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The Dragon and the Pearl (Tang Dynasty #2)

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COURTESAN OF THEM ALL...

Former Emperor’s consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty; the ultimate seductress. Now she lives quietly alone—until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away....

Li Tao lives life by the sword, and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics. The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of the
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Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aly is so frigging bored
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Main characters:
Ling Suyin
Li Tao

What I Liked: The author has created a wonderful world, this is so much better then the other books that I've read by her, it doesn't even compare! I loved reading about China in the Tang dynasty, and then researching it on my own. Chinese traditions and history are very... complex and fascinating and Ms. Lin wrote about them beautifully. Her characters are believable and have hopes and dreams and problems, her story line is mysterious and manages to make you a
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Stephanie Dray
Throw your expectations out the window, because this is a different kind of romance novel. Having read and loved Butterfly Swords, I expected a plucky heroine adventuring in an exotic time and place with a hero who has a heart of gold. I got something much better.

Our heroine, Suyin, was the emperor's concubine. Her weapons are beauty, poise, secrets and intrigue. Our hero is a ruthless warlord who has turned against his master more than once. These are sophisticated characters who are cynical a
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Maldivianbookreviewer
No true fan of romance can read Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin and escape without wanting to find out more about General Li Tao. And Jeannie Lin certainly doesn’t disappoint fans of her ultra unique historical romances set in the Tang Dynasty, China with this installment. Towards the end of my review for Butterfly Swords I mentioned my utter and at times reluctant fascination with Li Tao who served to be at first the villian and then somehow turned the tables around on me. Little did I know tha ...more
Melanie
I reviewed this book on my blog at www.bookworm2bookworm.wordpress.com

This book comes highly recommended by some of my friends and authors that I highly respect, so there was no way in hell I was going to skip on reading it. Besides, I just love all those martial arts movies with sword fights and leaping warriors.

Before I sank my teeth into this story, I thought I should read ‘Butterfly Swords’ first as the hero of ‘The Dragon and the Pearl’ makes his début in it. Just a side note, you really do
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Lynette
Review coming. More like 4.5 but said five because I loved this book. Was emotionally connected from the first page and the writing was executed beautifully. The style was lyrical and although a different genre reminded me of Zoe Archer. I liked this much better than her first book.
Hannah
My first impressions as I began reading The Dragon and the Pearl were extremely positive. I appreciated that, although it is a historical romance, this book is not set in historical Britain, Europe, or America. I also enjoyed Jeannie Lin's writing, which is understated yet often poetic. Lin writes economically, creating strong impressions with relatively few words.

Unfortunately, Lin's weakness appears to be plot pacing. After a promising beginning, very little happens throughout most of the boo
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Vanessa Kelly
My God, I loved this book! It's my first Jeannie Lin novel, and I was blown away by her skill and level of craft. A beautifully written story with deep, heart-wrenching emotion. And I was riveted by the setting and the history, and how Lin made it such an integral part of the story. The Dragon and the Pearl was the opposite of a wallpaper historical - can't wait to read the rest of her books!
Jennifer
Historical romance is my genre of choice and has been for almost ten years. In that time, I have read my fair share of Regency balls, medieval knights, and Scottish hotties. And I have enjoyed them all...for the most part. But, I do find myself getting a bit tired of the same old historical settings. Therefore, I was ecstatic when I discovered Jeannie Lin's Imperial China-set romances. I read and enjoyed her debut, Butterfly Swords, about two years ago so I had high expectations for the sequel, ...more
Cheeyee
Review At: I Read, I Think, I Share

Review Date: 4 Nov 2011

Review URL: http://littlemermybooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/dragon-and-pearl-by-jeannie-lin.html

Summary:

This is my first historical romance that take place in China during 8th century. The story is very interesting. It is beautifully written with details description of the settings, places, people and even their emotion. It's mostly about the romance between Ling Suyin and Li Tao with minimum actions. It gives a good insight of the position
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Brie C.
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

I’ve been meaning to read this author ever since hearing great things about her previous book, Butterfly Swords, so when I saw this book on Netgalley I jumped to the opportunity to read it. I wasn’t aware that The Dragon and the Pearl was a sequel to Butterfly Swords but I was able to enjoy the book and I think it stands alone quite well.

Lady Ling Suyin is in deep trouble. As the late Emperor’s consort she finds herself kidnaped from her home by Gove
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A.
Wow. Well, apparently I was wrong to be excited to read this book, because it is one hell of a disappointment. Let's go ahead and get the good stuff out of the way: Jeannie Lin's prose is gorgeous, always understated and rarely given to elaborate metaphor. Her skill at evoking emotion and atmosphere in a few, sparing sentences is always a delight, and this book is especially well-written (in this sense). And Li Tao, the villain of Butterfly Swords, did make for an interesting hero. But.

This book
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Miss
This book has flawed pacing. There's three segments to it: the first part when Li Tao takes Suying from her home and she's trying to work out how to survive and free herself, the second extraordinarily boring interlude of sex scenes and agonizing over feelings, and the last third where the plot picks up and things actually start happening again. All three parts are interspersed with flashbacks to their respective pasts. Out of all this the third section and the flashbacks are the only bits reall ...more
Tara Chevrestt
I read both Butterfly Swords and The Taming of Mei Lin and consider myself a fan of this author. Both historical romances took place during the Tang dynasty and those and this one are all very well written, a perfect blend of story and sex, of description and action. All three of them make me feel as though I have stepped back into the Tang dynasty into a world of warriors, swords, emperors, courtesans, paper lantern festivals, and danger.

This one is a bit different from the previous two, howeve
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Carrie
3.5* B+

This book was difficult for me to rate and I truly wavered between 3 and 4 stars. Not for the first time I wish goodreads either allowed half stars, or used a grade system where you could give "+" and "-" scores for more accuracy.

The book started out slow for me, but picked up speed about 70-80 pages into it. Once the Suyin and Tao were getting to know each other, I enjoyed the story and the interactions. Tao remained a hard man even to the end, but I felt convinced of his feelings for S
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Neile
I haven't read a Harlequin romance since I was a teenager and my grandmother used to bring them over to our house in grocery bags. I gradually lost interest then and never thought I'd read another. But when a friend recommended this book so highly, I had to try it, and I'm glad I did. Wow, Harlequins have changed with their new lines and I was very impressed with this book. First the gorgeously evoked setting, both the Tang Dynastic details but also the physical landscape were well-done. Lightly ...more
Fedora
Wow.

I'd heard good things about Ms. Lin's books and been intrigued by the settings and characters--I'd always wanted to read more about ancient China.

The Dragon and the Pearl was a gorgeous and wholly satisfying story--Lady Ling Suyin is a former consort to the late Emperor; Li Tao is a warlord and governor. He whisks her away to save her from a plot against her life but she deeply resents the loss of her freedom. Both extraordinarily disciplined and determined, neither is willing to yield to th
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Maddy Barone
I read and loved Butterfly Swords. The Dragon and the Pearl is possibly a tish better. In Butterfly Swords I couldn't help but like Li Tao, even tho he was the bad guy. Actually, he wasn't the bad guy, just not the hero. In this book Li Tao is fully fleshed out. The reader can root for him whole-heartedly. Suyin appears a delicate flower but to survive the life she's been given she has developed an inner core of steel.

If you are looking for a love story that is woven through a period of history
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Kate McMurray
Not sure how to rate—there's some wonderful, poetic writing here and a very strong sense of setting (which I always appreciate in a novel) but I had a hard time connecting with these characters.
Marline
Okay, this author has been on my radar for a couple of months now. I have not read her first novel, Butterfly Swords so this novel is my first introduction to her Tang Dynasty series. The cover won me over and the prose was rich and detailed. I'm giving it a 3 because while it was a nice romance, I felt the later third of the book was much more interesting than the blossoming romance part. It was just the right length and it fooled me into thinking there might not be a Happy Ever After. So kudos ...more
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Minna
This book was a real treat.

It had the slow, surreal, peaceful, ripply-water zen quality that I associate with waiting for a massage at a spa. The burbling water, the relaxing music, the calming tea, the peaceful setting and harmonious colors, all designed to put you at ease and feel calm and peaceful and pleasant. That's what this book made me feel like.

Does that mean nothing happened? That there was no plot, no romance? Definitely not. The writing was just so lyrical that you felt carried alon
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Bookworm1858
3.5/5
I had read Jeannie Lin's first book Butterfly Swords so I was excited to get a chance to read her second. Although it contains characters from that book, I didn't really remember them so it was like starting afresh.

The main characters this time are Ling Suyin, former consort of the now dead Emperor, whose beauty and wiles are (in)famous across the country. Her love interest is the brutal Li Tao, whose honor and loyalty drive him and have made him a feared leader of soldiers and a potent thr
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Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: September 20, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin Historical
Author’s Website: http://www.jeannielin.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: In the same world as Butterfly Swords
Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

Official Blurb:

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COURTESAN OF THEM ALL…

Former Emperor’s consort Ling Suyin is renowned for
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Carole Rae
This is the first Jeannie Lin book I've read. I can pretty much guarentee that it won't be the last.

The Dragon and the Pearl was what I was hoping it be! The two "lovers" are so different, but so similar. He's a hardened warrior and assassian. She's a lovely flower, but an innocent 'she-demon' (so many characters called her this and it fits all too well). Both characters have gone through so much pain, loneliness, heart-ache, struggle, and dark times, but their love/lust is a pecan in the night
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Victoria Dixon
Well, it took me WAY too long to buy this book, for which I can only offer my profuse apologies to the author. I had wanted to do a review while the book was still in stores, but October escaped me. Obviously, November did, too. Before I tell you about this book, I think I will remind you about my review policies and admit that yes, I know the author and consider her a friend. That has nothing whatsoever to do with the nature of my reviews. I do not hold punches. If I’m uncomfortable posting a f ...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
I enjoyed Jeannie Lin's Butterfly Swords enough that when The Dragon and the Pearl came out, I snatched it up. Then it sat in my TBR pile for a while. Working on my read-alikes list for Bonnie Dee's Captive Bride reminded me that I hadn't read it yet, but still wanted to.

I've been working on this review for a few days now, and it has been showing signs of causing me as many problems as my review for Captive Bride. So, in the interest of finishing this review this weekend instead of several weeks
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Morwa Pal
Ling Suyin is the late Emperor’s consort. A woman of stunning beauty and considered the supreme seductress across the Empire. After years fighting for survival within the Imperial Court, all Suyin really wants is a quiet place away from the intrigue and treachery of the palace. And that is what her former master granted her upon his death, a nice home near the river, far away from the Imperial Court.

Li Tao is a ruthless warlord, raised on the streets of Luoyong. He exemplifies the motto: he w
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
This past weekend, I was looking for a little bit of a lighter read (my husband and I took a road trip to the beach to celebrate our first anniversary) and this book certainly fit the bill!!! This is the second book about Li Tao (the first was called The Butterfly Swords). I didn't read The Butterfly Swords but I don't think you have to read it in order to enjoy The Dragon and the Pearl. This book is definitely a great stand alone book.

Suyin is alone in the world. After she falls out of favor wi
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...


Survival instincts run strong in Ling Suyin, precious consort of the now-dead August Emperor. Impending war ends her quiet living in the home the emperor had built for her. Now she must use all the weapons she has to stay alive. She knows how expendable a beautiful woman is to men of power.

Sold at age four for one hundred copper coins, Suyin does not know her true name, but she has survived the pleasure district of Luoyang and the tr
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Dangermousie
This follows a growing, reluctant on both sides, complicated relationship between the former concubine of a dead Tang emperor and a powerful warlord who took her into his house to protect her from those who seek to assassinate her but also to discover the secrets she holds. They both climbed to the top from the gutter in very different ways, and both are reluctant to open up in any way, but perhaps it is that similarity that makes there attraction all the more potent.

I love this!!! This should b
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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 romance while working as a high school science teacher in South Central Los Angeles. After four years of trying to break into publishing with ...more
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“Li Tao had caught a single glimpse of her the first time he had been to the palace. The hunger that had gripped him had been immediate and all-consuming. He had been a young man then and had hungered for many things: acclaim, respect and power. The sight of her now, more than a decade later, stirred nothing but a faint echo of that forgotten desire.” 1 likes
“She expected the descent of his mouth, but never would have anticipated the gentleness of the kiss. Her lips parted as his explored hers. His fingertips lifted to her cheek in an undemanding, but undeniably possessive caress. She nearly allowed her eyes to fall closed. She almost yielded against the heat and pressure and the slow stir of his mouth. Instead she dug her nails sharply into the flesh of her palms. She fastened her eyes on to his, permitting the kiss, but never surrendering.” 1 likes
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