“I’m a woman who knows a great deal about rocks. I suggest you find the stones to deal with it.” ~ Minerva Highwood, Amateur Geologist Extraordinaire
What happens when an unrepentant, charismatic rake meets a bookish, spinster geologist he finds he cannot resist? Hilarity ensues and that about sums up the genius of Tessa Dare here.
A Week To Be Wicked is the second installment of the Spindle Cove Series and my first of the series but I dare say, it won’t be last. Set in the beautiful if somewhat sleep like corner aptly names as Spindle Cove, this book manages to be hilarious, deep, sensitive, sweet and very sexy at the same time.
Colin, our hero, is a charming rake meets “jack of all trades” with disaster as his middle name. He has good intentions that are never recognized because he can be a tad – read, a lot – impulsive but he has a good heart and and suffers from sever PTSD due to a traumatic past.
Minerva, our heroine, is a badass nerd who feels more comfortable around rocks than people and has a tongue sharper than the chisel she uses to hammer at mountains. The only thing that equals her love for geology is her love for her sisters and she’d do anything to save them. Include barge into a man’s bedroom in the middle of a stormy night to warn him away from his sister and ends up propositioning him to elope with her to a geology symposium in Scotland to elevate his dire financial circumstances.
“You are the most deceitful, horrid, shameless, contemptible man I have ever had the displeasure to know. How do you sleep at night?”
His reply came just as she banged the door closed. “I don’t.”
And this, ladies and gentleman, is just the first chapter.
The setting Ms. Dare creates is somewhat eccentric and yet the journey is rather cliched. Combined together, they managed to become a rather believable tale that charms and seduces. These two stubborn but witty characters start this journey with preconceived notions and rules: Colin will not seduce her, Minerva will remain unaffected and they’ll reach Edinburgh without mishap. As one can imagine, the rules start to break on day one where they share a room and bed – Colin’s condition to help elevate chronic insomnia – and are robbed by highway men, among other things.
Their adventures are hilarious, the love scenes steamy and the banter out-of-this-freaking-world! My favorite parts were of course, the nerdy ones where by Colin and Minerva engage in a flirtation of polysyllabic words.
“Well, we must have some distraction in the meantime.” She perked. “I know. Let’s list naughty-sounding mathematical terms.” In her most tarty, breathy voice, she whispered, “Parabola.”
After a pause, his fingers squeezed hers. “Tessellation.”
“Why stop there? Trinomial.”
“Now that’s just wicked.”
“That’s nothing. I’ve been saving this one.” He leaned close to whisper in her ear. “Annulus.”
I loved sassy heroines and Minerva was everything one could want in a female lead. Colin manages to come across as a lovable jerk – a difficult balance to achieve – and his journey to becoming a man worthy of Minerva’s support is a delight to read. I laughed, cried, sighed and spent a wonderful weekend basking in the journey of two characters I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
I’d recommend this to all romance lovers who want to lose themselves in a delightful story and unforgettable characters.
RATING: 4.5/5 Hilarious Stars