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 si

  • Title: The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • ISBN: 9780525950332
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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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    1. [image error]★★★★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 [...]

    2. Lauren Willig's fourth Pink 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 Book 3, 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 4.5 stars 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. [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. I bought this book because it was on sale. REALLY on sale. And because it was hardcover. And, well, it looked pretty. Sowhy not? I'm actually torn between giving 3 or 4 stars. (Yes, this is when I'd like half stars.) Two otherwise unlikeable characters come together with such wit and intelligent dialogue that I found myself empathizing and ultimately cheering for them. These two actually GET each other's humor, and they're able ot bounce back-handed comments, sparring asides and private jokes be [...]

    7. So, when I read the blurb for this book, I figured I'd end up liking it okay, but not as much as the two prior because it was about Vaughn and I couldn't really see him carrying a book or holding my interest. He's pretty much a mustache twirling foil in the first two books, and who can take that seriously, you know? BUT! Turns out, I did not know I liked Vaughn as much I ended up liking Vaughn! He had a personality and he even cracked a joke or two. And, of course, he had SECRET PAIN. When it co [...]

    8. For some reason I didn't like this one as much as I've liked the previous books in this series. Now, that's not to say that it isn't good, cause as you can see, I gave it 4 stars. I just don't feel the same excitement now that it's over. Without giving away to much of the plot, there were some things that were resolved in this book, that can't have gone the way it appears, since there are more books in the series. (view spoiler)[when we found out who the Black Tulip really is, I kind of said,"re [...]

    9. rhaaaaaaaaaaaaa ♥ *-* ♥soyons folles, 5 étoiles pour Mick Vaughn ♥♥♥♥ (désolée c'est une private joke qui s'est produite lors d'un sms et le super autocorrect m'a mis 'Mick ♥" au lieu de "mici ♥" ce qui a laissé Pando dans la confusion la plus total "mais qui est Mick ???" sur quoi j'ai lancé que c'était le prénom caché de Vaughn bref.)les réparties entre Mary et Vaughn sont un régal à lire, et les voir s'attacher l'un à l'autre malgré eux c'est trop meugnon. et puis [...]

    10. The 4th book in the Pink Carnation series and a great addition. I didn't particularly like either Mary or Vaughn (I didn't hate them, though) in the previous book but I warmed up to them quickly in this one. It would be hard to say which book is my favorite so far but this one is probably in the running. Vaughn recruits Mary at the request of the Pink Carnation to help expose the Black Tulip. Never a dull moment as we go back and forth from Eloise and Colin in the present day to Vaughn and Mary [...]

    11. Things aren't going very well for Mary Alsworthy. Her midnight elopement ended with a married younger sister and herself still on the shelf. Not that she really loved Geoff or anything, but the title and the houses were just the thing. Now she's stuck rusticating with the new couple who are sickeningly in love and oversolicitous of her. She might just be able to stomach it if they weren't so apologetic about the whole situation. But when she hears that they are going to pay for her next London s [...]

    12. I was disappointed with this book. I loved #2 and #3 in the series, so I looked forward to reading about Lord Vaughn and Mary, but their love story never quite convinced me. Lord Vaughn's character was so intriguing in the other books! I thought his own story rather uninteresting, and fell flat at times. And for Lord Vaughn, so valued for his role as the "notorious rake", his book proved to be the most chaste- at least up to this point. I also didn't like how Letty was portrayed in this installm [...]

    13. J'ai passé une nuit presque blanche pour le finir! Après une scène digne de "Sunset beach" qui m'a tiré des larmes (que voulait vous je suis trèèèèès fleur bleue), il me fallait connaitre la fin!Donc il s'agissait du tome consacré à Lord Vaughn et Mary, la soeur de Letty, la précédente héroïne. ET on peut dire que le ton change. Ici, plus de bluette un peu fofolle mais une histoire entre deux personnes plus cyniques, qui ne croient pas/plus en l'amour.C'est différent, c'est sombr [...]

    14. C'était biiiiiiiien ! Si j'ai mis plus de temps à le lire que prévu, c'est uniquement dû au fait que j'ai été un peu obsédée par Daredevil dernièrement et que j'avais un peu la flemme de lire XD mais une fois repris c'était impossible de le relâcher ^^Moins loufoque que les précédents effectivement, mais tout aussi potentiellement dangereux en public, à cause des échanges absolument délicieux entre Vaughn et Mary, joutes verbales entrecoupées par ci par là de citations plus ou [...]

    15. Audiobook Re-read August 2015I decided to re-read my favorite Pink before the last one.I didn't like the narrator much. She made Eloise sound dumb at times and pronounced French words awkwardly (and I'm saying that as a non-French speaker).original reviewI really loved this one! The characters were very much each other's equals and I loved the progress of their romance. And all the dialogue was so much fun!I'm going to try to finish up some other things before moving to the next book . . . but w [...]

    16. January 2015Re-readingLoved it even more than I remembered!! 4.5 stars. I liked the unconventionality of main characters and the unlikely love story. A nice change up in the series.

    17. This is more of a 3.5 rating then 4 stars, but i rounded up because I loved the present day story so much! I really had a hard time getting into this book because I didn't really care about either character for the first 40% of the book. After that, I got really invested into the spy part of the book & for once enjoyed that more then the actual romance. I don't know why, I just had trouble buying into the romance between Vaughn & Mary. It wasn't as enjoyable as past books. While the hist [...]

    18. The fourth in the series and I admit, I actually went to the bookstore on the 29th (the paperback publication date) specifically to pick this up. I was in a bit of a reading slump and knew that no matter how silly this book might be, it would be silly enough to get me out of that slump. And I was right.This certainly isn't my favorite of Willig's books, but it does just what you expect it to do a couple is paired, despite their best efforts, and love is triumphant by the end of the story. Along [...]

    19. Yup, this is the book and the pairing I've been waiting for in this series. Loved the tension between Mary and Vaughn, the way that each of them is prickly and the way they duel verbally with each other. I also enjoyed that they were two characters we'd already become familiar with to some extent.I especially liked seeing Letty through Mary's eyes, and getting inside Mary's head. It was especially interesting when Mary reminisced about a time when Letty had just been her sweet little sister, bef [...]

    20. This episode stars Lord Vaughn and Mary Alsworthy. Both of them have appeared in earlier books. Neither was really a positive character. Mary is single-minded in her search for a husband and is willing to use all her womanly wiles to capture one. Lord Vaughn has been a mysterious character of uncertain loyalties. In this story, Vaughn offers to pay for Mary's next London season if she will act as bait to capture the mysterious Black Tulip. Mary wants the season. In her defense, marriage really w [...]

    21. This book is my favorite of the series having read all of them. Mary and Vaughn are my favorite couple. I think it's because they both don't claim to be heros. They acknowledge that they are self-motivated and everyone believes that of them (including readers).But as the story unravels, they are not as conceited as everyone thinks, even to themselves. Willig really put them through the ringer in this book (like no other couple before or after). To date, they are the only characters who have been [...]

    22. The books in this series just get better and better. Sure, at heart it's a simple romance, but so much better than your run-of-the-mill romance. The characters are real, complex, they have believable motivations, and they aren't all classically handsome/beautiful. One of the things that really annoys me in romance writing is the author's unfortunate tendency to pick a few pet phrases or issues, and repeat them AD NAUSEAM throughout the book - you'll be reminded a dozen or more times that, say, t [...]

    23. Ahh, Lord Sebastian Vaughn and Mary Alsworthy!! What a coupling in this, the fourth book from Lauren Willig in the Pink Carnation series. Having learnt about them in previous books, the unlikely couple make a great match for one another. Not that it is an easy match, by any means. With the espionage and the Black Tulips petals being picked off one by one. The story intrigued me and seeing these characters I'd, somewhat, dispised, in previous books, I was drawn around to having quite a lot of res [...]

    24. I love this series and its frothy blend of chick-lit, mystery, historical romance and spies. If you're looking for angst and tortured characters this isn't for you but they're fun, witty and highly entertaining. It took me a little longer to warm up to Mary and Vaughn as they both are kind of selfish and shallow people. I loved that they didn't change and fell in love anyway. They're perfectly matched in their pride and wit and cynicism. I'm still never as invested in the present day Eloise and [...]

    25. In this fourth adventure in the Pink Carnation series, Willig tells the story of almost spinster Mary Alsworthy and cryptic Lord Vaughn. If you've read any of her other novels, you know from the get-go that they are going to get together. It's in the "how" that Willig really shines this time. Using complex dialog and mostly believable situations, Willig tells the story of their romance and how they uncover the deadly spy, the Black Tulip.This is a highly enjoyable historical fiction novel that i [...]

    26. I feel like Willig's starting to force this series a tad; the plot (that is, the Dastardly Plot of the villains) was pretty implausible. Still they are fun reads. I was a little iffy about having Mary and Vaughn as the main characters and felt that she altered their previous established characters to make them fit the romantic mold. On the other hand, it was a nice change to for once have protagonists who weren't so good-goody.

    27. Not quite as good as the other books in the series, but still a very enjoyable read. I think it is because Mary Alsworthy is now our main female character and in the previous book she was a bit of a brat. Good romance in the modern day between Eloise and Collin. Their scenes made me smile. Kate Reading is a great narrator for the audiobook. She manages to do male and female voices and different accents wonderfully.

    28. Hurray for Colin and Eloise!I can see how Mary's story jumped out of the wood work as ms Willig tried to move on with the next book. who would have thought that we would be cheering for Mary Alsworthy and Lord Vauhn! Or that two such self centered people could fall for each other so compleatly. My favorite since the original Pink Carnation!As for Colin and Eloise I can already see strawberry blond children tiptoing amongst the archives at Selwick hall. Don't screw it up Eloise!

    29. Book #4 in the Pink Carnation series.Despite my best efforts, I had a hard time with this one. I could not get into this one at all, and found the heroine and the dual time changes annoying -- with the result that both stories suffered. Your mileage may vary. For the complete review, please go here:epinions/content_42339

    30. I definitely liked this one more than the previous book, even though both were enjoyable. My only complaint is I wanted a little more of the heroine and lord vaughn together. I wanted a little more of his signature sparring of words. But otherwise this series has continued to be good and I hope the rest of the series continues to be so.

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