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.
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!!