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The Seduction of the Crimson Rose | [Lauren Willig]

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

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

©2008 Lauren Willig; (P)2008 Penguin

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    Leah Cincinnati, OH, United States 08-13-12
    Leah Cincinnati, OH, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    I have read all the titles in this series and would not put this one on the top of my list. Thought the characters were wonderfully developed as in all the books, I just didn't like Lord Vaughn and Mary. It was a wonderful story that continues the spy saga, but it just didn’t hold my attention as the others have. The modern day happenings in this one were more interesting, but I don’t want to give anything away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Grand prairie, TX, United States 10-29-11
    Stephanie Grand prairie, TX, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A great read"

    If you are interested in mystery/spy books set in 19th England, the Pink Carnation series is for you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Scheyern, Germany 05-28-11
    Annette Scheyern, Germany 05-28-11 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Just great"

    I really love this series. Laura did a great job and with Kate Reading as the narrator the books come to life.

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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 01-29-09
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 01-29-09 Member Since 2005
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    "great addition"

    I really enjoyed this book.. the crimson rose did not disappoint at all. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot, Lord Von was a different hero but as the heroin was also full of wit the hole book through.. this was a nice change from the norm. I found myself thinking I will listen to this one again at some point. I must say though if you are thinking this is a sweet love story don't this is fun and I love the ending but it is sassy and different than most it has grit and just when you don't like the heroin you change your mind and like her again... I hope you listen to this book and have as much fun as I did
    Heather

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    Allison Portland, OR, USA 12-11-09
    Allison Portland, OR, USA 12-11-09
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    "Series in Decline, Sadly."

    Unfortunately, it appears that with each successive books, this series becomes less entertaining. While the first two books were delightful, and the third considerably less so, I fear this fourth book tolls the death knell. Neither of the leading characters is particularly likeable. In fact, both somewhat played the role of person-you-love-to-hate in previous books. And they remain quite unredeemed here. By their own admissions, the one thing they love about each other is each other's selfishness. It's ugly, therefore unfeigned. Be still my heart. What a trait to build a romance on. Don't waste the credit.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shandra St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States 01-18-14
    Shandra St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Harder to believe"

    Ms. Willig did too good a job painting this older sister of Letty from the previous novel as a negative character. It was harder to cheer for her. I didn't really like her character or the selfish one of Lord Vaughn. I did enjoy the Love story but then both characters go back to being spiteful, malevolent snobs. No thanks

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    Gash Tallahassee, FL, United States 06-30-13
    Gash Tallahassee, FL, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2006

    I'm retired and having fun watching birds, playing pennywhistle, cooking great meals, reading and listening to books. Ahhh... life is good!

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    "A new twist - Dispicable me!"

    Two of the least likable characters match up. It is fun! Willig does a good job of building a humanizing romance between these two without either of them actually breaking character. And the spy/mysteries are getting a bit more sinister and exciting. The modern day storyline is moving along nicely too. I enjoy the double storyline carried throughout the series. Kate Reading's reading is perfect as always.

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    Kate TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 04-01-13
    Kate TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 04-01-13
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    "Twirling moustaches and other dark deeds."

    Not the usual romantic leads - a couple of tough-minded, self-centered, unsentimental characters in over their heads. I enjoyed it. Kate Reading's reading was stellar as usual.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 08-16-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2001

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    What did you love best about The Seduction of the Crimson Rose?

    Lord Vaughn falls in love, it is awesome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When Lord Vaughn asks Mary to marry him, and be his forever. They are perfect for each other.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end at the play, I don't want to spoil it but it is the best part.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are always some laughs and tears in each story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MadameSexyPants Northern Wisconsin 07-06-12
    MadameSexyPants Northern Wisconsin 07-06-12

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    "Absolutely love this series!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Seduction of the Crimson Rose the most enjoyable?

    Kate Reading does a wonderful job narrating the story. The story is captivating. Keeps you wanting more. Loved a story about Lord Vaughn. If you have followed the characters in this series, you won't be disappointed with this next installment.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. This was is as top notch as the previous ones that we've listened to. She narrates wonderfully.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic series. My two teenage daughters and I love listening to this series with Kate Reading narrating. Highly recommend both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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