The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (Pink Carnation Series #4)

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (Pink Carnation Series #4)

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by Lauren Willig, Kate Reading
     
 

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Now in paperback-a novel that 'handily fulfills its promise of intrigue and romance.'(Publishers Weekly)

Determined to secure another London season without assistance from her new brother-in-law, Mary Alsworthy accepts a secret assignment from Lord Vaughn on behalf of the Pink Carnation. She must infiltrate the ranks of the dreaded French spy, the

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Now in paperback-a novel that 'handily fulfills its promise of intrigue and romance.'(Publishers Weekly)

Determined to secure another London season without assistance from her new brother-in-law, Mary Alsworthy accepts a secret assignment from Lord Vaughn on behalf of the Pink Carnation. She must infiltrate the ranks of the dreaded French spy, the Black Tulip, before he and his master can stage their planned invasion of England. Every spy has a weakness and for the Black Tulip that weakness is beautiful black-haired women-his 'petals' of the Tulip. A natural at the art of seduction, Mary easily catches the attention of the French spy, but Lord Vaughn never anticipated that his own heart would be caught as well. Fighting their growing attraction, impediments from their past, and, of course, the French, Mary and Vaughn find themselves lost in a treacherous garden of lies.

And as our modern-day heroine, Eloise Kelly, digs deeper into England's Napoleonic-era espionage, she becomes even more entwined with Colin Selwick, the descendant of her spy subjects.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In the fourth installment of the Pink Carnation series, Mary Alsworthy suddenly finds herself on the outside of polite society after her younger sister, Letty, marries Mary's intended. Partly from boredom, partly from fascination, Mary accepts the advances of spy master Lord Vaughn when he asks her to help uproot a French spy called the Black Tulip who has a weakness for dark-haired women. As it turns out, the Black Tulip is no longer interested just in beautiful companions; he demands a sacrifice of Mary that she is reluctant to make. Navigating both the world of high society, where, if Mary doesn't find a husband soon she'll be doomed to live off her sister's charity, and the underworld, Mary may only realize too late that the Black Tulip is more connected to her than she ever imagined. This historical romance is filled with witty repartee and arch conversations between Mary and Vaughn, leaving no doubt as to the story's conclusion. Though the occasional jumps to the modern-day travails of Eloise Kelly, a grad student researching the Vaughn family for her dissertation, are as jarring as ad breaks in the middle of a film, the novel handily fulfills its promise of intrigue and romance. (Feb.)

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Library Journal

Eloise Kelly, Willig's perpetual Ph.D. student, remains in London trying to piece together her study of the spy network that operated during the time of Napoléon (begun in The Secret History of the Pink Carnation). Having uncovered the identity of our heroic Carnation in the archives of spy Richard Selwick, Eloise continues her floral fascination with the unmasking of the dastardly Black Tulip in this latest blossomy imbroglio (after The Deception of the Emerald Ring). While Eloise ponders all things espionage and the romantic potential of Colin Selwick, readers are thrust back two centuries to follow the machinations of the reputedly dissolute Lord Vaughn as he enlists the aid of Mary Alsworthy in an attempt to bring the Tulip to justice. Mary agrees to work her wiles for the price of a dowry and a London season. Together, she and Vaughn force the Tulip's hand, as they fight their mutual attraction and parry verbal badinage that never ceases to charm and amuse. But is their quarry really dead at novel's end? You never can tell with Willig. And when will the Carnation herself (yup, she's a gal) find her own true love? This appealing sequel holds up well on both ends, with Eloise and Colin encountering some intrigue of their own. Recommended for public libraries, especially those growing the whole botanical series. [See Prepub Alert, LJ9/1/07.]
—Bette-Lee Fox

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781415948088
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Pink Carnation Series, #4

Meet the Author

Lauren Willig is a law student and Ph.D. candidate in history at Harvard University. She is the author of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
March 28, 1977
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A., Yale University, 1999; M.A., Harvard University, 2001
Website:
http://www.laurenwillig.com

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