The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla

11th in the Pink Carnation series

by Lauren Willig

New American Library, 2014

Adult Historical Romance Adventure

9 cups of tea out of 11

Summary: Lucien, Duke of Belliston, returns to London to solve his parents’ murders only to get caught up in the rumors that he’s really a vampire. Sally is determined to prove the ridiculous rumors false when she barges into Lucien’s garden but then they find themselves drawn to each other. When a woman is found murdered they team up to solve it because he’s the prime suspect.

Likes: As clever as the banter was in the previous book, this banter is even more fabulous. Lucien becomes the voice of reason in the midst of the absurdity that is Sally’s family and friends. I also thought this was a fun way to do the fake engagement trope. I also felt for Lucien right away. And I related to Sally. I’m glad we got a book from her perspective after her introduction in the Mistletoe book. And it’s set around Halloween.

Dislikes: How the spy angle played out… (but I still liked the murder mystery).

Overall usually I try not to read Pink Carnation books right after each other but I decided to go right into this one because I wanted to get to the one with Jane. I didn’t think I was going to care about a romance with Sally Fitzhugh. It took me a few chapters to warm up but once I did I was invested. This was also such a great choice for this time of year.

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