Genres: Contemporary Romance
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…
A simple case of mistaken identity quickly morphs into a mistake of epic, yet beautiful proportions. The story starts out cute and quirky with a “meet-cute”. However, it goes so much deeper than just a hard fought battle against budding romance between a TA and Professor. Worry not though, it’s still a fun read.
I love Vi Keeland’s ability to create characters who are fun, sassy, flawed, and yet make you cheer them on to find the best versions of themselves. There were aspects of this story which were so touching and added such depth to both Caine and Rachel. Their interactions were always laced with the perfect blend of sexual tension, intellect, teasing, tenderness, and a dash of snark.
I didn’t find the story to be predictable at all; in fact, there were plenty of times when I was completely blown away by the twists and trials these two experienced in order to finally make their way to each other. The story does jump back in time frequently in order for all the pieces of the puzzle to come together. However, it’s always a well-placed flashback and they help to bring the story into focus.
I was taken by the many themes I found in this book: music (in its many forms and applications), selfless love, finding beauty in mistakes, forgiveness (of self and others), trust. I think the one that stuck the most is the idea of selfless love and how that can look through the course of our lives.
When I reached the last page of this book, all I could think about were how things truly do happen for a reason. Good can come out of bad; beauty can be found within a blunder. If that’s my takeaway, then I think Keeland wrote a beautiful story.
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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.