ARC Review: A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare

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ARC Review: A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare
A Week to be Wicked

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: March 27, 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Spindle Cove #2
Published by Avon
Pages: 356
Format: ARC


I first fell in love with both characters in book one.  Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, is a rake, a flirt, always getting in trouble and never sleeping alone.  We heard a little bit about his “condition” of needing to have someone sleep with him or he just can’t sleep but we didn’t know the origin of that story.  Isn’t it always the funny, unabashed heroes that have the most depth?  Well that’s exactly what you can expect from Lord Payne.

While everyone in town thinks he has his sights set on Diana Highwood, it is actually her sister that has caught and stirred his interest.  Minerva is the smart one of her sisters, she never wants to outshine another so long as she is left alone with her rocks.  Well, she is very much interested in geology and has found a fascination with some underground caves in Spindle Cove.  While her mother decided to extend their stay thinking that Lord Payne might propose to her sister, she’s been researching and gathering information about a footprint she’s found in one of the caves.

But when she hears from the rumor mill in town that Lord Payne might be proposing to Diana so that he can access the money in his fortune earlier than he was supposed to, she comes to him with a proposition.  He can come along with her to a geology simposium so she can present her findings which will earn her 500 guineas.  He can keep the money, which will support him until his birthday in London, when he will have access to his fortune.  Tempting as this might be to a rake like him (ha!) she doesn’t have an easy time of it convincing him but finds himself going anyway.

It helps that he’s been attracted to her from the start for unknown reasons.  Or maybe just because she is a surprise.  They are polar opposites and they bicker and argue at every opportunity.  He teases her constantly but she gives it right back.  She’s so innocent at times where he is concerned.  And she reaches a part of him that he doesn’t show others easily.

I loved Colin and Minerva together so much I just couldn’t put this book down!  There was never a dull moment in their adventure to get to Scotland and I was rooting for them the whole time.  And there is also a tortured past that our hero has to face head on for his girl that might’ve brought me close to tears towards the end.  If you like your heroines spunky and smart, crazy adventures, funny dialogues and a whole lot of sparks flying then you must read this book!
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About Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

Mixing wit, sensuality, and emotion, Tessa writes Regency-set romance novels that feel relatable to modern readers. With her bestselling “Spindle Cove” and “Castles Ever After” series, she has had great fun creating heroines who defy the conventions of their time—engaging in “unladylike” pursuits that range from paleontology to beer-making—and dreaming up the strong-willed, sexy heroes who find their hearts ensnared by them.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.

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Smart women are always so much more interesting. I can’t wait to read about this one.


Oh man, can’t wait to get my hands on this one! I love Tessa’s voice!


Thanks for the fanastic review! I just got the first book in this series and I can’t wait get started!


I love the banter. Can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the review.

Joanne B


Great review. I’ve been waiting for Minerva’s book.


Great review…you make it sound very tempting…4 smackers is hard to turn away from!

Barbara E.

I enjoyed the review, it’s good to know you liked it so much. I’ve been hearing great things about A Week to be Wicked and I can’t wait to read it.


I love books where the hero & heroine bicker. The electricity is usually quite palpable.


Thank you for the reveiw. Minerva and Colin really sound like they belong together.


Great review Francesca…looking forward to reading this!!!


Enjoyed your review and can’t wait to read the book.
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Filia Oktarina

The review is great. I was read another novels Tessa, and i like all her books. I can’t wait to read this book to.


Very nice review. Book sounds really great.


I was wondering how their story would be and it sounds like a good one.
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Fantastic review! Thanks so much. The book sounds amazing. I love the attraction between polar opposites. Creates interesting situations generally. 😀


Thanks for the review.