- Series: Pink Carnation (Book 5)
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (January 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451228987
- ISBN-13: 978-0451228987
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Robert arrives home just at Christmas time and reconnects with the dreamy little girl he met when she was nine. Charlotte has always been dreamy and imaginative and she has cast Robert as her own knight in shining armor. Unfortunately Robert's main purpose for coming home is to track down the man who killed his mentor in a friendly fire shooting. To do that, he has to become a member of the fast and dissolute Hellsfire Club. He thinks the best way to protect Charlotte is to break her heart by saying that their romance was just a product of the season and proximity.
Charlotte is changed by Robert's dismissal of their love. She becomes more cynical and less trusting. When she stumbles onto a plot to harm George III, she calls on her own skills and talents to solve the problem and becomes her own knight in shining armor. Robert will have his work cut out for him getting back into Charlotte's good graces.
Meanwhile, Eloise and Colin are currently living together at his home in Sussex where all the historical papers that she needs for her dissertation have been stored. Eloise's most recent dilemma has to do with the fact that she doesn't know what Colin does for a living. For some reason, she is determined not to ask and he is reluctant to tell her anyway. I liked the conclusion that she jumped to but had already guessed what his actual job was.
This is a fun series that keeps getting better and better as it continues. I can't wait to go to India for the next installment.
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.