One Simple Mistake, Citadel #1 is a spin-off series from Deanndra Hall’s Under Construction series. One Simple Mistake finds Doug at a Walter’s family wedding where he realizes how truly lonely he is. Seeing the woman he thought he was in love with marrying two other men is almost harder than he can deal with. Vivian is the older sister of one of the women married to a Walter’s. Doug thinks Vivian is beautiful with her golden red hair and fair complexion and begins to ask about him. Vivian has not had any luck with men; she has even been left at the altar. Vivian is told that Doug is interested in her; he has been talked up and seems like a nice guy so she agrees. Doug and Vivian soon find themselves in a loving relationship; the only potential issue is that Doug is a Dominant and Vi has never had anything but “vanilla” sex. Luckily, the find a way to work around what each needs and soon find themselves engaged until Doug makes one silly mistake.
As I have never read the Under Construction series, I was somewhat confused the first couple of chapters of the book at the wedding when all those previous characters were mentioned and in the scenes. I was thinking about calling it quits but decided to continue reading and I am truly glad I did. After those first couple of chapters, the book began to focus and Doug and his interest in Vi. I enjoyed reading about the developing relationship between Doug and Vi and how since the cared about each other, made their relationship work even though they had different sexual desires and needs. I thought what they did to make each other happy in the bedroom is a perfect example of two people who love each other working together to make their relationship work with communication and compromising if needed. There were a lot of hot scenes in the One Simple Mistake as well as times where I was tearing up while reading. I enjoyed reading the book and would enjoy reading the next book in the series. Although it might have helped me in the beginning of the book, I don’t feel that it is necessary to have read the series which Citadel is spun-off from, the Under Construction series.