The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

Willig continues the exciting series with her fourth novel featuring Lord Vaughn, the delightfully devilish spy from The Masque of the Black Tulip, and Mary Alsworthy, the raven-haired beauty whose sister accidentally steals her suitor in The Deception of the Emerald Ring....

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Title:The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
Author:Lauren Willig
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The Seduction of the Crimson Rose Reviews

  • Kelly

    I reviewed this book at my blog. Twice, since it's one I've re-read quite a number of times now. Here's the combined craziness:

    In The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, Lauren Willig has pulled off an extraordinary feat: She has taken a woman who was established to be a spoiled, somewhat conniving social-climber as her Regency heroine, and paired her with a man who, in two prior books, has shown himself to be a somewhat predatory and amoral rake at best, and a dangerous double-agent at worst - he's

    I reviewed this book at my blog. Twice, since it's one I've re-read quite a number of times now. Here's the combined craziness:

    In The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, Lauren Willig has pulled off an extraordinary feat: She has taken a woman who was established to be a spoiled, somewhat conniving social-climber as her Regency heroine, and paired her with a man who, in two prior books, has shown himself to be a somewhat predatory and amoral rake at best, and a dangerous double-agent at worst - he's too slippery to pin down, really - and she makes me love them both. With a big, hearty love. And that, my friends, is some Very Good Writing.

    In this, the fourth novel in the Pink Carnation series, we follow the story of Mary Alsworthy (sister to Letty, the heroine of The Deception of the Emerald Ring). Master spy, the Pink Carnation, has asked Lord Vaughn (rogue, bounder, scoundrel and somewhat pretentious cad) to enlist Mary's assistance in catching the Black Tulip - a French spy first introduced properly in The Masque of the Black Tulip. Vaughn never speaks in simple sentences when double entendres will do, and is a bit of a roué. Mary is, as stated, a social-climbing conniver who finds herself in the awkward position of being a hanger-on in the home of her younger sister, who accidentally eloped with Mary's intended beau; naturally, Letty and Geoff are blissfully happy in their romance, and Mary is, well, in a state of constant mortification.

    Mary and Vaughn have a lot in common, as well as a lot of issues to overcome. The plot moves along at a terrific pace, and is extremely interested. Once again, points to me for immediately sorting out the identity of the Black Tulip. I mean, I know I said that in book 2 as well, but I should qualify that I correctly identified the person acting in the capacity of the Black Tulip in that book, and I spotted the correct person in this one as well. I didn't, however, sort out the backstory for the Black Tulip, and was delighted to find it all out.

    I was also terribly delighted with Eloise Kelly's story in this one, Eloise being the modern-day researcher who is relating/reading/uncovering the Regency romance portion of the book (which occupies the vast majority of the pages). Eloise finally has her date with the dishy Colin Selwick in this book, as well as interacting with a nefarious archivist. I couldn't be more pleased, I think, than I was with this book.

    I realize that my fondness for this particular title in the series beginning with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation is based in part on my admiration for her taking an unlikeable woman and making her the heroine of the historical part, in part on her selection of the morally ambiguous and always urbane Lord Vaughn, in part on the modern-day romance between Eloise and Colin (which involves an actual date and first kiss in this particular book), and in part on the amount of poetry and Shakespeare that is quoted throughout the book, sometimes as chapter headers, and frequently in Vaughn's dialogue.

    "Break of Day" by John Donne, is quoted twice in the book. The last couplet ("He which hath business, and makes love, doth do/Such wrong, as when a married man doth woo") is quoted as an epigram to chapter 28, and the first two lines ("Tis true, 'tis day; what though it be?/O wilt thou therefore rise from me?") are spoken by Vaughn in chapter 26. So now I'm not only re-reading the book (as mentioned in Thursday's post), but also re-reading yesterday's poem selection. Plus, I'm about to embark on re-reading Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare, which is quoted several times as epigraphs to various chapters (along with quotes from Hamlet, King Lear, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, and Richard III, and the text includes additional quotes and references from those plays as well as Romeo and Juliet as well). Additional references are made to Paradise Lost by John Milton, several other John Donne poems, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Robert Burns, and more.

    I have realized that I am a complete sucker for Shakespeare and other quotes. And now, I'm off. No, not "pursued by a bear."* I'm going to conclude my re-reading of the book, and then fish out my Complete Works of Shakespeare to start Much Ado About Nothing.

    *Points to you if you recognize that as the (perhaps most-famous ever) stage direction from The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare.

  • Mackenzie

    Lauren Willig's fourth

    book tells the story of two very SLYTHERIN characters (and do pardon me for the use of Harry Potter parallels).

    The girl is Mary Alsworthy (sister of Letty Alsworthy, the leading lady in the

    , who is portrayed as a haughty and opportunistic debutante. In Book 3, we learned that Mary schemed to get a viscount to marry him, only to have her plans foiled when the viscount decided to marry her sister instead. So her suitor became her brother-in-law and she isn't happ

    Lauren Willig's fourth

    book tells the story of two very SLYTHERIN characters (and do pardon me for the use of Harry Potter parallels).

    The girl is Mary Alsworthy (sister of Letty Alsworthy, the leading lady in the

    , who is portrayed as a haughty and opportunistic debutante. In Book 3, we learned that Mary schemed to get a viscount to marry him, only to have her plans foiled when the viscount decided to marry her sister instead. So her suitor became her brother-in-law and she isn't happy about it. She's very, very bitter about her situation in the beginning of this book and is decidedly bitchy about it. But I rather adore her bitchiness. I don't know why exactly. I just do.

    Her suitor in this book is the much older Sebastian, Lord Vaughn. Vaughn loves to speak in triple entendres and misquote Shakespeare. He's also bitter because he secretly loves Mary but can't do anything about his attraction to her, thanks to his not-quote-dead wife. At the request of the English spy Pink Carnation, together they both got busy trying to uncover the secret identity and treacherous plans of the deadly French spy, the Black Tulip. Somewhere during and after the (attempted) murder and mayhem, they overcame the major obstacles in their lives and got together.

    Let me now tell you why this is my favorite book in the series.

    As I've said before, both characters are so very Slytherin (I don't usually see characters in other books in

    terms, but the ones here are just so very representative of that particular House in HP that I can't resist myself!) They're cunning and manipulative and not above using other people to get their way. It's quite refreshing to see characters with grey morals like these because, even though the Pink Carnation series is more plot-and-suspense than bodice-ripping romance, the previous heroes and heroines are of the "dashing knights in shining armor" and "damsels in distress" type. Vaughn and Mary, on the other hand, are different. They're mature characters with obnoxious opinions and plenty of charm and sophistication.

    Oh, and, by the way, thanks to the whole Slytherin thing, I'm totally picturing Vaughn as Lucius Malfoy (except that his face is more Alan Rickman than Jason Isaacs, which is just as sexy, actually). I couldn't sleep for

    just thinking of Alan Rickman playing Vaughn. *laughs*

  • Lisa Kay

    ★★★★ I love this series! If anyone is looking for a good serial “buddy read,” this is the book for your group. That is, if everyone can commit to sticking to the reading schedule and not jump ahead. In that case, you’ll get a lot of this in answer to your Discussion Questions: “Sorry, I can’t answer; I read ahead.”

    Like most of my other “buddy read” members, I liked, not loved the main characters. Nevertheless, I truly appreciated that the author presents us with unique individuals f

    ★★★★½ I love this series! If anyone is looking for a good serial “buddy read,” this is the book for your group. That is, if everyone can commit to sticking to the reading schedule and not jump ahead. In that case, you’ll get a lot of this in answer to your Discussion Questions: “Sorry, I can’t answer; I read ahead.”

    Like most of my other “buddy read” members, I liked, not loved the main characters. Nevertheless, I truly appreciated that the author presents us with unique individuals for this, the fourth in the

    series, instead of the same cookie-cutter H/h. Like the rest of these novels, the plot and the pacing are spot-on – and I think the suspense may even be better.

    Special Note: I spent half my time reading the paperback, half listening to the audiobook.

    , the same narrator as the first three, does her usual excellent job.

  • Manda Collins

    I have the utmost admiration of Willig's skill as an author. And for her sheer bravery for letting her characters remain true to their natures--flaws and all. It would have been easy to explain away their rather unpleasant characteristics with stories of a troubled childhood or various heartbreaks. But she didn't take the easy way, instead walking a tightrope between unlikable and admirable. I'm not sure anyone else would have been able to tell Vaughn and Mary's story and make me like them. They

    I have the utmost admiration of Willig's skill as an author. And for her sheer bravery for letting her characters remain true to their natures--flaws and all. It would have been easy to explain away their rather unpleasant characteristics with stories of a troubled childhood or various heartbreaks. But she didn't take the easy way, instead walking a tightrope between unlikable and admirable. I'm not sure anyone else would have been able to tell Vaughn and Mary's story and make me like them. They're still unpleasant at times, and certainly not as admirable as some of her other heroes and heroines, but I found their romance believable and for all their denials, really rather sweet. There were a couple of times when they crossed lines that made me a bit squeamish. But I'm pretty good at glossing over things like that. In books. I was glad to see Eloise make some progress on the Colin front! Fun read.

  • Lynn Spencer

    This series continues to delight me. In this installment, the historical storyline pairs two of the more difficult to like characters in Willig's Regency world - Lord Vaughn and Mary Alsworthy. Personally, I've found both characters quite intriguing. In a genre where the heroines tend toward saintliness, Mary has a strong self-interest that I found intriguing. Her position in life is precarious and she knows it, so she is determined to marry well in order to avoid an uncertain future.

    This series continues to delight me. In this installment, the historical storyline pairs two of the more difficult to like characters in Willig's Regency world - Lord Vaughn and Mary Alsworthy. Personally, I've found both characters quite intriguing. In a genre where the heroines tend toward saintliness, Mary has a strong self-interest that I found intriguing. Her position in life is precarious and she knows it, so she is determined to marry well in order to avoid an uncertain future. She's beautiful and not exactly the warm and fuzzy sort of personality, so she's something of an outsider among the other young women.

    Sebastian, Lord Vaughn, is a good bit older than Mary. In his mid-30s, he's quite worldly and seems to hint at a throwback to the more hedonistic aspects of the Georgian era rather than a man of the 19th century. Whether his loyalties lie with England or with France is often a matter of some debate, and it's hard to tell to whom he is loyal - aside from himself.

    When Mary accepts a secret assignment from Vaughn, the growing attraction between the two as well as the edge of moral uncertainty in their story makes this an interesting read. This novel features two strong characters and because their voices are quite different than, say, Henrietta and Miles, the book has an entirely different tone to it than the three which came before. There's not quite as much humor, but Willig writes drama very well, too.

    And of course the saga of Eloise and Colin continues with their first actual date and some interesting revelations. It's all good stuff.

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