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Mistakes Were Made

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She’s lucky to have found her best friend, Acacia, and have been welcomed into her family, but no one else—not students, not teachers, not authority figures—cared about Cassie. Erin is even more self-contained than Cassie when it comes to her non-relationship relationship and, as she’s more self-aware, there’s less a need for her friend to point out the obvious to her. i also, for whatever reason, assumed the daughter and younger love interest in question were both older, somehow. Cassie and the woman, Erin, can’t resist each other and soon they’re in a steamy secret relationship. It’s fine until the next morning when Cassie goes to breakfast with her best friend, Parker, only to realize they’re meeting Parker’s mom, Erin, the same Erin from the previous night.

But despite her better judgement, Erin and Cassie get along in the day just as well as they did last night. S. Republican Party presidential candidate Jeb Bush could not fully commit to an answer when asked if he would have voted to authorize the Iraq War in 2002, using the phrase "simple fact is, mistakes were made" on Sean Hannity's radio show. A review in O, The Oprah Magazine praised the book for "the scientific evidence it provides and the charm of its down-to-earth, commonsensical tone. I used to joke about this phrase so much, but as time passes, I have found myself repeating this more and more and realizing how much better off I am when I stop trying to do what I think I’m supposed to, and just live my life. It was so entertaining and I was waiting to see what happened next; I also LOVED how they made time for each other.

While I personally may have wished for a bit more growth and page time to show what they are building as opposed to just being told they had built something and repeating the same beats, Cassie and Erin are both smart, confident women with great chemistry who have a lot of fun with their loved ones and each other. Moving swiftly on, I did overall greatly enjoy this one, and I was absolutely delighted to find that my local library is carrying more lgbtq+ books. Erin’s relationship with Parker, her daughter, is also quite important to her and she puts effort into making it better.

The show's host, Tim Russert, pressed for specific culpability: "Isn't that the president's failure? we put that shit in the fridge for cold coffee, to have over ice cream, to be reheated the next day, WHATEVER, you used it! Y'all know I've been hyping this book to the GODS and back ever since I found the blurb on Goodreads a year ago. Cassie has also had a problem connecting with people for a while, but with Erin and Parker, she learns to do that more. High steam, high sweet, just enough taboo, and all the MILF a growing girl needs (sorry, I had to get at least one pun in there 😂)!Starting with the positives, both Cassie and Erin are really well thought out: their motivations always make sense, their choices (even when I didn't agree with them) were consistent, and I felt both their characters were very 3 dimensional. The theme of not looking too closely at anything is exemplified by Cassie, because even when her real feelings aren’t obscured to her, she downplays everything to prevent it having an impact, even the positive.

I had a really great time with this story, despite some initial hesitations that I’ll mention later. On May 23, 2023, David Littleproud, leader of the National Party of Australia, said "mistakes were made" during Britain's colonisation of Australia, while speaking about the upcoming 2023 Australian Indigenous Voice Referendum. He expanded the gag into a one-man play starring Michael Shannon, Mistakes Were Made, performed off-Broadway in 2009, to mixed reviews. When Parker brings her new friend, Cassie, to breakfast, Erin’s shocked, but still inordinately pleased. Mistakes were made" is an expression that is commonly used as a rhetorical device, whereby a speaker acknowledges that a situation was handled poorly or inappropriately but seeks to evade any direct admission or accusation of responsibility by not specifying the person who made the mistakes, nor any specific act that was a mistake.There was also an interesting complexity between three best friends, family relations and the romance making this a forbidden romance. One solid narrator - if you go with the audio (which I only 50% recommend), there is one narrator that does a pretty solid job of the characters and voices (Cassie's narrator). Having finally reached the point in her life where she could no longer do this, she divorced her husband (who she admits she shouldn’t have married and I wonder if she ever loved) and finds a therapist to help her begin to care less about other’s opinions and value her needs. Cassie’s saving grace is her smarts and self-confidence, and with her plans to become an engineer and attend grad school at Cal Tech, she doesn’t think she needs anyone else.

Mistakes Were Made is so sexy and compelling, reading it is like being in on the most tantalizing secret. Again, it was just a slippery slope that wasn't justified nor handled with as much care as I'd like. It was something the critics lashed onto but over time the phrase remained if not the dark background behind it.I really enjoyed Meryl Wilsner's debut, Something to Talk About, and when I read about their new contemporary romance, Mistakes Were Made, I got really excited. However, Cassie hates having her lack of family shoved in her face and plans to spend Family Weekend pleasantly distracted, starting with a drink at a bar far from campus. I’m normally a slow-burn kinda person, but this one had a super intense sex scene just a few pages in! in the end when everything came out, and parker, acacia, and cassie are hanging out like normal college kids, erin is like.

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