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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library; Reprint edition (5 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451228987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451228987
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.7 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,549,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven 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 leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her "Pink Carnation" series of Napoleonic-set novels. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

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'Another sultry spy tale ... an elegant and grandly entertaining book' Publishers Weekly

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
Now that Eloise and Colin are dating, this research trip to the house differs. First, there's the question of how to act. Next, there's the question of how much time you can really put into researching while not neglecting your boyfriend.

It's hard not to snoop around and uncover your boyfriend's secrets. It's not hard to lose yourself in research of spies from his family tree.

Robert, Duke of Dovedale, returns to his home to find the Dowager Duchess and his cousin, Charlotte, there on Christmas Eve. He didn't return home for pleasure or the holiday, but for revenge upon the murder of a father figure. To complete his revenge, he'll have to infiltrate a secret society to uncover the culprit. To make matters worse, his cousin has grown up considerably and she flirts outrageously with him - or is that just his imagination?

Charlotte's happy her cousin has returned, but she can see he's in trouble. If only he'd allow her to help him. When she gets involved with her own mystery, will their paths cross in their dangerous games?

Can both couples find a way to understand each other and express their true feelings?

The fifth book in the PINK CARNATION series flirts with more danger, more suspense, more secrets, more romance, and a whole lot of fun! Although part of a series, readers will have no trouble following along with the story in THE TEMPTATION OF THE NIGHT JASMINE.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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By Lesley Cowles on 7 May 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Speedy delivery, my second purchase in the series, excellent read, and can relate to some of the places mentioned, keeps close to factual events
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Good story, unfortunate choice for reader 12 Mar 2009
By OregonGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Most Charming Flower Yet 24 Jan 2009
By Mary Danielson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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 storylines. 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, the Night Jasmine opens after Eloise and her new-beau Colin have been together for three months. A week-long romantic getaway to Colin's home in Surrey, not to mention his library's inexhaustible cache of historical archives, leads Eloise to a new discovery in her study of the aristocratic spy, the Pink Carnation - a plot involving french spies (naturally), betrayal of a king, and the infamous Hellfire Club.

Enter Lady Charlotte Lansdowne and Robert, the Duke of Dovedale, the real stars of this Carnation installment. Robert, newly home from a decade long stint in India, is on the trail of his mentor's murderer, but is unprepared for both the attraction he feels for the bookish Charlotte (a very, very distant cousin) and the real forces at work in his friend's death.

Like the other Pink Carnation books, the mystery here is well plotted out and the excitement high enough to keep the pages flying well into the night. The true strength lies within the romance of Robert & Charlotte, however. Both characters show very strong growth over the course of the book: Charlotte must deal with her realization that real life is not quite how it is in books (which can be a good a thing), and Robert has to grapple with not only his dubious past, but that of his father. As you would expect, a happy ending lies in wait for these two, but not without a few bumps along the way. Even more so than past books, the reader will truly find herself rooting for these two.

So, the verdict - if you loved the previous Carnation books, definitely pick up The Temptation of the Night Jasmine! You won't regret it. If you're new to the series,I recommend starting at the beginning (with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation) so you'll be fully in the loop when secondary characters appear, as well as up to speed on the framing romance of Colin & Eloise. Happy reading!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Temptation is the best so far, not so fond of reader 7 May 2009
By C. Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I adore the Carnation series by Lauren Willeg, especially in Audio Book format, but I really missed Kate Reading for Temptation. With all respect to Justine Eyre who is bravely stepping into a series already in progrss (her Charlotte is spot-on), she just doesn't compare. I would have been more tolerant of the change if she hadn't mispronounced Eloise as EloWHAZ. Gasp.

Wonderful story. One of the best of the series. The audio version was not my favourite.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed this time around 21 Mar 2009
By Hlizmarie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was underwhelmed by this book in the series. I loved the growth of Charlotte through the book and her realizations about love and marriage but the rest of the book just never clicked. I never got swept up by Robert or the intrigue of this book's spies and mysteries. I wanted to but it never happened. Eloise and Colin were a bit of a disappointment as well. The author tries to throw a stumbling block their way but it wasn't convincing in the least. I wanted to be swept away by this book but it never happened for me. I'll most likely read the next (if there is one) but I may get it from the library rather than buy it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Just started it and missing expected narrator - Kate Reading! 15 May 2009
By S. Saunders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After reading (listening) to the prior 4 in the series (I have a very long commute and so the audios fit the bill), I was looking quite forward to this one. I've only just begun it, but I'm sorry to say I was rather disappointed by the change of narrator from beloved Kate Reading (or Jennifer Mendenhall, as it may be) to this new one of Justine Eyre. I was not familiar with her prior but I see that she has won an award for another reading. Ms. Eyre has a perfectly lovely voice, if maybe a bit affected on the side of contrived sexiness. I was thinking she must be Irish given the seemingly unintended accent slipping in, so perhaps that she's from Nova Scotia makes sense.

Yes I realize that this disappointment, in the scheme of things, is highly inconsequential but, then again, it's a review on Amazon. And yes, I might be simply so spoiled by Ms. Reading's expertly done work in narrating the first four, that I don't want to give her up, but it just feels as though the new voice is too 'cutesy' (and nasally) to do the characters justice - aside from the fact that I'm having a hard time telling them apart. One final note of complaint is that I was stunned to hear "Collin" pronounce "Eloise's" name 'Elwahz' as though he were French. In general, most of the British people I know do not go out of their way to pronounce a French word as the French would, but as an English-speaking person would. For a British character to do so with a word (or name) that is rarely pronounced in the French way would be HIGHLY unlikely (I would think). It's quite distracting, and makes one realize that if one were ever to take on the narration of the fifth (or even second) book in a series, that it might be a very good idea to listen to one done prior - for consistency's sake. Having said that I wish Ms. Eyre well. She is quite pretty and seems to be fairly accomplished - I'm sure she'll do well. But PLEASE, if there is a another novel, bring back Kate Reading!!

Also, I apologize for commenting only on the narrator and not yet on the novel itself. If I am able to get through it, I will review it later on. (This may be one for 'actual' reading once I figure out how to get that elusive vacation.) I can say though, that each of the first four books has been very well done and, in my limited experience of this genre, very entertaining.. Thanks to Ms. Willig for making such fun commutes!
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