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The Temptation of the Night Jasmine
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The much anticipated fifth installment in the inventive and original Pink Carnation series

¡°Pride and Prejudice lives on¡± in Lauren Willig¡¯s acclaimed Pink Carnation series, which continues with another deliciously lighthearted, romantic, and suspenseful novel. Willig introduces to her series the most elusive spy of all time, whose calling card is the faint whiff of jasmine in the cold night air.

After twelve years in India, Robert, duke of Dovedale, returns to his estate in England to avenge the murder of his mentor during the 1803 Battle of Assaye. Robert plans to infiltrate the infamous, secretive Hellfire Club to uncover the murderer¡¯s identity¡ª but he has no idea that an even more difficult challenge awaits him¡ªone Lady Charlotte Lansdowne.

Having cherished a romanticized view of Robert since childhood, Charlotte is thrilled by his return. To Charlotte, Robert is all the knights of the Round Table rolled into one. That¡¯s not exactly the case, but she can¡¯t help but search for the man she loves inside this less-than-pristine package. And while Robert works to dissuade Charlotte from her delusions, he can¡¯t help but be drawn to her innocence and inner beauty.

When Charlotte is approached by Lady Henrietta Selwick to join her in a bit of espionage¡ªinvestigating a plot to kidnap the king¡ªRobert soon realizes that Charlotte is not only the perfect partner in crime; she¡¯s the perfect partner, period. Caught in a dangerous game with deadly flower-named spies and secret members of the Hellfire Club, Robert and Charlotte must work together to reveal the villain¡­and confront their true passion for each other.

Customer Reviews:

  • Temptation of the Night Jasmine
    I love this series by Lauren Willig! Each novel follows the continuing story of Eloise, an American researching for her thesis in Britain. Eloise is intent on unmasking the Pink Carnation, the only English spy that remains unmasked that was working in the early 1800s. And since the books started she has made quite a bit of progress in that quarter mainly due to the family papers of one Colin Selwick. Colin and Eloise are finally dating (yay!) and they've headed back to his home in Sussex so Eloise can continue going through the archives there.

    Eloise means to continue her search for the the Pink Carnation and where her favorite spy headed after her brief stay in England, but she gets sidetracked with some documents written by Lady Charlotte Landsdowne that mention the madness of King George. Intrigued by the idea that Henrietta Selwick and Charlotte had anything to do with the king's bout of madness, Eloise reasons that she may as well take a look and she jumps right into the story in the past.

    Charlotte is a bit of a shy and secluded creature that generally prefers the company of books to people. Despite all that when her long-missing (distantly-related) cousin Robert returns to the family seat, Charlotte is more than willing to walk down memory lane as long as it is with him. Robert on the other hand, returned to England from India to track down a possible spy that shot his mentor in the back in the heat of battle when the errant shot wouldn't be missed. His investigative skills take him into the heart of the Hell Fire club. The man Robert has been chasing is not just plotting with the French but also plotting against the king. Since Charlotte is a lady-in-waiting at the time and a great friend to the king she also becomes involved in stopping the plot.

    As usual, the dual storyline of Eloise and whatever historical characters she is studying is both interesting and amusing. The characters don't always think or do things the way that we might expect them to and the little romantic interludes between the historical characters lighten up the feel of what could be an otherwise tense historical spy novel. We're teased with the short chapters between Colin & Eloise's relationship but that usually just makes me more eager to read the next one....more info
  • Another Terrific REad
    Lauren's writing gets better and better, and she's always been good. The latest in the Pink Carnation series can certainly stand alone, but you are in for a real treat if you have yet to read the other books. She also has a wonderful web site, to help her fans get through the waiting period between books. ...more info
  • So much fun BUT
    I enjoy all the books, the word play especially; so I like to listen to the audio books. Crimson Rose is probably my favorite because of the amusing shadings of each line of dialogue. Jasmine in contrast focuses on daydreams versus reality, a different type of combat. It reminds me of Jane Eyre characters as they learn moral lessons. But I was disappointed by the reading by Ms Eyre. Her sweet voice is perfectly suited to Charlotte but there is so little coloring and contrast between characters and so little depth to the male voices that it was a frustrating listen. I do hope that if Ms Willig writes about Jane the publishers will be able to use Ms Reading as audio reader again. I do look forward to all Ms Willig's future books with much anticipation....more info
  • Stale Scent
    I am a huge fan of the entire series. I had read the four previous books and enjoyed them all. However, this one was lacking the intrigue/mystery and romantic chemistry of the last four books. Charlotte and Robert romance's seems as it was created by kindergarten students. The continue talk of hunting for unicorns when Robert was a teenager and Charlotte a preteen was ridiculous even for those times. Charlotte's character is the antithesis of "being in love with love." She dreams of Nights and Maidens, only to turn into a cynic after a few chapters was hard to digest. This change in Charlotte's core personality was difficult to believe as a reader because it was poorly developed. Yet, you'll still enjoy Colin and Eloise developing relationship. They still made you laugh, with Eloise's awkwardness, self-doubt and Colin's coolness. I am still a fan but cautiously awaiting book 6 to erase the stale scent of this Jasmine! ...more info
  • Good story, unfortunate choice for reader
    Having listenened to the other titles in this series, and throughly enjoyed them, I was disappointed in this one. The reader just did not do as good a job as Kate Reading. Kate was much more adept at differentiating between various characters, both male and female. Also, this reader pronounced the main characters' name, Eloise, as "El-Waz". Doesn't someone oversee these things? I should think someone would have said "let's not do that, it will be very distracting for the readers as they've become used to hearing this character called Eloise". I hope the series continues, but I sincerely hope they go back to Kate as the narrator for the next one....more info
  • Where is Kate Reading?
    Willig spins her usual erudite and fascinating tale about the modern day romance of Eloise (history doctoral candidate) and Colin (modern scion of a noble family) with the Napoleonic Wars era romance of Lady Charlotte and her cousin Robert, the duke. Mystery and suspense, spies and rakes abound. The story is great but the problem with this audio book is that instead of Kate Reading doing the narration and voice characterizations -- one of the finest audio book performers working today and whose voice is the perfect embodiment of the characters in all the previous Willig audio books -- we have a new performer who can't even pronounce Eloise's name correctly (giving it a faux French pronunciation that is simply ludicrous). Honestly, I feel the publisher should recall every copy....more info
  • Another Disappointment
    After reading this novel, I'm not sure if Ms. Willig thinks she is writing for virginal teenagers, or what. These characters have absolutely NO CHEMISTRY (sensual or otherwise) whatsoever. There are a couple of chaste kissing scenes between them (chaste even by Willig's previous writings), but that's it. Seriously. The hero, Robert, goes off to India, and aparently comes back as a unicorn-hunting, emotionally-conflicted idiot who would rather lie to Charlotte than admit he'd come back seeking to right a wrong done to a former mentor. He woos her, then pushes her away, realizes he's wrong, tries to woo her back, she protests, he gives her some raspberry tarts, and now everything's good again. Blah! And don't get me started on the story of Eloise and Colin. Or should I say the lack of a story of Eloise and Colin. Honestly, I've re-read the few scenes Ms. Willig had written about them at least twice, and I'm still not sure if they've been intimate. I just can't tell. After reading the Seduction of the Crimson Rose and the Temptation of the Night Jasmine, I am seriously considering giving up on the Pink Carnation series altogether. And that would be a shame since I know that Ms. Willig is a much better writer than the sum of these two books....more info
  • Regency espionage
    The Temptation of the Night Jasmine is the fifth book in the "Pink Carnation" series by Lauren Willig. The books are all great! Anyone who is a fan of regency romances and The Scarlet Pimpernal will love these books. They focus on the family papers of a Regency era British spy and his cronies. All are code named after flowers-the Scarlet Pimernal, the Purple Gentian, etc. The books flash between the present and the past and both storylines are interesting. To get maximum enjoyment out of these books, read them in order, starting with the Pink Carnation. You won't be sorry!...more info
  • Thrilled
    After waiting several months for the release of " The Temptation of the Night Jasmine" I couldn't believe that the local stores were all sold out (the recorded CD version) so I checked on the internet and found that amazon.com not only carried exactly what I wanted but had the best price, compared to two other e-venders. Then it was delivered promptly for my enjoyment. I love this new age of shopping....more info
  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine
    A lovely story filled with adventure, love and mistrust. Not the best in Willig's series, but still holds your interest throughout making you care for the characters and how the plot will pan out. Looking forward to the next book....more info
  • Not very romantic romance
    I've read all the books in the Pink Carnation series and found the last two really lacking. This one had absolutely no sexual tension and the "romance" was really missing between Charlotte and her beau. THe story was fun and well-written as usual, but the end was really a let down. Also, the set up in the Eloise/Colin storyline from the last book really left me wanting more, and I was very disappointed by the progress there. It felt like we missed out on big milestones between those two, and Willig really glossed over the romance there as well. The first two books were great, and Willig needs to get back into that groove. ...more info
  • not a classic Willig
    I have been a big fan of the Carnation series, and was very excited for the latest, especially after the somewhat disappointing 4th book of lord vaughn. and although i like this one better than the 4th one, I have to say i was still disappointed. there was hardly any romantic tension at all between Charlotte and Robert (something Willig usually shines at!), the espionage was okay, and i came away feeling like the whole tale of Charlotte and Robert was underdeveloped and quickly resolved. even the eloise/colin story seemed somewhat superficial. Willig still managed to make me laugh though, and i always appreciate that. hopefully the next book will be full of that witty repartee and tense romance that has characterized her books thus far. ...more info