The Best Mistake

Kate Watterson
The Best Mistake
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Carina Press
Release Date
January 2012
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more

When Lacey Billings gives her boyfriend, Ran, an erotic wake-up call in the middle of the night, she's shocked to discover that the gorgeous man she's kissing isn't's his cousin, Rick.

Although Ran laughs off the mix-up, Lacey and Rick can't stop thinking about the unexpected encounter, and they can't escape the scorching flashbacks it's aroused.

Ran doesn't want an innocent mistake to ruin his relationship with his girlfriend or his cousin, so he proposes a solution. He wants the three of them to solve this problem the old-fashioned way, by sleeping on it...together.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Jan 05, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
161 people found the following review helpful
Lacey Billings has just arrived home from a long business trip and she can't wait to see her boyfriend, Ran. Even though they have been together for a year, their chemistry is still explosive, and any time away from Ran is too long for Lacey. And what harm could there be if Lacey was a little too eager to surprise and please him to bother turning on the lights? None—except for the fact that the man in the bed wasn't Ran, but his cousin and closest friend, Rick.

It turns out that Rick was staying the night after helping Ran renovate the house, and is so physically similar to Rick that, in the dark, it was nearly impossible to tell their silhouettes apart. And though Ran is more than happy to let the incident go as a rather embarrassing mistake, neither Lacey nor Rick can forget the moment they shared and what very nearly happened between them.

Remarkably, though, Ran is much more open-minded than either Rick or Lacey had previously imagined. He also has a much better memory than they've given him credit for. And Ran remembers that Lacey has always fantasized about a ménage—and he's always dreamed of watching her with another man. Could it be that what could have been a catastrophic mistake might be the best thing that Ran, Lacey and Rick could have imagined?

This is a deeply character-based story, and it worked because each of the characters was so well-crafted, and so sympathetic. Ran and Rick are both devoted to Lacey, though Rick would never admit his feelings if it might damage his cousin's relationship. It is that devotion and concern that makes their situation so believable, and the obvious chemistry between Lacey and each of the men in her life is so hot that it's clear from the beginning that their scheme is going to be a wild and memorable one.

Though there is a great deal more time devoted to Ran, Rick and Lacey trying to navigate their new desires and arrange their ménage, the tension that was inherent in the story and between all three of the characters kept me hooked. I actually enjoyed the discussions where they explored their reservations and decisions, as it deepened their bond and made their situation that much more believable. It was really nice to see how deeply both Rick and Ran cared for Lacey, and it was obvious from the start that neither of them was in it simply for the sex alone. It made their time together, when it finally came, touching and explosive and quite memorable. Their eventual resolution was just as meaningful, and I came away caring about each character individually, and for their special relationship together.

Though I would have liked to have learned more about their relationship and watched them explore their new lifestyle in more detail, I found this book emotional, sexy and intense enough to keep my attention from start to finish. Kate Watterson is the pen name for best-selling author Emma Wildes, and her trademark heart and heat are evident throughout this story. I can't wait to read more!
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