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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When I initially read the description of Beautiful Mistake, I was expecting to find the book to be more humorous than it turned out to be. Don’t get me wrong, there are some lite, funny moments between Professor Caine West and Ms. Rachel Martin. But I wouldn’t classify the book as humorous overall.
No, I’d say that this book is quite thoughtful and surprisingly inspirational.
“That’s how it happens. You just turn around one day and it hits you right in the face as if it’s been there all along and you were too blind to see it. That’s the thing about true love–we never see the beginning or the end.”
Beautiful Mistake is written around the relationship of Rachel Martin and Caine West. They happen to meet each other under false circumstances – Rachel has mistook Caine to be the jerk who lied and hurt her friend Ava. In a show of friendly solidarity, Rachel speaks her mind and calls out Caine for what she believes Caine has done to her heartbroken friend. Little does Rachel know, she has the wrong guy.
With her foot firmly planted in her mouth, Rachel later discovers that Caine is none other than Professor West, the teacher Rachel has been paired with to TA during her senior year.
As the story develops, so too does Rachel and Caine’s relationship. While a relationship between teacher and student is forbidden, there is just something between Rachel and Caine that neither one is able to look past nor deny.
Vi Keeland has written a beautiful and poetic novel. The relationship between the two main characters was surprising to me – their history to be exact. There are some choice pieces of wisdom scattered throughout the story as well; such as:
“We all make mistakes. Life doesn’t come with instructions. Someone who loves you will forgive you for them. But when you hide them or lie about them, they’re no longer mistakes–they’re decisions.”
Beautifully written. Lite and witty at times, and heartbreakingly somber at others. Beautiful Mistake is an all inclusive package.
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.