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An Illicit Temptation by Jeannie Lin
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Sep 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-romance
Read in September, 2012

Readers who are familiar with heroine Dao (aka Princess An-Ming)from previous Tang Dynasty books will be eager to read her story in An Illicit Temptation. Part Tang Dynasty western, part Cinderella with an iron will, this novella is anything but predictable.

Plans for a peace marriage with the head of the Khitan have burned through two prospective brides so far (The Dragon and the Pearl and My Fair Concubine) as each heroine finds her true destiny elsewhere, and the imperial court still owes the Khitan a princess bride. What to do? Promote Dao from servant girl to princess, of course (to be fair, she does have noble blood) and send her into the wild frontier. Did we mention the fact that there's another bride, this one a true princess, heading for the very same bridegroom to whom the Tang princess is promised?

That's enough to give any girl reservations, but throw in the intriguing escort, Kwan-Li, a blend of Tang and Khitan, and this is one wild ride. Dao/An-Ming and Kwan-Li are a very well matched couple, and the author packs the right amount of adventure into this short tale. Fans of road story romance will keep eagerly reading as Dao/An-Ming learns the true meaning of being a princess. Hint: real princesses do *not* take insults lightly.

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