A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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Dare’s delightful second Spindle Cove Regency (after 2011’s A Night to Surrender) unites an unlikely pair as a wastrel viscount comes to the aid of a serious scientist. Minerva Highwood asks Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, to accompany her on a journey from spinster haven Spindle Cove to Edinburgh, where she plans on winning a prize for her presentation to the geological society. The journey will appear as an aborted elopement, but Minerva is willing to risk social stigma to achieve fame. She promises Colin her cash winnings, as the confirmed bachelor can’t access his trust fund until he marries. Minerva and Colin’s mishap-filled trip results in passion that neither expected. Colin reveals a much deeper character than his rakish exterior, and Minerva proves that her bluestocking shell hides a beautiful, shining soul. Lust, love, and witty repartee are perfectly balanced in this seamlessly plotted romance. Agent: Helen Breitwieser, Cornerstone Literary. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062049872
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Series: Spindle Cove Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 213,310
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.52 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Tessa Dare is a part-time librarian,full-time mommy, and swing-shift author ofhistorical romance. She makes her home inSouthern California, where she shares a cozy,cluttered bungalow with her husband,their two children, and a big brown dog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

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    To the plot spoilers...please learn how to write a review. Read the others. They are short, concise and to the point. They do not ramble on and on telling every detail that happens. If you wish to belabor every plot point, go to a blog site or web site, but please stop ruining the books here. Most of us hate to have our books ruined by you. We actually prefer to read the books ourselves and be surprised by what we read, not already know what happens by rude ppl like u.

    14 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    This was a great story...couldn't put it down. loved how Minerva

    This was a great story...couldn't put it down.
    loved how Minerva was book smart but inexperienced in life...and Colin was wild and crazy. Total opposites. And they taught each other how to come out of their shells...the adventure to Scotland was fun to read and I couldn't wait to see what else they were going to get themselves into. The ending was a little predictable but that was ok. the love scenes were wonderful and even humorous which totally worked. Funny, Heartwarming, Sexy, & Adventurous - who could ask for more?!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    The latest in the Spindle Cove series this novel is one of the b

    The latest in the Spindle Cove series this novel is one of the best romances I read in a while. Minerva Highwood is determined that Lord Payne does not marry her sister. In an attempt to deter the apparently pending proposal, she proposes they travel to Scotland to present her latest geological findings to the scientific community so that Payne can keep the prize money. They seem like an unlikely match, Payne a handsome womanizer, Minerva a bespectacled bluestocking with a love of rocks. Yet in the author’s hands it is believable that opposites attract. The dialogue is great and even better is Minerva’s character. You’ve got to love a heroine who embroiders extinct sea creatures onto her wedding trousseau.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

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    Loved it. Great book, great story. I was very entertained.

    Loved it. Great book, great story. I was very entertained.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

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    Easily my favorite romance of the year! This book was by far my

    Easily my favorite romance of the year!

    This book was by far my favorite book of the series. I don’t know if it was the unmarried traveler’s plot (always works for me) or the scientific mind/sexual exploration combo, but I found A Week to be Wicked a sexy and witty read – Something I’m coming to expect from a Tessa Dare book. I’ll admit that pre-read I wasn’t sure I was going to like Colin as my hero. Form the outside view of A Night to Surrender he came across as immature and slightly annoying. Inside this tale know that instead, he appears charming, sexy, and emotional scared. Also, the man is constantly encouraging Minerva to be herself! Confident and sexy; who doesn’t love a man who does that.

    “He gave her a searching look, and Minerva marshaled the strength to hold it. Level, confident, unblinking. After a moment, his eyes warmed with an unfamiliar glimmer. Here was an emotion she’d never seen from him before. She thought it might be…respect. “Well,” he said “certainty becomes you.” ” (13)

    It’s the interplay between Minerva’s scientific nature and Colin’s excess of irreverence and charm that keeps the dialogue sharp and moments funny and endearing. They both have confidence issues. Hiding it at opposite ends of the spectrum. He shields himself with a devil-may-care attitude. She keeps her nose in a book. Both are lonely souls who desperately need someone to knock them out of their shells and expose their true selves to the world.

    “Perhaps, she thought, people were more like ammonites than one would suppose. Perhaps they too built shells on a consistent  unchanging factor – some quality or circumstance established in their youth. Each chamber in the shell just an enlargement of the previous. Growing year after year until they spiraled around and locked themselves in place.” (184)

    I would be doing a review of this title an injustice if I failed to mention the amazing sex scenes Dare creates. Just know that my favorites all happened before either character rounds 3rd base. They were unique and sweet and titillating  And somewhat more realistic a physical premise than most. Who among us went from naive virgin to a home run with out some exploration of bases 1-3? I’d say the 0 to 60 experience is rare. Yet, it’s what happens in a lot of the historical romances we read. It was fun to see Minerva and Colin explore the sexual landscape slowly (well for a week-long road trip!) and thoughtfully. Gaining confidence and compassion along the way.

    Rating: 5/5 Easily my favorite romance of the year!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

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    Excellent! Funny, passionate, engaging! Loved it!

    Excellent! Funny, passionate, engaging! Loved it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Loved it!

    I enjoy the Spindle Cove books, this one had quite a twist that took it out of the Spindle Cove setting. Very good read and an entree into the next book? Fina!lly the 'geeky' girl gets the guy! Yay!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Wonderful

    Can't wait for the next one!"

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Loved it !!

    This story of Minerva ( A SELF PROCLAIMED GEOLOGIST ) and Lord Colin Payne ( Rake) was inspiring. Two very different people set out ona trip and find all sorts of adventure to get into. But along the way they discover they both can bring out the better qualities in each other and loved each other flaws also. I loved this book along with the other Spindle Cove books by Tessa Dare.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Love

    This is such a wonderful story. I loved it and found parts humorous. Great, easy, enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Bookish, awkward Minerva and carefree Colin both have their inse

    Bookish, awkward Minerva and carefree Colin both have their insecurities and I loved reading about their struggles to overcome these insecurities on their own and as a couple. I also liked that the author allowed them to have a little time to get to know one another before their eventual, eventful journey. Tessa Dare throws in some snappy, really funny dialogue and situations, but she truly shines when they finally declare their love for one another. Colin's declaration is wonderful, lovely and romantic, in the best sense of the word. Loved this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Great read

    Strong characters and new story line you wont be disappointed

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    GREAT READ

    GREAT READ

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2012

    A definite read!

    As usual from Tessa Dare, it was AWESOME! An extreamly good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Very enjoyable read

    I am loving Tessa Dare's characters from Spindle Cove. I enjoyed reading Colin and Minerva's story and look forward to the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Loved this book!

    I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. It was sexy, romantic and very entertaining. Tessa Dare is becoming one of my favorite authors!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    The second in the series and Colin proved himself to be a great

    The second in the series and Colin proved himself to be a great hero. Minerva was awesome. I liked that she said things as they were. Didn't matter that she was smart and wanted to be acknowledged as a geologist. As in the other two Spindle Cove books I have read. I truly loved this one.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    Good book, predictable, but good.

    This author delivers a predictable love story. Well written romance.

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  • Posted January 18, 2014

    Very entertaining, a must read in a great series.

    Be sure to read the "Spindle Cove" series by Tessa Dare. The stories are delightful, filled with interesting characters and well developed story lines. There is plenty of humor too. I look forward to each book by this author.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    I loved how the relationship developed between Minerva and Colin

    I loved how the relationship developed between Minerva and Colin. I just knew there was a lot more under those spectacles than met the eye. And Colin's teasing about her name was just proof he was very interested in her from the beginning. I thought it was a good touch of humor how they drug "Francine" with them through one catastrophe after another. Fun, sexy, and romantic addition to the Spindle Cove series.

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