Mistakes Were Made

A Novel

Paperback, 352 pages

Published Oct. 11, 2022 by St. Martin's Griffin.


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4 stars (4 reviews)

When Cassie Klein goes to an off-campus bar to escape her school’s Family Weekend, she isn’t looking for a hookup―it just happens. Buying a drink for a stranger turns into what should be an uncomplicated, amazing one-night stand. But then the next morning rolls around and her friend drags her along to meet her mom―the hot, older woman Cassie slept with.

Erin Bennett came to Family Weekend to get closer to her daughter, not have a one-night stand with a college senior. In her defense, she hadn’t known Cassie was a student when they'd met. To make things worse, Erin’s daughter brings Cassie to breakfast the next morning. And despite Erin's better judgement―how could sleeping with your daughter’s friend be anything but bad?―she and Cassie get along in the day just as well as they did last night.

What should have been a one-time fling quickly proves impossible to ignore, …

4 editions

Fun but oogey

4 stars

I read it and I enjoyed it but I also judged it hard. Power play can be a fun dynamic but actually fucking your daughter’s best friend while they’re in your house and without telling your kid is just wrong. But you might feel differently if you don’t have young adult kids.

Review of 'Mistakes Were Made' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

  1. this is erotic fiction…heavy on the sex scenes and light/absent the romance until the very end (not a complaint! it’s hot)

    2. for the first 85% of the book, I was unsure how they’d move from forbidden sex at every opportunity to a requisite HEA “romance” ending, but they did it!

    (adding an extra 1/2 star for the narration of Erin’s POV)

    4 stars

Review of 'Mistakes Were Made' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I already had misgivings about this one based on the premise but decided to give it a try anyway. A woman starts a relationship with her daughter’s college-aged best friend, and while Wilsner never made it seem predatory (the college senior was the instigator), I still felt squicky about the whole situation. It did not help that their entire relationship was them lying to and sneaking around said daughter/best friend. The fact that Cassie and Erin were in completely different stages in their lives was never really discussed in depth other than a handwaving they both think the other is hot so it's okay.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

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