Review: A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

week to be wickedA Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove #2)
Author: Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Age Group: Adult
Source: Amazon
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

When a devilish lord and a bluestocking set off on the road to ruin…time is not on their side. 

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.


5 out of 5

5 out of 5

My Thoughts

I’ve been gorging on romance novels lately.  After reading A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare, I couldn’t wait to read the next full-length novel in the Spindle Cove series.  But at the same time, I was nervous, because how could A Week to Be Wicked be as amazing as A Night to Surrender?  But, you guys, Tessa Dare created such a wonderful, amazing, book, and I actually liked A Week to Be Wicked even MORE than the first book – which is saying a lot.  Basically, Tessa Dare writes my kind of books.

In A Week to Be Wicked, we follow Minerva, Spindle Cove’s spectacles-wearing geology expert and Colin, Lord Payne, reluctant resident, and lady’s man, of Spindle Cove, as they travel to Scotland.  I first met Colin and Minerva in A Night to Surrender, so I had an idea of what A Week to Be Wicked would be like, who I thought these two characters where.  I was wrong, though.  Well, slightly, anyway.  Dare brings so much more to Minerva and Colin than I was expecting, but also keeps them like their A Night to Surrender selves.

Minerva is a bit geeky, really.  She loves to read, she wears glasses, and her passion is geology.  She’s the middle child, and she has an older sister (Diana) who’s beautiful and sweet and kind, and a younger sister who’s beautiful and a little wild.  Minerva’s mother doesn’t always have the nicest things to say about her middle daughter, but Minerva weathers it well.  I loved that Dare didn’t make Minerva a stereotype, though, of that geeky, overlooked girl.  Minerva is just Minerva.  She loves rocks, and her sisters, and Spindle Cove.

I was actually really surprised with how easily Dare made me fall in love with Colin.  Ovbiously, I was expecting to like him, but I wasn’t sure if I could truly love him as a character.  He’s a bit reckless, even irresponsible at times, both traits that I don’t usually find attractive.  But there is so much more to Colin, and Dare showcases it perfectly.  Oh my gosh, and can Colin make up stories!  Definitely one of my favorite parts of the book was when Colin was inventing all these tales and telling them to the people they met on their way to Scotland.  It was hilarious, and I loved him all the more for it.  And of course, Colin’s refusal to call Minerva her name, always calling her other names that being with M, was adorable.

There were no slow parts in A Week to Be Wicked.  Honestly, I couldn’t put this book down.  I started it Sunday, and finished it on Sunday.  I loved seeing how dislike and misunderstanding bloomed into like, respect and then love between Colin and Minerva.  Really, who can resist a hate-to-love story?  It always brings to mind Pride and Prejudice and we all know how perfect that book is.  But, seriously, it was the perfect way to spend my Sunday.

As much as I love romances, I am not into sappy stuff.  I say this because, usually I’m not super into huge, emotional declarations of love.  Simple “I love yous” are more my style.  But I totally got all swoony with Colin’s declaration.  It wasn’t sappy at all, but he certainly was very clear on elaborating all the reasons he loved Minerva (this totally isn’t a spoiler – this is a romance – this is what always happens).  I couldn’t stop sighing and smiling.  Even hours after finishing the book.

A Week to Be Wicked is near perfection in my mind, and is one of the few historical romances that I will read again.  I loved the characters, the humor, the hate-to-love relationship.  Basically, I loved almost everything.  I wanted to start the third Spindle Cove novel right after finishing this one, but forced myself to wait a few days.  But I only ended up waiting four days, because I just need to read more Tessa Dare!!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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7 Responses to Review: A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

  1. Yes to all these things. You’re making me want to read this book all over again now.

    Have you read the novellas in this series too?

    • Quinn says:

      Haha. Seriously, this was my favorite of the four Spindle Cove novels. What’s your favorite?

      I have read the Winter’s Eve novella, but I haven’t read the other one. I definitely want to read it though because I love Diana!!!!

      Have you read the novellas?

      • Minerva was my favorite heroine of the series. I think I rated the last book the highest, even though they weren’t my favorite couple.

        I’ve read the novellas! I pretty much gobbled up all the Tessa Dare I could. I loved Diana’s story, just because she finally got to be her own person.

      • Quinn says:

        Okay, so I need to read Diana’s story ASAP. I just read Any Duchess Will Do this past weekend, but it was probably my least favorite. I still liked it, but I just didn’t love it. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood, though. My favorite character of Any Duchess Will Do was definitely Grif’s mother (I can’t remember her name right now). I want a whole book just about her!

      • I loved her! I think I liked the shenanigans in that book… and I was probably in the right mood. 😉

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I loved A Night to Surrender (and oh my god these titles hahahaha) so I’m excited you love the sequel so much. I need to get this from the library ASAP!

  3. Candace says:

    Geez, I haven’t been by your blog in ages! So sorry about that!
    Anyway, I don’t really read many historical fiction romances but I have been reading a lot of reviews for them lately and it’s kind of put me in the mood! I tend to like the spunky characters that tend to be in them and it sounds fun right now!

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