7.4.13

THE SEDUCTION OF THE CRIMSON ROSE, by Lauren Willig

4/series. By now, you’ve either got a Jones for Vaughan, or you can’t imagine why any sane  woman would want to spend an instant with the supercilious semi-scoundrel. Enter gorgeous, imperious Mary Alsworthy, worshipped by many but proposed to by none: a scheming girl in her third Season whose last, ill-conceived, attempt at a respectable liaison ended with her terminally dull little sister getting the guy. And then there’s the sinister French agent, the Black Tulip, with mayhem on his (her?) mind. And then there’s the up-and-down 21st century romance between Eloise and Colin. Well-researched, well-written, with mostly likeable characters that are individuals in their own right. Take them all on a cruise! Abandon your family for a nice mini-vacation! Total fun! A 5. Oh, yes: 1 on the sex scale but plenty of falling-in-love stuff. www.laurenwillig.com