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Preview — The Taming of Mei Lin by Jeannie Lin
The Taming of Mei Lin (Tang Dynasty 0.5)
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...more
I really enjoyed this story, but not just because of the ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
If you think a romance novel set in ancient China isn't your cup of t ...more
There were some good flaws given these characters--Mei Lin's volatile temper and sharp mouth, Shen Leung's poor heritage and sens ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Je serais curieuse de sav ...more
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 ...more
That said, Jeanni ...more
I do wish it hadn't centered so much on Shen Leung rescuing Mei Lin at th ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more