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The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig
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Oct 06, 2011

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, setting-england, romance, espionage, author-american, color-various, series-read
Read from June 02 to 04, 2014 — I own a copy , read count: 1

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 French spies. The French definitely had their hands in some of the goings on in this novel - but it wasn't as major of a focus as it was earlier in the series. The danger and adventure was definitely more subdued.

Not that I didn't like it, it was just different.

Orphaned at a young age and raised by her overbearing grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Dovedale, Charlotte has retreated to books for comfort. The books lead her to daydream of fairy tale romances and happily ever afters, so it's only natural that Temptation be a little more whimsical and a little less action packed.

There were a few minor things that bothered me, but overall a solid book. Penelope next - that should be a trip!

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