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The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation Series #5)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Fans will enjoy this fine historical undercover romance

After spending over a decade in India, Robert Lansdowne returns home to Sussex in 1803 to invesitgate the murder of his mentor at the Battle of Assaye. The duke¿s plan is simple; he will go undercover by joining the notorious Hellfire Club where he thinks he can begin ...
After spending over a decade in India, Robert Lansdowne returns home to Sussex in 1803 to invesitgate the murder of his mentor at the Battle of Assaye. The duke¿s plan is simple; he will go undercover by joining the notorious Hellfire Club where he thinks he can begin to track down the killer, espionage agent Arthur Wrothan.

However, Robert failed to consider one problem with his perfect plot. His cousin a zillion times removed Lady Charlotte Lansdowne has made him the hero of her romantic dreams that she reads in the novels. He was there when she became an orphaned child and she wants him there as her beloved husband. In spite of kisses that inflame his desire, Robert begins his quest only to have Charlotte join him over his objection and together they get embroiled in a seditious anti royal scheme.

As with the previous Pink Carnation tales Harvard graduate student Eloise Kelly doing her research uncovers the latest account of a Napoleonic Era female spy while having a romantic interlude with host executor Colin Selwick. Though this reviewer has found Eloise¿s modern day piece unnecessary but well written, fans will see how far she has come from Massachusetts (see THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE PINK CARNATION). However, the tale belongs to Charlotte as her adventures in espionage and in love are not anywhere near the romantic images she has of both. Fans will enjoy this fine historical undercover romance even without a flowery title (see THE MASQUE OF THE BLACK TULIP, THE SEDUCTION OF THE CRIMSON ROSE and THE DECEPTION OF THE EMERALD RING) as the real human Robert falls off the pedestal in the eyes of his spying associate even as their love blossoms.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on November 27, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Just Ok

The first few of this series were wonderful. This one, not so much. I love the two stories within one, but seriously, after being with Eloise through it all - once she and Colin finally were alone for the weekend it was beyond boring. I was disappointed. On the hist...
The first few of this series were wonderful. This one, not so much. I love the two stories within one, but seriously, after being with Eloise through it all - once she and Colin finally were alone for the weekend it was beyond boring. I was disappointed. On the historical side I actually liked the secret society plot mixed with King George - but the romance between Charlotte and Robert seemed to sort of appear overnight. A little more buildup would have been nice. And can we have some more Lord Vaughn please? He was always so nastily interesting. I'm sure Lauren could make him and his wife visit the next heroine for a spell. I will continue with the series and hope the next one is better.

posted by QueenTTR on April 27, 2009

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    Just Ok

    The first few of this series were wonderful. This one, not so much. I love the two stories within one, but seriously, after being with Eloise through it all - once she and Colin finally were alone for the weekend it was beyond boring. I was disappointed. On the historical side I actually liked the secret society plot mixed with King George - but the romance between Charlotte and Robert seemed to sort of appear overnight. A little more buildup would have been nice. And can we have some more Lord Vaughn please? He was always so nastily interesting. I'm sure Lauren could make him and his wife visit the next heroine for a spell. I will continue with the series and hope the next one is better.

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

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    Not as good as the others in the series

    I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and I really liked the next 2. I was a bit disappointed with the 4th book, but this latest edition in the series was quite disappointing to me, especially as these are supposed to be romantic novels. In many instances, I didn't feel that the characters acted with logical motivation, and there were just too many contrived plot components in both the historical and modern-day stories. I thought the romance between Robert and Charlotte was uninspiring. The most disappointing part of the book, was the "interaction" between the modern-day characters, Colin and Eloise, or rather, the lack thereof. Here they are, off for a hopefully romantic stay at his manor house, but he's always gone somewhere for the day, while she's snooping around, and even though he's asked her to stay in his bedroom, not the guest room, there's no romance at all -- what is up with that?!! I'm really hoping things turn around in the next book, and Ms. Willig gets back to the style we saw in the first books, but the way this romance has started to sputter, I'm afraid Eloise is going to be back in the guest room, permanently.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    Disappointing #5 in the series of the Pink Carnation. Characters and plot not as exciting as the previous series.

    I enjoyed reading the previous Pink Carnation Series. I could hardly wait to read this last book. Rather disappointing in its text and trying to imitate previous plots. This book did not hold me spellbound as the first four series. It seemed rushed and unfinished. I hope there will be a #6 book coming out. I am eagerly awaiting its publication to see if it will surpass the other books in this series.<BR/><BR/>Cherry Blossom

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