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The Last Concubine

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  402 ratings  ·  75 reviews
When Princess Lan'xiu's brother delivers her under duress into General Hui Wei's harem as a political offering, her only question is how soon her secret will be discovered. She is under no illusions: when the general discovers she is actually a he, death is his only future-though he doesn't plan to make it easy. Lan'xiu has dressed as a woman all his life, but he is no dam ...more
ebook, 220 pages
Published July 13th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 1st 2012)
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Lan is raised by h​is​ mother as a girl. She hopes that with this deception, Lan's power hungry older half-brother won't feel threatened and kill him before he is old enough to be sent away.

Her brother eventually discovers the truth, however, and gives Princess Lan as a gift to a powerful general, Hui, in a move of masterful political manipulation. When Hui discovers his beautiful 7th concubine is a man, he wants to give into his lust for Lan, but the situation is complicated. When his beautif
Macky ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
All the time I was reading this I could see it playing out in my mind like one of those epic Chinese films that are always filled with beautiful costumes, warlords, beautiful people and fabulous sets. It was a lovely, passionate romance and especially because of the time setting felt even more intense and vibrant. As to how historically correct it be honest I really didn't care. It had that magical, legendary feel to it that just made me lose myself in the book.

Its the sort of story I
Experiment BL626
CAUTION: Long Review, Spoilers

The story has a couple of flaws, and depending on readers' pet peeves the flaws can be overlooked or maddening. I managed to overlook all of them but one. And that one flaw cost this book a star.

Cultural Accuracy, the lack thereof

The book was written in an apparent Western PoV because of the egocentric way the character acted and thought. The characters didn't seriously consider the potential consequences of their action about how it might affect friends, family, an
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
4.5 stars

This story had a lot of elements that I enjoy reading about. For one, it's set in historical China (there just aren't enough Asian books out there, IMO), there's the whole arranged concubine theme, the deceptive secrets and the fact this Princess kicks ass!

Honestly, I loved this book. It's not perfect, I will admit that. The MCs, Hüi Wei and Lan'xiu, are instantly ensnared with each other. It's essentially love and lust at first sight even with all the chaos surrounding Lan'xiu's arriva
I am not sure how to rate this. It's a solid 3.5 and I really don't feel like lowering it to 3 or upping it up to 4.

One of the MC's names amused me to no end - Hui Wei. I mean, honestly, no person with a decent Russian can ignore the fact. Could it be a reason I insist on 3.5? It's hard not to giggle every time Hui Wei is around.

I am sorry, I was so concentrated on Hui Wei's curious name translation, that I let myself disregard the writing, the instalove and the fact
2.5 Stars
This could have been SO MUCH BETTER.

The story had potential...BUT the vernacular was so OFF it eas distracting. No matter how hip these two were, there's no way people were saying "puppy love" and "fair and square" in ancient Japan. But I could Overlook that for the most part.

The MCs were insta lovey, which i guess was OK. I dunno it was missing something for me, part I think was that the author tried too put too many elements in the story. Kinda made ot go off track for me. It was Ok,
2.75 rounded up to 3 stars

This review may contain spoilers!

Mishyjo and I have been planning on buddy-reading this book for a few months, and we finally got around to it. I was really looking forward to reading it, but unfortunately I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped.

The Last Concubine started off great. Lan is the cross-dressing princess of a small province, and has lived mostly in seclusion for most of her life (view spoiler)
Ok, I’ll say it up front that this book is schmoopy. So if you like schmoop you are absolutely guaranteed to like this.

But it’s also a damned good story, with wonderful characters, a good plot and an adventure to boot. So if you don’t like the over-schmoopy, which I don’t, much, then you won’t be disappointed with the rest of it, so give it a go.

Oh dear, I seem to have done my summing up paragraphs at the beginning. You’ll want a review now. Ok. Here goes.

I hadn’t read the blurb at all when Drea
Lena Polskaia
Quelle splendeur que ce roman historique ! Au dela d'un roman MM, c'est un magnifique souffle romanesque qui nous emporte avec délice dans un univers chatoyant et cruel, à l'image des romans de Pearl Buck comme Pivoine ou Pavillons de femmes, ou des superbes films Epouses et concubines ou encore Adieu ma concubine. Revisitant la légende de la Princesse guerrière, Catt Ford nous raconte la magnifique histoire d'amour entre le beau général Hüi Wei, puissant gouverneur, et sa septième concubine, la ...more
Dragonrouge57 - Bénédicte Girault
Voici un livre qui sort un peu des sentiers battus traditionnels des livres MM, aussi bien par son sujet que par l'époque où l'histoire se situe. Nous nous retrouvons au Moyen-Âge, en Chine, en pleine période faste des empereurs et des seigneurs de provinces qui se faisaient la guerre pour un oui ou un non.

Afin de conforter la paix - tout en se moquant de lui au passage - le Seigneur Wu Min offre sa sœur, la princesse Lan'xiu au Seigneur Hüi Wei pour qu'il en fasse sa concubine. Seulement, la p

There are very few books I read that once I’ve finished I want to immediately read again. I love M/M romances, and when an amazing book like The Last Concubine by Catt Ford came to an end, that’s exactly what I did. I loved every minute of this book! Between the intrigue, adventure, romance and the uniquely written characters, I was swept up into the lives of these fascinating heroes and I hated to see it come to an end. Since the blurb does an outstanding job at describing the story, I won’t re
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I just finished this and I'm left pretty speechless. I truly enjoyed this and found it an amazing story of true love. I can't even find the words to clearly express how I feel but it was somewhat of a grand sweeping adventure and I feel like I did when I first saw Lawrence of Arabia on a huge movie screen.

As the story begins, Lan'xiu, the princess who was gifted as a concubine to General Hui Wei is revealed to be a male. But instead of killing her as he first thought to do, Hui falls in love wi
3.5 stars

It's well written but if I'm reading an m/m romance book, I kind of like to read about men getting together, here more than 50 pages and only other concubines, wife and Pricess Lan, who is always refered as she, Lan thinks as she about herself. I get security reasons but truly most of the time we read about a princess and the manly attribut was that Lan could wield a sword.
Lan behaved like someone from a Harlequin novel,pining for the lord, sweet, demure. Of course she fell in love wit
Mickie Ashling
They say one should never judge a book by its cover but in the case of The Last Concubine, you can rest assured that this novel is as unique and as enjoyable as the lovely cover the author (who is also the illustrator) created. There may well be an element of insta-love but given the time and setting of this story I expected nothing less. The general was either going to lop off Lan’s head for his deception or fall on his knees. In this case, it was the latter, and it appealed to my romantic stre ...more
Amarilli Settantatre

Sospesa nel tempo e nello spazio, in una Cina lontana e leggendaria, ecco la storia di Lan’xiu, la principessa guerriera venuta dal nord come tributo e alibi per tradire il nemico, e del suo signore, il generale Hui Wei, per sempre legati da un amore che durò tutta la vita e oltre.
Nonostante sia per lo più ambientato in uno spazio chiuso e ristretto, come può essere l’harem di un potente signore feudale, con una prima moglie e uno stuolo di concubine, tutte sottopos
Sweet m/m love story about a general and his seventh concubine who turns out to be a cross-dressing male.
"We have found something to celebrate between us, and that is all that matters. I love making love to you as I have never done with any woman. I will love you until the day I die."
Still Reading
Just finished reading this book: to be honest, I had my trepidations after reading the Chapter 1 excerpt (provided on the publisher website). However I was glad that my fears were unfounded as the story unfurled. The historical element in this book really just serves as a backdrop -- a mood setter -- and the author avoids fact dumping the reader.

Instead the book focuses more on the romance between the two main characters and the relationships (some familial, some bitter) between cloistered wome
Like a fairy tale from an ancient land far, far away - that's what this story is to me. The historical setting is a mere scenography, but gives a different scent to the romance from the usual contemporary and/or set in western cultures.

Much of the story is set in the women's/wives'harem and had me thinking of Yimou Zang's film Raise the Red Lantern (1991), especially with the procedure of just that - lighting the lantern through which the wives and concubines knew who would receive their husban
Theo Fenraven
This was well-written. I have to say that because lately, I've come across so many that are not, which disturbs me. When I read for pleasure, I don't want to be jarred from the story by errors and typos. I just want to read and enjoy. No jarring in this book! Kudos to the writer and editors.

The pace was good, and I enjoyed the characters, especially when the women got together to dish. I would have liked more background on the crazy lady, but she was drawn well enough.

Not a spoiler, as it's ment
Dopo Una mano forte ero curiosa, e allo stesso tempo impaziente, di leggere un altro romanzo di Catt Ford. Caspita, mi son detta, è uno storico! E che storico. Chi mi conosce da tempo, e chi lo farà nei prossimi mesi, sa che io adoro quella parte del mondo in tutte le sue sfaccettature. Giappone, Cina e oriente in generale mi appassionano e mi attraggono da sempre, con la loro storia, la cultura, le tradizioni, e poter essere trasportata nella Cina Imperiale con una storia M/M, era davvero il me ...more
Eric Toshokan
Je ne savais que penser de ce M/M à la vue du résumé. J’avais peur que l’histoire paraisse factice. Et bien il n’en est absolument rien.

Lan’Xiu est un homme qui depuis l’enfance passe pour une femme pour des raisons que je ne vais pas développer, je m’en voudrais de vous gâcher votre plaisir. Même s’il s’agit d’un homme qui s’habille en femme, il n’est nullement effacé, et fait preuve de beaucoup de courage. Je dois dire qu’il s’agit de mon personnage préféré du roman.
Hüi Wei quand à lui est l’i
Nonostante questo romanzo abbia una quantità di difetti non indifferente, non è riuscito a non piacermi. Piccola nota: ogni tanto, forse, fa bene trovare un libro imperfetto che non riusciamo a disprezzare. Ci fa rimanere con i piedi per terra.

Detto questo, passo a enunciare i difetti. Primo: l'ambientazione storica. Pure a me, che non so niente o quasi di storia cinese, sono balzate agli occhi diverse incongruenze. Una su tutte, la familiarità con i sottoposti: dubito che le rigide regole della
Aug 30, 2012 Cayce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
4 stars

I'm not huge on historical, but The Last Concubine was really, really good.
I loved Lan. He liked to dress as a woman, but was also a strong man. And I was really happy that he found someone who liked him as he was. General Hüi Wei was quite older than Lan, and with a "harem", but he only loved Lan. So it was all good for me :)
And it was great to see a not overly jealous/crazy first wife. I really liked her and most of the other wives, too.
Kracken Kracken
Really loved this story. I look forward to re-reading it again and again. Very sweet, well written, and with an enjoyable plot.
Fiona Goodman
It was annoying how the writer kept switching the pronouns she and he to address the MC. Still it wasn't a bad book.
Un petit bijou....
Andi Anderson
I loved this book!
Sakura Yue Michaelis
I've been waiting to read this book since the moment I read the what it was about: a General who gets a Princess from another land to be his 7th concubine. Then he finds out that this beautiful Princess is actually a guy disguised as a woman.

Interesting plot, I must say. And although I am very old-fashioned when it comes to romances, because, to me, there should not be other possible love interests besides the 2 main characters. However, to be honest, Hui Wei does not sleep with anyone of his co
This one is one that hovers between three and four stars for me. I did enjoy this alot but it is one of them books you just don't look to closely at and everything is fine. There were slips with modern words and phrases at times. There was also a lack of believably in how easily Lan was excepted not just by Hui Wei but anyone that found out his secret. Some things like how everyone was ok with his lack of fertility and how all the wives accepted or even wanted their husband to leave them alone a ...more
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