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Review: A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare

Publisher: Avon
Where did you get the book: e-ARC from publisher
Release Date: March 27th

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…love.

*blurb taken from author’s official website*

It’s kind of rare for me to enjoy each successive book in a series by an author. And every title I’ve read so far in the Cove series, I have adored and I’m so happy to include A Week to Be Wicked. I’m a sucker for the bookworm type heroine, and the arrogant hero who is brought down and is shown what humility is in the face of a witty and smart heroine. Colin and Minerva were perfect for one another, and their chemistry and romance has been my favourite couple so far in 2012.

Min and Colin have never seen eye to eye. Min sees Colin as a irresponsible rake and seducer with no emotional depth, and Colin sees Min as a sharp tongue bookworm who likes rocks. Min is a geologist, and whilst she’s so confident in what she does, she’s not confident when it comes to the social side of things and feels like a wallflower with her spectacles, and is always in the shadow of her much prettier sister, Dianna. When Min thinks that Colin is going to propose to Diana, she knows she’ll vow to do anything to stop it. So one night, Minn goes to Colin and tells him in no uncertain terms that he’s not to marry her sister, and that she has a proposition for him. Min has made thee geology find that could propel her towards achieving acclaim and to win a prize. So Min hatches a plan that will send her up to Scotland to present her findings, and at the same time get Colin away from her sister.

There wasn’t a point in the story that I disliked and it’s pretty damn good feeling after finishing a book that you loved all the way. Colin and Min were meant for one another, and they really do have a I dislike you and don’t get you, but I think you’re totally hot thing going on. And watching these two fall for each other and falling in love made this one of my top reads of the year.

Min was a fantastic heroine, and whilst she was a smart and very intelligent heroine, she had her vulnerabilities and there’s a scene in the beginning of the book where Colin manages to hurt her, and I just wanted to swat him one. But Colin does make up for it throughout the book, and I thought it was kind of cute how he purposely kept forgetting her name because you fully well know that he knows what Min’s name is. Colin is very much a rake and he knows he can be a feckless sort, especially when it comes to responsibility and the ladies but that’s his charm because he’s very truthful about it all. But he does have his own vulnerabilities from childhood, and I thought Tessa Dare did a great job in showing that, especially the scene with the underwater Cave. I understood Colin and why he acted the way he did, and I’m glad that these days you get POVs from the hero because the feelings and love that Colin has for Min…so so romantic.

Throughout the book, it’s about Min and Colin traveling up to Scotland and their romance plays out through that time, and I just loved their banter. Especially when Colin convinces Min to fool a very respectable and religious family that they are brother and sister, and let’s just say they find out about their ruse and it was hilarious. Min and Colin are both honest with each other, and their passion runs hotter and I couldn’t wait to get to that moment where they both realise their love for one another. And when the reveal comes, it does not disappoint and the chemistry between them was smoking hot.

A Week to be Wicked is a wonderful romance with such witty banter between a hero and heroine that have oodles of personality. I cannot wait for Kate’s book, and how I wish time would fly faster!

I give A Week to be Wicked a A+

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By Lou

One thing that Lou loves most is her HEA in romances.

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