This is the second novel in this series. We have seen Susanna Finch and Bram, the new Earl of Rycliff married, and Violet Winterbottom with her Christian and now we watch as Minera Highwood teams up with Viscount Colin Sandhurt. These two are highly unlikely. I would say my least favorite part of this book was how Minerva’s mother spoke to her. I think her mother must love her, but she treated her like poo! This book was not as humorous as the first one, but I still enjoyed it.
Minera is a geologist and can usually be found around the cave or off reading somewhere. Colin can’t remember her name and calls her every “M” name under the sun. That was my favorite part of it. Colin clearly did it on purpose just to bother Minerva, but I especially loved it when he called her “Min.” Minerva wants to attend the Royal Geological Society Symposium in Scotland, but needs to find a way there. She somehow finagles Colin to agree to take her even knowing she will be ruined when she returns. She leaves a note saying they are eloping and off they go. Colin is charming and manages to charm their way across England from ride to ride. They take on many guises and Minerva comes out of her shell along the way. Colin also faces his demons that we are introduced to in the first novel. He can’t sleep alone, he has nightmares since his parents died before his eyes as a child. Minerva will try to soothe these demons as part of the agreement is she must sleep with him on the journey. I do mean sleep and not “sleep”. Of course that proves difficult for them to keep their patties to themselves. Perhaps Minerva will be actually ruined and not just in appearances.
“Surprise.” He kissed the tip of her nose. “You’re marrying me.”