A Week to Be Wicked Mass Market Paperback – 20 April 2012
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- ISBN-10 : 0062049879
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062049872
- Publisher : Avon - US (20 April 2012)
- Product Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.44 x 17.15 cm
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 306,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
to convince family and friends they're in love
to outrun armed robbers
to survive their worst nightmares
to 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 . . . everlasting love.
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The chemistry between the leads, Minerva and Colin was very spicy and really entertaining. As characters, their back stories and interests were interesting, particularly Colin's history, showing why he developed into the person he's become and how Minerva’s personality was a perfect foil for him.
I very much enjoyed this romp of a book. It reminded me of the romances I used to devour 20/30 years ago. The banter was lively and witty, the situations were hilarious and bordered on ridiculous and silly, and the hero and heroine had an insane amount of chemistry between them. All in all a solid 4.5 Stars. With charm and wit this adventure Ms. Dare delivers provides a few great hours reading pleasure along with a delightful HEA.
Handsome dissolute Viscount Colin is stuck in Spindle Cove, with nothing to do but flirt with the locals. Minerva is an avid geologist who wants to publicise her research at a symposium. Of course she has spectacles. But behind her bookish exterior is loving loyalty. Seeking to protect her beautiful sister from Colin’s rakish ways, Minerva persuades Colon to escort her to the symposium.
The couple's journey to Edinburgh includes adventures, robbery and Colin's funny lies. There are steamy erotic encounters and a quest to preserve a dinosaur footprint. With no dull moments and a truly believable romance this is highly recommended reading.
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The glimpse I saw of Minerva in ‘Surrender of a Siren’, had me thinking I wouldn’t like her, but I’m happy to say that my attitude towards her changed as soon as I started reading this book. When I was introduced to her as a secondary character, I had a feeling she would be too annoying to have her own book focused on her, it turns out that that assumption was incorrect because she was overall a lovely heroine. Her differences from what a lady is expected to be endeared her to me, just like they did Collin.
Minerva’s mother in this at the start came of as somewhat mean, I’m referring to how she referred to Minerva in her letters, letters she would get said daughter to write! In ‘Do you want to start a scandal’, Minerva’s mother comes across far better (at least for me).
I liked the fact that each adventure/experience Collin and Minerva had helped reveal another contour of their characters, showing that one should never judge a book by it’s cover. Polite society may wish to see Minerva as an unladylike bluestocking and Collin as a rake, but that is only one facet of who they are. The escapades were amusing and I liked how Collin appreciated Minerva's intelligence.
I’m really liking that fact that reading the books in this series of out of order doesn’t in anyway dampen my enjoyment of the characters and stories been told. The dual POV that the author uses helps ensure an entertaining read.
Dare infused this story with wit, charm and tongue in check humour, making it a lovely fluffy HR read, one that will be staying on my kindle.
From the moment the book opened, it romped along at a brilliant pace. The repartee was witty, the characters believable, and though I wasn't particularly sold on the concept of Spindle Cove itself, it was kind of irrelevant, because they didn't spend much time there. I loved the stories they spun as they travelled north, and I loved how their blatant sexual chemistry (which sizzled) didn't blind them to each other's faults, and didn't drive them towards their HEA - so although the sex was wild and wicked, it was also kind of irrelevant (to them, not to the book) because what they wanted and what they thought they could never have was a true meeting of minds. So when they did get that - wow, what a satisfying ending.
One other 'character' I loved was Francine, the cast of the foot of a dinosaur (I forget which one, but it was named in the author note). Although I knew from the start that it would be impossible for Minerva to present her theory, never mind win the prize she thought, it didn't stop me rooting for her right up until the end. If only! But you can only play around with history so much, and I thought Ms Dare took it to just the right limit.
Really great book, and I will definitely be reading the next in this series.
Beautifully written characters come to life, the interaction between Collin and Min was incredible made me laugh parts made me sad.
Minivera Highwood is a scientist. Having found the discovery of a lifetime she wants to go to Scotland to present it the the Royal Geological Society of Scotland, she has a plan not only to get herself to scotland, but also a way to got the annoing Colin Payne away from the beautiful good and delicate older sister Diana. Colin Payne is a very endearing viscount who after a traumatic and fatal carridge accident when he was a child does not travel in closed carridges, does not travel at night, and does not/ can not sleep alone. He also has a habit of causing explosions, both literaly and figurative where ever he goes, but yet has a rule never to ruin an innocent woman, which if he goes to Scotland with Minivera will undoubtedly happen. However despite all this, he finds himself helping Minivera, and as they brave many adventures, and find themselves pushed time and time again out of their comfort zones, they start to fall in love, and realise that they are what they have always been looking for.
What I paritcually loved about this book, was there was no misunderstandings that drove Minivera and Colin apart, it is just a sweet and extremely funny story about how they fall more and more in love with each other, without being at all boring or predictable. So glad I found this book, I can see myself re-reading again and again and again.
Miss Minerva Highwood, the middle sister of the Highwood young ladies, isn't like her siblings. She has little interest in anything but geology, but is fiercely protective of her sisters. When it's believed that Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, will ask to marry her sister Diana, (who has a weak constitution), Minerva believes she should intervene and put a stop to things. She arrives at Rycliff Castle one night, where he's in the middle of 'entertaining.' She asks that he doesn't marry Diana. Colin is confused at this woman. With her spectacles and boots, she isn't the usual sort of woman he goes for, and keeps calling her the wrong name. Minerva isn't out off, and tells him of her plan. She has found some sort of a fossil, and wishes to show her findings to a geologist in Edinburgh she's been corresponding with. The prize is £500, which she will give to Colin, if he leaves Diana alone. But it has to look like an elopement, even though they won't actually marry. Minerva realises she will return a 'ruined woman,' but loves her sister more.
Colin is a rake and scoundrel. Eventually, he agrees to Minerva's plans, but he has his own conditions. He won't go in a carriage, and instead will ride alongside Minerva, no matter how uncomforatble the long journey to Scotland will be. Minerva is curious, and during their time together, Colin encourages her to pretend to be someone else, all in the name of fun. When they meet others along the road, Minerva is a sister, a courtesan and Colin is a long lost prince from a make believe island! They get closer, and Minerva realises she is no 'beauty,' yet little does she know that Colin finds her beautiful, unlike any woman he's ever known. He's always known her real name, but can't help but tease her a bit. She's the only one he's opened up to about his tragic childhood, and why he can't go in a carriage. Minerva also learns he cannot sleep alone, and how he started becoming a rake. But despite this, these characters both adore one another.
The story was really good. Colin is a man who needs love, and Minerva is the perfect woman for him. However, it's not as good as book 1, with Bram and Susanna. We have more from them, as well as Thorne and Kate, who are in book 3 and the ones I've been wanting to read about the most. Somehow, I think book 3 will be my favourite, followed by book 1.