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It's no time for any review writing today so I will do this very short. I only fall in love at night. Minerva is seen as unusual. Certainty becomes you. Take it and leave me be to love A Week to Be Wicked in private. Other editions.
Your Name: Your Email: Your Website: Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. A- Genre: European , Regency Theme: This book is available from: Your Transcript is Ready! Cecilia says: August 29, at 4: Baker says: August 29, at 6: Lina says: August 29, at 7: August 29, at 8: Laura Jardine says: August 29, at 9: Sara says: Megan M.
Judy G says: August 29, at Joy says: Crystal says: Moviemavengal says: Sue says: August 29, at 1: Julie says: Moriah says: August 29, at 2: Karin says: Maite says: August 29, at 3: Heather says: August 29, at 5: Lynnd says: Brianna says: Bu says: Meredith says: April says: August 30, at And spunky, awkward, bespectacled, bluestocking, spinster geologist Minerva, who prefers spending her time unearthing rare rocks and minerals and making scientific discoveries to people, might appear his polar opposite, but together they prove that magnets indeed attract.
Big 5 stars! Some wild monsoon raged through me as I looked at you just now. Because you are worthy, Colin. Deeply, truly, well, and often.
View all 36 comments. Feb 25, Carmen rated it it was ok Recommended to Carmen by: Sam AMNReader. She couldn't 'heal' him. No woman could. Events that far in the past just couldn't be undone. But perhaps he didn't need a cure, but Someone who accepted him for the imperfect person he was, and then helped him see the world clear. Like spectacles did for her. And the sex, don't get me started on the sex. Let's work on breaking this down. Dare creates the best set-ups.
She really doe She couldn't 'heal' him. She really does. Needless to say this is a goldmine. Scientist female with low self-esteem, an overbearing mother, who has been told she's ugly and unappealing her whole life paired with a life-loving rake who struggles with PTSD and night terrors.
What could be more perfect? Unfortunately, Dare's execution is flawed.
Sometimes Dare kills it, I'm not gonna lie. Let me give you some examples: Here Dare just tackles the 'you can't heal a man with your magical vagina' protestations that often emerge.
She just addresses it head-on. No, Minerva can't heal Colin's mental trauma. But she does listen to him talk, comforts him, provides a safe space and a refuge for him. I think that's very important and nicely illustrated by Dare. She should do this more frequently in the novel, IMO. I know, she is going for sweet, cute, humorous and fluffy, but I like my heart to be bruised while reading a romance novel.
She does have some great ideas, my complaint is that she doesn't follow through with them. Here are some great angst examples: A hot tear spilled down her cheek. She hated that tear. Hated that he'd seen it. A man like this wasn't worth weeping over.
It was just And it had all been a lie. A ridiculous, laughable joke. This part. Where she's crying and he can see her crying and he hates himself and she feels so betrayed and hurt. And learn how this should feel. Shouldn't this feel tender and romantic?
Shouldn't lovemaking feel like love? But this wasn't love. It was just a diversion, a lesson. Just another elaborate pretense. 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 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. Colin's shell had been formed by tragedy.
His parents' deaths had defined the shape of that first protective chamber. He'd owned it, grown to fill the shape of it, enlarged it with room after mournful room. But what if the person inside those many hollow, echoing chambers wasn't a tragedy at all? Just a man who genuinely enjoyed life and loved people, but happened to have two dead parents and a stubborn case of insomnia?
And who was SHE, beneath all her layers? A bookish, awkward girl who couldn't be bothered to care for anything but fossils and rocks? Or a bold, adventurous woman who'd risked everything - not on the hopes of achieving professional acclaim, but on the slim chance of finding love. Of finding that one person who could understand her, appreciate her, and let her understand and appreciate him.
Don't tease me. I'm complimenting you. I don't want compliments. I'm not fanciful that way. Once I gain control of my accounts, I'll quietly settle some money on you. Enough that you'll be able to live as you desire. Set up house in any place you wish.
Devote your life to scholarship. You and your sisters will always have my protection. Am I to be your mistress, then? Dare just doesn't understand how to milk things and make her readers suffer.
Don't speak that way. I'd visit bodily harm on anyone who dared insult you, but I don't know how to guard you from yourself. So kindly do me a favor, and just All right? Thank heavens. At last someone has said it. This isn't the time for long conversations. Really like that Dare addresses this, since it's one of my pet peeves in novels.
Good Lord, did the man never stop talking? Minerva didn't want to converse right now. She just wanted The wind rippling through his wavy hair. The sight was just like something from a fairy tale. Oh, he wasn't riding a white stallion, but rather a serviceable, sturdy bay gelding. And he was dressed not in shining armor or regal attire, but in a simple, well-tailored blue topcoat and buckskin riding breeches.
That was a nice little bit of mental-image porn. Seriously, there is enough conflict in here without him being a dick. His breath fell hot and rough on her neck.
That's the point of a mistress, after all. Now Minerva wanted to sink through the floor and die there. She understood Colin was angry, but how could he do this to her? He just acts so horrid in this whole scene, and I know Dare plays it up as an 'adventure' but it was pretty miserable to this reader.
And what makes you think they're whores? Perhaps they're ladies, every bit as pedigreed and well-bred as you, who understand what you don't. How to enjoy themselves. How to have a good time. See how she is trying to reach for the feminist idea that slut-shaming is wrong? See it? But see how her asshole hero twists it into 'making Minerva feel like a shit person for being humiliated, ashamed, and afraid after being taken to what is essentially a pleasure-house where she is apt to become public property?
It's sick. It's so fucking sick. I don't even know how to begin to address this, but I'm severely grossed out. You're so stupid and virginal. A REAL woman would enjoy being able to be 'free' and act this way. She would need a steady supply of assurance, he supposed.
Perhaps her participation in the Royal Geological Society could give her that, to some degree. But the right man could do far more. The right man could plant seeds of confidence Is that what YOU think you're doing, you fucker?
I mean Way to fail, asshole. You've been the opposite of nurturing, considerate and kind here. Honestly, Minerva deserves better, but we all know she's not going to get it and you're the best she can hope for. Considering the time period, you are golden, but to a modern reader you are trash.
Work it out. At least she doesn't punch him, kick him, or knife him like the previous heroines did to their men. This is IMO where Dare always fucks up. Take for example the scene where he makes out with Minerva. It's her second kiss she got her first from him also and her first makeout session, obviously. I was thrilled. I was delighted. And I love makeout sessions that just exhibit the joys of kissing and don't end in sex.
More books need makeout scenes. It had been ages since he'd kissed a girl simply for kissing's sake, and he'd forgotten what a pure, heady pleasure it could be. Cue excited squeeing from Carmen! Anyway, in the middle of this Colin tells Minerva, "You can do better. Just killed any happy-feelings I had about this scene, thanks. He doesn't seem to be able to get it together in bed, either.
More like fantasize about and use as personal mind porn - her masturbation habits in a really creepy and gross way. I think you do understand pleasure. You've always been surrounded, haven't you? By sisters, servants. Did you stroke yourself this way? Clamping that jaw shut, turning your head to the pillow to be very, very quiet? If I'm wrong, don't tell me. I'm enjoying this idea far too much.
The little scientist, conducting quiet surveys beneath her night rail. Or in the bath, perhaps. Curious fingers wandering, exploring. Chasing that pleasure 'round and 'round as it builds I found it creepy and gross. Talking about her and her masturbation habits like that, I don't know, it was very skeevy to me. Then he does whatever the unclothed version of dry humping is to her, comes on her, rolls over, and goes to sleep.
Are you doing. Dare never goes into details about how Minerva deals with this, but is she sleeping with a puddle of his cum on her belly? Fucker didn't even help her clean up? Does she even really understand about ejaculate, is this inconsiderate jerk just dry humping with her and then leaving her to clean up the mess?
Which I'm not even sure she understands needs to be cleaned up?
Couldn't he have been a little tender here? Does she sleep in the wet spot or what? Utter fail. I leave the scene feeling like Colin is trash who is not caring for his woman properly or being kind and respectful with her.
And I hate 'This is how you please a man' lessons. Please stop that. It's gross. I promise, you'll enjoy it, too. Instead of reassuring her that you care about her, that she is important to you, that she is not just a masturbation aid for you, your response is to be like, "Well, I'll make sure you get off, too. Yeah, no. It's gross and not loving or romantic at all.
A natural talent for passion. It's very demeaning. It makes it sound like they are grooming them for future use or something. I hate it. If this isn't horrifying enough, he initiates it by putting his thumb in her mouth.
Woody Allen much? Aziz Ansari much? Am I just totally missing something in which men stuff their fingers down women's throats as a kind of harsh, unappealing way to get them to give them a blowjob? I'm not talking about porn here. I'm talking about IRL.
Do men do this IRL? Because let me tell you, if a man ever tried this shit with me First and foremost because I'd immediately vomit all over him.
Not on purpose, just what comes naturally when people shove their fingers in my mouth. And after that, I'm sure things would only get worse. No, absolutely not. It goes beyond the other shit into a whole new territory of gross that I'm not prepared to deal with, especially not in what I thought was going to be a sweet and cute novel.
Fast forward through an absolutely disgusting blowjob scene that I don't want to hear about. Moreso because the man doesn't seem to understand the importance of foreplay. I should give you pleasure first. But I want to be in you. I want to be so deep inside you when you come. Got it.
Very romantic, sexy, and merciful of you. You inconsiderate fucker. In so many ways. He decides she wants the D more. I can't tell you how irate this makes me. One, it's her first experience with cunnilingus, fucker. You could have at least put in a little effort. JFC, do I have to walk you through every little thing?! This hero is so fucking selfish. Two, she finished your blowjob! The blowjob I don't even think you should have been asking for, but she finished that!
You can't even reciprocate?!!?!? Fuck this shit. TL;DR Well. Dare has an amazing scenario to use for her book. Too bad she ruins it. I did like some of the philosophical and psychological points she was trying to make here.
And it's refreshing to see a heroine that calls the hero on his shit most of the time. If you like realism in your historicals I don't give a fig if historicals are accurate, so this is not me I would advise you to stay away from Tessa Dare. She takes modern ideals, ideas, and viewpoints and just sets them in the past, which is no more than window-dressing. I personally have no beef with this, but I know it bothers some people.
I don't understand why Dare had to make Colin an asshole There really was NO need for it. There was plenty of conflict, excitement, and issues between the couple and acting on the couple without him being a jerk. It was unnecessary and just made me dislike him a whole lot. The sex was gross. If you love the sex in this book, I am very happy for you. D However, it wasn't pleasing to me. I know tons of people love this book, and I can understand the appeal.
It has a perfect set-up. But IMO Dare fails to deliver on this promising premise. If you love it, I am so happy for you. D But for me, personally, it didn't work out. In my personal opinion, this was not enjoyable. Rich man, I guess. View all 24 comments. I mean, I cannot give this book anything less than 5 stars. My heart is glowing! View all 13 comments.
A Week to Be Wicked is a sweet, humorous, and entertaining historical romance story. There were many good and bad things happened along the way.
Sometimes they made me laugh, but they got me frustrated the other times. The romance between them made my heart melt though, and seeing them finally could be happy together made me happy, too.
What worked for me: It was an easy read. There was nothing particularly complex a A Week to Be Wicked is a sweet, humorous, and entertaining historical romance story. There was nothing particularly complex about the plot, and it only took little time to finish it. There were plenty of steamy sexy times and they were explosive—incredibly HOT! The ending and the sweet HEA did me right! It was so beautiful that Colin loved Minerva the way she was.
I was blown away! What didn't work for me: Both Colin and Minerva behaved childishly at times.
They thought and acted in a very immature way like in the scene where Colin started to lie to the Fontleys family and Minerva reluctantly went along with his story. But later, Mr. Fontley found out the truth, Minerva was angry with Colin and they began to blame each other. I was as much disappointed as frustrated at both of them! I wish these things never happened in this book. Fortunately, he could redeem himself in the end.
I felt so irritated with them! Despite the fact that the story was quite slow and remotely boring in some parts, it was a pretty light-hearted story overall. View all 51 comments. Jan 06, Jilly rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm a sucker for a charming rake. Here's what my "coming out" season would have been like: Oh, the most notorious rake in town just made her laugh There she goes with him out on the veranda - without a chaperone I hope she enjoys living with her spinster aunt for the rest of her life.
A bad-boy in pain? That's I'm a sucker for a charming rake. That's like female kryptonite! Even our heroine, Minerva, who is super intelligent and cynical isn't immune: As he's related his story, a veritable fount of emotion has welled in her chest.
Sadness, sympathy. Her womb somehow became involved He's a broken man.. He needs you You can heal him Minerva is my favorite heroine too.
She is constantly reading, is super smart, and embarks on some sexual exploration with the hottie "in the name of science.
It is hilarious, cute, and full of ooey-gooeyness. Plus, sex, and dinosaurs. It has it all. Nerd Words Are Sexy!!! And the way you pronounce all those polysyllabic words?
Makes me rock hard, every time. I love math. I loved school and still love learning. This story is full of adventure and imagination. Colin and Minerva strike a deal. If he helps her journey to her geology symposium, she will marry him temporarily so he can receive the money for his birthright. Most of the story is their journey to Edinburgh. They are constantly pretending to be other people, and it is hilarious! Their relationship in the beginning is beyond entertaining. They are constantly bantering back and forth Colin is always calling her by the wrong name, and I laughed every time!
He is a spoiled rich guy on the outside, but very intelligent because he can maneuver through many different adventures. My Colin: How do you sleep at night? She is a female geologist studies rocks who is determined to become recognized.
She has discovered a rare fossil and because she is passionate about what she does, she wants the world to know about it. My Minerva: I suggest you find the stones to deal with it. There is so much laughing in this book, and yet there is also so much tenderness. When Min and Colin fall in love, it is so beautiful!!!!! Certainty becomes you. It ends in triumph. Thank you, Susanne for recommending this book to me!
This is my first Tessa Dare book, and I am sold for life. She does a fabulous teaser for the next book, and I am super excited to read it! Find me on View all 34 comments. Dec 19, NMmomof4 rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this! I think this author is definitely one of my favorites for her characters and witty banter in historical romances!
If only she would have more closure and epilogues I enjoy throwing in the occasional hr to mix things up with my contemporary romances, as to hopefully help prevent possible book funks.
This is Minerva 4. This is Minerva and Colin's story. The story starts with Minerva confronting Colin about the idea of him proposing to her sister. She doesn't want that match to happen, and she comes up with a proposition to fake an elopement with her instead.
She needs to get to Scotland for a symposium to present her findings of an ancient footprint, and he needs people to believe he has married to get his inheritance early. They embark on their journey, and it is a wild one. There are crazy stories being told, highway men chasing them, new identities being made, some sexy times, and some sweet moments This alternated between focusing on Minerva and Colin in 3rd person narrative with some side characters thrown in as well.
Overall Pace of Story: I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well. The ending was a little too abrupt for my tastes tbh. I really liked him. He was damaged from his past, and tried to cope in whatever way he could.
I appreciated how he cared for the h and came to love her so much. I really liked her.
She was smart and witty, but I would've liked for her to stand up for herself with others a little more at times she was great with the H. Sadness level: Yes view spoiler [The H does push away at first, and they both pursue the relationship at times. They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. Descriptive sex: Kind of, but mild view spoiler [The h has a colleague that the H gets jealous of, but it is mild.
No view spoiler [There is a scene at the beginning where the h goes to the H's residence and he is half dressed and she finds that there is a woman with him, but no descriptive details. No Separation: No Possible Triggers: Mild view spoiler [The h was a virgin, and the H was with many OW before the h hide spoiler ] Closure: This didn't have enough of a glimpse into their future for me! Why, oh why couldn't we have a jump ahead epilogue?!
I would reluctantly call this a HEA, even though I wanted more view spoiler [they are just about to get married hide spoiler ]. View all 17 comments. She touched her index finger. Your name is synonymous with destruction. Bar fights, scandals. Wherever you go, mayhem follows. He gestured with the hand holding the wineglass.
His eyes met hers, unguarded and earnest. And a strange thing happened. Minerva believed him. This was one snag she never would have considered. That he might object on principle. But he did, evidently. And he was baring it to her, in an attitude of confidence. As though they were friends, and he trusted her to understand. The harder I try, the more I get in my own way. And justly so. Having absconded with, then callously discarded, an innocent young lady?
Ten minutes ago, she would have expected him to laugh. But things had changed. More than that, his honesty. And now this. Her eyes stung. What everyone would say. The idea that you might want me, and I might spurn you? Bookish, distracted, awkward. He rose and reached for her hand. She pulled away, but not fast enough. His fingers closed around her wrist. Her body went still. But I could.
He smiled. It would be so easy. Admiring the way that dark, wild hair always manages to escapes its pins, tumbling down your neck. Then he brushed a light touch over her cheek. And these lips. His thumb hovered over her mouth, teasing her with possibilities. She ached for his touch, until she was miserable with it. A man might engage in flirtation with disinterest, even disdain. But he never teases without affection.
Others would. His gaze swept her body from boots to unbound hair. That I admire her fierce loyalty to her sisters, and her brave, resourceful spirit. His strong hands moved to frame her face.
His Bristol-diamond eyes held hers. And I want it. All for myself. Oh, I could have them believing it all. The rich, deep flow of words had worked some kind of spell on her. She stood transfixed, unable to move or speak. But his caress was real. Real, and warm, and tender.
It could mean too much, if she let it. Caution told her to pull away. His eyes were sincere, unguarded. No hint of irony in his voice.
He almost seemed to have convinced himself. Her heart pounded in her chest with violent force. That mad, hammering beat was all she could hear. Trickling down from above, like a cascade of freezing water. A brisk, dousing shock. Minerva followed his gaze. From behind the draped bed hangings, the unseen woman laughed again. Laughed at her. How could she have been so stupid? Minerva groped numbly for her cloak, jerking it on with shaking fingers.
She had to leave this place. She was going to be ill. To make you feel better. Normally you reserve the insincere compliments for your lovers. But you thought to take on a charity case. She glanced up at the loft. Are women so interchangeable and faceless to you? You just. A hot tear spilled down her cheek.
She hated that tear. It was just. How do you sleep at night? HarperAudio December 17, Narrated by: Carolyn Morris Length: Book 1. Book 3. Book 4. Castles Ever After 4, Spindle Cove 5 crossover. Mouse-over to see the cover's stepback A Week to be Wicked. Share this: Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window.