Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner

Published: October 11, 2022

St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 350

Genre: Romantic Comedy

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Meryl Wilsner writes happily ever afters for queer folks who love women. They are the author of Something to Talk About, and Mistakes Were Made. Born in Michigan, Meryl lived in Portland, Oregon, and Jackson, Mississippi, before returning to the Mitten State. Some of Meryl’s favorite things include all four seasons, button-down shirts, the way giraffes run, and their wife.

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, and soon Cassie and Erin are sneaking around. Worst of all, they start to realize they have something real. But is being honest about the love between them worth the cost?

“Right now, I’m exactly where I want to be.”

Cassie is about to graduate college and is feeling restless. Especially when Family Weekend rolls around. So Cassie takes herself to a bar away from campus. The last thing she expected was a beautiful older woman to throw her night off course. Now, the chaos begins.

This was a cute story. I like that it featured a couple that weren’t hetero and that there were other sexualities and identities throughout the book.

I really didn’t buy Erin and Cassie’s love story, and I didn’t think they had chemistry. To me, it seemed like Cassie was looking for someone to validate her as a person, and Erin wanted to be made to feel attractive. At best, it was lust.

The steamy scenes were only okay for me. I think I expected more (not graphically). I didn’t enjoy the constant back and forth between Cassie and Erin regarding their relationship.

If it was so wrong, and they shouldn’t be doing it, either one of them could have stopped it. Neither did. So it was a lot of back and forth without any reason.

My favorite character was Acacia. I loved her personality, her heart, and the fact that she didn’t shy away from saying what needed to be said. Parker grew on me as well; the last several chapters showed so much growth for Parker.

She went from a seemingly spoiled and immature character to a rational and considerate character and friend. I didn’t really care for Cassie or Erin, I tried, but they just made me angry.

Overall, this was a cute story. And the last chapter and epilogue were adorable. The writing style was well done, and the inclusivity was terrific to see.

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