The Masque of the Black Tulip

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I am finally writing a review for the second novel in the Pink Carnation series, The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig.  Like the first, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, I listened to this on audiobook in the car.  And unfortunately, it was more ridiculous than even the first.  Another romance pretending to be historical fiction, with a hint of spy-genre.  This story line followed one of the supporting characters of the first book and the hunt for the nemesis of the Pink Carnation, The Black Tulip.  In the present time, it is graduate student Eloise Kelly researching these figures, and looking for answers among the handsome but frustrating Colin Selwick’s archives.

The romance writing made me uncomfortable, and the rest of the story was preposterous.  It seemed parts were trying to be humorous, but overall the plot was too long and too unbelievable.  There are several more in this series, but I definitely wont be picking up anymore.  The only thing that made me read this one was that I really liked Eloise, the modern day researcher, and I am disappointed that I can’t follow her story and her relationship with Colin without reading the rest of the nonsense.

2/5

Read my review of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.

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