My Fair Concubine (Tang Dynasty, #3)
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My Fair Concubine (Tang Dynasty #3)

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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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)


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...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Mar 30, 2014 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars
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, sh...more
Hannah
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
Jennifer
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...more
Fedora
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...more
Sherry
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 co...more
Goblin
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...more
Blodeuedd Finland
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...more
Lindsay Pittman
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...more
Fiona Marsden
Jul 29, 2012 Fiona Marsden rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Sophia
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...more
SOS Aloha
The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated. – Eliza Doolittle

MY FAIR CONCUBINE may be a retelling of MY FAIR LADY during the Tang Dynasty in 824. But Jeanne Lin gives it her own unique stamp as Yan Ling teaches Fei Long that a noble heart is more valuable than a noble title. I commend Lin for weaving Chinese culture into her story, reminding romance readers that love is a universal language. Living in Hawaii has peeked my interest in Asian his...more
Aoi
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...more
Loretta
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
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
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...more
Joy
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...more
Chanta Rand
One of the best historical romances I’ve read in a long time. Set in Ancient China during the Tang Dynasty, it’s the story of Yan Ling, a servant girl in a teahouse who is “rescued” from her life of drudgery by Fei Long, a nobleman trying to save his family name from being ruined.

When Fei Long’s sister, Pearl runs away with her lover, Fei Long is left to pick up the pieces. Pearl was to be wed to a barbarian ruler in order to keep the peace in the empire. I knew Fei Long was a compassionate man...more
Elaine
Rating: 3.5

Let me just start by saying that this is the first full-on romance novel that I've ever read. This is also the first novel I've ever read about Chinese people, written by a Chinese person. So you could say my expectations were simultaneously low and high.

I was actually fairly excited going into this book because it is set during the Tang Dynasty, one of the greatest dynasties of China's long history. The novel tells the story of a Tang upperclassman named Fei Long, who is left with a...more
P. Kirby
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...more
Rebekah Weatherspoon
I'm moving all of my reviews to Booklikes. i'll keep rating books here for a little while, but soon I'll stop coming here all together. My review for this book can be found here.

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Bookworm1858
In short: highly recommended!

I have read two previous works by Lin and having enjoyed them, I remained on the lookout for more work. The premise for this one instantly piqued my interest: "My Fair Lady" reworked to historical China? Yes, please! I have a soft sport for "My Fair Lady" that is only marred by my intense loathing of Rex Harrison (read about him-he's a jerk!) But this book would have no Harrison, just using the Pygmalion story. I could not wait to pick it up!

And I found this to be ev...more
Stella
Short review:

My Fair Concubine was a wonderful and very memorable story. I loved this vibrant and exotic China where Jeannie Lin took me, it was full of colours and interesting customs. The writing was unique and conveyed the atmosphere of Ancient China perfectly and the characters were also wonderful. I believe I have discovered a new favourite author and I wholeheartedly recommend My Fair Concubine for any historical romance lover!


Detailed review:

I’ve been always fascinated by China and its ri...more
Carole Rae
This is the third book in the Tang series by Jeannie Lin. However, I feel like this could stand pretty well as a stand-alone. ^.^

Ahhhhh a 'My Fair Lady' remake of sorts. Just the plot alone made me drooling to read it. Well, the man on the cover also had something to do with it hehehe. *drools* But yes, the cover is simply lovely! My favorite cover out of all three books.

Yan Ling is just a tea girl who is trying to hold her tongue and do her job, when Fei Long makes one grand entrance at the pl...more
Cyndi
Based on the number of stars this book received, I was expecting to like it more. I almost felt obligated to finish it.

Lin pulled me out of the Tang Dynasty so many times during the course of this novel. There were too many expressions that seemed extremely modern. For example on page 275, Dao says, "I told you not to fall for Fei Long." To me, "fall for" seems very juvenile and very modern. There were a lot of instances like this.

Fei Long was also such a boring character. He only appeared to...more
T.L. Morganfield
I loved every bit of this book (well, except maybe the title, but more on that later). I'm only 3 books into my foray into reading historical romance, but already I'm wanting to run over to Amazon and buy the rest of Lin's backlist. She does a fantastic job of immersing the reader in Tang Dynasty China and incorporating the cultural norms into the love story and how the hero and heroine interact and relate to each other. And the love scenes were darn near perfect, without relying on the sometime...more
Victoria Dixon
This is my third novel from author Jeannie Lin – fourth story – and I'm happy to say I continue to enjoy myself.

“Concubine” is the story of Yan Ling, a tea house serving girl, and Chang Fei Long, the “Professor Higgins” of this take on My Fair Lady.

Here's the back cover blurb of the plot, though I'll give away a bit more:
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...more
Lori
I love the cover for this book!

Jeannie Lin does a fantastic job ensconcing the reader into a world rich with culture, traditions, and insight to the political play of the time while using the romance story as a vehicle. That being said, the romance needed more oomph, in my opinion. With romance novels it is almost a given that the main characters will have a HEA so the road the characters take to get there is where I love to see the build-up of the romance. The tension, the angst, the progressiv...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
I enjoyed this one so much that I was rarely willing to stop reading long enough to take notes. That makes writing this review a little difficult, but I'll try my best.

Unlike the other books by Lin that I've read, this one was light on action scenes. Fei Long had to be rescued at one point, and later he got to show off his archery prowess, but that was, I think, pretty much it. The bulk of the book was about Yan Ling learning how to act like a noble lady, Fei Long fretting over his family's debt...more
Bek
My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin is a reinterpretation of ‘My Fair Lady’ set in imperial China during the Tang Dynasty. The story is centred around Fei Long, a gruff and introverted noble with a strong sense of duty, and Yan Ling, an headstrong and impulsive young woman who was abandoned at a provincial teahouse as an infant, and has known no other life since. Fei Long is serving with the imperial army at an outpost when he finds out his father has passed away suddenly, leaving a mountain of deb...more
jo_t
When Chang Fei Long tracks down his sister, Pearl, who is assigned to be a treaty bride that should marry a lord from a neighboring kingdom. He finds out she ran away with her lover, and realizing that she wasn't kidnapped, but found refuge in someone who helped her to escape, Fei Long doesn't kill her partner. Instead, he let them both run away.

Afterward, Fei Long is devastated, knowing that the salvation of his entire household, and the honor of his family depend of this arranged marriage. He...more
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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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