Tuesday, April 24, 2012

REVIEW: "A Week To Be Wicked" by Tessa Dare

A Week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare
(Spindle Cove #2)

Adult Fiction--Historical Romance
Avon--March 2012
Paperback, 354 pages 


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.  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.


I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this historical romance series, A Night to Surrender and one of the reasons I liked it was the character of Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne.  He initially came off as a stereotypical British rake, but Dare slowly started to reveal that there was much more to him than what his first impression showed.  Therefore, I was extremely excited to see that the second book in the series would be his along with the intelligent and unique Minerva Highwood.

Essentially, A Week to be Wicked is an opposites attract road romance, one of my personal favorites.  It involves two well-written characters who are thrown into a complex situation and learn more about each other through all their adventures.  While I love internal struggles in romances, I also can't say no to good old-fashioned outside influences that put our lovers in direct contact with each other for long periods of time.  Just so much fun to read! 

Of course, the above scenario would't work if the characters were bland or completely unappetizing.  Colin, Lord Payne, is the rakish, seemingly reckless lord who always seems to court trouble despite his good intentions.  He has difficulty sleeping alone which has caused stress throughout his life yet strives to not let the tragedies in his past define him.  On the other hand, we have Minerva, the spinster geologist with low self-esteem, who desperately wants to prove herself to her family and her society.  Together these two are a great example of well-done sexual tension and romantic chemistry.  As a couple, Minerva and Colin are electric and a joy to watch.

Overall, this book was full of fun and sweet moments.  There was a nice balance between the humor and drama which can be difficult to find in historical romances today.  The side characters were all intriguing without taking away from the main love story especially Thorne and Kate, whom I am assuming will be center stage in the next Spindle Cove book.  Another wonderful romance from Tessa Dare who has shifted into auto-buy author status with this book.  Highly recommended!!

Rating: 5 Stars

Spindle Cove
1. A Night to Surrender
1.5. Once Upon a Winter's Eve
2. A Week To Be Wicked
3. A Lady by Midnight


  1. Yay, I have been meaning to read this book! It sounded so fun from its summary and I'm glad it was! Minerva and Colin sound like a blast to read about. A nice balance between humour and drama is always a plus! Great review. :D

  2. I think I need to pick this one up! Colin sounds like a great character - and I haven't read a book along these lines in a long time! Thanks for this great review!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books


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