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My Fair Concubine (Tang Dynasty #3)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  491 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
The Nobleman Who Turned a Tea Girl Into a Princess...

Yan Ling tries hard to be servile—it's what's expected of a girl of her class. Being intelligent and strong-minded, she finds it a constant battle.

Proud Fei Long is unimpressed by her spirit—until he realizes she's the answer to his problems. He has to deliver the emperor a "princess." In two months can he train a tea g
Mass Market Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Khanh (the Grinch)

My Fair Lady in Tang Dynasty China? Yes, please!

In the field of fiction, Jeannie Lin's novels are unicorns. They are the rarest of mythical creatures: Historical Romances set in Tang Dynasty, China. I have always loved Jeannie Lin's romances, and this is among my favorite of her novels. This book is delightful in every way. We have a truly compelling situation, the "My Fair Lady" scenario isn't made on a whim, there is familial honor and duty at stake. There is a wonderful supporting cast, from
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Jun 08, 2016 Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* rated it liked it
Recommended to Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* by: Khanh (the Grinch)

3.5 Stars

Category: A book about a culture you are unfamiliar with

Duty. For the most part, in western culture, the meaning of the word “duty” has fallen by the wayside. It is still circulated in common speech but it no longer means what it once did. We may say that something is a duty, with a fluttering hand wave, without ever having to really worry about the ramifications of not accomplishing that task.

Honour is spoken of, but it is always a little tongue in cheek. Again, for the most part our
Heather *live on coffee & flowers*
Buddy read with Karly on June 3rd 6th!

I can't recall ever reading a Harlequin before, but from what I gather they don't have much depth or characterization to speak of. From reading another review, it seems this was one of the better Harlequins as far as those things go. However, when it comes to romance, this was not my cup of tea.

I CANNOT like a romance if it doesn't sweep me away, and this one didn't. I felt the writing was too stilted and even awkward at times. I didn't get a good picture of
This was a buddy read that I had with Melissa's Book Musings. You can find her final review of the book here. Suffice it to say that we both gave it three stars.

My Fair Concubine was a riff off of My Fair Lady and honestly, this should have just been called "My Fair Tea House Girl" since there was no concubine in this book besides for a couple minutes appearance, and she's not the main focus of this book. Ahem. Excuse the rant.

I am going to echo Melissa's Book Musings here with the fact that I
Jul 25, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. My Fair Concubine is everything that I've ever wanted in a historical romance - it is beautifully written and rich in cultural details, with a sweeping romance featuring intelligent and well-developed characters. Before My Fair Concubine, I had never enjoyed reading pure romance novels very much - even historical romances were usually "same old, same old," for all my love of history. This book changed my mind about the genre completely; if more romance novels were like this, then I mi ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Mar 30, 2014 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of Historical Romance
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Khanh
Two things about this novel caught my eye when I saw it on my Goodreads friends list feed. First, it's set during China's Tang Dynasty, around 800 AD. It's a period I have some fondness for, having imprinted as a teen on Van Gulik's Judge Dee mysteries set in that place and era. And to my mind far too few works of historical fiction available here in America are set outside the Anglo-American world, never mind Asia. Second, it was reviewed by a friend of that friend who is very picky. Indeed, ...more
This is my third Jeannie Lin and competes with The Jade Temptress for stunning historical detail.

What surprised me the most was the element of friendship. There is an extremely thrilling villain who shows up in the middle, and Yan Ling and Fei Long standing shoulder to shoulder, facing off obstacles together to defeat the odds had such an air of camaraderie that I almost forgot it was a romance book, up until the obligatory sex scene.

To be honest, the love between them seemed a lot more like ch
I was looking for some fluffy brain candy and was surprised by the depth of this historical romance. Yan Ling, a lowly tea house girl, is chosen by Lord Chang to stand in for his sister (she eloped & ran away) in an arranged marriage. She must become a gracious lady in a very short time! Yan submits to a rigorous crash course, learning to speak & hold herself like a princess. Very Eliza Doolittle. Lord Chang Fei Long personally handles the task of teaching Yan Ling to read and write. ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Anya rated it liked it
Upped one star just because of LI BAI SHEN. Because fucking fabulousness.
Kerrelyn Sparks
May 28, 2013 Kerrelyn Sparks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book to read by Jeannie Lin, and I really enjoyed it. It was so refreshing to have a new and different setting-- China, Tang Dynasty, 824 AD. I would recommend this if you love experiencing books with an interesting and unique setting and culture.
Feb 06, 2016 Grace rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
A good solid read. Deserving of more stars, possibly, if only because of its rare setting and the author's clear knowledge of (obscure to westerners) Chinese literature, calligraphy, wardrobe, geography, even hand gestures made by women. Basically everything that most westerners do not know.

And the setting is done beautifully. The characters. There's nothing objectionable about them either. Yan Lin is a likable woman, spirited but practical, and she knows that this is the best thing that could h
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
Look for this review and more at my blog, Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews.

I have been reading historical romance for almost ten years and, while I still adore books set in Regency/Victorian England, I am always excited to see a unique setting/time period. I think that is one reason that I continue to enjoy Jeannie Lin's work. Her Tang Dynasty series takes place in Imperial China and she makes it come alive even for those of us who are ignorant about the finer historical details. It also doesn't hurt
Jeannie Lin is one of those authors that writes romances that speaks to your heart. Her writing is flawlessly beautiful and China as the setting provides for that exoticism that is unbeatable. My Fair Concubine is the third book in the Tang Dynasty series and explores the story of Chang Fei Long, a nobleman and Yan Ling, a baby abandoned at a tea house where she had grown up, knowing no life except one of servitude.

Fei Long wants to save his family’s honor and is at a loss as to how to go about
Jun 09, 2012 Sherry rated it it was amazing
My Fair Concubine, which spirited me away to a lovely adventure in the Tang Dynasty, is actually the first Harlequin novel I've ever read. Jeannie Lin sweeps readers off their feet on a tour through ninth-century China: from an ordinary teahouse in a remote province to the splendid residences, markets, and entertainment establishments of the imperial capital Chang'an. We meet the stubborn teahouse girl Yan Ling and the proud nobleman Fei Long, whose lives become inextricably entangled as they ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Fedora rated it really liked it
Another elegant read from Ms. Lin! I really liked the premise--sort of a My Fair Lady/Pygmalion theme, and Ms. Lin uses that inspiration to create a lovely Tang dynasty story about a nobleman who sees the potential princess in a tea-shop girl.

Yan Ling has been a servant at a tea shop her entire life--she struggles daily to tamp down her spirit and smarts as they only get her into trouble with the tea-shop owner and the customers. When her path crosses with Fei Long's it is that very spirit that
Jun 12, 2012 Sophia rated it it was amazing
I love reading historical romance and this one caught my eye with its beautiful cover and its unique setting. Most historicals that I've read are American, Canadian or European in backdrop. I loved finding this one that's set in China.

The other thing that made it sound just adorable is that it is based on the musical My Fair Lady (minus the music). I loved that story and found the idea of combining it with the ancient Chinese culture quite intriguing.

The story begins when Fei Long of the noble
P. Kirby
Oct 25, 2015 P. Kirby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
3.5 stars. Rounded up because it's a historical that doesn't involve petticoats, the ton, and Mr. Darcy clones.

Fei Long is a nobleman in a bit of a bind. In Tang Dynasty China, it is common practice for emperors to marry their daughters off to foreign potentates to keep the peace. Because what says, "Let's be pals," like the gift of a woman? Except, most emperors don't want to send their actual daughters to distant lands, so instead they send stand-in princesses, the daughters of lesser nobleman
Fiona Marsden
Jul 29, 2012 Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like good dialogue, and real people
Recommended to Fiona by: NetGalley
This is my first Jeannie Lin historical and a great introduction to a very different era and culture. The setting of the Tang Dynasty in 800AD is beautifully rendered in a simple and unobtrusive manner. The heroine Yan Ling is the lowest of the low, a foundling working in a tea-house where Fei Long is seeking his runaway sister. When he realises Pearl's flight is to some extent his fault, having ignored her early pleas for help, Fei Long lets her go with her lover.

A combination of his absorption
Simona Bartolotta
Aug 30, 2015 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-english
"So many little moments. She remembered them, too. She’d held them close to her breast as secret memories that only she held dear. But she’d been mistaken."

I've always despised pure romance novels; I know that that may sound quite extreme, but I'm not one for kisses and embraces -you know what I mean- randomly put page in, page out. I love romance when it has a sense, a meaning, when it comes to be more than rushes of passion or silly whinings. I read an enthusiastic and everything but trivial r
This one took me a lot longer, probably double the time the first two novels and novellas of this series have taken.

The writing maintained the same level of quality as shown in the first two books, but I think the lack of noble characters in this one was what spoiled it a bit for me. I really enjoyed reading about the ins and outs of the imperial court and this story simply lacked that aspect for me.

That being said, the whole book was a two star rating, until the last five chapters. The ending
Blodeuedd Finland
Jun 28, 2012 Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it
I liked this one for the simply reason that it was so different from the historical romance that I have read before. I loved going back to China 800 AD and experiencing something totally new. The clothes, the manners everything needed to transport me there.

The story is a take on my fair lady as Fei Long needs a"princess" and fast. So he takes on Yan Ling and tries to teach her etiquette and everything else needed. She is to be a peace bride and sent away to distant lands. The whole princess part
Jul 21, 2012 Goblin rated it really liked it
From: Once Upon A Book

I keep wavering between 4 and 5 stars on this one. So I'll go halves and choose a 4.5 rating.

What a change from the first book in the series, to the third! I loved this story. The characters were vivid and so wonderful.

My Fair Concubine unlike its predecessor, Butterfly Swords (I skipped the second book to read this one), the world the Author painted has such a lush, brilliant, and far more immersive and entertaining atmosphere. I am very happy that I've read this novel now
Lindsay Pittman
Sep 21, 2012 Lindsay Pittman rated it really liked it
I've had my eye on Jeannie Lin ever since I read about Butterfly Swords. Unfortunately, I lived in the Arctic at the time and wasn't able to purchase a copy while it was still in print. So when, after moving south, I saw this one in stores, I jumped at the chance to buy it.

I'm a very impatient reader, but I read this book from beginning to end. Why? Because of the heroine, Yan Ling. I loved her transition from imprudent tea girl to unorthodox princess. She changed in such lovely subtle ways, I
The Literary Bystander
May 27, 2015 The Literary Bystander rated it it was amazing
I should probably have a more in-depth review for this book. Possibly elaborating on the well-written prose that manages to balance narration and showing character thoughts and feelings, drawing out the sexual tension (LORD I COULD HAVE JUST DIED FROM ALL THE UST). Or how memorable, flawed and wonderfully fabulous the cast of characters were. But really, I just loved the romance. Sorry not sorry that I love reading the slow-burning, and achingly beautiful relationship between Fei Long and Yan ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Aoi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hf-china, favorites
That's it! Jeannie Lin is on my auto-buy list! I enjoyed every book of hers so far, and am looking forward to reading more novels from the Tang dynasty.

Her books are such a breath of fresh air amidst all the rogues and ladies of the Regency. Ms Lin's lush writing takes us through Tang era Changan; the colours and smells of the marketplaces, teahouses and gardens. The characters, especially the supporting cast of Li Bai Shen and Dao are witty and charming. The romance itself is a slow burn- the
This installment in the Tang Dynasty did not hold up to books 1 and 2. For that I am sorely distraught and saddened by. I had hoped for more tales about the imperial brothers or of other warlords within the struggle for the new dynasty. And for an Emperor that was the Guardian of one of the borders to require an instructor for a son? This feels like too many holes in the story to make any sense or tie to the original story. I think that the disrupted flow is what caused me to read this one with ...more
May 23, 2012 Joy rated it it was amazing
This book ate my day. It arrived from Amazon this morning and I just finished it. I got nothing else accomplished at all, but I don't care. Ms. Lin is becoming second to no one when it comes to historical detail, character development, and romance that is about more than just the call of the wild--although there is chemistry between the hero and the heroine, never fear.

Add to that, how she's managed to invigorate one of the creakiest tropes in the genre, and well, just read the book. You won't b
Sarah (A French Girl)
Sep 07, 2016 Sarah (A French Girl) rated it it was ok
It wasn't so bad, but I'm just not a fan of romance book. One thing I loved is the setting: the Tang dynasty. I hope to read more books about this period in Chinese history in the future. Obvioulsy, they'll be about political intrigues rather than romance drama.
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
May 06, 2012 Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) rated it really liked it
4 stars

Very solid historical romance with a fascinating setting; China during the Tang Dynasty. The romance is subtle and subdued, boiling under the surface of Yan Ling and Fei Long's interactions. Class differences and Fei Long's heightened sense of honor make their romance forbidden. Their attraction is quickly stifled, as Fei Long teaches the former tea girl how to be a princess. Though the pacing is leisurely, I enjoyed my visit with these characters.

Full review soon at www.mangamaniaccafe.c
Jan 10, 2016 Meg added it
Very fluffy. training the tea house girl to be a proper lady and then falling in love because she make you feel good. a nice archery contest at the end to show off the hero. Intelligence and stubbornness vs honour, correctness, and non-politicing
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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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