The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

I didn't want to include this in just a list of books I've read recently because we all know that I love the Pink Carnation series. And I'm happy to say that I enjoyed this one too (I've become very worried about series books after suffering too many disappointments lately).

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose is Mary's story.  Yes, the same Mary from Deception of the Emerald Ring. Now I'll be very up front here and say Mary isn't my favourite Pink Carnation character. She's just not. But don't let that dissuade you because I adored Vaughn. Honestly he's the best bad good guy. We love our bad boys around these here parts and Vaughn is a bad boy that you just can't help but like and forgive for his bad boy ways.

We've seen Vaughn before. He's a fish out of water with the good boy and girl spies. But after this book you understand him. And you'll like him. You'll probably like him more than Mary. Not that you'll hate Mary but she's just simply not as likable as Amy, Hen or Letty or at least not likable in the same way. You'll appreciate Mary and her bad girlness.

You'll also see some more of the Richard/Miles conflict. I think Richard is starting to thaw a wee bit. About time - he really needs to get over himself.

I was getting worried as I got to the end of this one because really, Willig could almost have ended it with this book. Except that said that she's planning on doing at least six books in the series and this was only book four. And I'm going to hold Lauren Willig to that because we haven't gotten a Jane book yet and I NEED A JANE BOOK. *ahem* I mean let's be honest, it's gonna be quite the guy that gets through Jane's practical exterior (or quite the woman but somehow I can't see Willig going there...too bad).

Also, I think Turnip has a part to play yet. I don't think Turnip is a dim as people are so quick to think he is. Mark my words, there's more to Turnip than we've been lead to believe.  He's got something up his pink suit sleeve that boy does.

Eloise and Colin are progressing. They keep hitting rough patches but they are learning to trust each other. I think Colin is still withholding something from Eloise though...perhaps something about the Pink Carnation.

Just a note on the cover - I'm not loving it as much as the past ones. The style has changed and it feels too Gibson Girl to me. But then I think Mary might have enjoyed being a Gibson Girl. Too bad it doesn't fit with the period.

I really want to re-read the series. It feels like it's been too long since I've read the The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. I'm starting to forget the history of events and that just will not do.