The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation #5)
A New York Times extended list bestseller and the exciting fifth book in the national bestselling Pink Carnation series.
After years abroad, Robert, Duke of Dovedale, has returned to England to avenge the murder of his mentor. To uncover the murderer's identity, he must infiltrate the infamous, secret Hellfire Club. But the Duke has no idea that an even more difficult ch...more
I really liked the main character, Charlotte the book worm. However, I don't feel the author did a good job of making her or especially her love interest, Robert, come to life. The story about the kidnapping of the King was good, but the execution (of the plot, not the ...more
I was correct that I would like this story-within better than the Pink Carnation, both because the characters appeal to me more and because the writing has improved. There are still a few times when I feel like the women are a little bi ...more
I suppose there comes a time and in this case, by the fifth book, that ideas run thin. This particular installment in the Pink Carnation series is being hailed as a modern Pride and Prejudice. About the only thing the two novels have in common is the time period and clothes. It seems Willig simply borrowed the basic plot to fill in the blanks for this lukewarm scheme. The villain, the Night Jasmine, is barely present. Instead, he moves like a cardboard figure throughout the story, makin ...more
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) If you follow my reviews, you know I just adore this series. I was so disappointing that the previous narrator wasn’t narrating this one; however, Justine Eyre does a fine job with the inflection, accents, tone, and male/female voices! I’ll definitely listen to her again.
I was also worried that I wouldn’t like a story surrounding the Hellfire Club, but this one was excellent. Lady Charlotte Lansdowne, wearing “rose-colored glasses” ...more
The first three Carnation books followed a vague sexual structure: first kiss, heated second kiss, and then the sex scene. That all evaporated in the 4th book. The Crimson Rose delivers on the first two steps, at least, but Night Jasmine doesn't even deliver a proper second kiss! I though ...more
Framed once again by the research and relationship trials of graduate student Eloise Kelly, Night Jasmine opens after Eloise and her new beau Coli ...more
Charlotte loves to read. In fact, she spends her free time reading and dreaming of princes and knights and battles and happily ever afters. Then Robert, Duke of Dovedale comes home and she believes she'll get hers. Robert falls for Charlotte, whom he's known since childhood. But, Robert has another agenda - avenging his friend and mentor's death. In order to do that, he leaves Charlotte and breaks not only her hea ...more
However, the development of the love between Charlotte and Robert is very well done. Willig does a nice job developing their relationship from the early stages of lust and infatuation to real love.
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The 7th book in the series, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, Robert Lansdowne, aka the Duke of Dovedail returns to his Sussex estate after 10 years in India. As Robert tries to track down the man he believes has murdered his mentor, his distant cousin Lady Charlotte tries to get Robert to spend time with her. When Charlotte believes the King to be in danger, things get dicey and also take a turn for the romantic. This book also features Colin and Eloise, who have been dating ...more
I liked the conceit of this novel, that the overly innocent and romantic (and rather neglected) Lady Charlotte Landsdowne formed a tendre for the unexpected Robert, Duke of Dovedale as a child when he was very kind to her during the uproar of her father's death and his own sudden and unexpected inheritance. Subsequently, ran away to India and joined the army, and has since seen a little too much of reality, whereas she's been living in her head (and escaping in her romances ...more
Unlike the first four books in the series (and The Mischief in the Mistletoe which was the 7th published book but overlaps with Christmas festivities at the beginning of this book), Temptation didn't focus overmuch on the Fr ...more
* Lackluster mystery, but that's okay because Charlotte is great. Plus, Henrietta. I could totally be into the adventures of Henrietta and Charlotte.
* New narrator. Her Eloise is better (read: less smug) than the old narrator, so there's that. But I still kind of hate Eloise anyway. And then her Colin pronounces Eloise's name a couple of different ways and no. Stick to one pronunciation. Also, the old narrator does a better Henrietta and Miles.
* Our hero hovers on the line be ...more
Fifth in Lauren Willig "Pink Carnation" series, "Night Jasmine" follows two story arcs, the contemporary over arc (that continues from the earlier books in the series) and the historical arc that is loosely connected to the previous novels. Not having been able to read the first five novels (at least not yet!) I jumped ...more
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