The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig

Read: April 7 - April 18
Format: Audiobook 11 CDs equivalent 385 pages
Source: Public Library
Subject: espionage, Napoleonic Wars
Category: The good old days - Histories
Genre: History fiction
Challenges: 11 in 11, 75 Book, SYLL, TIOLI, AUDIO
Stars: ★★★

In this fourth installment of the Pink Carnation saga, Eloise Kelly is still working on her dissertation which concentrates on the spies during the Napoleonic Wars. She's discovered who was the Pink Carnation and now she is trying to find out who the enemy Black Tulip is. With the information that she found in Ireland, Eloise heads to review the Vaughn collection hoping to find the details that will lead her to the enemy of the Pink Carnation.

This story centers around Mary Allsworthy, the older sister of Letty Allsworthy who was the main character in the previous installment. Mary is uncomfortable knowing that she will live as a pensioner to her sister if she doesn't find a groom. Making a bargain with Lord Vaughn to hunt down the Black Tulip in exchange for a dowry, Mary along with Vaughn, work to reveal the Black Tulip.

This tale is my least favorite of the series, mainly because I didn't particularly care for the main characters. Mary was a social climber and Lord Vaughn was just a bit too haughty. Hopefully, the next book will be back on track.

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