This post was written by Sarah.
Greetings, fellow Pink fans! My name is Sarah, and I’m one of the ladies who will be contributing to Pink IV: The Seduction of the Crimson Rose. I thought I would start with a little of my Pink background. My introduction to the series was with The Deception of the Emerald Ring. I found the audio version quite by accident at my local library and the cover art and synopsis caught my attention completely. Now, normally, I would NEVER begin a series with book three (it’s a personal OCD thing); but nothing on the packaging indicated that it was part of a series, so I merrily went on my way and listened . . . and I was totally hooked. Afterwards, I began researching Lauren and Pink and discovered the other novels. In hindsight I’m glad I started with Emerald Ring. I adore Geoff and Letty, and I think Miles and Henrietta are absolutely hilarious; I’m terrified that if I’d started at the beginning I may not have been so keen to continue. Forgive me, but I find Amy kind of annoying, sorry, sorry, sorry…
Anywho, Crimson Rose, my favourite (I’m Canadian, deal with the u’s) of the published Pink novels. I’m not entirely sure why, but there is something about Mary and Vaughn that fully capture my attention and imagination. Maybe it’s because I’ve always found a mysterious depth in the characters, the more times I read Crimson Rose the more of Vaughn and Mary I discover. Not to mention their interplay with the established, and already loved, characters of the first three novels.
Sebastian, Lord Vaughn immediately caught my attention when we first met him in Black Tulip, how can we forget Lady Uppington’s advice to Henrietta? “Miles is a dear make-believe rake. Lord Vaughn is the real thing.” Not to mention his Chinese dragons, serpent cane, and ever-present quizzing glass, utterly fascinating! Honestly, maybe it’s because he reminds me ever-so-slightly of my husband (who wasn’t a rake as far as I’m aware): dark with streaks of silver, intelligent, and eloquent, if oblique, turns-of-phrase; there’s not nearly as much cynicism in my husband, fortunately.
I also find Mary quite the character study. She comes across as very selfish and vain; however, when put in the context of the society she lives on the fringes of, and wants very much to be a full member of, she comes into a more sympathetic light. No self-respecting person wants to be dependent on their relations, especially if that relation is your younger sister. As an oldest sister of multiple siblings myself, I totally get that. The elder are supposed to look after the younger, not the other way around.
This story is full of complicated characters, as well as well-beloved ones that we get better acquainted with, and therefore they become more complicated. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose is where I really feel that the Pink series gains major traction, both with characters and how all those characters interact in later novels. I look forward to reading this novel along with all of you and seeing, once again and with different eyes every time, how everything comes out for Vaughn and Mary. Enjoy the journey!