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The Jade Temptress - The Lotus Palace #2 (Hqn Books) [Kindle Edition]

Jeannie Lin
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Book Description

Second book in the series - Pingkang Li Mysteries
Romantic Times Seal of Excellence Nominee - March 2014
Dear Author - Recommended Read

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...


Editorial Reviews

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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

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"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. -- Booklist, John Charles

"Once again Lin showcases her talents for crafting a taut and original mystery set in the exotic world of the Pingkang Li." -- Romantic Times Book Reviews

"The Tang Dynasty and the shadowy world of the pleasure district of Changan come to life in a story that is sure to enchant." -Library Journal

"Lin once again effortlessly evokes the colorful, intriguing world of Tang dynasty China in her latest dazzlingly different romance, and the book's mystery-rich plot and exotic historical setting also make The Lotus Palace an excellent read-alike suggestion for fans of Laura Joh Rowland's mysteries." --John Charles (Booklist) on The Lotus Palace

"Deliciously detailed and intricately plotted, THE LOTUS PALACE proves Jeannie Lin is a master storyteller, conjuring the intrigues of Imperial China with spare and delicate prose." - Deanna Raybourn, New York Times Bestselling Author on The Lotus Palace

"A deeply satisfying romance set in the midst of a fascinating world of glamour and intrigue." - Lauren Willig, New York Times Bestselling Author on The Lotus Palace

"Lush history, heartbreaking romance, fascinating mystery, and a happy ending! What more can anyone ask?" - Patricia Rice, New York Times Bestselling Author on The Lotus Palace

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (March 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FBZKZRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel March 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I adored THE LOTUS PALACE, and I was eager to read the follow-up. I honestly didn't expect to love it as much, but I was pleasantly surprised. The main characters are complex, as is their situation, and there were plenty of twists and unexpected turns along the way.

I love the way this author uses her historical setting. It's rich and compelling, and the story is both universal and unique because of the way the time and place shape characters and events. And I like that the characters are not at the top of the social order; even with some powerful friends, they both face real risks and consequences if they are going to be together. It's an engrossing and satisfying journey. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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When I realized who would be the main characters in this one, I was all the more so eager to read it. This is the second book in the intriguing The Lotus Palace series set in the Tang Dynasty of China and featuring a combination of murder mystery and romance with the pleasure ward of the capitol city as the backdrop. Mingyu is the enigmatic older sister to the heroine of the previous book and Wu Kaifeng was the intimidating police constable who played his part in solving the murder. They were at odds with each other not just because of their vastly different stations in life, but their personalities and agendas too. Now they are both the leads and their story was all that I could hope for and then some.

Lady Mingyu is the most beautiful and coveted courtesan in the pleasure district living a comfortable life at the Lotus Palace and from everyone's perspective she should be pleased with her place at the top of the food chain in her sphere. With her sister freed and happily married, with her own bond price way beyond her means, and with the new arrival to the city of her long time protector who has done more than hint that he wants her for his concubine, she grows worried about her future chance of freedom and feels loneliness. She yearns for freedom, but that is beyond her means with General Deng's return.

Constable Wu Kaifeng gazes from afar on the beautiful Mingyu. He knows she hates him for his part in her arrest and interrogation the year before and he knows that she hides behind a mask using men for her advantage, but he can't stop yearning. Kaifeng is under a lot of pressure now with someone higher up pushing to have him removed and he needs to be extra careful about how he does his job. His latest murder case will tax him sorely to stay professional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and unique April 14, 2014
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At first I wasn't sure about this book but as I read on I became enthralled. Wu Kaifeng and Lady Mingyu are sooo much more interesting than Yue-Ying and Bai Huang. I was captured by the prose and the ability the authoress has for transporting me into a different cultural setting in an effortless way. It helps that the author intimately knows what she is talking about and I just enjoyed every moment of the book. It never lost its shine like the first one and I truly felt for the main couple. Lin has really improve in her writing and her pacing has improve greatly.

Kaifeng and Mingyu relationship was this effortless flow of events that felt organic and never forced in any way. At first I was leery of ever feeling their love and connection but Lin proved me wrong. I felt their love, I felt the impossibility of their relationship and the despair at circumstances that set them apart. I was also incredibly happy that Mingyu was able to escape her infuriating suitor, Magistrate Li, on her own, it was an empowering moment to see her escape her fate. I want to read more books Jeannie Lin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystical and Secretive world of the Courtesan April 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
THE JADE TEMPTRESS is the second instalment in Jeannie Lin's historical romance mystery series set in the Tang Dynasty of historical China. This is courtesan Mingyu and Constable Wu Kaifeng's storyline. When Mingyu finds the prominent and powerful General Deng beheaded all fingers point to the beautiful courtesan who was known to be one of the General's favorites. We were first introduced to Mingyu and Kaifeng in The Lotus Palace -book number one.

The storyline focuses on Kaifeng's investigation into the murder of General Deng as well as Mingyu's fight to prove her innocence. There is a prior history between Kaifeng and Mingyu that started at the Lotus Palace months before when Mingyu was the prime suspect in another murder. As Kaifeng searches for clues, Mingyu must fight off the advances of another investigator who wants Mingyu for himself.

The relationship between Kaifeng and Mingyu is surprising as they have been battling one another for several months. They deny their attraction to one another at every opportunity and both refuse to admit that there is any possibility of a future.

THE JADE TEMPTRESS is a compelling story of intrigue, suspense and romance. The secondary characters are an eclectic mix of reprehensible and familiar; engaging and colorful. The world building continues with the inclusion of The Lotus Palace courtesans and their Mother as well as some of the previous storyline characters.

Jeannie Lin pulls the reader into the mystical and secretive world of the fabled courtesan where the famous and infamous meet behind closed doors whispering secrets about life, love and the political machine. THE JADE TEMPTRESS is a story about one woman's fight for freedom and the man who will do almost anything to ensure she gets what she wants.

I was gifted a copy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Changan
Just as The Dragon and The Pearl was the perfect sequel to The Butterfly Swords, The Jade Temptress is the perfect sequel to The Lotus Palace. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Linda Bethel
5.0 out of 5 stars A love found through trouble
I was just a wonderful story i couldn't quit reading until i finished it! This story shows you true love can pull through anything!
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars My (latest) favourite from Jeannie Lin!
I'm pretty sure at this point every time I review a new book by Jeannie Lin, it's my favourite. I think it's because she is such a consistently talented author, weaving a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trundle Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
After reading both "The Jade Temptress" and "The Lotus Palace", I'm now a huge fan of Jeannie Lin's writing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Suze
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Murder Mystery
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Bookish Dame
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical at its best!
Jeanni Lin’s The Jade Temptress makes the reader believe dreams really can come true. And not just small dreams. Big ones. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MORWA PAL Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The jade temptress
THE JADE TEMPTRESS is set in 848 AD in Tang Dynasty China where, in the capital city of Changan, Constable Wu Kaifeng looks over a derelict spot, envisioning a future teahouse. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular....another Jeannie Lin Success
After anticipating the release of The Jade Temptress for several months I started reading and was totally involved in the first five pages. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LD
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great couple!!
When I read The Lotus Palace, I was SOOOOO hoping my instincts were right that there was a spark between Constable Wu and the courtesan MIngyu. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Lin delievers again
I liked the protagonists when they were introduced as supporting characters in The Lotus Palace. There seemed to be such chemistry between them (good and bad) that I wanted to read... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kyra the Red
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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


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