Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland
4.5 Musical Crowns
Beautiful Mistake has a different tone than most of Vi Keeland’s novels, and yet it is still just as riveting, conveying another fantastic romantic encounter between two complex and engaging characters.
Caine West has had a hard past, leaving him with a guilt that was weighed heavily on him. This obviously affects his perception of himself and how he interacts with others. It is clear, quickly, through his dealings with others and, more specifically, Rachel, that he isn’t as selfish as he thinks. Watching him come to terms with his past and how it affects his future is a heavier aspect of the story, but I enjoyed this change of pace.
Rachel also has a difficult past, and yet she has chosen to move on to a brighter future, taking that one moment and turning into a positive. She does hide aspects of her past in order to progress forward, and she has many emotional moments as a result of her temper, but she recognizes it and embraces that part of who she is. Her understanding of who she is as well as her ability to accept and move on from her tragic past makes her an incredibly strong heroine.
The tone and topics addressed in Beautiful Mistake are of a more serious nature, but Vi Keeland doesn’t just toss readers into it. She entices readers with some comedic moments and the sexual tension between Cain and Rachel. When the more serious aspects of the story begin to be intertwined with the romance, it is done in a way that only enhances the connection between the two characters. The resolution to the story does happen quickly, and, although it didn’t need to be a long drawn out apology, the quick jump from apology to lust is abrupt. This, however, doesn’t detract from the story, and the resolution is absolute perfection, a blending of the past and future.
With Beautiful Mistake, Vi Keeland exemplifies her ability to write more than just rom-com, light-hearted stories. She can tackle and angst and serious issues that are just as entertaining and endearing.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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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About the Author:
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.