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A Week to Be Wicked (spindle cove) by [Dare, Tessa]
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Unexpected lovers find themselves together in Spindle Cove with A Week to be Wicked—the second book in Tessa Dare’s utterly delectable historical romance series. This Regency Era delight finds a restless British lord desperate to escape the quaint and too quiet small seaside resort he’s trapped in…and he gets much more than he expected when he eagerly agrees to escort a beautiful, brilliant, socially awkward lady scientist to Scotland. Concerning Tessa Dare and her irresistible romances, bestselling author Julia Quinn is spot on when she says, “Prepare to fall in love!” And anyone who loves the novels of Lisa Kleypas, Christina Dodd, and Liz Carlyle is going to adore having A Week to be Wicked.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1060 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (27 March 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9UZHDQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,147 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By lisa TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 January 2016
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Every sentence in this fast paced romance was entertaining. The only thing missing was the humour found in other Tessa Dare books.

Viscount Colin is handsome and dissolute, stuck in Spindle Cove until he comes into his inheritance. Minerva is an avid geologist with a discovery she needs to announce at a scientific symposium. She tries to protect her beautiful sister from Colin by persuading him to escort her to the symposium under the guise of an elopement.

The week that follows is all about their journey to Edinburgh including robbery, deception and Colin's entertaining lies about who they are. At the heart of this book is Minerva's warmth and loyalty and Colin's evil teasing. There are steamy erotic encounters and the preservation of a dinosaur footprint that add to the entertainment. Highly recommended reading.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my absolute favorites! 28 June 2012
By CA - Published on Amazon.com
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What a sweet, funny, romantic story! I absolutely loved this book, and it is definitely in my top 5. Had me hooked from the first scene. The title is very misleading, and almost had me turning in the other direction, so if it makes you groan, read the premise of the story and some of the reviews. In fact, a different title would do it so much justice.

I read this twice - I loved it that much. It was even better the second time around. I will admit that initially I felt there are some very implausible moments, including the original premise of the plot, but the second time I read it, it seemed less fairy-tale-ish. Lord Payne/Colin, the scoundrel, is asked by Minerva, the bespectacled intellectual heroine, to purposely "ruin" her by pretending to run away together, thus preventing him from marrying her sister. Minerva would also then have an escort to a geology symposium where she could present her scholarly works, and share her finest scientific discovery, of which she is very passionate about. This was a bit of a stretch, but how she asks him was hilarious, and the weeklong journey was a hoot, particularly as they spontaneously assume new identities with each "episode." Couldn't have been funnier! Their friendship and concern for each other evolves over the week (this is the best part), and I was happy to read a romance that wasn't centered solely on hormones and pheromones (although there was a dose of that as well, but it was nicely done).

The requisite sex was a bit overly descriptive, and there was much of it. I honestly think the author could have eliminated some of the sex, and it would still be a remarkable story. It certainly is titillating, so if that level of eroticism is what you are after, you won't be disappointed. The author injects some very sweet moments as well as some humor into the sex scenes, so the tone of the book does manage to remain true to itself. She also does a phenomenal job of pulling elements presented early on into later scenes in the book.

The dialogue is hilarious! I chuckled my way through the entire book, and was very sad to see it end - both times! I'd love to see another story - perhaps with their children? I would just love to hang out with these people -they were so much fun!

A great book! Needless to say I look forward to Tessa Dare's next release in September so I can see more of the folks from Spindle Cove and hopefully experience more of the author's truly wonderful wit and penchant for bittersweet romance.

As an aside, I went from this book to "A Night to Surrender" - a prequel to this book - which was nowhere near as good. It may help, however, to read Surrender first (if you can stand it), as some of the history of the characters is explained a little further, but it isn't absolutely essential to read it. Colin is also in this book, and is as funny as ever. That much made it worth it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nerdy girl!!! 29 June 2015
By Foxy Blogs - Published on Amazon.com
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***4.75 Nerdy Girls Rule stars***

Minerva is a nerdy girl. She loves reading and science. She's the middle sister and her mom has given up hope of her ever landing a husband.

Colin is a shameless rake. He's riding out his time before he can access his money.

Minerva comes up with a plan that will benefit both of them. Her plan will take them on a week long trip. Along the way they encounter many obstacles.
THEY -
● act like Bonnie & Clyde
● stay in a place like the Playboy Mansion
● work like they are part of Habitat for Humanity

This unlikely couple have a quirky sense of humor. "It's in the name of science" is one of Minerva's funny statements she says to be able to check things out on Colin's body.

A Week to be Wicked is book 2 in a series of four books plus two novellas. This is the first book I've read by this author. Why did I start with this one instead of book 1 - well, this one was on sale and it had been recommended to me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, steamy love story! 11 January 2016
By P jolly - Published on Amazon.com
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Adored this book! True, it may not be an historically correct tome, and there are a few cliche moments, but it was a great romp with a wonderful love story. The bespectacled bookworm and the notorious rake find true love, while engaged in a raucous trek throughout the countryside. Every bad thing that can befall them does, and with great hilarity. The H/h discover themselves as they discover each other, and of course true love. I find this author writes witty, original characters that I truly come to care about, and laugh and cry along the way. I admit to hesitancy reading this series of hers, based on a ladies retreat, what could hold ones attention on such a plot line? Two books in, I am hooked. Thus far they are charming, steamy and quite good.. Wholeheartedly recommend them, the writing is excellent and the stories are wonderful. Can't wait to read the rest of them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper! 28 June 2013
By MominYogaPants - Published on Amazon.com
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Have I been living under a rock? How is it that this is the first book I've read by this enormously talented author? I have been in a romance reading rut for a long while now. Authors that were autobuys for me have disappointed me greatly with their new releases so I have slowly moved away from reading two or three romance novels a week to reading one every few months. Well, Tessa Dare has cured me of my ennui and showed me that all is not lost. A Week to Be Wicked tells the story of an unlikely couple, a bluestocking and a rake, on a madcap road trip who find each other while enduring all manner of roadblocks and fall in love. Minerva Highwood is a geologist who has stumbled onto something never before seen that is bound to change history. She is determined to go to a symposium in Scotland to present her findings. To that end she enlists the help of a reluctant viscount who is more than just a pretty face. Oh and what a face it is. Gorgeous, dissolute Colin Sandhurst with his beautiful face and devil may care attitude is intended for Minerva' s beautiful sister or so everyone thinks. The only problem is that Colin has a secret weakness for a bespectacled, plain speaking bluestocking who he is determined to stay away from. Alas, fate has other plans.
What a treat this book was. Watching the rakish, beautiful Colin who can charm a nun out of her habit fall recklessly and hopelessly in love with the plain, bookish Minerva was one of the best reading experiences I have had. The plot moved at a great pace, the love scenes were of the steam up your glasses variety and most important of all at least to this reader is that the love story was believable. Colin and Minerva didn't just fall into lust and confused it for love, one could see the couple's journey from mere attraction to lust to a love so deep it fairly rocked my socks off. Also, the mix of humor and angst was done just right. Humor is so subjective and I tend to stay away from funny books but this is more of a romantic dramedy. It put me in mind of some of those old black and white road trip movies brimming with witty banter. In case I have not made myself clear, this was an immensely satisfying read which is now headed to my keeper shelf and Colin has definitely won a most well deserved place in my favorite romance heroes hall of fame. One quibble though, I didn't do my research (I quite stumbled into this book) and didn't realize it was part of a the Spindle Cove series. While the book does stand alone , at the beginning of the story right away I realized there was a backstory to these two. Some references were made in the story as to previous meetings. So, for anyone who is a stickler for reading in order as I am this may hamper your reading enjoyment just a bit. But no worries Colin will more than make up for any disappointments. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5* liked, but didn't love 15 June 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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3.5* it had great parts and other parts dragged on or seemed unnecessary. I liked how they brought out the best in each other and I always love an ugly duckling story. Their made up stories to strangers were humourous. However, they meet with a little more craziness than I think was warranted for the story. I also didn't really like how she left the relationship between Corporal Thorne and Kate completely wide open and unanswered. It seems obvious she is trying to get us to buy another book-perhaps not, but that's what it seemed like to me. All in all it was a story I liked and I'll probably read it again, it just wasn't one I loved.

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