“I’m standing here, wanting to give you a fitting compliment, but my paltry vocabulary fails me. Â I think what I need is a scientific exploration…BecauseÂ the way you look, right now…they’d have a word for it there…A word for a sudden, cataclysmic torrent of beauty with the power to change landscapes…Some wild monsoon raged through me as I looked at you just now. Â It’s left me rearranged inside, and I don’t have a map.”
Redonk Nutshell: A roadtrip between a bluestocking and a rake goes awry
A plot device that I adore? Road trips. Â Love ’em. Â It was fantastic in Kate Noble’s Follow My LeadÂ and it’s simply wondrous in Ms. Dare’s latest, A Week to be Wicked.
Met met both Minerva Highwood and Colin Sandhurst in the first Spindle Cove book, A Night To Surrender. No need to fret about it, though, if you haven’t read the first. Â Minerva and Colin’s story stands strongly on its own.
Minerva has spent the majority of her time buried in books and or surrounded my rocks. Â She is a geologist. Â Colin Sandhurst is an acknowledged rake, and Minerva is convinced he means to offer marriage to her sister. Â Which is a reprehensible idea to her. Â Min and Colin are constantly teasing each other, rubbing along as well as a stone in a shoe. Â So when Minerva insists that Colin escort her to a Geological Conference in Scotland, effectively ruining her, he is flabbergasted. Â She has no interest in marriage, she’s truly just desperate to get to Scotland so she can present research she’s been doing in Spindle Cove.
I adored this book. Â These two are simply hysterical together. Â Minerva is brilliant and straight to the point and Colin…well, Colin is a master at word play. Â So when these two joust it ends up being a most excellent exhibition. Â There’s a scene that had me giggling where Colin kisses Minerva just as a gaggle of girls is coming their way. Â In this kiss, Minerva experiences something she never expected to experience during a kiss: tongue
â€œWhyever would you do that?â€
â€œWhat do you mean?â€ he asked, chuckling. â€œYou kissed me.â€
â€œYes, but why would you doâ€¦â€ her face twisted. â€œThe rest of it.â€
Colin paused. â€œBecauseâ€¦thatâ€™s the way a grown man kisses a woman?â€
She started at him.
For Godâ€™s sake, she couldnâ€™t be that naÃ¯ve.
â€œI know you canâ€™t have had much experience, but surely someoneâ€™s explained the natural way of things between the sexes?â€ He held out his hands in an attitude of illustration and cleared his throat. â€œItâ€™s like this, you see.Â When a man cares for a woman very, very muchâ€¦â€
She buffeted his shoulder with her fist, once. Then barely restrained herself from a second blow. â€œThatâ€™s not what I mean and you know it.â€
She lowered her voice and slid a glance toward the group of girls, who were now disappearing into the rooming house, still absorbed in their own conversation. â€œWhy would you do that with me? A simple kiss was enough. What could you be thinking?â€
â€œWhat indeed.â€ He pushed a hand through his hair, more than a little offended at her accusatory tone. â€œIâ€™m male. You rubbed yourâ€¦femaleness all over me.Â I didnâ€™t think.Â I reacted.â€
â€œToâ€¦,â€ she shifted her weight from one foot to the other. â€œTo me.â€
â€œItâ€™s a natural response.Â Arenâ€™t you a scientist? Then you should understand. Any red-blooded man would react to such stimulus.â€
â€¦â€So you find me stimulating?â€
â€œThatâ€™s not what I-â€œ Â he bit off the rest of that sentence.
The only way to end a nonsensical conversation was to simply cease talking.
A Week to Be WickedÂ is a must-read for any romance lover.
A Week to be Wicked, 384 pgs, 3/27/12
Romance: 4/5 Â Â Â Â Â Â Raunch: 3.5/5