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The Jade Temptress - The Lotus Palace #2 (Hqn Books) (Pingkang Li Mysteries) by [Lin, Jeannie]
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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: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (March 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FBZKZRW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Another fine historical romance set in Tang Dynasty, but this time, with a touch of crime mystery. Lady Mingyu, the most sought-after courtesan in Pingkang li, is thrown in the middle of a murder investigation of one of her patrons. Leading the investigation is the aloof Constable Wu Kaifeng. I actually enjoyed the murder-mystery rather than the romance side of it because it opens into one twist after another. Though Mingyu and Wu lack chemistry for my taste, they are both likable characters. Mingyu tries to survive her life as an "entertainer" to men, while Wu tries to set aside his personal feelings to be effective in his investigation. The setting gives the story an exotic feel, which further sets it apart from the historical romances and crime mysteries I've read.
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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. The Jade Temptress totally delivers on that promise!

Both Wu and Mingyu have hard outer shells and wounded inner cores, and their need for each other is palpable. A very, very romantic and moving love story....with a terrific mystery plot, too.

Love Jeannie Lin's books!!!!!
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After reading both "The Jade Temptress" and "The Lotus Palace", I'm now a huge fan of Jeannie Lin's writing. "The Jade Temptress" is a good blend of mystery and romance. I love the ancient China setting. It's different yet not so exotic that it feels totally unfamiliar or uncomfortable. The characters are well developed and interesting. They are true to their time and culture, yet easy to relate to and root for. I liked the fact that they were lower class, not royalty. The mystery was well-developed. Ms. Lin writes beautifully. This was a real page-turner for me. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romances.

I understand this is Ms. Lin's last book for the publisher Harlequin. They've dropped her due to slow sales of her previous books. I guess books set in ancient China are a tough sell in the historical romance market. That's a real shame. She is such a good writer. I hope she finds a home at another publishing house or ventures into self-publishing. I'm going to work my way through her previously published books for Harlequin, but I'm hoping there will be more to buy in the future.
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