The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

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Lady Charlotte Lansdowne and Robert, Duke of Dovedale, try to figure out who is behind the plot to kidnap the king while facing their feelings for each other.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2009
ISBN: 9780525950967
0525950966
Branch Call Number: FIC Willi 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 388 p

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marthabwaters
May 18, 2015

This is the fifth installment in the Pink Carnation series, which continues to be a very fun read. Willig is great at writing heroines who are very distinct from one another and this time it's bookish, romantic Charlotte's turn on center stage. The devices Willig used to keep Charlotte and Robert apart until the end of the book felt kind of strained and forced to me, but the spy subplot--involving the Hellfire Club and a kidnapped king!--was as fun and silly as ever, and this was a very enjoyable read.

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Ubalstecha
Apr 05, 2013

Charlotte has been living with her grandmother since her parents tragically passed away when she was a child. And since that moment, due to a simple act of kindness, she has idolized Robert, a distant cousin who became the Duke of Dovedale after her father's death. His return from India seems to be a sign that her dreams were about to come true, but Robert is set on avenging his mentor and really doesn't have time for Charlotte. Worse yet, he must rebuke her in order to get closer to the men he is after. But when she is drawn into the intrigue by Henrietta (heroine of the Masque of the Black Tulip), Robert and Charlotte are trust together and forced to face their feelings.

Another great entry in the Pink Carnation series. Charlotte is a dreamer and Robert is sufficiently noble yet tortured to satisfy any regency romance reader. Again, Willig creates a story within a story full of compelling, likable characters that readers fall in love with. Bravo!

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DeltaQueen50
May 11, 2011

In this, the fifth entry to the Pink Carnation series, Lauren Willig continues to deliver a light, engaging story that advances the modern day romance of Eloise and Colin while also delving into the historical romance of Charlotte Lansdowne and William, Duke of Dovedale. This time Willig only tosses in a teaspoon of espionage with a kidnapping plot involving King George III. Some familiar characters from both the past and the present are included and help to move the stories along.

While I enjoyed The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, I would say it is probably the weakest link in this series. What I mostly found lacking was conflict. The danger never seemed all that dangerous and I never felt any party was in peril. I did however really like the main characters and was glad to see them off to their well deserved happy ending.

So slightly dull, and perhaps a little on the frothy side (unicorn hunting??) but I will still follow this series along as I relish the romance and enjoy the historical twists.

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elmoskippy
Apr 14, 2011

Lauren Willig hit the mark with this one. Sweet romantic story covering both the past and present with just the right amount of suspense to keep those pages turning. This series just gets better and better.

toile Jan 24, 2011

This is a seriously cute book!

samdog123 Sep 16, 2009

This is the 5th title in the Pink Carnation series. Patterned after The Scarlet Pimpernel, it's a lighthearted and romantic romp through Georgian England. For other similar reads try Jane Austen ruined My Life and Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.

DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

SPL ShelfLife column March 12, 2009

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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

The newest novel in Lauren Willig’s series about aristocratic spies of the 18th century picks up where the Seduction of the Crimson Rose leaves off – current historian Eloise Kelly has finally got her man, Colin Selwick, descendant of one of the spies she had been researching, the secretive Purple Gentian. As Eloise has come to find out, however, Colin’s ancestor was just one in a whole bouquet of florally-named spies, and as she delves further into the Selkirk archives, she finds that the oft-overlooked, innocent Lady Charlotte Lansdowne comes to the fore when she accidentally uncovers a plot to subdue and kidnap the King – mad King George III, who may not be as mad as everyone believes...

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