Download Epub Format Ã A Week to Be Wicked PDF by ï Tessa Dare 5 Wickedly Feel Good Stars A Week to Be Wicked is the second book in Tessa Dare s thoroughly entertaining, completely brilliant Spindle Cove series It s funny, romantic, poignant, passionate, sexy, inspiring, clever, delightful in a word it s wonderful The Series Not all young ladies are looking forward to seasons, balls, comings out, love matches or any match at all, for that matter But what s a lady to do when her whole life will be defined by how well she marries How do young misses cope when Marriage Minded Mamas won t pass up any opportunity to introduce their daughters in some cases, kicking and screaming into polite society Welcome to Spindle CoveOn the surface Spindle Cove seems to be the kind of place Mothers can bring their daughters to prepare for their debuts It s a place to relax, recuperate, to gird up their loins and plan their attack Again, this is on the surface.
But what Spindle Cove really is, is a place where these young ladies can be themselves Where they re not just accepted for their eccentricities, they re encouraged to nourish them But don t let their mamas find out This Story 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 beanywhere but Spindle Cove.
These unlikely partners have one week to fake an elopement convince family and friends they re in love outrun armed robbers survive their worst nightmares travel four hundred miles without killing each otherAll 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 maybejust maybelove.
My Review I have to say, I m absolutely in love with Colin and Millicent Madeira Michaela Marilyn Minerva They re such amazing people Colin is so vulnerable, and he hides that vulnerability behind his sense of humor Joking his way through any situation, never even considering the possibility he might fail at somethingbut not really Inside Colin there s a nightmare so deep, so tragic, that I couldn t help but feel that he was just one short step away from a breakdown He s strong, don t get me wrong, and maybe I m totally off in how I m reading him, but regardless he s one tormented man Thankfully, he has Minerva, an amazing heroine who cares little for what society thinks of her She s accepted her spinster title, and has nothing to lose So why not live her dream Fortunate for her, she has Colin to help her do precisely that Apart they re wonderful, together they re perfect The Bottom Line I absolutely love the idea behind this series What a fun, unique place to be, Spindle Cove It s the perfect setting for mischief, mayhem intentional or otherwise and romance, and I can t wait to move on to the next book, A Lady by Midnight.
This had me giggling Jesus, he finally managed, pushing water off his face Jesus Christ and John the Baptist For that matter, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John Still not enough He needed to reach back to the Old Testament for this Obadiah Nebuchadnezzar Methuselah and Job Be calm, she said, taking him by the shoulders Be calm And there are women in the Bible, you know Yes As I recall it, they were trouble, every last one Excerpt From Dare, Tessa A Week to Be Wicked.
I mean, I cannot give this book anything less than 5 stars It d be absurd and unfair, because the happiness I felt whilst reading it was unreal It s so worthy of 5 stars and My heart is glowing Now, I m off to explore of Tessa Dare s books.
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 CoveThese Unlikely Partners Have One Week To Fake An Elopement Convince Family And Friends They Re In Love Outrun Armed Robbers Survive Their Worst Nightmares Travel Four Hundred Miles Without Killing Each OtherAll While Sharing A Very Small Carriage By Day And An Even Smaller Bed By NightWhat 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 SoulsSuddenly One Week Seems Like Exactly Enough Time To Find A World Of Trouble And Maybe Just Maybe Love 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 a lens Someone who accepted him for the imperfect person he was, and then helped him see the world clear Like spectacles did for her.
It s amazing to me how Tessa Dare can just NAIL some things, and then wildly misstep on others And the sex, don t get me started on the sex Let s work on breaking this down PREMISE Dare creates the best set ups She really does This one is about a bookworm who wears spectacles and loves geology who teams up with a rou with PTSD who can t sleep alone at night, which is the tragic reason he gives for the fact that there s a woman in his bed every single night.
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 Perfect What could be perfect Unfortunately, Dare s execution is flawed.
THE ON POINT SHIT Sometimes Dare kills it, I m not gonna lie Let me give you some examples Well, the opening quote for starters 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 When Dare pours on the pain She should do this 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 for that moment by the fire, after years of being overlooked, she d finally felt NOTICED Appreciated.
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 Also, when Dare discusses if their love or love affair, I guess is real or just a pretense by Colin who is humoring and pitying a little virginal ugly ducklingJust keep your eyes closed and your lips parted And learn how this should feel 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.
When Dare talks about people and their personalities and how society sees them vs how they truly are inside , she really makes some great points Perhaps, she thought, people were 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 Don t tease me I can t bear to be hurt like that again I m not teasing you I m complimenting you That s just it I don t want compliments I m not fanciful that way More pain, which I think needs to be explored by DareNo matter what occurs, you will never lack for anything 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 Your PROTECTION Am I to be your mistress, then God, no Oh She swallowed a sob Not even that More pain, but unfortunately it gets resolved in about point three seconds Dare just doesn t understand how to milk things and make her readers sufferNo Don t speak that way He propped a finger under her chin I hate it when you speak ill of yourself, Min 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 don t All right This is good Minerva frequently tells Colin to STFU in bed Thank heavens At last someone has said it Like she s trying to concentrate on getting to that orgasm, you know 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 deeper Harder More.
Charging toward her on horseback, dashing through the early morning mist 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.
THE BAD AND THE UGLY.
Besides practicing sexual behavior that I find distasteful, Dare also makes Colin an asshole for NO REASON Seriously, there is enough conflict in here without him being a dickI won t be made to look slatternly He held her tight His breath fell hot and rough on her neck You ll be made to look the way I wish you to look That s the point of a mistress, after all What about this scene, where, in a fit of irrational jealousy, he rends Minerva s clothing, tells her to dress and act like a mistress and takes her to a place where the men expect her to be passed around as a party favor Now Minerva wanted to sink through the floor and die there She understood Colin was angry, but how could he do this to her UGH 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 readerBelieve me, those women would not call themselves debased 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 This pretty much encapsulates the problem I have with Dare 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 But he s shaming her for feeling this way And he s doing it with FEMINISM 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 Notice how he also neatly sandwiches in the insult that goes, Well, you just don t know how to HAVE FUN Or have a GOOD TIME by allowing your body to be a sex toy for men You re so stupid and virginal A REAL woman would enjoy being able to be free and act this way UGH.
Later in the book, Colin muses He wondered what it would take to coax THIS Minerva out into the world, permanently 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 The right man could plant seeds of confidenceIs that what YOU think you re doing, you fucker I mean no, you re not 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 She points a loaded gun at him She slaps him around a little bit, but I m willing to shrug this off as play acting and honestly I m tired of harping on Dare s physically abusive heroines At least she doesn t punch him, kick him, or knife him like the previous heroines did to their men.
HOW S THE SEX, CARMEN Carmen bashes her head into the table repeatedly WHY I don t understand how this perfect setup doesn t yield amazing sex and amazing sex romance scenes 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 KISSING 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 betterWow, OKAY 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 First, at around 38% he decides to discuss well, not really discuss More like fantasize about and use as personal mind porn her masturbation habits in a really creepy and gross wayI m not telling you anything Her breath grew shaky Surely it can t be, he said, his hand stealing over her thigh, that this intrepid explorer of underwater caverns hasn t explored her own little cove starts touching her vulva Hm I think you do understand pleasure His touch moved in a devious circle But only the hushed, secret kind 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 he continues to play with her vulva No, no 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 and builds His voice dark, decadent Until the crisis shudders through you in perfect, devastating silence Some women may find this very exciting and that s perfectly fine but I was turned off 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 Ugh Then he does whatever the unclothed version of dry humping is to her, comes on her, rolls over, and goes to sleep Like what the fuck 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 Ugh Please stop that It s grossI m not She gasped at another greedy kiss I m not sure I m comfortable being the instrument of your release You make it sound so one sided I promise, you ll enjoy it, too49%Wow, she s coming to you with concerns that you are using her body to get off 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 WOW, how ROMANTIC Yeah, no It s gross and not loving or romantic at all THIS is exactly why I can never get into Dare s sex scenesYou have so much fire in you, Min A natural talent for passion I wish Dare would stop having her heroes tell their virginal women that they have natural aptitude for kissing and natural talent for sex and other gross things It s very demeaning It makes it sound like they are grooming them for future use or something I hate it.
THEN, at around 58% he wants this little virgin to give him a blowjob If this isn t horrifying enough, he initiates it by putting his thumb in her mouthThis He slid his thumb between her startled lips, pressing it deep into her hot, wet mouth Yes I m just gobsmacked 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 Carmen trails off Well, let s just say it wouldn t end well 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 worseMore to the point, is this ROMANTIC or SEXY at all 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 NEXT 68% Taking her virginity is unpleasant Moreso because the man doesn t seem to understand the importance of foreplay WITH A VIRGINDamn it, I know I should be selfless I should give you pleasure first But I want to be in you I want to be so deep inside you when you come Ah, I see You KNOW you should be kinder, compassionate, and orgasm giving to her before you painfully take her virginity but you JUST CAN T help yourself Right Got it Very romantic, sexy, and merciful of you You inconsiderate fucker I honestly thought a rake who knew women SO WELL would actually be a good partner for her, but you ve let me down SO MUCH In so many ways To cap it all off, the fucker goes down on her at 85% but doesn t even finish the job He decides she wants the D 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 FUCK IT.
TL DR Well It was better than A Night to Surrender and Once Upon a Winter s Eve, I ll say that much 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 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 or at least an intermittent asshole in this book 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 I mean opinions may vary, I am grading on my own standards and expectations and of course judging by my own personal tastes 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.
ROMANCE CATEGORIES Historical RomanceRegency RomanceSTEM Heroine RomanceShe s a Geologist, He s a nothing Rich man, I guess.
I m a sucker for a charming rake Here s what my coming out season would have been like 1st night Oh look, there s Jilly in her pretty new dressOh, the most notorious rake in town just made her laughThere she goes with him out on the veranda without a chaperoneAaannd she s ruined.
I hope she enjoys living with her spinster aunt for the rest of her life Not only is Colin gorgeous and funny, but he also has a painful past that plagues him with nightmares A bad boy in pain 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 involvedHe s a broken man.
He needs youYou 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 I think she would fit in well here on goodreads This story is mainly a journey story where they are trying to get someplace and have every hardship imaginable as they fall in love It is hilarious, cute, and full of ooey gooeyness Plus, sex, and dinosaurs It has it all.
A Week to Be Wicked is a sweet, humorous, and entertaining historical romance story I enjoyed reading Colin and Minerva s journey to Edinburgh for the most part 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 1 It was an easy read There was nothing particularly complex about the plot, and it only took little time to finish it.
2 There were plenty of steamy sexy times and they were explosive incredibly HOT 3 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 1 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 and Mrs Fontley found out the truth, Minerva was angry with Colin and they began to blame each other No, this wasn t what I expected And then to add insult to injury, she hit his sore spot with cruel words that he couldn t even ride in a coach Argh I was as much disappointed as frustrated at both of them I wish these things never happened in this book.
2 Colin is such a tease and he was incapable of taking certain things seriously, except for IN BED Fortunately, he could redeem himself in the end 3 There was too much repetition of bookish and awkward Grrr I felt so irritated with them 4 Some parts of the book didn t make a whole lot of sense to me.
Despite the fact that the story was quite slow and remotely boring in some parts, it was a pretty light hearted story overall BR with my lovely friends, Aileene and Jess.
5 FOR THE LOVE OF TITS STARS I m in love with this book I m giggling likea nerd Nerd Words Are Sexy And the way you pronounce all those polysyllabic words Makes me rock hard, every time.
This book was MADE FOR ME I m a huge nerd, ladies I m obsessed with books duh I love math I loved school and still love learning This book starts on page 1 and doesn t stop until the last word This story is full of adventure and imagination It s sexy, hilarious, and fast paced There isn t a dull moment 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 I didn t recognize your face without the book in front of it.
Colin is a jack of all trades He is funny, dry, sexy, witty perfection He is a spoiled rich guy on the outside, but very intelligent because he can maneuver through many different adventures.
My ColinYou are the most deceitful, horrid, shameless, contemptible man I have ever had the displeasure to know How do you sleep at night His reply came just as she banged the door closed I don tMinerva is a BADASS NERD.
and one of my favorite historical heroines 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 MinervaI m a woman who knows a great deal about rocks I suggest you find the stones to deal with itMin and Colin are perfect for each other 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 I didn t expect my heart to stutter so much Certainty becomes you.
The story doesn t end with defeat 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 4.
25 StarsOverall Opinion 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 closure and epilogues I would still highly recommend her works to anyone trying out the genre I enjoy throwing in the occasional hr to mix things up with my contemporary romances, as to hopefully help prevent possible book funks It was a lot of fun Brief Summary of the Storyline 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 momentsand they get a HEA ending.
POV This alternated between focusing on Minerva and Colin in 3rd person narrative with some side characters thrown in as well.
Overall Pace of Story Good I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well The ending was a little too abrupt for my tastes tbh.
Instalove No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings though not that long since its only in the course of a week H rating 4.
5 stars Colin 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.
h rating 4.
5 stars Minerva 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 at times she was great with the H.
Sadness level Low, no tissues neededPush Pull Yes view spoiler The H does push away at first, and they both pursue the relationship at times hide spoiler
I m not quite as in love with the Spindle Cove series as everyone else is, but this one was definitely one of my favorites These two are just such a cute couple.
The smart, bookish girl and the rascally ladies manwhat s not to love This was one of those books that scratched my need for a fun, humorous, lighthearted romance I loved Payne s silliness, the way he made up crazy stories, and of course seeing him fall for Minerva and the huge fossilized lizard footprint she found This may be an important discoverySo, in order to escape her meddling mamma get a chance to present her scientific findings, Minerva convinces Payne to fake elope with her Scotland.
Honestly, there s nothing that he gets out of it, but for some reason mostly a crush he won t admit to he agrees to go along with itso he can protect her Riiiight.
Ok, I realize that none of what I said makes any sense, but trust me If you re looking for a cute, sweet, funny romance This is gonna fit the bill.
No, it s not perfect, but you won t regret reading it 5 stars Historical Regency RomanceWow What can I possibly say about this one to convey how absolutely wonderful it is Talk about a charming, wickedly splendid read and a smashing good time A Week to Be Wicked is one of the most engaging, refreshing, witty, banterific, and all around pleasing historical romances that I ve read in quite a while and definitely so far this year.
Colin is a handsome, flirtatious, affable, generous, funny, sweet, and utterly lovable scoundrel whose tormented past and insecurity make you want to hold him tight, heal his wounded soul, and never let go 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.
Colin, with his good natured, roguish charm, endearing wit, and underlying tortured soul, reminded me of one of my favorite romantic heroes, Leo Hathaway, Lord Ramsay from Lisa Kleypas s masterful Married By Morning, and that s high praise indeed It s a highly enjoyable, gratifying read for historical romance fans Big 5 stars One of my favorite scenes passages view spoiler A hint of sensual frustration roughened his voice And I will curse the gods along with them, Min Some wild monsoon raged through me as I looked at you just now It s left me rearranged inside, and I don t have a map I will insist you be man enough to take it I won t have you making light of my feelings, or making light of yourself as if you re not worthy of them Because you are worthy, Colin You re a generous, good hearted person, and you deserve to be loved Deeply, truly, well, and often He looked utterly bewildered Well, what did he expect, after the power he d given her He couldn t compare a woman to a torrentially beautiful monsoon, and then look surprised that he d gotten wet You reckless man She laid a touch to his cheek You really should be careful with those complimentshide spoiler