Author: Tessa Dare
Provided Synopsis: 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.
Review: I feel as if every problem I have ever had with romance books was completely rectified with A Week to be Wicked. In this genre, there is often a trade-off between what I want from a story and what I will get; by this I mean that if I receive characters I like then I will have to deal with a disappointment in terms of plot, or vice versa. I’ve always craved a story that will give me a hero and heroine perfectly suited for one another, but that will also defy the clichés of a London season storyline. Tessa Dare has given me that. Finally, I have been allowed to read a romance that has adventure, as so many of them could have but do not reach towards due to the author’s refusal to defy convention.
Minerva Highwood is a middle daughter, a scholar, perceived as a wallflower, and absolutely determined not to allow the viscount, Lord Payne, to make an unsuitable marriage with her sister. The premise that she would march up to his lodgings and offer up her reward money for a geology symposium she wishes to attend (if he escorts her there) in exchange for not marrying her sister was ridiculous. With what readers know about society’s conventions you would have never expected them to pull it off. And Tessa Dare reveals all the ways they could not pull it off when Minerva and Colin scoot off to Edinburgh to claim their prize. The road to love and intellectual pursuits is littered with adventure. They take on numerous identities to secure transport, they encounter highway robbers, they engage in a shoot-out at a country fair, and it was all so perfect that I could not get enough. Adventure really is the ingredient to turn a romance into something you cannot put down.
In all honesty, I cannot recommend this book enough. If you have ever wanted to read a romance book but have shied away from it, then this would be the one I push you towards; it is a true stand out in the genre in my eyes, and romance-genre lovers will also gobble it up since it offers something different. I’m gushing over this book because it completely deserves it.