Good, but not as good as Bram and Susanna's story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 November 2012
This is book 2 in the Spindle Cove series with Colin and Minerva.
Miss Minerva Highwood, the middle sister of the Highwood young ladies, isn't like her siblings. She has little interest in anything but geology, but is fiercely protective of her sisters. When it's believed that Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, will ask to marry her sister Diana, (who has a weak constitution), Minerva believes she should intervene and put a stop to things. She arrives at Rycliff Castle one night, where he's in the middle of 'entertaining.' She asks that he doesn't marry Diana. Colin is confused at this woman. With her spectacles and boots, she isn't the usual sort of woman he goes for, and keeps calling her the wrong name. Minerva isn't out off, and tells him of her plan. She has found some sort of a fossil, and wishes to show her findings to a geologist in Edinburgh she's been corresponding with. The prize is £500, which she will give to Colin, if he leaves Diana alone. But it has to look like an elopement, even though they won't actually marry. Minerva realises she will return a 'ruined woman,' but loves her sister more.
Colin is a rake and scoundrel. Eventually, he agrees to Minerva's plans, but he has his own conditions. He won't go in a carriage, and instead will ride alongside Minerva, no matter how uncomforatble the long journey to Scotland will be. Minerva is curious, and during their time together, Colin encourages her to pretend to be someone else, all in the name of fun. When they meet others along the road, Minerva is a sister, a courtesan and Colin is a long lost prince from a make believe island! They get closer, and Minerva realises she is no 'beauty,' yet little does she know that Colin finds her beautiful, unlike any woman he's ever known. He's always known her real name, but can't help but tease her a bit. She's the only one he's opened up to about his tragic childhood, and why he can't go in a carriage. Minerva also learns he cannot sleep alone, and how he started becoming a rake. But despite this, these characters both adore one another.
The story was really good. Colin is a man who needs love, and Minerva is the perfect woman for him. However, it's not as good as book 1, with Bram and Susanna. We have more from them, as well as Thorne and Kate, who are in book 3 and the ones I've been wanting to read about the most. Somehow, I think book 3 will be my favourite, followed by book 1.
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