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The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation) Paperback – Bargain Price, January 5, 2010

3.9 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
Book 5 of 10 in the Pink Carnation Series

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Willig spins another sultry spy tale in her fifth installment of the Pink Carnation series. When Robert, duke of Dovedale, returns after more than a decade abroad, Lady Charlotte Lansdowne hopes the romantic world of her novels will soon come to life in the form of a love story between her and Robert. But the duke has come back from India to track Arthur Wrothan, a spy who killed Robert's mentor, and though his and Charlotte's reunion culminates in a blaze of kisses, he abandons her to track down his nemesis. On the trail, Robert cavorts with the Hellfire Club, which holds opium-fueled orgies that provide cover for Wrothan. In the meantime, Charlotte's efforts to help the king throw her again into Robert's path. The story unfolds within the frame of a contemporary love affair between Eloise, a Harvard graduate student researching spies of the late 18th and early 19th century, and Colin Selwick, descendant of one of the spies who so pique Eloise's interest. The author's conflation of historical fact, quirky observations and nicely rendered romances results in an elegant and grandly entertaining book. (Feb.)
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'Another sultry spy tale ... The author's conflation of historical fact, quirky observations and nicely rendered romances results in an elegant and grandly entertaining book.' Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Pink Carnation (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Reprint edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451228987
  • ASIN: B003VYBED4
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Audio CD
Having listenened to the other titles in this series, and throughly enjoyed them, I was disappointed in this one. The reader just did not do as good a job as Kate Reading. Kate was much more adept at differentiating between various characters, both male and female. Also, this reader pronounced the main characters' name, Eloise, as "El-Waz". Doesn't someone oversee these things? I should think someone would have said "let's not do that, it will be very distracting for the readers as they've become used to hearing this character called Eloise". I hope the series continues, but I sincerely hope they go back to Kate as the narrator for the next one.
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Inevitably in any popular series, sooner or later the writing gets stale - character arcs become unbelievable, plots are rehashed, or the reader can simply feel the writer's own weariness for the once beloved storylines. Not so for Lauren Willig! If anything, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine is the strongest book in the Pink Carnation series so far.

Framed once again by the research and relationship trials of graduate student Eloise Kelly, the Night Jasmine opens after Eloise and her new-beau Colin have been together for three months. A week-long romantic getaway to Colin's home in Surrey, not to mention his library's inexhaustible cache of historical archives, leads Eloise to a new discovery in her study of the aristocratic spy, the Pink Carnation - a plot involving french spies (naturally), betrayal of a king, and the infamous Hellfire Club.

Enter Lady Charlotte Lansdowne and Robert, the Duke of Dovedale, the real stars of this Carnation installment. Robert, newly home from a decade long stint in India, is on the trail of his mentor's murderer, but is unprepared for both the attraction he feels for the bookish Charlotte (a very, very distant cousin) and the real forces at work in his friend's death.

Like the other Pink Carnation books, the mystery here is well plotted out and the excitement high enough to keep the pages flying well into the night. The true strength lies within the romance of Robert & Charlotte, however. Both characters show very strong growth over the course of the book: Charlotte must deal with her realization that real life is not quite how it is in books (which can be a good a thing), and Robert has to grapple with not only his dubious past, but that of his father.
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Format: Audio CD
I adore the Carnation series by Lauren Willeg, especially in Audio Book format, but I really missed Kate Reading for Temptation. With all respect to Justine Eyre who is bravely stepping into a series already in progrss (her Charlotte is spot-on), she just doesn't compare. I would have been more tolerant of the change if she hadn't mispronounced Eloise as EloWHAZ. Gasp.

Wonderful story. One of the best of the series. The audio version was not my favourite.
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Ms. Willig's Pink Carnation series is one of my guilty pleasures, but I am disappointed that the past two installments that I have read--first Crimson Rose, and now this one--are simply not up to par with the first three books in the series. That could be the conspicuous lack of a scandalous love scene or simply that the characters and their story aren't as identifiable/believable as those in Ms. Willig's first three novels. For example. she threw in this unicorn theme some pages into the book, and kept trying to drag it back at what seemed to be inopportune times. This is the type of thing that i feel an editor should have caught and cut immediately, because no matter how much the author tried to force it into the story, it felt exactly like that--it was being forced into the story. And on the other hand, there was an entire backstory dealing with Robert and his father that was mentioned in passing several times and probably should have been elaborated upon, but was eventually dropped entirely as Ms. Willig rushed to the ending of this particular story.

Although Ms. Willig took some liberties with the storyline in Night Jasmine, even as a history buff I did not feel that these liberties were out of line. I would rate this novel three out of five stars, because even though it didn't draw me in as much as the first three did, I was still interested enough to enjoy reading it. I will definitely keep reading the series and simply hope that in the future, her characters revert back to being as well portrayed as they were in Pink Carnation, Black Tulip, and Emerald Ring.
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I was underwhelmed by this book in the series. I loved the growth of Charlotte through the book and her realizations about love and marriage but the rest of the book just never clicked. I never got swept up by Robert or the intrigue of this book's spies and mysteries. I wanted to but it never happened. Eloise and Colin were a bit of a disappointment as well. The author tries to throw a stumbling block their way but it wasn't convincing in the least. I wanted to be swept away by this book but it never happened for me. I'll most likely read the next (if there is one) but I may get it from the library rather than buy it.
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