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Thursday, April 10, 2014

"The Jade Temptress" by Jeannie Lin~Exotic Historical Mystery

SUMMARY :


Welcome to the infamous Pingkang li—home of the celebrated Lotus Palace courtesans, and a place of beauty and treachery….

Charming and seductive, Mingyu is the most sought-after hostess in the pleasure quarter. She has all men wrapped around her finger—except Constable Wu Kaifeng, the one man she can't resist, the only man to have placed her in chains.

Wu Kaifeng's outwardly intimidating demeanor hides a reluctant, fierce attraction to beautiful Mingyu. But the passionate temptation she presents threatens to destroy them both when a powerful official is murdered and they find themselves on a deadly trail. Amid the chaos, a forbidden affair could change Mingyu's fate forever, for following her heart is bound to have consequences.…


ABOUT THE BOOK :

Published by:  Harlequin
Format:  ebook
Pages:  384
Genre:  Historical fiction/Mystery
Author:  Jeannie Lin
Purchase:  Barnes & Noble  or  Amazon


ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

 
For news on new releases and events, sign up for her newsletter at: http://conta.cc/1b2M4NP
Find out more about Jeannie Lin online at http://www.jeannielin.com

USA TODAY bestselling author Jeannie Lin grew up fascinated with stories of Western epic fantasy and Eastern martial arts adventures. When her best friend introduced her to romance novels in middle school, the stage was set. Jeannie started writing her first book while working as a high school science teacher in South Central Los Angeles.

Jeannie is known for writing groundbreaking historical romances set in Tang Dynasty China starting with her Golden Heart award-winning debut, Butterfly Swords. Her Chinese historicals have received multiple awards and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

She currently writes historical romance Chinese warriors and scholars, courtesans and swordswomen. Beginning in 2014, she will be starting a steampunk series set during the Opium Wars.


Titles by Jeannie Lin:
The Jade Temptress (The Lotus Palace #2)
The Lotus Palace
Butterfly Swords
The Dragon and the Pearl
My Fair Concubine
The Sword Dancer

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK :

From Booklist

While it is true that Lady Mingyu didn’t love General Dang Zhi, she didn’t hate him enough to murder him either. However, Mingyu discovers that someone else truly did despise Dang when she arrives at his home in Changan and finds his headless corpse. The only man Mingyu can turn to for help is the one man she has never been able to charm: Constable Wu Kaifeng. Discovering that Mingyu is involved in yet another murder case convinces Wu that the beautiful courtesan is nothing but trouble, and this proves to be even truer once Wu realizes his feelings for Mingyu are seriously interfering with his mission to find the killer. The colorful sights, sounds, and even scents of Tang Dynasty China provide a fascinating backdrop, and romance readers tired of cookie-cutter settings will devour this expertly crafted novel. By incorporating some intriguing investigative details into the plot, Lin also gives historical-mystery readers an incentive for giving this captivating series a chance. --John Charles
 
 
THE BOOKISH DAME REVIEWS :
 
Exotic and engaging, this murder mystery is a particularly enticing one to solve while we get a gorgeous glimpse of the orient in delicious detail, and a sexy love story between a courtesan and a constable.  I highly recommend this book to all those who love a story set in ancient China, but also to those looking for a little change in the ordinary murder/suspense novel.
 
Ms Lin creates a magnetic push-pull chemistry between her characters, Constable Wu Kaifeng and Lady Mingyu.  Mingyu is a beautiful courtesan from the pleasure house, Lotus Palace, who finds herself enmeshed in the murder of one of her "clients."  Since this is not the first time Kaifeng and Mingyu have found themselves solving a murder together, it is interesting and exciting to see how they interact.  A course in the cultural differences and the setting!
 
I was glued to the pages of this novel.  I rarely read an ebook for review, but found this one on netgalley and couldn't stop racing through it.  It's one of those you'll be happy you picked up.
 
5 stars                      Deborah/TheBookishDame

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