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The Temptation of the Night Jasmine[PDF / Epub] ❤ The Temptation of the Night Jasmine ✅ Lauren Willig – Varanus.us ISBN: ALTERNATE COVER EDITION


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  1. says:

    4.5 stars I know some readers have said that this one drags a bit, but I honestly loved it. For me, I think the draw was the heroine. In previous books, Charlotte Lansdowne comes across as tentative and quiet, overshadowed by her grandmother, the dowager Duchess of Dovedale. The story opens as Charlotte's beloved cousin Robert, Duke of Dovedale, has returned from India.

    Much of the story focuses on the Hellfire Club and Robert's attempts to infiltrate same in order to solve a mystery. Robert's mentor was murdered in India and Robert is convinced that the killer walks free in English society. This part of the plot worked well enough for me, and Willig threw in some thrilling scenes.

    However, the real draw for me in this story was the evolution of Charlotte as a character. She does change some throughout the story, but more importantly, people's perceptions of her change. Early on, she is hidden in the shadows of her grandmother's large (and not always pleasant - she's not one of the lovable dowagers of Regency lit) personality.

    However, we learn early on that Charlotte adored Robert and even though his time in India changed him, she still remembers the essence of him as he was and somehow she brings out the best in him once more. To make a good story even better, Robert brings out strength, a sense of whimsy, and quiet intelligence in Charlotte as well. This is a story of two people making each other the best version of themselves and that stood out to me even more than the action side of the plot.


  2. says:

    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 king) seemed a little sparse, and the rift between Charlotte and Robert seemed weak and manufactured.

    Only one circumspect kiss in the entire book! A disappointment there.

    I wonder if Penelope's story will be told? That sounds like an interesting one...


  3. says:

    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 bit too cute-for-cute's sake and a little too modern in the way they think and interact to be historically accurate, but Robert is a much more interesting man to me than Richard in the Pink Carnation. I criticized Pink Carnation for Willig's descriptions of Richard's feelings being a sort of impossibly sanitized lust, and I find Robert psychologically much more believable. He never seems to be doing something made-for-Rom-Com. Charlotte is occasionally a bit too adorable, but then she gets down to business and does more interesting things.

    But a major problem with the series continues here -- Willig is writing a story-within-a-story that doesn't remotely do justice to the framing story. The main character Eloise, is not the main character of the books. She is a researcher whose research has led her to a collection of documents in the possession of dreamy Englishman Colin, and over the course of the series, they fall for each other and start dating, and she hangs out with him while doing her research. So in every volume of the series, Eloise spends some time with Colin, and then 80-85% of the book is the story-within, which is a Regency era romantic adventure. In the first book, I was hyper-critical of the framing story because it was an absolutely nondescript romantic short story that wasn't special in any way -- the characters simply weren't specific enough. They weren't really funny or vulnerable or fun or sexy or cool. The story-within was reasonably enjoyable, but the framing device felt entirely unnecessary and unexceptional. If you're reading the entire series, by this point (book 5) Eloise and Colin have probably had almost novel's worth of story, but they're still only getting the equivalent of a short story in this book. I still find it relatively bland, and I don't look forward to any of their scenes, which is not a good sign.

    Overall a pleasant romantic historical. Less sex than a lot of romance novels, less history than a lot of historicals, but a good bit of enjoyable characterization and detail about their world.


  4. says:

    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 danger consistent with Willig’s previous books.
    While this book continued Lauren Willig's tradition of attention to detail and intelligently weaving a present day storyline within the historical plotline it lacked any true conflict. We see some of familiar minor characters from Pink Carnation mysteries to hope for intrigue, but this story held little actual mystery and focused on more internal conflicts. At one point in the book, I believe Miles even commented that it had been rather dull since the Black Tulip business was finished. I have to agree. I never once felt anyone was truly in jeopardy.
    Neither did I feel any real passionate tension between Dovedale and Lady Charlotte. They were both very level-headed so I never felt that one decent conversation wouldn't resolve their issues. Since I knew that they were both in love with each other, I never believed that they would accept defeat in love.
    Willig is an inventive storyteller so I don’t doubt that she has something up her sleeve waiting for us just around the next bend. (hmmm… what might Penny be up to?) We need to see the next big villain of the Napoleonic era will be but so far Jasmine isn’t as evil as the Tulip.


  5. says:

    I was so excited for this book that maybe my excitement ruined me with expectations. Although, it was a good entertaining read, it lacked certain charm that the other books had. For one, usually the heroine in the 1800s works along with (although reluctantly on the heros part) with the hero to unravel whichever mystery or plot they are working towards. But, in this instance it was a your standard case of man trying to protect woman. Secondly, there were unanswered questions in this book. Why specifically did Robert leave England 10 years ago? Was it just that he didn't feel worth? And why was his father so disreputable? Lastly, in all the other books there were quotations at the chapter headings of all the storylines that occur in the 1800s and then when there wasn't a quotation, you had a clue that it was switching over to the modern Eloise/Colin story. It would take me almost a page of confusion before I finally said, Ah, we're back to Eloise.

    The best part of the book was the Colin/Eloise storyline. It's finally getting good, and the whole part about Colin being a spy (I totally saw that coming) was a great spin!


  6. says:

    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 ;)


  7. says:

    A charming historical romance with a little modern storyline as well. I really enjoy Willig's writing.


  8. says:

    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 actually the Black Tulip and we just don't know that yet. The love story between the main characters, Charlotte and Robert, was not particularly interesting either. It was extremely predictable, which is not necessarily bad. But in this case there was not enough other merit to forgive the predictability. This is also the first book of the series in which I found the secondary (modern-day) story involving Eloise and Colin to be kind of annoying. I guess once Colin finally asked her out (in a previous book), the whole thing kind of lost its charm. And I generally don't enjoy reading about girlfriends who snoop in their boyfriend's things, think they find something out about him, and then don't know how exactly how to find out the truth. However, I do like both Eloise and Colin as characters, so I have high hopes that they will get more interesting in future. (It is hard to maintain a captivating plot when the characters only show up every 5 (or so) chapters, so I have to give her kudos for doing a good job with the whole two-plot thing.) Overall, it was a perfectly decent read. I generally enjoy reading Willig's writing since it is grammatically correct (aside from a few typos here and there) and flows pleasantly. And I did like that there were no graphic sex scenes as there were in the first few books. So I would like to give the book more stars... but I just didn't really find the story all that captivating. I am still looking forward to the next book in the series, though!


  9. says:

    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, bouncy, impetuous, perky Amy (and the book with her starring role) the best. However, the bookwormish, romantic Charlotte in this one seemed also recognizable to me and I think that led me to sympathize more with her character and feel more invested in the story.

    Occasionally it got too cutesy (rasberry tarts and unicorns, enough said), but overall a solid, cuddle-up-with read. Lastly, I feel rather immoral saying this, but, please Lauren, next time a sex scene?? Just one...you did them so well in the Pink Carnation. And, for literary reasons, rather than just my own personal reading enjoyment, in a book that focused on Charlotte's disillusionment and growing maturity, not including a sex scene seems kind of like robbing the character of a perfect plot development. If Charlotte had such a problem with coming to terms with the reality of Robert rather than the fantasy, sex (marital or otherwise. One vote for otherwise...) would probably be a huge shock and have lots of dramatic potential.


  10. says:

    This was really sweet!! I feel like I was ruined by Mary/Vaughn that there's no way the follow up books could touch the complex tangle of emotions that went there but it was a valiant attempt, and Robert and Charlotte were ultimately super sweet. I really liked how both Robert and Charlotte had already set notions of each other - him as a prince, and her as a delicate creature to be put on a pedestal and it was really nice to see that break down as they really got to know each other as people and have ten years of catching up to do. Charlotte getting wrapped up in a mystery of her own and being very resourceful on her own was a delight as she got to put the skills of the heroines she read about; it was also great to see her being the main force that drove the novel, like Robert did stuff, but it's her knowledge of the king and her knowledge of the royal family that really drives it. Hen and Miles were such a lovely return to have and I'm so sad Tommy got snubbed as a hero because I really wish we got to know more about him! The unicorn callback was corny and extremely cute. The Eloise/Colin front of her thinking he's a spy is really funny and I really like the relationship and it's progression and how she supports his dream as a writer.

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