From the critically acclaimed author of Something to Talk About comes Meryl Wilsner's Mistakes Were Made, a sharp and sexy rom-com about a college senior who accidentally hooks up with her best friend’s mom.
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?
Wilsner (Something to Talk About) puts a queer spin on the concept of the MILF in this hilarious, high-heat rom-com. College senior and aspiring aerospace engineer Cassie, 21, picks up medical doctor Erin, 38, at a bar. After parting ways, both women are shocked when they're reunited at breakfast by Parker, Erin's daughter and Cassie's freshman friend. The whole affair should end there, but things heat up further over winter break when Cassie goes to stay with Parker, putting her and Erin under the same roof—and unable to resist temptation. Though they both feel crushing guilt about sneaking around behind Parker's back and harbor reservations about entering a relationship, they struggle to keep their hands off each other. To make the dynamic work, Wilsner has to sell the off-the-charts chemistry—and succeeds in spades, producing some toe-curling sex scenes. The emotional slow-burn runs perhaps a bit too far behind the sexual fast-burn, but the women's baggage is fleshed out just enough that, while their emotional constipation remains frustrating, it is at least believable. It feels inevitable that their lies will blow up in their faces, but instead Wilsner takes an unexpected route that may leave some readers slightly unsatisfied. Still, by coupling raunchy humor and genuine connection, Wilsner's sophomore outing offers plenty to love.