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

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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 c
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ebook, 400 pages
Published January 22nd 2009 by New American Library (first published January 21st 2009)
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snowplum
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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ZaBeth  Marsh
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
Anna
Feb 28, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Pandora Black
Feb 17, 2016 Pandora Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Charlotte et Robert sont d'une choupitude qui défie toute concurrence, Henrietta et Miles sont présents et absolument parfaits (Miles *soupirs*), tout le monde est badass, c'était parfait !
Seul bémol, Eloise est quand même parfois un peu cruche XD mais bon, je me dis que pour une héroïne de chick lit, elle aurait pu être bien pire, donc je l'aime quand même ^^
Pamela
Jan 29, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
4.5 stars. I liked the fairytale quality of both Charlotte and Robert and the story did bring a touch of fact into it. Now, please excuse me, I have a unicorn to catch ;)
Treasa
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
Amber
Jan 26, 2009 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
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Samantha
Feb 23, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Charlotte has been waiting at Girdings for her knight in shining armour to come, just like those glorious murals depicting her ancestors bravely battling their foes on long gone battlefields or the books she consumes copiously. She even has her own dragon with her grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Dovedale. Then on Christmas Eve, out of the snow, Robert returns. Fleeing the family home for India all those years ago, the Duke of Dovedale returns like a knight returning from a long crusade in th ...more
Gawelleb
Feb 16, 2016 Gawelleb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En fait c'est un 4,5. S'il n'y avait eu que Charlotte et Robert, j'aurais mis un 5 mais le côté TSL d'Eloise fait perdre 0,5.
Donc je ne me suis pas réellement intéressée à la partie contemporaine, mais l'historique.... Ahhhhh c'était bien!!!! C'est une histoire pleine de candeur, de contes de fées, de licornes. Une héroïne pas si naïve et un héros comme je les aime, amoureux mais se sentant peu digne d'être aimé de sa belle. L'intrigue espionnage est grosse très grosse ! Mais ça l'est tellement
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Jodi
Mar 08, 2009 Jodi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nanou
Nov 04, 2015 Nanou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espion
I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS... et vive les tartines de framboise

Charlotte à laquelle on a pas de mal à s'identifier : elle pas son temps dans les bibliothèque à lire et à rêver à tous les héros fictifs qu'elle croise. un chevalier, sur son cheval blanc, viendrait la sauver un jour toussa... ^^ et là arrive Robert après 12 ans passées en Inde, et Charlotte entend d'un coup les trompettes de la cavalerie (les violons ça va pas très bien niveau ambiance xD).

ils sont choupis tous les deux, à mener chacun
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Charlie
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
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Lisa Kay
Blooming Night Jasmine


(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” firm
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Laurel
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
~Leslie~
May 27, 2012 ~Leslie~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-paper
#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
Avery
Feb 24, 2009 Avery rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lauren
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
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Jenn
Apr 04, 2011 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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
Didi
A rather different start from previous books in the series, the main characters in this one (Richard and Charlotte Lansdowne) tumbled accidentally into the clock and dagger world of espionage war against the French. While their adventures and slow courting were entertaining enough, the route of misunderstanding, confusion and stubbornness irritated me to no end.
It started so well then going downhill with each stupidity or saving-dignity acts both MCs did. Miles Dorrington came to the rescue by w
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Angie
4.5 stars... I venture to say I might have enjoyed this even more on second reading:)

A fun romp with great characters. We even got some cameos from the Royal family and a unicorn. I loved Charlotte & Robert. They were very entertaining, and had a fairytale-like quality:) I loved Charlotte's dreamy personality and that she was a true book lover. That elusive spy, the Pink Carnation, is absent in this entry but I'm sure she will return in our next book. Miss Gwen was also missing in action, bu
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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
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Pamela(AllHoney)
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
Hannah Givens
For the first quarter or so, I honestly can't say I was enjoying it... The setup and romantic leads seemed entirely typical of the Pink Carnation series, although Charlotte's flights of fancy tipped beyond the slight silliness of some Pink leads and into "so childish that rooting for her in a steamy romance was borderline squicky."* But -- and I assume this was an intentional balance -- the plot is rather dark, more so than those typical Pink books.

After that quarter-ish point, where the romanc
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Kathy Martin
Jun 21, 2016 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fifth book in the Pink Carnation series stars Lady Charlotte Landsdowne who is the granddaughter of the Dowager Duchess of Dovedale and Robert, Duke of Dovesdale, who has just returned from a long sojourn in the army in India.

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 h
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Kate
Aug 31, 2014 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katie
Nov 09, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

For the longer review, please go here:
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Erin
Feb 05, 2015 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reads almost exactly like the portrait on the cover looks. It's not as much fun as the novels that preceded it and I think this is owing to the fact that the main character, Charlotte, is so thoroughly, completely, and naively idealistic. If you were to be faced with a tempting scenario, she would definitely be the angel on your shoulder. Robert, as a hero, isn't really much better. Neither one of these characters has an ounce negativity in them and the whole book centers around their ...more
Jessica
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.
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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen 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 before ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pink Carnation (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1)
  • The Masque of the Black Tulip (Pink Carnation, #2)
  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation, #3)
  • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (Pink Carnation, #4)
  • The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation, #6)
  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe (Pink Carnation, #7)
  • The Orchid Affair (Pink Carnation, #8)
  • The Garden Intrigue (Pink Carnation, #9)
  • The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Pink Carnation, #10)
  • The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (Pink Carnation, #11)

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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.” 35 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.” 7 likes
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