Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Series: Spindle Cove #2
Publisher: Avon Romance
Source: Author/publisher for review
Challenge: Reading Romances Challenge 2012
Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove’s confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland. Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be…anywhere but Spindle Cove.Review
These unlikely partners have one week to
• fake an elopement
• convince family and friends they’re in “love”
• outrun armed robbers
• survive their worst nightmares
• travel four hundred miles without killing each other
All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.
What they don’t have time for is their growing attraction. Much less wild passion. And heaven forbid they spend precious hours baring their hearts and souls.
Suddenly one week seems like exactly enough time to find a world of trouble. And maybe . . . just maybe . . . love.
Though I haven't read too many books by TESSA DARE, I can immediately tell that A WEEK TO BE WICKED is going to be one of my favorites forever. While I wish I could just gush and tell everyone to read it, I feel like this book deserves my objective review. So here goes nothing!
There are two things that cement this story's place in my heart - the amazing characters and the entertaining story.
I enjoyed getting know Minerva and Colin, both as individuals and as a couple. Minerva is intelligent and stubborn and determined to pursue her own interests - but she is all of those things and an innocent. Colin, on the other hand, is the complete opposite as a rake, handsome and charming and well, completely lovable even though he can often be annoying.
And together... well, it's certainly an explosive pairing. I admire how TESSA DARE had them progress from acquaintances, to sort-of friends, and then to something more. It's certainly makes perfect sense - especially considering how well they balance each other out. Minerva is insecure and she may be innocent, but she can sense that there's something more to Colin than just being a handsome rake. The same goes for Colin - he's completely insistent that Minerva is something else, someone special, someone extraordinary. (Plus, it's a major bonus that we find him completely besotted with her - I love when heroes fall in love that way!)
As for the story, there is so much more to it than the romance! There are hijinks and made-up stories and situations encountered en route to Scotland that left me amused and, at some points, laughing out loud. It's funny, it's intelligent, it's complex - and it's so well-crafted. I certainly had a fun time while I was reading it!
A WEEK TO BE WICKED is definitely one of the most well-written historical romances out there, with characters that you'll fall in love with and a story that will keep you on your toes. I would highly recommend this to first-time historical romance readers, even though it is the second book in the series. TESSA DARE is a master at crafting her historical romances, and I can't wait to read more of her books!
None of my friends have read or reviewed this one yet.