BXTCHES Gotta Warn: Look, if you have yet to be swept away by the words that fly from Vi Keeland’s fingertips. . .well, you need to jump on board that train, ASAP. I think she has a total of 17 books (that includes collaborations) and I have fallen in love with 11, though you wouldn’t know it based on how many reviews I have done, but I promise, it’s been love. And if you think she flies great solo, then check her out when she buddies up, it is heart stopping. While she does have some series, the majority of her books are stand-alones, which bodes well for those of us who have the patience of a toddler and just can’t wait for a part two. Well, with all of that out of the way, let’s dive in.
Beautiful Mistake will be mostly told through the POV of Rachel, but we will get some POV’s from the teenage Caine as well as some chapters from the current version.
We might as well start from the beginning, even though I’m sure you have read the blurb. . .Rachel and BFF (Ava) both work at O’Leary’s, a local bar and on this particular night, Ava is busying drowning in her sorrows via her liver. Why? Because guys are assholes. Well one guy to be precise. . .Owen. The one whom Ava was dating. . .the one who told Ava that she could be the one. . .the one who Ava ran into while walking through the park. . .the one who was walking with his wife and kid in said park. See? Asshole. Now Ava is drunk and Rachel has ran into the Asshole and in BFF solidarity, she is about tell him exactly how he feels. The problem? The one who got the wrath of Rachel wasn’t actually Owen. The lesson? Never trust a drunk girl’s ability to distinguish colors.
Rachel is late for her TA job. . .with a new professor. . .one who hates tardiness. Any guess on who this new professor is? Yeah, it’s Owen the asshole, well who Rachel thought was Owen the asshole, it’s actually Caine, Rachel’s hot new professor and Rachel’s semester just took an interesting turn.
I’m quite sure you can certainly see what lane this story is going to go down. Hot professor, beautiful TA, sexual tension. . .I mean there really is only one correct way to turn, and that turn was never in question. The question is how many roadblocks will there be once the turn is made.
Caine doesn’t have the best history when it comes to TA’s, but what he is laying down (both figuratively and literally) with Rachel seems to be plotting a different course. Now, as much as it’s expected that the two of them will come together and it’s no spoiler that they will. . .there has been a web that has been weaved. . .one that is so tangled, you will wonder how it will ever be unraveled. . .just hang with it. . .this story will bring the humor we love. . .the angst we crave. . .the drama that drives us crazy. . .and the love that makes us fall. In short, it is Vi Keeland.
I am usually a sucker for an ensemble cast, but now and again one will get me where the sole focus is the two we’re supposed to fall for and I find that is all I need. That’s not to say that Vi Keeland didn’t write some phenomenal supporting characters, she did, but they are ones that are there to enhance, not spotlight. The BFF, the boss, the ex-boyfriend/friend/potential future boyfriend (all the same guy), all fantastically written, but whose presence continue to add to some very meaty layers in a beautifully told story. There really wasn’t a time while I was turning pages, that I craved the story of any of those written to support. And truth? I didn’t need it. This wasn’t the type of story that could hold the weight of a supporting character being moved front and center.
If there is one thing that Vi Keeland excels at, it is how to write a scene that gives you goose bumps. I mean she excels at just about everything on the page, but good Lord can she make your skin tingle. It takes a lot to really blow my mind and Caine and Rachel did that and more. The sexual tension that builds and builds between them grows so thick, that either the bizness gets had or something is going to blow. Everything from the tension, to the dirty talk (YUM!), to the actual act. . .it’s hot, it’s passion, it’s love, it was addicting.
Each and every time I see a preview of a Vi Keeland book come across my Facebook feed, I get downright giddy. I know that whatever storyline lies ahead, I will love it. . .I know that whatever feisty lady unfolds, I will love it. . .I know that whatever alpha is within the pages, I will love it. She does not fuck around with her words, she is able to infiltrate you imagination and take you on a journey that leaves you surprised and exhausted and exuberant and in love. We give lots of love to the men between the covers and it’s deserving, Caine makes one helluva #bookboyfriend, but that BXTCH takes leading lady to a whole other level. Rachel sets the bar and she sets it high and for that, I say. . .Thank you Vi Keeland.
The only thing I can think to say in order to convince you to check it out, well maybe two things, because HELL-OOO, look at that cover, that could and maybe should be reason enough. But, as crazy as it sounds for me to just say “read it”, that’s what I’m going with. Read it, because she has yet to let me down. Read it, because we all need a summer vacay, even if it’s only in our mind. Read it, because it could be time that you just trust a BXTCH.