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The Taming of Mei Lin (Tang Dynasty 0.5)

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Faced with a proposal from a man she despises, impetuous Mei Lin makes a daring declaration: she will only marry the man who can defeat her in a sword fight. She has bested everyone who has so far tried to teach her a lesson...until a handsome stranger comes to her village. In captivating swordsman Shen Leung, Mei Lin finally sees a man she "wants" to marry. A man she's wi

Kindle Edition, 49 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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Victoria Dixon
Sep 21, 2010 Victoria Dixon rated it it was amazing
A local corrupt magistrate has proposed marriage to Wu Mei Lin and it's not an honorable proposal, but an offer to make her his second concubine. Though it will buy her family a certain amount of freedom, Mei Lin can't do it. She promises she will marry the man who can best her in a sword fight, never foreseeing the number of brutes her estranged suitor will send against her and her family. Then one day a handsome stranger comes to town....

I really enjoyed this story, but not just because of the
5+ Stars Historical Goody!

I don't think this review is going to come off sounding any other way but gushy because I just loved everything about this very short, hot and well done novella.

The Taming of Mei Lin is a story set in the Tang Dynasty in 710 A.D. China. Wu Mei Lin is an impetuous and a very skilled swords woman who has been backed into a corner by Zhou, a lesser magistrate in the district who had proposed marriage to her after catching a glimpse of her at her uncle's noodle stand wher
Jun 28, 2015 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A young Chinese woman refused the insulting marriage proposal of an older, nasty tempered official. She makes the bold statement that she will not accept any man's hand in marriage unless he can best her in a sword fight. Naturally this results in all the young bucks in the area challenging her - and losing - including men sent by the decrepit old official. Until one day, a young and handsome man comes to town, and upon hearing of the sword fighting beauty while in a tavern, decides to seek her ...more
Cate Rowan
Sep 03, 2010 Cate Rowan rated it it was amazing
I've been looking forward to Jeannie Lin's stories for months now because she's breaking new ground with romances set in Tang Dynasty China. I crawled into bed last night and opened this one, thinking I'd just start reading a few pages--and instead found myself devouring the entire story. It's simply WONDERFUL. Mei Lin is an indomitable heroine both kind and fierce, and Shen Leung is a sexy, skilled, and honorable hero every bit her match. Their clash of wills is a thing of beauty, as is their l ...more

Faced with a proposal from a man she despises, impetuous Mei Lin makes a daring declaration: she will only marry the man who can defeat her in a sword fight. She has bested everyone who has so far tried to teach her a lesson...until a handsome stranger comes to her village. In captivating swordsman Shen Leung , Mei Lin finally sees a man she wants to marry. A man she's willing to surrender to in every way....

It's usually really hard for me to give short stories high ratings. Most of th
I read this because I read Butterfly Swords, once upon a time, on someone's recommendation. The story of Mei Lin sounded interesting, then, so I picked it up -- and I hear that the idea of setting romances in Tang dynasty China is a new one.

Unfortunately, romances aren't really my thing, and the lack of depth to the characters/relationships in this short story doesn't help. A pretty significant portion of the story is just sex, and it also involves the trope of a strong, capable woman needing to
Stephanie Dray
Sep 03, 2010 Stephanie Dray rated it it was amazing
Jeannie Lin is pure magic. Take a spunky historical heroine. Add a strong and silent hero. Stir together with a dash of humor and pour into an exotic ancient setting. There you have the recipe for a sensual tale that will leave you sighing, grinning, and more than a little flushed. This is an adorable little story by a brilliant new writer. Mei Lin is a bad girl who stole my heart even before her handsome swordsman stole hers.

If you think a romance novel set in ancient China isn't your cup of t
Jill Myles
Sep 04, 2010 Jill Myles rated it it was amazing
This was short, sweet, and fun. The hero was sexy, and the heroine was fierce, which was pretty darn awesome. Loved this and wish it was twice as long.

Oh, and the swordfighting? Rocked. Can't wait for BUTTERFLY SWORDS next month.
The Taming of Mei Lin is a much shorter story than it should be. It happens over the course of a day, via four chapters, which is much, much too fast for any actual character development. There are sparks, and it starts out well, but the emotions quickly become impossible to sympathise with because they are far too abrupt, deep without depth, and superficially perfect.

There were some good flaws given these characters--Mei Lin's volatile temper and sharp mouth, Shen Leung's poor heritage and sens
Tara Chevrestt
This is a really cool short story. It's a story I have heard before.. People try to force girl to marry.. Girl declares whoever beats her swordfight will be her future husband. Of course, men try and fail. Till one day, she sees a desirable mate and lets him win.

Once I hit the 85% mark, however, it became the first chapter of Butterfly Swords. I was disappointed. I wanted more.

Favorite quote: "But when I saw you, I realized I had no idea how to seduce a man. So I thought it would just be easier
Mar 05, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
This is a short story (5 Chapters) that introduce you into a series of novels by Jeannie Lin. This is the prequel to a novel called Butterfly Swords.

First, just to be upfront and honest, my knowledge of Asian culture is limited to Memoirs Of A Geshia , Disney's Mulan and K-Dramas. For a layman, the setting, descriptions and trimmings of this novel transported me to Ancient China. A scholar may or may not be able to rip this story shreds but most should find it enjoyable if you are looking for a
Imogen Woods
Sep 12, 2010 Imogen Woods rated it liked it
First of all - what an unusual Romance genre! Historical and Asian with a sword fight to boot... And it works - the chemistry between Mei Lin and her gorgeous swordsman sizzles, and my only grumble is how short the book is (a mere five chapters). Whether you're Asian or no, the story is timeless and touching, and the romance succeeds in transcending the boundaries of time and culture. I enjoyed this.
Mar 13, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
This is this fourth work of Jeannie Lin's that I've read and it's just as spell-binding as the others. Mei Lin is feisty and Shen Leung mysterious and protective. Together the two share a magnetic chemistry that works throughout the novella.
Sep 06, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing
If this short story is indicative of the quality of Ms Lin's writing, I can't wait for Butterfly Swords!
Apr 28, 2015 Shopgirl rated it really liked it
Is it a fair statement to say that I'm only giving this four stars because it is so short? Hmmmm.... Well, I think the main issue I had was that because it was so short, the romance felt like it progressed too quickly. Perhaps if the characters' reactions to each other very early in the story had been stronger, the attraction apparent from first sight, then the way it unfolds would have worked better for me. On the whole though, I liked the story, particularly since I'd just read Butterfly Sword ...more
Jan 07, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing
The Taming of Mei Lin is the fierce little story of the young and beautiful Wu Mei Lin, who having been orphaned as a child has been raised by her Aunt and Uncle, and minds her uncle's noodle stand in their village. At one time, Mei Lin caught the eye of a local magistrate who proposed to make Mei Lin is third wife. Disgusted by such a proposal, the headstrong Mei Lin declared she would only marry the man who could best her in a sword fight. Since then, men have come and gone, none of them able ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Jeanne rated it liked it
C'est un pur hasard, mais j'ai justement lancé un fil sur le forum des Éditions Laska concernant les contextes linguistiquement/culturellement appropriés en littérature : Littérature francophone = contextes francophones ? J'ai été étonnée de voir que certains auteurs considèrent impossible de situer une histoire dans un contexte qui leur serait étranger, ou du moins impossible que cela donne quoi que ce soit de valable. Pourtant, en romance historique, on ne fait que ça…

Je serais curieuse de sav
Fantastic! "The Taming of Mei Lin" by Jeannie Lin is the novella that begins the Tang Dynasty series. Mei Lin's story is a short work, only 50 pages, that packs a really big punch.

We meet Mei Lin working in her aunt and uncle's noodle stand. A handsome stranger has ambled into town and is watching her. He approaches Mei Lin and humbly asks...for a fight! And then their off sword fighting!

You finally get a description of the heroine through her movements in swordplay as she gracefully and skillfu
A short and enjoyable read, if a little too short. That's always the trouble with short stories, I suppose. It's hard to do any real character or plot development, and considering how much I liked of what we saw of Mei Lin and Shen Leung, it makes me wonder what it could've been if it was a full-length novel. The threat from Zhou was also resolved a little too easily; considering the trouble he posed to Mei Lin throughout the book, I wanted to see more closer in that department.

That said, Jeanni
May 28, 2013 A. rated it it was ok
Shelves: that-s-amore
A very short novella that serves as a sort of prequel to Butterfly Swords, centered as it is on Ai Li's grandmother and the history she alludes to in that book. Since it is so short, there isn't a great deal to say about it except perhaps that it's entertaining and very fun, albeit sparse on character development and explanations. (What is the letter Shen Leung is so quick to snatch from Mei Lin? Who was Mei Lin's master?)

I do wish it hadn't centered so much on Shen Leung rescuing Mei Lin at th
Originally gave it two but I'll add an extra. The writing is good, but the plot is basically sex. This a teaser prequel, so hopefully that will be more story and more historical detail than sex, which I've normally seen from this publishing set,(even though this isn't their Christian line and there will be some). Still holds out enough interesting bits to try the first full book in this series.
Apr 19, 2015 Librariasaurus rated it really liked it
A nice little filler that explains the back story of Ai Li's grandmother and how she got to be so sassy, or essentially, where the wild streak comes from in the Shen family.

I would have liked to see the actual fight and hear the proposal though.
Oct 03, 2015 Andita rated it liked it
Only 5 chapters...

But it seemed like a good story. I have no frame of reference for the rest of the series. I think I need to read more to get a better feel for this author.
Megan Kelly
Sep 07, 2010 Megan Kelly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every
I highly recommend THE TAMING OF MEI LIN by new author Jeannie Lin. This Harlequin Undone is a prequel to her October Harlequin Historical, BUTTERFLY SWORDS. Set in ancient China, the story sparkles with vibrant description and great storytelling. The main characters' swordplay reads not only with dramatic action but as compelling foreplay. I could feel the heat of the day and the heat of their growing attraction for each other. The author has developed a fantastic story with real characters and ...more
I certainly hope that these two pop up at some point in Butterfly Swords because I liked both characters a lot and I really want to know what Shen's top secret imperial mission was. I also want to know who Mei Lin's sword master was. Also I found Mei Lin so unintentionally amusing.
If they don't, then I can only say that I wish this was longer so we could get to know the characters better. It was a nice read but I do have an issue with the title - I just don't think it's at all accurate for the s
Another novella (or short story, who knows) by Jeannie Lin I bought in a hurry thinking it was a full novel. Another novella that should have been a full length novel. There aren’t enough well-written Romances set in China, particularly historical China.

The set up was excellent. A beautiful young woman vows not to marry until she meets the man who can beat her with a sword. When a stranger appears, it may be that she has met her match. There is so much here that could be built out into a story.
Tirza Horvath
This was my very first east asian romance book that I have read, and it was nice and new.
Mar 29, 2014 Ewa rated it liked it
It had great potential but the second half felt lackluster.
Still, an enjoyable read.
Cid Tyer
Mar 25, 2012 Cid Tyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
The Taming of Mei Lin was super cool. There was enough history included to make me understand and appreciate the background. Mei Lin has a sort of Cinderella life, if Cinderella kicked lots of booty. I'm not sure why her and Shen wound up fighting. If he was on a mission, was he passing through when he heard about the challenge, or came there for her, I wasn't sure. But, I still liked their story. There's some action, some quieter moments and an ending that leads you to believe that their story ...more
May 09, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I think this suffered some from reading it over several settings, but also? I read some reviews that talked about Mei Lin needing to be rescued and that's not always a dealbreaker for me (they can rescue each other!), but this did seem to go too far in that direction. The Mei Lin I got to know in these few pages could take care of herself!

But the premise is fun (I've wanted to read this for a long time based on that) and I think I might've liked it better if this had been a full length
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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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“She ignored the boy’s protest and kept walking. He shouldn’t be watching street fights at his age, impressionable as he was. Uncle and Auntie Yin had enough to complain about without her being a bad influence on her little cousin. The swordsman caught up with her easily, keeping an arm’s length between them while they walked together down the dusty street. There was none of the posturing and swagger she’d come to expect from Zhou’s lackeys. From outward appearances, they could have been joining one another for an afternoon stroll. “Those are exquisite.” He was talking about the swords. Twin blades; short, light and quick. Many called them butterfly swords, but there was nothing delicate about them. They were ideal weapons for a woman fighting a larger opponent. Heaven forbid he’d look at her with the same interest. She sniffed, but a thread of doubt worked loose inside her. He was the first to be interested in her skill rather than the novelty of this odd girl who dared to challenge men. “You don’t seem like one of Zhou’s thugs,” she said.” 0 likes
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