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A Week to Be Wicked

A Week to Be Wicked

When a devilish lord and a bluestocking set off on the road to ruin...

Spindle Cove #2
April 2012
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Featuring: Minerva Highwood; Colin Sandhurst
384 pages
ISBN: 0062049879
EAN: 9780062049872
Kindle: B005S73IOK
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"Delightful... Lust, love, and witty repartee are perfectly balanced in this seamlessly plotted romance."
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

A Week to Be Wicked

By Tessa Dare

Tessa Dares continues her winning historical series set in Spindle, a.k.a. "Spinster," Cove, a popular retreat for ladies of gentle breeding and "delicate constitution," with A WEEK TO BE WICKED. The hero, a playboy, and heroine, an avowed bluestocking, could not be more different - or more desperate to escape the confines of the small seaside resort. But together, perhaps they can help each other. As they say, adversity makes strange bedfellows.


April 21-22
LA Times Festival of the Book
Panel: Love, Actually
USC Campus

Tuesday, April 24 (7 p.m.)
Mission Viejo Library
100 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, has inherited a vast fortune. The only problem is, he can't have the money. Not until he either marries or turns 27. Cut off, he's going mad in the charming, quiet village by the sea. Minerva Highwood is hopelessly awkward in society, but brilliant when it comes to the natural sciences. In Spindle Cove, she's been making a study of the local caves and cliffs and has made a startling discovery - the fossilized footprint of a prehistoric creature unlike any cataloged before.

Together Minerva and Colin come up with a plan to escape Spindle Cove. Colin will take her to the meeting of the Royal Geological Society in Edinburgh to present her findings. There's a 500-guinea prize for the best presentation, which her research is sure to win, and she'll give him the money.

The two set off for Scotland under the guise of an elopement. Along the way, they bicker and clash at every turn, as Colin's incorrigible ways land them in one mess after another.. To make progress northward, they find themselves posing as brother and sister, lord and courtesan, husband and wife...even circus performers. But by night, they're discovering each other stripped of disguises-and they find themselves, however improbably, falling in love.

Time and money are running out, and one last disaster threatens to dash all their hopes. To help his now-beloved Minerva reach her dreams, Colin must conquer his worst fears: death and marriage, in that order.

Avon Books * ISBN 9780062049872 * e-ISBN 9780062049865 * $7.99 US * On-Sale 3/27/2012

Spindle Cove series, set in England's Regency Era in a small seaside resort town that caters specifically to ladies "of good breeding and delicate constitution."

A Night To Surrender
Spindle Cove
September 2011

A Week to Be Wicked
Spindle Cove
April 2012

Visit Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the award-winning author of seven historical romance novels and one novella. She has twice been awarded the RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award, and has twice been a finalist for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITAŽ award. Her books have been contracted for translation in nine languages. Recently, Booklist magazine named her one of the "new stars of historical romance."

Mixing wit, sensuality, and emotion, Tessa strives to write Regency-set romance novels that feel relatable to modern readers. With her new "Spindle Cove" series, she's had great fun creating a fictional seaside community populated by women who defy the conventions of their time--engaging in such unladylike pursuits as medicine, geology, and artillery. And she's had even more fun dreaming up the strong-willed, unsuspecting men who'll find their hearts ensnared by these "spinster" heroines. The first Spindle Cove book, A Night to Surrender, will be available August 30, 2011 from Avon Books.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa takes great pride and pleasure in continuing to work part-part-time at her local public library. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a big brown dog.

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