The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation)

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine - Lauren Willig 2.5 StarsI suppose there comes a time and in this case, by the fifth book, that ideas run thin. This particular installment in the Pink Carnation series is being hailed as a modern Pride and Prejudice. About the only thing the two novels have in common is the time period and clothes. It seems Willig simply borrowed the basic plot to fill in the blanks for this lukewarm scheme. The villain, the Night Jasmine, is barely present. Instead, he moves like a cardboard figure throughout the story, making cameo appearances before darting off into the night. Eloise and Collin are about as vanilla as can be, disappointingly so, since this is the beginning of a budding transatlantic relationship. Collin's mysterious secret is just as steamy as their sex life, not much of one. The introduction of the Hellfire Club has enormous promise, but lacks intrigue. Willig simply pulls from rushed research and creates a fictional character to helm the ship. However, it too is flat and provides no more sinister insight than a quick Google search would get the reader on the subject. This one just didn't do it for me. It was pieced together with some history and characters borrowed from previous books -- but the new additions flopped like fish out of water. Sadly, Charlotte and Robert failed to fill the huge promise of another Elizabeth and Mr. D'arcy.