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The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation #5)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  4,973 ratings  ·  398 reviews

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

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 22nd 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published January 21st 2009)
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Lauren Willig has created two very likeable characters in Lord Dovedale and Lady Charlotte, who mimic their present day counterparts with errors in miscommunication. Eloise Kelly, who for her Ph.D. dissertation is on the trail of the legendary English spy the Pink Carnation, and her lover a true descendant of the Carnation’s, Colin Selwick. But beyond the errors caused by their simple lack of courage to communicate neither storyline offered much of a mystery filled with intrigue, or threat of da ...more
This book didn't grab as much as the earlier ones in the series. Jane didn't even show up, and was only mentioned once, in passing. The series should be called The Henrietta series, as she seems to be more of a recurrent character.

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
I read the first book in this series at best friend's recommendation, and was mildly pleased but not overwhelmed. At the promise that the series gets better and better, I picked a later volume at random based on the storyline that looked the most appealing to me.

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
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I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I greatly appreciate that this book is much cleaner than the first few books of the series. On the other hand, the story was not nearly as interesting as the previous books. The whole spy part of the series was basically absent, except for a few thrown-in references to the Pink Carnation or the Black Tulip. I am hoping that a later book will help tie this book in to the whole underground spy world - perhaps the villain in this book was actu ...more
I was surprisingly impressed by this latest Willig novel. I mean, I absolutely adored Pink Carnation and I tend to reread it very regularly, but for some reason I haven't felt the same about many of her other efforts, particularly the last one (Crimson Rose). I suppose on one level, Willig's very detailed and carefully drawn characterizations tend to incline the reader to identify very strongly with certain of her heroines. With that said, perhaps it's no surprise that I like short, outgoing, bo ...more
I was disappointed in this novel. While I liked Robert and Charlotte (a lot more than Eloise and Colin) I didn't see the point of this story. The bit about King George was interesting but only in a vague sense. I've also begun to actively dislike Eloise. I think the series has a lot of merit, but with this book, it took me forever to get to a point where I thought it was interesting.
2.5 Stars
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
Lisa Kay
Blooming Night Jasmine

★★★★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”
In the fifth installment in her "Pink Carnation" Series, more Napoleonic espionage ensues as Lauren Willig spins her captivating tale of the exploits of Robert Lansdowne, the reluctant Duke of Dovedail, and his bookish young cousin Charlotte in The Temptation of the Night Jasmine. Set in England in 1803, Robert’s unexpected return to his ducal estate in Sussex after a decade in the Army in India rekindles Lady Charlotte’s idealistic fantasies. Fueled by her passion for romantic novels such as Ev ...more
#5 in the Pink Carnation Series started out slowly, had some slow moments but overall was a very good story. The mystery was much more straightforward and very well done. It involves King George's madness, which is always a fascinating topic. This was the best part of the story. Eloise and Colin are staying at his country house and she is as annoying as always. There is something so childish and immature in her voice that just rubs me the wrong way. And couple in the historical part of the story ...more
For once, I enjoyed the historical plot more than the romantic. Don't get me wrong, Willig's novels are always an enjoyable read, but what happened to the sexual tension that she has been so adept at delivering?
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
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 story lines. 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, Night Jasmine opens after Eloise and her new beau Coli
Oh dear. This just was not my cup of tea. I have really loved this series--and I have every intention of continuing, but this one mainly bored me. I also didn't care for either of the main characters. I've actually looked forward to an installment starring the bookish Charlotte. But she grated on my nerves at every turn. In the beginning she had her head in the clouds romanticizing everything. When she was betrayed by Robert, his actions turned her into an unforgiving and whining snob. On occasi ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
This is going on my favorites shelf! I think it's my favorite of the whole series!

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
The fifth addition to the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig. A nice addition to the Pink Carnation series. Robert, Duke of Dovedale, has returned to England from India. He is out to avenge the death of his mentor. Charlotte is a distant cousin whose father was the duke before Robert. Robert doesn't have time to get distracted by his lovely cousin but things don't always work the way you plan. There wasn't as much "spying" as earlier books but it was still good. Likable characters and a good ...more
in this installment of Willig's Pink Carnation series, we follow Lady Charlotte Lansdowne on her quest for true love. An imaginative, naïve, bookish young lady who fully wishes for a knight in shining armor to sweep her off of her feet, Charlotte pictures herself as the heroine of her own story, often relating those in her life to the characters she reads about in novels. Celebrating Christmas at the family seat, she is as surprised as anyone when her distant cousin Robert (and the current duke) ...more
I enjoyed this book, though not as much as the earlier books. It is slow moving, and takes a while to get to the real spy plot. Eloise's story is less interesting this time around as well, and the sexual tension between her and Colin is much less intense.
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.
Rebecca Huston
I really wanted to like this one, I did, I did. But everything just went to bits at the last part of the book, and it tipped over into the too-silly-for-words category. Which I hate, especially when the first two thirds of the story was pretty darn good.

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Charlotte's the best part of this entry in the series - she's a believable heroine for her times, and it's nice to see a character unravel a mystery as a result of her kindness and empathy for others. It's pleasing that Willig made the choice to show how someone who isn't action-oriented can still create significant change in the world around them.
All the books in this series have been quick reads, and I am happy that the author has finally managed to produce a book that didn't contain a graphic description of a first sexual encounter (or almost-encounter) between the main characters. That said, I thought her descriptions of the atmosphere surrounding the "ceremonies" of the Hellfire Club cancelled out that boon. While I quite liked Charlotte and Robert as the main characters (second perhaps, only to Henrietta and Miles -- of the second b ...more
It was okay, though there was barely any romance. lukewarm kisses in the shadows and then at the very silly romance. i have become quite disappointed in the author. in the first three books there is a romance not to mention hot scenes in gardens and boats plus sex. in the the fourth book there is sort of a romanc and your lead to believe that there might have been sex. all you know is that the woman laid down with her love in a rob and when she wakes up the rob is on the floor . so who really kn ...more

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
Genre: Regency Romance

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
The Temptation of the Night Jasmine is a bit diverted from the rest of the Pink Carnation series thus far. It focuses on Charlotte Lansdowne (one of Henrietta Selwick's friends) and Robert, the Duke of Dovedale who has returned to England after years of being abroad in India.

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
Okay, a few things:

* 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
Becky R.
Let me be up front in saying that I honestly grabbed this audio book, not just because I had already listened to the previous four that came before, but because I was so invested in the "modern-day" story that is embedded in these spy novels. While the spy stories are being told, we as readers understand that it is through our modern storyteller, Eloise Keller, that we are getting anything at all. It is her story, and her romance with modern day descendant to the Pink Carnation, Colin Selwick, t ...more
Lady Knight
Wow! Talk about an amazingly good story! Blurring the lines between spy thriller, mystery, historical fiction, and romance, "The Temptation of the Night Jasmine" is a great read.

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
Bree T
The Temptation of the Night Jasmine is the fifth novel in Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series but we turn away from England vs France in this installment. Charlotte Landsdowne, friend of Lady Henrietta Selwick is the daughter of the late Duke of Dovedale. Both her parents are deceased, leaving her to be raised mostly by her grandmother, the very formidable Dowager Duchess of Dovedale, who has appeared in short scenes in previous books, usually to scare men off from the girls she is chaperoning ...more
CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
Jan 19, 2009 CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scarlet Pimpernel fans, Pink Carnation series fans, fans of GOOD historical fiction
This fifth installment of the Pink Carnation series is a good book in the series but not as good as the Crimson Rose or any of the others before it. I liked the banter between Charlotte and Robert (the main characters of the Historical Fiction portion of the story) and I loved the character development of said characters and it was very nice to have Hen and Miles join the book but while Jasmine had the mystery, the history and the drama what it lacked was some actual romantic scenes. At times ...more
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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard befor ...more
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“They were close enough that he could feel the hurried beat of her heart. He could feel Charlotte's indecision in every word she didn't say and every move she didn't make. She was tense with uncertainty, quivering with irresolution. She might not be leaning into him, but she wasn't pulling away, either.” 32 likes
“There was nothing the least bit radical about her. In fact, she was the most conventional creature alive. She believed in true love, and loyalty to one's monarch, and death before dishonor. It was just that, sometimes, things didn't quite turn out as one would have wished. In those cases, there was nothing to do but carry on. And on and on and on.” 5 likes
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