Tuesday, January 5, 2010

THE TEMPTATION OF THE NIGHT JASMINE A Pink Carnation Novel book five by Lauren Willig

Publisher:DUTTEN/Penguin Group
Publishing date: January 2009
ISBN: 978-0-525-95096-7
Historical Romance/Fiction
Obtained by Publisher
Revied by Dawn

Robert, Duke of Dovedale is back from India after twelve long years abroad and he finds himself on the trail of a murder as he tries to infiltrate the infamous Hellfire club to get this murderer’s identity. What he doesn’t anticipate is the lovely and headstrong Lady Charlotte Landsdowne. Charlotte is thrilled to hear Robert is home finally. Having built him up in her mind, she doesn’t expect that reality may not be on par with her romanticized dreams of the man. Working together, these two unlikely partners are caught up in a race against time as danger mounts against them. Can these two find a way to let their hearts and passions show them just how good they are together even as they try to stop an assassin and solve a mystery in the process?

THE TEMPTATION OF THE NIGHT JASMINE is one of the best books to date in this series. I loved the dynamics between Robert and Charlotte as well as Eloise and her boyfriend in this time frame, Colin. The story is framed around Eloise and her boyfriend, Colin, as they spend a weekend at Colin’s family’s house. What Eloise finds there is another mystery around the Pink Carnation, the perennial spy in regency England/Europe. With that backdrop, Ms. Willig gives us two new characters to fall in love with- Lady Charlotte Landsdowne and Robert, Duke of Dovedale. They are a strong couple and with some major twists and turns, this author delivers a fast paced, action packed ride from start to finish. What I love about the Pink Carnation novels is that you get lost within the pages with some amazing characters. Each book is a readers’ delight as they find themselves drawn into Ms. Willig’s world of spies, mysteries and romance all rolled up in one wonderful package.

The Pink Carnation Series is a pure literary gem in my opinion and this is an author who loves to keep the reader guessing even as they flip the pages at a fever pitch to see what happens next. THE TEMPTATION OF THE NIGHT JASMINE is a thrilling, action-packed ride from start to finish and I couldn’t put it down. With some intriguing characters, romance and a spellbinding mystery, Ms. Willig gives her readers the strongest book to date in her phenomenal Pink Carnation series. If you enjoy a good historical romance mystery, then grab any of the Pink Carnation books- you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to the next Pink Carnation story from this wonderfully talented author.


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