hours…

  

2. Winter is closer!

DSC04646This won’t sound weird at all, if you’ve been paying attention… I hate the summer, truly truly hate it. Between the sun, me sweating buckets and the mosquito bites, I’m super ready for it to be over. So, not only are we in September, but I already made my first Winter-shopping! I bought 2 scarves (thingies) and a beanie! They’re so gorgeous!!! I can’t wait to be cold enough to wear it.

  

3. Amazing Blogging Month! 

This past month was incredible in terms of blogging. I posted every single day, 3 to 4 posts a day, I reached 500 followers, and I met a ton of wonderful new people. So happy!

I had a lovely time talking to everybody and posting like crazy 😀 !!!

  

4. Inside Out is freaking AMAZING!!!

I don’t know why I put it off for so long, but I finally went to watch Inside Out and OH MY GOSH!!! That movie is phenomenal. So many feels! I was laughing, then crying, then laughing AND crying… what a rollercoaster of emotions!

  

 5. I’m in love with my new Day Planner!

So so in love with it!!! Isn’t it pretty?! The only issue I have with it is that it’s in spanish… but hey, I can live with that!

6. An Empty University!

IMG_20150821_205505August is a month when nobody goes to the university. And I mean NOBODY! There were days when the sign in sheet only had a couple of pages! I don’t get it, but hey, it meant I was alone in my office (without AC, obviously, because it’s August!) and that I got to see some beautiful sunsets on my way out, without people in the way.

7. I’m going home (for a week)!

I’m spending one week in Portugal later this month. I was there in July, but I already miss home… This time I’ll be able to see my brother (he lives in Angola), so I’m happy about that.

The concept of democracy is lost on student’s strikes

What a sh***y morning! So, I assume you are more or less aware that Catalunya want to be independent from the rest of Spain, right? So they want to vote on it and have it somehow count as it did in Scotland… (I hate to tell you this, but Scotland IS a country… Catalunya is not…). But well, so the students at my University decided to do a 2 days strike in order to raise awareness (I guess) and in the name of democracy!

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That’s fair game, right? It’s a democratic right, the right to strike, but isn’t also your right not to do it?! Here at the university, we always have some trouble when the students decide to go on strike, because they barricade the entry that connects the FGC (trains) to the campus, which means, that either you got off on the previous stop and walk a long while to get there, or you have to know your way around the university pretty well and still deal with this a**holes (pardon my french). So, I decided “I’ll go super early, I won’t have a problem then”… and damn it, I was WRONG! Apparently the guys slept in the university so to be there super early!

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As soon as I went towards the entrance to the university, I saw them putting up the last of the elements of the barricade, when I approached them, they were sending a poor kid away and…

I told them to “open up”…

to what they responded that “there’s now way, there are other entrances to the university”…

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“no” – by this time, 3 other university employees were there as well, trying to get in – “I’m not spanish, I have absolutely nothing to do with this stuff, I need to get to work, you’re going to open up”

to this the guy responded in catalan – which is always nice when you just expressed how you’re not even from his country – “I’m not going to let you pass! There is a strike!”

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at this point one of the ladies trying to get in appealed to the fact that the students may go on strike, but the personnel still has to go to work… this did nothing for them.

so, in a desperate attempt I said “well, you know, not everyone that sets foot in the university does so to study… some people have to work!” – to this the looked at me and laughed… I don’t know if it was the fact that I was wearing jeans, a hoodie and a backpack, but somehow this children (yes, to me that’s what they are!) thought that I was being ironic or something like that!

some other lady said (in catalan) “yeah, she’s right, there are a lot of companies based in the campus!”…

so some of the other kids convinced the first one to let us go through… quite a feat… if it wasn’t for the fact that has we were going in, they looked at a guy that was there as well and said “you can’t come in, you’re a student!”…

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This made curse loudly… (with 3 policemen in front of me)! Do this people understand their rights? Because their freedom ends when somebody else’s begins! I would give them the benefit of the doubt if this was a strike about educational related subjects… but that was not the case. You have the right to have a divergent opinion, and you shouldn’t have your life disrupted because a group of people thinks that you opinion is not as valid as theirs.

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God! I don’t miss being twenty!