The Temptation Of The Night Jasmine
- Allison & Busby
- Publication Date:
- 29 August 2011
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Incase you haven't been following along, this is the first Carnation book I've given five stars to. I loved The Masque Of The Black Tulip and The Deception Of The Emerald Ring, but there was something that was holding me back from giving them a full five stars. Perhaps having a few "Oh, please! Spare me!" moments was why. The Temptation Of The Night Jasmine had none of those moments. There were quite a few "Aww" moments, though, which I quite loved.And Robert? I'll take him to go. Please and thank you.I found the relationship - and sometimes lack of one - between Charlotte and Robert quite endearing. And Robert is probably the most endearing of all the Carnation heroes. At least, in my eyes. His concern for Charlotte was always the top of his priority list, no matter if it pained him. Seriously, where can I get one of him?I always love a interesting quarry of side characters, even the diabolical ones. And this installment was full of them.And the present day romance of Eloise and Colin intrigued me more than usual this time. Sometimes I wish they had more chapters, but that would take away from the historical story and that just won't do.And the cherry of the top of the sundae is that this installment had quite large roles for my two favorite Carnation characters: Henrietta and Miles. Miles, with his somewhat misplaced humor, never fails to make me giggle.I gobbled this book up in three days. I frankly couldn't read it fast enough. I might even dare to call it my favorite. Lauren Willig will have a time thinking up heroes in the future Carnation installments to beat Robert. If that happens, my heart may explode.
I'm currently about 3/4 of the way through this one, but I already know that this is my favourite book of the series to date. I adore Charlotte, and her relationship..or whatever..with Robert is really entertaining. The writing is playful without being overdone and lame. I agree with some of the other postings, though, that the series is beginning to get a bit cluttered with characters of novels past, and I have a hard time remembering who is who and how they relate to one another. I reeeeeally want to see a novel of just Eloise and Colin's relationship, though - it's about time, hey?! Every 5th chapter or so just isn't enough!!! Or one from Miles' perspective of the women in his life!!! Just giving it 4.5 stars instead of 5 because I'm not finished it yet, and need to leave some room ;-)
This book would have benefited from a little more editing of its first half. I thought it would never end due to lack of action. The book gets off to a great start and then bottoms out for a hundred pages or so. Once the halfway mark rolls around, things start to move again. The book has a clever ending that leaves the reader wondering what will happen in the next installment, but it's not as strong an entry in the series as the previous novel.
While not my favorite book in the "Pink Carnation" series, Willig continues to sparkle with her history, her research, and her relationships.
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