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The Last Concubine by Catt Ford
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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 arrival. I enjoyed the story because I found the love they develop for each other sweet and intense. What Hüi Wei struggles with in regards to his position and how enemies could take advantage of his feelings for Lan'xiu was sad but interesting.

I've always been a sucker for stories that have a character pretending to be someone else and the fact Lan'xiu is disguised as a princess when he's really supposed to be a prince was intriguing for me. Especially when Lan'xiu actually enjoyed dressing in silks and satins as a woman as opposed to a man's clothing. I also liked the way Lan'xiu's identity was such a closely guarded secret and the way Shu Ning (Lan'xiu's eunuch) was so protective of Lan'xiu even though Lan'xiu was so fierce he was an ass kicking warrior.

As I said, though, this story isn't without its faults. For one, I know Lan'xiu was a princess to the outside world but even he considered himself as a 'she' in his own POV. I found that odd and he's not the only one that did that. Hüi Wei and Shu Ning did that, too, even though they knew the real Lan'xiu. Also, while the beginning was pretty good, the ending tended to have more scenes with head hopping.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It doesn't have much outside conflict but there are a few suspenseful parts. A bit too much sex at times for my tastes but the characters and their love story were fascinating to me and I had a hard time putting the book down.

And for all those wondering about the harem element to the story (view spoiler)
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Reading Progress

07/14/2012
56.0% "Silk on nipples + Hui's hand = total rapture according to Lan"
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JustJen "Miss Conduct" Can't wait to hear your thoughts. This one looks good. :D


Nikyta *Miss Forgetful* It was great!!!


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Finn Marlowe Sounds interesting! I've only read one book by her, but I liked it, so added this to my TBR shelf.


Nikyta *Miss Forgetful* I love Catt Ford books. She seems to be very eclectic in that she doesn't tend to write the same genres


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Lola It's set in Japan? Those names doesn't sound Japanese..... -.-


Bookwatcher I'm starting it now :)
N I think Ares is right, it's a Chinese not Japanese story :)
Erastes's review
Great review N :) I like it :)


Nikyta *Miss Forgetful* Yes, it is but it's centuries ago so it's not called Japan then but has different names.


Bookwatcher "Those had been terrifying times of rebellion, but her Lord Qiang Hui Wei had brought stability and peace to the region in the name of the Son of Heaven, emperor of China."

Chapter 3 Lady Mei Ju narration
That's when I got it was in China nor Japan
Lol
I must admit I start it thinking it was in Japan too :)


Nikyta *Miss Forgetful* Bookwatcher ~Mary MooCow~ wrote: ""Those had been terrifying times of rebellion, but her Lord Qiang Hui Wei had brought stability and peace to the region in the name of the Son of Heaven, emperor of China."

Chapter 3 Lady Mei Ju n..."


Well then there you go lol


Bookwatcher Lol
No serious I kid you not
Up to chapter 3 I was certain it was in Japan, so I check and saw Erastes review and confirm i was wrong lol just after I saw yours because you and me were doing the same mistake
Lol


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Lola Bookwatcher ~Mary MooCow~ wrote: ""Those had been terrifying times of rebellion, but her Lord Qiang Hui Wei had brought stability and peace to the region in the name of the Son of Heaven, emperor of China."

Chapter 3 Lady Mei Ju n..."


Well supposedly, before Japan was japan, they didn't have a written language and they used Chinese characters. So I think it is possible these names can sound Chinese but still be set in Japan. And recently there are evidence the Japanese spoken language was derived from Korean fisherman.

Then again, it could be the author doesn't know a lot about Asian. -.- That's probably it. I know bookwatcher freaked out the last time an author messed up on spanish, mexican or protueges in their book.


Bookwatcher Lola wrote: "Bookwatcher ~Mary MooCow~ wrote: ""Those had been terrifying times of rebellion, but her Lord Qiang Hui Wei had brought stability and peace to the region in the name of the Son of Heaven, emperor o..."

Lol
Oh yeah Ares I went bersek more than one time with writers using Spanish names to Brazilians -.-"
I dare someone to find a Sanches or Rodrigues in Brazil -.-"
We speak Portuguese, for Peter's sake, it's not so hard find a Brazilian name no? =NOT a Spanish name -.-"


Bookwatcher Anyway... A male concubine!!!
Yay!



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Lola Is that from peking opera? XD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYWiQ_...

It's hilarious!


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Lola That's going to be Bookwatcher's alarm clock each morning. :)


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Bookwatcher Lola wrote: "Is that from peking opera? XD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYWiQ_...

It's hilarious!"


It's from the movie Farewell Concubine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkdFtN...
Don't watch it if you don't wanna cry
It's saaaaad
:(
And he is gorgeous as a woman :)


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Lola I saw a clip of it. Was it the one where this boy was molested by this old man. -.- wtf......


Bookwatcher Lola wrote: "That's going to be Bookwatcher's alarm clock each morning. :)"

Oh no freaking way
No more open your emails in the morning with the volume on
Lol


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Lola It was like this old man and the boy was like "i have to pee" And the old man gives him a pot. And as he was peeing, the old man push him down on the bed and probably molests him. -.- ewwwwww


Bookwatcher Lola wrote: "That's going to be Bookwatcher's alarm clock each morning. :)"

That's going to be your alarm clock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVwJrA...
;-)


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Lola Bookwatcher ~Mary MooCow~ wrote: "Lola wrote: "That's going to be Bookwatcher's alarm clock each morning. :)"

That's going to be your alarm clock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVwJrA...
;-)"


His butt is ugly. It's all skinny and manly. And I knew immediately he was a man


Bookwatcher Lola wrote: "Bookwatcher ~Mary MooCow~ wrote: "Lola wrote: "That's going to be Bookwatcher's alarm clock each morning. :)"

That's going to be your alarm clock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVwJrA......"


No he is gorgeous
I liked him :) and I didn't knew noticing just when he turned :)
I was like "whoooooa"
*playing again*
Lol


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Lola Bookwatcher ~Mary MooCow~ wrote: "Lola wrote: "Bookwatcher ~Mary MooCow~ wrote: "Lola wrote: "That's going to be Bookwatcher's alarm clock each morning. :)"

That's going to be your alarm clock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVwJrA..."


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_GY8MslDddUw...

this is a proper butt


Bookwatcher HAHAHAHAHA
Niiiiice
Hey I have a Toyota
Why there wasn't him there showing cars?
Lol
I would have got Auris not Yaris
Lol

Errrr no I wouldn't. Auris cost much more than my car -.-" but I would stare a lot lol


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