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A Week to Be Wicked
by Tessa Dare
(Avon, $7.99, PG-13) 978-0-06-204987-2
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Minerva Highwood is the middle child of three sisters. She’s the awkward, shy, and intellectual one that does not have the societal pressure to wed. No one expects much of her, especially her mother. Minerva is a geologist and spends much of her time exploring the vast knowledge that Spindle Cove has to offer her.

Lord Colin Payne has not done much with his life. He has a trust waiting for him on his next birthday and up until now he has spent his time playing and not really taking responsibility seriously. When Miss Highwood shows up in his bedroom at midnight alone, he’s surprised and intrigued by what she wants.

Men like Payne appall Minerva and the whole town speculates that he has his eyes on Minerva’s older sister, Diana, but she won’t stand by and watch it happen. She hopes Payne will go along with her plan to both help her career and save her sister from this scoundrel even if it means sacrificing her own reputation.

Minerva asks Lord Payne to accompany her to Scotland to attend the Royal Geological Society Symposium where she hopes to present her fascinating findings from Spindle Cove. Her plan is to do this under the guise that they are eloping, which should ultimately ensure Diana does not marry him. Of course Payne thinks it’s the most ridiculous idea, but at the same time Minerva is showing a different side of her and surprising him around every corner, so he agrees.

From the beginning of the book, Minerva exhibits strength, wit, and independence. She is described as being “plain, bookish, distracted, and awkward with gentlemen,” but from that first scene in Payne’s bedroom alone at midnight presenting her plan, the evidence of this awkward character is not there. Nor is it there throughout the book. Minerva is a heroine that is easy to like and Payne is equally the same. He’s a greatly misunderstood man and it’s pleasant to discover the real man behind the façade along with Minerva.

A Week to Be Wicked is entertaining, but the plot does take a while to develop. The last third of the book is what really gets your attention and turned a three-heart book into a four-heart book. If you’re an avid reader looking for something different, I would recommendd A Week to Be Wicked.

--Nichole Howell


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