Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tessa Dare - A Week to be Wicked

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
• convince family and friends they're in "love"
• outrun armed robbers
• survive their worst nightmares
• 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

Comment: Since I've read the first book in the Spindle Cove series and became aware many people loved the second one even more, I was immediately curious to read it myself. Therefore, here it is and I have to say I did love it quite a lot!

This story features Minerva Highwood and Colin Sandhurst. From book #1 we've seen they couldn't be more different and unsuitable for each other, but Minerva wants to rescue her older sister from a marriage she thinks Colin will propose eventually, so she talks him into a business deal, she will pay him a certain sum if he goes with her to Scotland for a symposium and doesn't care about her reputation.
Colin is known as a rake and reckless man. But he never ruined an innocent and isn't willing to start now. However, circumstances force him to go with Minerva mostly to help her, or so he tells himself. But as the week of travel moves along, Min and Colin have more fun and more deep conversations they ever imagined and even best, the other might be exactly what they most wanted in life...

I really enjoyed Minerva and Colin's story. It was both funny and sentimental but not in a exaggerated way, I think the tone was perfect for the story and the purpose. None of the main characters were supposed to be dummies or conceited. I think they worked out well together and even in the aspects they clashed, it wasn't in such a way the reader would feel any lack of balance between them, in fact, the opposite happened, the characteristics of each other suited the other well, and I finished the book with the feeling that couple was perfect together. The only thing I thought was a bit too much was the sugary in the end, but considering everything ended so well, I can't really complain too much.

Colin is a fascinating character. He has a reputation but deep down he is has as much fears as anyone else. He tries to present a side of him that others won't look too deep into and he likes his life is what everyone sees, but he hides fears and wishes like everyone, just doesn't think he is good enough to chase dreams or to be what everyone around him wants him to be. I think his slow path towards redemption, let's call it that is highly influenced by Min and how she sees the world. In a way she helped him to dream and to realize he could be as happy as he wanted.

Minerva is very protective of her sisters and she knows that, not being a beauty of an accomplished society girl, her aims have to go elsewhere. She thinks about geology and how to impress those who deal with it. She made a huge discovery but can't travel to Scotland alone so she tries to blackmail Colin but he has honor after all. Min has an amazing evolution, she has so much to give to others and she proves to Colin over and over she could be as funny as him if he only accepted he was worthy of being loved.

The relationship between the two of them is unique and full of new things for both. There's lessons learned about who they are and what they can achieve if they trust one another and themselves. I liked how the author made them change for better in each other's company and how they faced their wishes and dreams together, it was sweet.
The book has many deep scenes where we learn more about their minds and thoughts and there are lighter moments to give the deep moments an even more special meaning.

I think this story was very romantic and well balanced in all parts. I really can't wait to read more in the series and I hope the following ones are as good for me as this one.
Grade: 9/10

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