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 AunThe 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 to defeat the mad, yet beautiful young woman with the butterfly swords, which quit frankly leaves Mei Lin at a loss. Until a mysterious swordsman walks into the village, a man who unnerves Mei Lin before swords are even raised.
I can't reveal anything else about the story because so much happens in so few pages that I don't want to spoil anything. What I can tell you is that in the span of five short chapters, author Jeannie Lin pens a sweet and dramatic love story full that is just as romantic as it is exciting. Mei Lin is a bundle of strength, energy and determination and yet behind her swords, she's also feminine, innocent and waiting for ... something. Something she doesn't quite understand that stirs within her when she meets the eyes of this honorable stranger.
I adored The Taming of Mei Lin. This short story is the perfect sampling of all that I love about romance. A strong, almost defiant female who, while she can hold her own, discovers a sort of personal contentment and fulfillment when she finally meets the man who complements her intelligence, skill, and passion. The historical setting is unique and the story is fun, exciting, and very sweet. Layered with sword fights, emotional tension, a sweet and sensual romance and of course, a happily ever after. ...more
This short story is about the love affair between Alex Kennedy and his best friend James Kinney and James' wife Anne, as told from Alex's point of vieThis short story is about the love affair between Alex Kennedy and his best friend James Kinney and James' wife Anne, as told from Alex's point of view. It is a sort of abbreviated version of the full length novel Tempted by Megan Hart which is the story of this threesome as told from Anne's point of view. Everything Changes is a great novella for fan's of Megan Hart's books Tempted and Naked as it gives a glimpse into Alex's perspective of his relationship with James and Anne. I also recommend it as a prequel for anyone who plans to read Naked without having read Tempted first. Naked is the story of Olivia Mackey and Alex Kennedy as told from Olivia's point of view. ...more
This is a very short contemporary story about a young Asian-American woman who is visiting Tokyo and has a chance meeting with a young Anglo-AmericanThis is a very short contemporary story about a young Asian-American woman who is visiting Tokyo and has a chance meeting with a young Anglo-American man who happens to be studying in Japan at the time. The story is semi-autobiographical, semi-romantic and simply an interesting anecdotal story about self identity. For anyone who has grown up in a country as a minority separated from the country of their origins, this story is insightful to feelings you may have felt about yourself--especially upon a visit to your "homeland." If you don't fall into that category... this story still provides some food for thought about one's sense of identity and belonging. Pieces of Paper is available for download at Smashwords, Amazon for Kindle and iBooks for 99 cents, of which Jeannie Lin is donating all proceeds to the relief efforts in Japan....more
This Iron Fey novella takes place immediately after events of The Iron Queen and before The Iron Knight. Puck and Ash are about to seek out GrimalkinThis Iron Fey novella takes place immediately after events of The Iron Queen and before The Iron Knight. Puck and Ash are about to seek out Grimalkin for help getting them into the Iron Realm where Meghan is. Only before they go, Leanansidhe shows up and calls in the favor Ash owes her, sending Ash and Puck into the Summer Court to retrieve an item that was stolen from her. While Puck is not exactly a welcomed sight in the Summer Court since defying King Oberon, he still remains loyal to his homeland. Ash, however, is literally putting his life on the line by entering enemy territory, presenting Puck with the opportunity to eliminate his biggest rival once and for all. Puck's loyalty and renowned prankster skills are truly tested in this story.
Summer's Crossing is told from Puck's point of view and offers a delightful look into his charming, mischievous, warm-hearted and loyal heart. The tension between Puck and Ash and the dynamics of their is pretty high without Meghan around to temper them both, but there's also this subtle vibe between these two that gives the reader hope that they'll one day reconcile to the best friends they used to be long ago. Highly recommended to anyone who reads the series!...more
So many things I loved about this novella such as Elaine's relationship with her mother and her desire and capacity to forgive, but I would have likedSo many things I loved about this novella such as Elaine's relationship with her mother and her desire and capacity to forgive, but I would have liked to see more from Ethan. I believed that he cared for Elaine and that he wanted to have a genuine and romantic relationship with Elaine, but I would have liked to have read more about him befriending her and earning her forgiveness. I wanted to see more of his regret and more of him making Elaine happy. Still a really sweet story and I'm glad I read it. ...more
I Love the Earl is a prequel novella to Ms. Linden's newest historical romance trilogy, The Truth About the Duke, the first book of which is titled OnI Love the Earl is a prequel novella to Ms. Linden's newest historical romance trilogy, The Truth About the Duke, the first book of which is titled One Night In London, released in September 2011. I Love the Earl takes place several decades before One Night In London and tells the love story of Margaret de Lacey and Rhys Corwen, the Earl of Dowling. Margaret is a spinster at age thirty having never married and is nearly resigned to remain this way, although she still dreams of falling in love, marrying and having a family and home of her own. Her life takes a dramatic turn when her brother Francis unexpectedly inherits a dukedom and offers an extremely generous dowery on her behalf. Now Margaret is living in a mansion, has a lavish wardrobe and plenty of titled suitors seeking her hand in marriage. Just what she always wanted, right? Not quite. Having men interested in her because they are desperate for her fortune doesn't have the same appeal as men interested in her for the woman... not her fortune. This includes the Welsh Earl, Rhys Corwen who easily relies on his good looks and charm to capture the attention of women. He attempts to charm Margaret, but she doesn't fall for it. In fact, she brilliantly puts him in his place. Great scene! Now the Earl is the one who is charmed by this fascinating heiress and is determined to have this witty, confident woman as his wife. How will he ever woe her heart in earnest now? Oh, you'll just have to read this charming story yourself to find out!
I really loved this novella. It's greatest shortcoming is that it isn't a full length novel. The premise of the story is simple, but the characters are interesting, their dialogue genuine and entertaining and the romance just charming. ...more
A very sweet romance about a young woman who has only loved one man since her childhood... and the love she finds with a stranger who literarlly stumbA very sweet romance about a young woman who has only loved one man since her childhood... and the love she finds with a stranger who literarlly stumbles into her world who looks remarkably similar to her one true love. ...more
This is the first ever published novella in the Midnight Breed series and takes place between the events of Deeper Than Midnight [Book #9] and DarkerThis is the first ever published novella in the Midnight Breed series and takes place between the events of Deeper Than Midnight [Book #9] and Darker After Midnight [Book #10], which will be released in January 2012. A Taste of Midnight is the story of a long lost friendship between Breedmate Danika MacConn and Malcom MacBain, the once best friend of Danika's deceased mate Conlan, who you may recall was killed in the first book of the series, leaving Danika widowed and pregnant with his child. Danika is still grieving over her mate's death while she visits with Conlan's family in the Scottish highlands for Christmas with her newborn son. After overhearing horrific talk about human trafficking for the pleasure of the Breed's most depraved, Danika makes the mistake of publicly insulting the dangerous Breed named Reiver who is a mob leader of sorts behind the "blood clubs" in this region. Now he is out to kill her and she can barely believe that the man she once knew and was close to--Malcolm MacBain is one of Reiver's closest associates.
A Taste of Midnight is a thrilling little teaser for fans of the Midnight Breed series and contains all the key elements for a satisfying story--a strong heroine, a brooding but fiercely protective Breed male, an evil villain with nefarious intentions and a touching romance. The result is a short, but intense story that with a logical connection to the series arc but can also be read as a stand alone story. I enjoyed this novella, but I must confess that Danika makes some careless decisions that jeopardize her safety and that of her newborn son, which felt largely out of character for someone so vulnerable in the Breed world. Also, while the attraction, concern and ultimately the budding romance between Danika and Malcolm was believable, I felt the professions of love were a little too much too soon for both of them, which inevitably made the happily ever after come across very rushed. Still, a great morsel for fans who can't wait to get their hands on the next book!...more
To Desire a Scoundrel a sweet and sexy Christmas romance about a second chance for a couple whose love fell apart after a betrayal and lack of communiTo Desire a Scoundrel a sweet and sexy Christmas romance about a second chance for a couple whose love fell apart after a betrayal and lack of communication two years prior. I liked this story a lot, got a little frustrated when the characters repeatedly passed up every opportunity to talk about their past when so clearly they both wanted to. There were also a few times when I stumbled on a sentence or two that pulled me out of the story. The story was still charming, though, and I'm already reading another book by this author. ...more
This is a very short novella about a married couple at the cusp of their one year wedding anniversary who each receive a little push from an unusual FThis is a very short novella about a married couple at the cusp of their one year wedding anniversary who each receive a little push from an unusual French maid to work harder at making their marriage a happier, more mutually satisfying relationship. It was short and sweet, but I was disappointed that the woman needed to make herself more beautiful and seductive in order to get her husband to notice her. There were other positive messages in the story, however, to still send valuable messages about how a husband and wife need to work at their marriage, not take each other for granted, and speak up when they need something from their partner. ...more
Hearts of Fire is a prequel novella to the upcoming paranormal Deadglass trilogy by debut author Kira Brady. In this Romeo and Juliet inspired story,Hearts of Fire is a prequel novella to the upcoming paranormal Deadglass trilogy by debut author Kira Brady. In this Romeo and Juliet inspired story, readers are introduced to a unique world of shifters living in an alternate, gritty city of Seattle, unbeknownst to humans. The year is 1889 and the Kivati clan has long established Seattle territory as their own, protecting humans from the threat of the nearby cracked Gate to the Land of the Dead. Now the dangerous soulless dragon-shifting Drekar clan arrives in the city, threatening to disrupt the relative peace.
Alice Corbette is the young heiress of the Kivati clan and notices a handsome, enigmatic man--Brand Haldor, in the streets of Seattle. As soon as she catches his eye, he, too, is drawn to her. The attraction between Alice and Brand is undeniable, as if destiny has brought them together. It turns out Brand has arrived in Seattle on a debt to Sven Norgard, the leader of the Drekar Clan, sworn enemies of the Kivati. The love between Alice and Brand is doomed but
If Hearts of Fire accomplishes one thing, it's that it gives the reader a solid background to the two warring clans, the Kivati and the Drekar. We learn a bit about each of their histories and inherent traits, why they are at odds with each other and how determined they both are to be in control of the Gate in Seattle. As for the romance, it's very quick, if not too quick. The romance does have a fairy-tale quality to it with dual love at first sight and star crossed lovers thing going on, but would have been stronger if we were more convinced that Alice and Brand were meant to be together. All is not lost, though, since the romance helps set up the world building of the Deadglass trilogy, which is unique and very intriguing and the writing is very sharp.
Hearts of Darkness, Book One of the Deadglass trilogy releases on August 7, 2012. It takes place in modern day Seattle and the tension between the Kivati and Drekar clans still runs high. The story is smart, gritty and very tense. [I'm reading it now!] ...more
Capturing the Silken Thief is an historical romance novella set in the infamous North Hamlet of Changan during the Tang Dynasty in China 823 A.D. It iCapturing the Silken Thief is an historical romance novella set in the infamous North Hamlet of Changan during the Tang Dynasty in China 823 A.D. It is in this infamous entertainment district where scholars studied during the day and indulged in wine, courtesans and brothels in the night.
Yang Jia-jing is a poor song girl trained to play the pipa in The North Hamlet. She is essentially in eternal debt to her troupe master unless she finds the means to buy her freedom. Jia believes the means to her freedom lies in a valuable book of poems that has been stolen by young scholar in the district. If she can only get her hands on the treasured book, she can finally buy her freedom.
Luo Cheng is a farm boy from an outlying province who is diligently studying for the imperial exams. He has already failed them once, so this is his last chance to prove himself and earn the title of a ranking official.
When Jia mistakes Cheng for the scholar who is in possession of the treasured book, the two end up searching for the book together. Their escapade sparks a passion between them that could either lead to defeat or a path to a new life for one or both of them.
This story is adventurous albeit brief romp through an ancient city where lies and theft bring together two similar souls who cannot help but be drawn to one another. Jia is a determined young woman who creatively uses her wiles to do what's necessary to achieve her goals, but is taken off guard by this honest, young scholar whose aspirations for freedom are really not much different from her own. Cheng is an equally determined individual, whose mischievous side is brought out by this intriguing thief who has easily slipped into his heart. Jia and Cheng compliment each other in an easy, natural way, but with a bit of delicious tension-- perfect for bringing these two together in this short tale of love and adventure.
The story is well written and perfectly paced, but unfortunately too short! While Jia and Cheng's story never felt rushed, I would have loved more page time and consequently more character development with these two lively, well-matched characters. Capturing the Silken Thief is a charming tale for fans of historical romance, one that should not be missed for its unique setting and time period. ...more
In this short story from the Dead of Night anthology, our fearless Lieutenant Eve Dallas is hunting a vampire allegedly responsible for the murder ofIn this short story from the Dead of Night anthology, our fearless Lieutenant Eve Dallas is hunting a vampire allegedly responsible for the murder of a beautiful young woman. Wait, what? Vampires in an 'In Death' story?! Rest assured this series has not taken a turn down paranormal lane, although you'd be hard pressed to convince this murderer otherwise.
Known for her wild living, the very rich, beautiful and famous Tiara Kent is found dead by exsanguination in her apartment, the only injury on her body a pair of puncture wounds on her neck. The open minded and perhaps superstitious Detective Peabody suggests the wound is indicative of a vampire bite, but the logical and pragmatic Lt. Dallas sees right through that charade and is determined to snare the mortal man responsible for this murder, no matter how convincing his vampiric behaviors are.
Eve and her team venture into the darkest, most dangerous depths of the city to solve this crime and bring the killer to justice. The best part of this story was how everyone on Eve's team, including Roarke, couldn't help but speculate if the killer really was a vampire, even if just for humor's sake and to jerk Eve's chain. Aside from that, the case is solved almost as quickly as it presents itself, and it's just a matter of logistics on how to acquire evidence on the killer. ...more
A Matter of Class is a cleverly written, engaging novella that was truly a joy to read. Within the first few chapters of the book, the reader is introA Matter of Class is a cleverly written, engaging novella that was truly a joy to read. Within the first few chapters of the book, the reader is introduced to the Mason and Ashcroft families, the basis of their antagonism and their current state of affairs. Then the author begins to skillfully intersperse the current progress of the story with flashbacks to the past, slowly revealing more details about the characters and the challenges that differences of class posed on Regency England society. It is also through these glimpses of the past that the reader can't help but develop a fondness for both Reginald and Annabelle and desperately want to see them fall in love.
Eventually the chapters about the past catch up to those of the present in a clever denouement and of course, a happily ever after.
A Matter of Class is a fun and sweet romance. I enjoyed every minute reading this cleverly written little romantic tale....more
This is short novella is a fun, sweet and sexy little romance sure to entertain you for an hour or so. Bailey Frost is a young 20-something working atThis is short novella is a fun, sweet and sexy little romance sure to entertain you for an hour or so. Bailey Frost is a young 20-something working at a wedding cake shop. She's a sweet girl with a great group of best friends who happen to be guys--Tom and Olly who also happen to be her housemates, and their shy partner in crime, Linc. When Bailey is tragically dumped by a cheating boyfriend, these guys show Bailey nothing but brotherly love and support to help her get over her ex. After a strong drink with the guys, Bailey confesses that she's never had an orgasm with a man. Little does she know that Linc has been pining for her for some time, so when they both find themselves without plans on Valentine's Day, he comes up with a plan to make sure Bailey finally gets the bit O she's long deserved.
The friendships are what really pull this short story together--right down to the friends to lovers romance between Bailey and Linc. After her sad history of ending up with selfish boyfriends, it's about time she be seduced by a sexy, caring guy who puts her pleasure first!
This short story is quite the quickie, but the British wit and all around fun banter and caring friendship between these characters make it a just enough to whet your appetite for more stories from this author. I'll be keeping my eye out for Tom and Olly's stories for sure. ...more