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My Fair Concubine (Tang Dynasty #3)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  369 ratings  ·  97 reviews

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
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)

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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Mar 30, 2014 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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. He' ...more
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
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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
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
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
Kerrelyn Sparks
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.
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
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
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
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
Fiona Marsden
Jul 29, 2012 Fiona Marsden rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
The Literary Bystander
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 Li ...more
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
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
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.

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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
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
So this is the first book I'm choosing to fulfill one of the categories in Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge for 2015. One of the things I find interesting about this challenge is that many of the books I've been considering for it can fulfill several categories at once. For example, this book could fit "a book set in Asia," a "retelling of another story," or even "a guilty pleasure." However I'm going to slot this one into the "romance" category because that's the heart (heh) of this story.

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
Fantastic book. A nice change from those regency romance books nowadays. This book takes place during the Tang Dynasty, the Golden Age of China. Duty-bound Fei Long has no choice but to enlist the help of Yan Ling, a headstrong tea girl he met at an inn, to fill in his sister's position as the promised bride of some Khitan lord after his sister had eloped with her lover. With only two months to prepare for Yan Ling's envoy to Khitan, Fei Long faces the impossible task of transforming her from an ...more
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
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
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.
Initially gave this 4 stars, but upon trying to jot down a few thoughts about this, realized I couldn't recall much of anything that happens. Changed it to 3 stars, probably more like a 3.5. Realized I don't really care for Yan Ling much, she's pretty generic as a character and way too eager to please for someone who supposedly has spirit. I didn't care much about the relationship between the characters either, though it was a fun enough read. The feelings they have for each other generally feel ...more
Upped one star just because of LI BAI SHEN. Because fucking fabulousness.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Tang Dynasty (5 books)
  • Butterfly Swords (Tang Dynasty, #1)
  • The Dragon and the Pearl (Tang Dynasty, #2)
  • The Sword Dancer (Tang Dynasty, #4)(Lovers and Rebels, #1)
  • A Dance with Danger (Lovers and Rebels, #2) (Tang Dynasty, #5)
Butterfly Swords (Tang Dynasty, #1) The Lotus Palace (The Pingkang Li Mysteries, #1) The Dragon and the Pearl (Tang Dynasty, #2) The Sword Dancer (Tang Dynasty, #4)(Lovers and Rebels, #1) The Jade Temptress (The Pingkang Li Mysteries, #2)

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