by Tessa Dare
Expected publication: March 27th 2012
ISBN: 0062049879 (ISBN13: 9780062049872)
Review courtesy of Edelweiss
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…love.
This was my first from Tess Dare and it won't be my last. Refreshing author spinning a unique tale, I couldn't put this down!!
The passion between Miranda and Colin sizzle from the start and continues on until the last page, Tessa Dare delivers a spicy romance you won’t want to put down. She spins a tale of two people who couldn’t be more opposite from one another, but who fall in love despite themselves. They try to fight the attraction but ultimately; they finally realize they were made for each other.
Minerva is your typical bluestocking girl, who is outshined by her beautiful sister. She is somewhat of an outcast, her own mother talks about her, even when she is in front of her! Minerva is seeking acceptance, maybe not from her family but from those who share her love of geology. It seems our Minerva has uncovered a footprint of what appears to be a prehistoric reptile, which she named ‘Francine’. She plans on traveling to Scotland to present her findings at a geology symposium. But she is smart enough to know she can’t travel alone, now can she just convince Lord Payne to accompany her…
Colin is exactly the kind of man every woman would fall in love with! He is sexy and slightly scandalous. Colin sees another part of Minerva that surprises him and sparks his interest. He sees the beauty in her curious mind and her independent spirit.
From the start you knew that Colin loved teasing her, it was also cute how he called her every name except Minerva…
“I must say, Melinda. This is rather a surprise.”
“My name’s Minerva.”
“Yes, of course.” He cocked his head. “I didn’t recognize your face without the book in front of it.”
She exhaled, letting her patience stretch. And stretch.
“I’ll admit,” he said, “this is hardly the first time I’ve answered the door in the middle of night and found a woman waiting on the other side. But you’re certainly the least expected one yet.”
A midnight seductress she was not. “This isn’t that kind of visit.”
“Give me a moment to absorb the disappointment.”
I couldn’t help but chuckle over their banter, and you don’t want to miss their “tit for tat” discussion, it was hilarious. You will love the great improvising of Colin, as he spins his own tales to those they meet while traveling.
There were some wonderful secondary characters which added to this storyline. I liked Kate Taylor; she seemed like someone who begged to have her story told…
Through their journey Minerva and Colin heal each other, more specifically they “complete each other”. I was very satisfied with this wonderful, touching, beautifully written story about two people, giving each other hope, acceptance, happiness and the freedom to love.
You will not be disappointed with this book if you love a romantic story of two seemly opposite people who bring out the best in each other. You simply must get this book!! Tessa, I look forward to reading more of your books.
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Tessa Dare is a part-time librarian, full-time mommy and swing-shift author of historical romance. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children and a big brown dog.