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Not a Mistake

(Hot Under Her Collar #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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.

Paperback, 305 pages
Published March 14th 2016 by Amber Belldene
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2 stars. DNF @40%

Due to personal reasons, I no longer review books that get less than three stars from me. In order that I can remember why a book didn't work out for me, I've decided to file them accordingly. Meaning, I had to extend my shelves substantially.

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His frank admission bubbled through Jordan like heady champagne. This wasn’t a trial by fire, but the gesture of a good man trying to do right by her and baby bean. She should relax and have fun, even if it probably
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Favorite Quote: "The thing is, Dominic, you're not only a sexual object to me. But I would sleep much better, and preach a knock-out sermon tomorrow, if you'd just come inside and bend me over the kitchen table for a quickie before you go home."

When I received this review request, this blurb both fascinated me and scared me a little. The premise is different and sounded a little - controversial. I was nervous how the subject matter would be handled. Would it be an inspirational romance which I d
Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ by: sraxe
Shelves: romance

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Why does this book not have infinitely more ratings than it does? The quality of the writing and the characterization are better than many books gracing the best-seller lists right now, and yet NOT A MISTAKE remains obscure.

This book came to my attention because of my friend sraxe's review. I thought the premise of two priests falling in love after an unplanned pregnancy sounded interesting, especially since she said the religion aspect was
This is one of those instances in which the GR 5-star rating system bothers me. This book wasn't a three for me, but it wasn't exactly a four either. There were some things about this book that I really liked, and then there were others that weren't awful, but I feel they could've been better. However, because I liked what I felt were realistic portrayals of religious people, and because I pretty much devoured this book, I decided to up the overall rating.

I was intrigued by this book not because
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, a-contemporary
I've been complaining (a lot) lately that I seem to be reading the same story over and over again. I'm in a reading funk. I'm starving for something new, something different. Then this little gem falls into my lap and I am happy.

First, this topic is interesting, especially for the romance genre. Not a Mistake features two faith leaders who engage in a one-night stand that results in a pregnancy. To complicate things further, Jordan is a new priest just graduated from seminary and Dominic is her
4,5 stars

Read for #TBRchallenge May 2016. The theme was ‘Something Different’ and though I don’t think this one completely fit the brief, I’m glad I read it.

At RT16 I decided, urged on by Eloisa James' RT award acceptance speech and talks with other readers and bloggers, to make an effort to read at least one book out of my comfort zone this year. Which fit perfectly with the May theme for the #TBR challenge: Something Different. I didn't want to go as far as non-romance and already read multipl
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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'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 Jordan. As you got more and more ...more
Heather R Callahan
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title:Not a Mistake
Author:Amber Belldene
Series:Hot Under the Collar
Reviewer:Heather Callahan
Release Date:March 15, 2016
Genre(s):Romance, Contemporary
Page Count:244
Heat Level: 5flames out of 5
Rating: 5stars out of 5

I loved this book! We have two priests, who find themselves in a sticky situation. Jordan just graduated from seminary, and winds up in bed with her ethics professor and adviser. She has liked Dominic for two years, but never figured it would go this far. Now two mont
I was super, SUPER into this. I really like books that portray people of faith as actual people, not just ciphers for the preaching of lessons or morality. Because that's never how any of the people I know who have close relationships with religion behave.

I did think that Dom's conflict over the secret that Jordan was keeping was a bit extreme, but then, I also thought she should have told him sooner. But that wasn't really enough to dampen my extreme enjoyment of the book.

Can't wait for the nex
Liz Mc2
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I enjoyed this particularly for the heroine, Jordan, who is juggling her role as a new priest with the discovery that she is accidentally pregnant. The author herself is an Episcopal priest and that means that though there are some shortcuts to make the plot work that part of the novel feels pretty right. Jordan has a pretty well-developed personal theology, a strong belief in the power of love, that fits with the way she handles her pregnancy and her relationship with Dominic as well as her par ...more
Maria Rose
Not a Mistake is the first standalone story in Amber Belldene's Hot Under Her Collar series. While a series following female seminary graduates is definitely an original idea, if you're looking for a story that is about erotic taboo relationships between clergy and laypersons this is not that type of book. The author herself is an episcopal minister, and as such this story is about love and sexual relationships within the context of the Christian religion. Because there are open door bedroom sce ...more
K.M. Montemayor
5/5 stars

This book is exactly what I was looking for. Good fictional story-check. Romance-check. Discussion of theological and ethics issues-check.

Priest Jordan Sykes has just graduated from seminary. For the past few years she has been crushing on her professor. On the night of her graduation, she winds up in bed with said Professor, mistakenly believing she's covered by a contraception shot she took a few months ago and doesn't realize she's past due for a new one. I'm sure you can figure ou
This was good! I liked that it showed a couple of priests as--*gasp*--normal people! (The author is an Episcopalian priest herself.) However . . . I wish they'd talked about God and prayed as they were making these major life decisions. That wasn't a dealbreaker or anything for me, but it did kind of nag at me.

But super into the heroine's "love them like hell" philosophy of ministry.

The (view spoiler) conflict was weird and dragged on too long and, really, probably
Diane plourde
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Stars: 3
Title : Not A Mistake
Author: Amber Belldene

I came across this author that had a great cover with an enticing blurb, so I went all in. I've never heard of this author or had the pleasure of reading any work from her before. Authors write what comes out of their creative minds in order to keep us entertained for hours on out. What I like in certain books doesn't mean the next reader will share my view and vice versa.

First the subject in this book is religions and churches , I don't like
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read. Interesting dynamic between the romantic leads that was handled really well.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, series
I grew up in a church where the pastor was placed on a pedestal, the ministers were slightly lower than him, and the congregation could be condescending, unforgiving, and close-minded. The truth is, ministry leaders are just as human as you and I. They like and dislike, love and hate, want and need. They make mistakes, misjudge, and fall.

For me, seeing those characteristics in a ministry leader makes me want to stay in their church even more. It shows me how they not only learn and grow from the
Fiction  Vixens Blog
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading anything by Amber Belldene and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this great story. Amber Belldene has given us a very well written story that flowed flawless and the pace is great ,the sex scenes are hot and steamy and the humor is timeless. The heroine of the story is Jordan Sykes is a young woman who has recently been ordained a Episcopal priest who herself is a flawless character, she attraction,sex and relationships are very normal part of her life and world ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Not a Mistake (Hot Under Her Collar # 1)
Series: Hot Under Her Collar Series
Author: Amber Belldene
Genre: Romance
Stars: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Annamaria
Published: March 15, 2016
Pages: 244

Four Awesome Stars! Jordan has just graduated from Seminary school and is starting to Minister at her new Church. She comes to discover that she is pregnant and now fears for what her parishioners will think of an unwed pregnant Minister. Jordan had a crush on Professor Dominic while in school and was surprised
Sally Kilpatrick
I think I burned my eyeballs finishing the last half of this book tonight, but I really couldn't help myself.

I used to joke about writing inspirational erotica, but Amber actually makes it happen. If you believe that sex is a gift from God, that love is messy, and that each of us--no matter what--deserve to be loved both by God and other humans, then this is the book for you.

In many ways Not a Mistake isn't your typical romance. There are dates and compatibility tests and the main characters oft
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
I agree with another reader that this would have been better if they weren't priests. This just plays into the whole religious guilt-fest. Well, that and its a big oogie. Not that I don't know that religious leaders have sex, it's just weird hearing about them removing clerical collars and going into a sex scene. Dominic is a professor and is overly worried about perfection in ethics to the point that he ignores real life. He has a guilt complex the size of Texas, not realizing that two people p ...more
Heather Stanton
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. The characters are well-drawn and mature, the conflict strong, and the drama quiet but powerful. It's not an inspie, but the message of love and grace, both from our Father and toward one another, is present without overshadowing the story being told.
Well written and I loved both the hero and heroine. I think they were perfectly paired. However something was off. The relationship development was "blah". I think the author should've included more scenes of them together.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a fun read. This is a sweet romance that asks some challenging theological questions in a way that is accessible. Recommend for clergy and romance readers.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars

May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who want a different kind of contemporary w/a hero and heroine w/unusual professions.
Recommended to Sandlynn by: Just browsing Amazon.
March 25, 2018

What’s unusual about Amber Belldene’s Not a Mistake (Hot Under Her Collar – Book One) published in 2016, is that both the hero and heroine are Episcopal priests. Oh, and its author is also an Episcopal priest! Now, that doesn’t mean the story is an inspirational or even deals with spiritual issues, per se. In fact it’s main focus are moral issues both personal and professional. Also, it has very sexy moments.

This book has a mini-review here on AAR. So, I don’t know that I really ne
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I've only just started reading this, so the 1 star is provisional. I read the summary; I'm not religious; I have no beef with consensual adult sex in any constellation. BUT: SHE GOT PREGNANT BECAUSE SHE AND THE GUY HAD A ONE-NIGHT STAND WITHOUT A CONDOM?!?!? WTF?!?
Ok, I get that the author has to get her heroine pregnant. But in this day and age, for two adults to decide in a bar (with toilets where you can presumably buy condoms) to go home together, and she thinks she's "safe" because she got
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
this book combination of secrets, scandal, and steamy sex! Jordan is easily relatable, fun and straightforward at the same time. She has a one-night stand with her seminary ethics professor, Dominic who comes across as perhaps just a tad unrealistically uptight, especially about sexual ethics, though Belldene does give him a good reason for this. Newly ordained priest Jordan finds herself pregnant from that night and goes through the full range of emotions and options of what will be best for he ...more
Daniel Clark
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not usually one for a romance novel but the premise intrigued me. What would a romance novel look like with an relationship between a seminary student and a professor? Well here you go. It has much to say about ministry and being a pastor.
Bookish Ames
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
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Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book.  As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church

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Hot Under Her Collar (3 books)
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