Thursday, January 22, 2009

Upcoming Release: The Curse of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig

If you are ever looking for a fun series to read that combines a bit of romance, some adventure, some dashing spies and some dastardly villains, as well as a bit of modern action, then Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series could be just the thing. The early books in particular are loads of fun, and I am looking forward to the next instalment in the series:

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- but he has no idea that an even more difficult challenge awaits him-one 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-investigating a plot to kidnap the king-Robert 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.

This book is released on January 22.

I should mention that Lauren Willig has a short story that she is posting on her website. At the moment it seems to be being called A Very Selwick Christmas


  1. I read this recently, I really like the direction she's taking the series. She's steering it slightly away from your typical bodice ripper and adding in a lot more proper plot, but keeping it fun. I recommend it!

  2. I am looking forward to it myself. The fact that it was something more than the standard bodice ripper is one of the things that make this series such a good read.