By Tessa Dare
Avon, $7.99, 379 pages

Tessa Dare’s A Week to be Wicked won’t take you more than a week to finish. The pacing is such that it is nearly impossible to put down. You just won’t want to wait to see what horrible calamity happens to the characters next. In true Odyssey form, the characters set out on a quest that seems quite achievable and are met with challenge after challenge, most of them completely absurd and absolutely hilarious. Even when Lord Payne, the main character, describes the adventures, it sounds absurd. “I’m a rather useless viscount and my companion here is a brilliant geologist. We need to get to Edinburgh by tomorrow so she can present her findings about giant lizards…” Throw in some steamy romance that Homer himself never dreamed up and you have an epically enjoyable romp indeed. Minerva Highwood and Colin Sandhurst Lord Payne are characters you can’t keep yourself from liking. Their love story will give you belly laughs and satisfaction to the very last page.

Reviewed by Rachelle Barrett