Books by Jeannie Lin

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The Liar's Dice

I don’t think The Liar’s Dice enhances Gambled Away. The slow pace, the setting, and ambiguous ending struck a discordant note with me and for me, it is the least successful novella in the anthology. A murder and the ensuing search for the killer drives the plot and unfortunately, Ms. Lin sacrif ...

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A Dance With Danger

I've really enjoyed previous Jeannie Lin books, but A Dance With Danger felt to me like a Tang Dynasty version of wallpaper regencies. Don’t get me wrong; I’d still take it over most other categories, and even over some longer, more detailed works. But on the whole, the book was not what I’d h ...

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The Jade Temptress

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Jeannie Lin’s historical novels set during the Tang Dynasty in China. This is often considered a golden era of Chinese culture and that is beautifully captured in these novels, from the intricacies of the scholar system to the delicacies of the tea ritual. In this latest ...

B+
The Lotus Palace

I've enjoyed Jeannie Lin's China-set historicals so far and I was thrilled when I heard she would be writing single title as well. I went into The Lotus Palace expecting some element of suspense in the plot, but otherwise I had no idea what I would be getting into. As it turns out, it was quite a tr ...

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The Sword Dancer

The best historical romances are those that draw you into another world and make you see, smell and touch what is going on, sharing the emotions and the mindset of characters who are thousands of miles and hundreds of years removed from your own experience. This is what happened to me when I read (i ...

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My Fair Concubine

My Fair Concubine - as the title might suggest - is a Tang Dynasty take on My Fair Lady. The heroine is a tea shop girl, and the hero talks her into impersonating his sister - who is supposed to be a peace bride, a gift to a warrior in a distant province, but has run away with her lover. I found it ...

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Capturing the Silken Thief

There’s a line in Jeannie Lin’s novella, Capturing the Silken Thief, that evokes the effortless, lyrical beauty of her tale. A man - a scholar - and a woman - a musician - meet at night. Ms. Lin writes, “The moon was high and round, with that faint harvest gleam that marked it as a night for r ...

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The Dragon and the Pearl

Jeannie Lin's Butterfly Swords was a DIK read for me. I loved its rich, exotic setting, charming characters, and sense of pageantry. While this novel did not quite equal the first it is still a wonderful love story set in a lush, exciting land. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteI ...

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Butterfly Swords

To be honest, I had my doubts about this story. I didn't really know if Harlequin could pull off a historical novel set in a foreign nation. (I don't think of Regency England as a foreign nation. Guess it has become such familiar territory I consider it home.) But I was intrigued enough by the adver ...