In this fourth book of the Pink
Carnation series, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose,
Lauren Willig continues with the adventures of the Pink
Carnation and her friends. With a frame story involving an
American PhD student doing research on her dissertation, Ms.
Willig continues where she left off in the previous books.
Lord Vaughn is a mysterious man with a
wicked tongue and even more wicked mind. Asked by the Pink
Carnation to lure the treacherous Black Tulip into exposing
himself, Vaughn decides Mary Alsworthy will be excellent
bait. Mary is nearly as jaded as Vaughn, but is in
desperate circumstances so she agrees to help. As the two
work together, their need for each other grows, putting them
both in dangerous positions, and even more vulnerable to the
We had met Vaughn and Mary in previous
books, and neither was especially sympathetic upon first
reading. But Ms. Willig uses a deft hand to make the reader
root for both of them, not just as people but as a fitting
romance. The barbs between the two of them are clever and
biting, and only prove that Ms. Willig is a master
storyteller. With lots of stories left to tell, I look
forward to many more Pink Carnation mysteries to come.