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Dao is a house servant masquerading as a princess on her way to marry a powerful chieftain. As a lowly commoner with no prospects, she is content to be an alliance bride until an encounter with Kwan-Li, her enigmatic escort, tempts her with the promise of forbidden love. On their adventure through the wild Khitan steppe, Dao discovers Kwan-Li has secrets of his own...
ebook, 60 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Stella
Sep 19, 2012 Stella rated it it was amazing
You might remember how much I enjoyed My Fair Concubine, the 3rd book in Jeannie Lin’s Tang Dynasty series (though no need to worry if you haven’t read the previous books, they can be read as a standalone, the 3rd book was the 1st I read from the series as well), so when I heard that Jeannie Lin decided to write a short sequel novella, featuring one of the most adorable and entertaining secondary characters of My Fair Concubine I couldn’t wait to read An Illicit Temptation.

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Anna Bowling
Sep 04, 2012 Anna Bowling rated it really liked it
Readers who are familiar with heroine Dao (aka Princess An-Ming)from previous Tang Dynasty books will be eager to read her story in An Illicit Temptation. Part Tang Dynasty western, part Cinderella with an iron will, this novella is anything but predictable.

Plans for a peace marriage with the head of the Khitan have burned through two prospective brides so far (The Dragon and the Pearl and My Fair Concubine) as each heroine finds her true destiny elsewhere, and the imperial court still owes the
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Carin
Sep 13, 2012 Carin rated it really liked it
An Illicit Temptationis a companion piece to My Fair Concubine an while it can be read alone it is best read as the sequel it was meant to be.

Dao is thrust into a world she is ill prepared for, that of being the Princess by decree sent to be an Alliance Bride and help secure a peace treaty between her Kingdom and the neighboring one. Dao was raised as a servant because she was the daughter of the second wife in the household, as such the opportunity to be a Princess is one she isn't going to pas
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Aoi
Sep 20, 2012 Aoi rated it liked it
Shelves: hf-china
"Illicit Temptation" is a short seven chapter follow-up to "My Fair Concubine". We go on Dao's journey through the Khitan wilderness on the way to marry the warlord khagan. As the poem goes, the "other side of heaven" is a different world altogether, and none of the problems that plagued the protagonists in the prequel matter anymore. This marriage is for symbolic purposes only, doesn't matter if it is to a daughter of a high- ranking family, or to the illegitimate child of the same high-ranking ...more
Librariasaurus
May 13, 2015 Librariasaurus rated it really liked it
I loved this story! It filled the gaps left behind in My Fair Concubine nicely, especially since I felt that that story had lacked depth when it came to Dao and what happened to her after she left Changan. I am so glad she ended up with true love and genuine happiness. Kwan-Li is an excellent character and the first of Jeannie Lin's male characters to truly fight for the woman he loved.
Shopgirl
Apr 28, 2015 Shopgirl rated it really liked it
This one picks up after the ending of My Fair Concubine and follows the story of Dao as she's traveling to the north to be married. Dao wasn't one of my favorite characters from that book, but I liked her a bit more in this story. She's better developed here, but I was left feeling that she wasn't particularly strong. I guess my issue is that in a lot of Lin's work, the women see their honor and duty--to family and empire--as a strength, and I have no issues with that per se, but given that most ...more
Aileen
Sep 28, 2012 Aileen rated it liked it
i hve to say that i love the previous book My fair concubine..ehhehe:)
Elizabeth
This short story is a companion to My Fair Concubine (of course I didn’t realize that when I purchased it). I enjoy Ms. Lin’s work, but wish this wasn’t a short story. Too often with romance short stories, the tale feels like a truncated version of what could have been a book. THis is not exception. It’s the tale of Dao, the illegitimate half sister of the heroine in My Fair Concubine. She’s taking her sister’s place as the arranged bride to the Chief of a clan to the north.

She is being escorte
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Lindsay
Jan 13, 2014 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
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Morwa Pal
Sep 03, 2012 Morwa Pal rated it it was amazing
In "An Illicit Tempation," a serving girl takes the place of princess in this tale that takes our heroine across the wild steppe of ancient Asia. Though young Dao is grateful for her sudden elevation in status, it means marrying a barbarian far from the only home she’s ever known, something she is quite willing to accept. But being a princess loses its appeal as Dao falls for her escort, Kwan-Li, a man with a hidden past.
Author Jeannie Lin’s ability to take the reader to a foreign land in a time
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Hilly
2.5 stars. I did not round this rating up, because the slight story was not woven together well, either with its preceding story, or within its own narrative.
Liz
Jul 21, 2014 Liz rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful follow up to "My Fair Concubine." My only complaint was that it was so short.
Angel
Oct 18, 2012 Angel added it
I'M RLY EXCITED TO START READING THIS.... historical romance stories that center on non-white ppl, you are the real temptation here :'|
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Miniseries: Chinese Tang Dynasty
Category: Historical Romance
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Miniseries: Chinese Tang Dynasty
Category: Historical Romance
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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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Tang Dynasty (5 books)
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