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…everlasting love.
©2012 Eve Ortega (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
I admit that I too fell in love with Lord Colin Payne and the story of his escapades with the bookish Minerva Highwood, who seems likely to become one of Spindle Cove's future spinsters. Minerva talks Lord Payne into escorting her in a fake elopement to Scotland, where she hopes to present her paper on fossils at the Geological Society in Edinburgh. Before he agrees, Colin sets several conditions on his participation, all of which Minerva knows are certain "ruin" her socially. But she is willing to sacrifice all to further her academic career. The journey becomes a comedy of errors of sorts where Colin's knack for storytelling creates unexpected surprises and brings Minerva out of her shell in astonishing ways. Minerva learns about his tragic past and brings Colin out of his "shell" as she comes to understand his secrets and what he needs to get beyond them. Lots of laughs as well as a sexy and touching romance.
I generally don't like "road" books, but I'll make an exception for this one. Colin and Minerva are a delightful couple, and Colin is one of the funniest heroes since Lisa Kleypas's Leo in Married By Morning.
This variation on the rake-meets-bluestocking-spinster is hilarious, touching, and hot, and Carolyn Morris's narration is excellent.
This book was very enjoyable. I laughed through the entire thing....(fell in love with Colin)! It has just the right about of steamy love and light laughs! Worth the time and credit.
A very high 9
Good questions. Can't compare the storyline really.
I like her.
No spoilers lol but Minerva's sacrifices
I loved this book.. usually second parts of a series are boring but this one was funny charming and kept me wondering what next.
Audiobook addict by now. ~ I love romances: historicals, suspense and stories about men who loves men (M/M).
I loved everything about this audiobook. This story was sweet, very amusing and touching romantic. This was also s fun adventure. Just my second by Tessa Dare but wow so good.
4 stars for the story + 1 huge star for a brilliant narrator. Highly recommended to all HR lovers.
If you just will by one single audiobook this year why not choose this little masterpiece?
This book was very entertaining! I loved the funny situations that this couple find themselves in. Both Minerva and Colin and wonderful characters. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
This book is just as good on audio as it is in print. I read the book last year and enjoyed the humor and characterizations. Carolyn Morris was a new to me narrator and I enjoyed her way of telling the story. I think this book is a really fun, light weight, historical romance that offers hours of entertainment.
This quote from close to the end of the book just cracked me up and its a good example of the dry and sarcastic humor throughout the book. Minerva and Colin have finally arrived at the Geological society symposium in Edinburgh but are having trouble getting past the doorman because woman are not allowed:
“But, my lord, unmarried women cannot attend as guests. It’s not proper.”
“For the love of ammonites, man! That’s just stupid. Why on earth would the Society need to protect unmarried women from bone-dry lectures regarding soil composition? Do your members find themselves whipped into some sort of dusty frenzy, from which no delicate lass would be safe?”
Mr. Barrington tugged on his coat. “Sometimes debate does get heated.”
In search of the next great Cindarella story
The end... the beginning I thought was cute and the book was fun but at the end I was like enough already how many obstacles can one story have and/or one reader take in one book
marriage at the end
this is the second book I have read by the author, she tends to have a good story line but tends to fall short in putting it all together for the best overall package
I have now read all books in the series except one and as much as I've liked all, this book was just something else. I love romance even when a bit cheesy and in so many HR books the love develops quickly but I guess that was what times demanded. This book was such a breath of fresh air that it took me completely by surprise. One of the few books I have EVER read where the hero is not at all interested in the heroine and the events in their journey and her character is what binds him to her and gives way for TRUE romance, passion and love and not those purely based on looks. Tessa Dare is also a very clever writer so her stories have many moments of true brilliance and even deep resonating laughter. This book was a truly wonderful find.
It was well-spent in making the decision to stop listening.
The story deteriorated from adventure>misadventure>mishaps aplenty>borderline slapstick.
Morris' female characters were fine.
I didn't finish this book, so I can't say if it requires a follow-up. If it does, I hope it has more substance than this book.
In general, heroes shouldn't be this hapless.
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