I absolutely loved the first three books in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series. Books 4 and 5 left something to be desired, but I got hooked all over again when I read books 6 and 7. The Orchid Affair is the eighth installment and unfortunately Ms. Willig is back to average characters and storytelling again, which is a bit disappointing to say the least.
Although it was great to have some of the original characters pop up in this particular story, the main characters of Laura and Andre are dry and boring and don't seem to have the chemistry of some of the original couples - or even of Mary and Vaughn in the fourth book, which was one of my least favorites in the series. The story drags out a bit as well, and this actually left me more interested in the real time Eloise-Colin chapters than I usually am. Which is in itself a good thing, as that story line has been a bit stale throughout the past few installments, but doesn't say much for the bulk of this novel. 3.5/5 stars.
"Discretion might not be the better part of valor, but it saves you a lot of apologizing later on."
"'If we only did those things for which we had a talent, most people would never do anything at all.'"
"Her eyes were as hard and bright as stars. Not the pretty sort that poets mooned about, but the kind that made men's destinies."
"Gratitude [is the] poor cousin of love."
"She knew herself for what she was: opinionated, stubborn, set in her ways. She knew there would be days when an arm around her might feel more confining than comforting, occasions when they would strike the wrong sorts of sparks off each other rather than the right kind, and nights when she would deeply regret the loss of her own bed and the undisputed rights to the covers.
"But when it came down to it, she'd rather fight for the covers with [him] than be queen of her own bed without him."