Title: The Lure of the Moonflower (Pink Carnation #12)
Author: Lauren Willig
Publisher: New American Library 2015
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Read My Own Damn Books; 52 Books - W27
Portugal, December 1807. Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower (formerly the French agent known as the Moonflower), has been stationed in Portugal and is awaiting his new contact. He does not expect to be paired with a woman—especially not the legendary Pink Carnation.
All of Portugal believes that the royal family departed for Brazil just before the French troops marched into Lisbon. Only the English government knows that mad seventy-three-year-old Queen Maria was spirited away by a group of loyalists determined to rally a resistance. But as the French garrison scours the countryside, it’s only a matter of time before she’s found and taken.
It’s up to Jane to find her first and ensure her safety. But she has no knowledge of Portugal or the language. Though she is loath to admit it, she needs the Moonflower. Operating alone has taught her to respect her own limitations. But she knows better than to show weakness around the Moonflower—an agent with a reputation for brilliance, a tendency toward insubordination, and a history of going rogue.
What a way to end a series! I was in love with this volume from page one. Jack and Jane has always been intriguing characters. It was fitting to end the series with their story. I loved diving beneath the surface of the Pink Carnation and the Moonflower. As to the story itself, I loved the plot line. We get lots of great action and some actual historical events thrown in. Plus, the reappearance of the Gardener fit perfectly! I was sad to see one of my favorite series end, but it was quite of an ending. Now I feel like I should Lauren Willig's other books...
- #1 The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
- #2 The Masque of the Black Tulip
- #3 The Deception of the Emerald Ring
- #4 The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
- #5 The Temptation of the Night Jasmine
- #6 The Betrayal of the Blood Lily
- #7 The Mischief of the Mistletoe
- #8 The Orchid Affair
- #8.5 Away in a Manger
- #8.7 Ivy and Intrigue
- #9 The Garden Intrigue
- #10 The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
- #11 The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla
- #12 The Lure of the Moonflower