Title: Not a Mistake
Author: Amber Belldene
Series: A Hot Under Her Collar Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Sometimes a scandal isn’t a sin…On the night she graduates from seminary, Jordan Sykes finds herself in bed with Dominic Lawrence, the ethics professor she’s crushed on for years. Two months later, she discovers she’s pregnant and is determined to hide it to protect his career. Maybe, if she loves her new church like hell, they won’t fire her for being a single mother.Dominic knows the difference between right and wrong, and he’s filled with remorse after sleeping with his favorite student. He’s offered the job of his dreams, but he’d be a hypocrite to accept without making things right with Jordan first.Dominic proposes marriage to save their careers, never expecting they will prove a perfect—and passionate—match. But can Jordan give her heart to a man who still believes the first night they spent together was a mistake?
This is one of my more difficult books to review. This was the first book by this author I have read and by the end of this charming story I knew I’ll most likely read more from this author. I enjoyed her style of writing, however, at times I felt it moved slowish. It was hard to connect with the hero (Dominic) and that made it difficult to believe the growing relationship between him and Jordan at times. Especially since you could feel the want and desire coming off of Jordan. As you got more and more of Dominic’s story I started to understand his stand offish behavior and it made more sense.
Jordan was one of Dominic’s students and during a night of graduation celebration they got a little carried away and had themselves a very very fun night. However a few months later Jordan realizes she got a souvenir gift from that night in the form of a baby. This is a wonderful blessing and Jordan is both terrified and crazy excited. You see Jordan is a priest, and Dominic was her ethics teacher and he is a very straight and by the books guy. Not to mention he hardly every let’s his libido do the thinking for him. But he has wanted Jordan from the first day she walked into his lecture hall.
When Dominic finds out about their little “kidney bean” he is taken by the unexpected news. However, he feels he owes it to Jordan and his unborn child to see if he can have a relationship with her. During the progress of them dating and getting to know each other better he battles with his happiness and the guilt he feels at putting Jordan in this position in the first place. They both fear the outcome of her church when word gets out about the baby and her having it out of wedlock, and with her professor as well.
So thus begins the battle and story of Jordan, Dominic and their little kidney bean. Together they battle life, love, the church and one disgruntled man of the church in particular who seems to have it out for Jordan. Even with the slow build up, and a frustrating hero at times I really did enjoy this story. I recommend this book to anyone who ever thought “oh fu*k it” and went out to find their own happiness consequences be damned!!