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 do wish it hadn't centered so much on Shen Leung rescuing Mei Lin at th...more
That said, Jeanni...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
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
I really enjoyed this story, but not just because of the...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
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
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
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
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 the...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
Unusually, I quite liked the alpha hero. I think it's because Mei Lin's obviously pretty alpha herself!
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