Here’s the thing: I’ve been having a lot of trouble lately, with reading books. The main reason? I’ve just had a hard time connecting with characters, and especially their emotions. By Mistake, though? Probably the best book I could’ve read to get through that!
I was offered an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are strictly my own.
There’s so much going on in Anna’s life. Teaching countless hours at the studio and nurturing the three major relationships of her life – her group of tight-knit friends, all while attempting to not screw up this whole adulthood thing leaves very little time to waste on yet another dating app. At this point, a relationship is off the menu. Being “self-partnered” is more than enough.
A serious relationship has been crossed off Liam Brody’s list of goals, at least for the foreseeable future. Completing his residency and becoming a trauma surgeon is his only priority. Casual relationships, his friends, and books are the only things he’s willing to lose his precious free time to.
When an accidental email starts a deep online connection, both Liam and Anna dive in with zero concern . . . because there’s really no harm in getting close to someone who you’ll never meet in real life, right?
When a turn of events brings their “safe” virtual connection to an unexpected face-to-face, Anna and Liam learn their online chemistry pales in comparison to the real deal. A realization that brings along the bazillion-dollar question – what do you do when you meet The One at the most impossibly wrong time?
Here’s the thing – when it comes to romance? Apparently, I’ve adapted standards. The high, difficult to reach ones. And that has basically resulted in me having a really time honestly enjoying romance books. It also doesn’t help that, a lot of the time, there’s fanfictions out there that do most tropes better than many “traditional authors” do, but, you know. That’s more of a me-problem, right?
By Mistake, though, had that perfect mixture of realism and romance. Sure, you knew from the get-go what the result would be, but the build to get there? The way these characters actually got to know each other through emails, and as friends first? I really enjoyed that. More than anything, the author managed to get the dual perspective developed really well, to the point where both characters were relatable, there actions were understandable – and their happy ending seemed really deserved. I mean: “I fell in like with you first”? Yes please!
What’s more – this book made me want more. There is no secondary-character to be found in this book. Each and every character has a reason to be there, and the sneak peeks the reader is given of their potential? Well, let’s just say I’m quite happy that there are, indeed, stand-alone sequels to look forward to!
The rating: 4/5
If you’re in need of a book that has that perfect mixture of being romantic, without going straight for the insta-love or over-the-top dramatic gestures? Then By Mistake is definitely the one for you. And if you just happen to fall in love with these characters as I did? Well, I guess it’s a good thing, then, that there’s more to come, right? (Goodreads, TheStoryGraph)