The Dragon and the Pearl

The Dragon and the Pearl THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COURTESAN OF THEM ALLFormer Emperor s consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty the ultimate seductress Now she lives quietly alone until the most ruthless warlord in the region

  • Title: The Dragon and the Pearl
  • Author: Jeannie Lin
  • ISBN: 9780373296620
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COURTESAN OF THEM ALLFormer Emperor s consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty the ultimate seductress Now she lives quietly alone until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away.Li Tao lives life by the sword, and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of theTHE MOST BEAUTIFUL COURTESAN OF THEM ALLFormer Emperor s consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty the ultimate seductress Now she lives quietly alone until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away.Li Tao lives life by the sword, and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of the web He must uncover her mystery without falling under her spell yet her innocence calls out to him How cruel if she, of all women, can entrance the man behind the legend

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    1. No true fan of romance can read Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin and escape without wanting to find out more about General Li Tao. And Jeannie Lin certainly doesn’t disappoint fans of her ultra unique historical romances set in the Tang Dynasty, China with this installment. Towards the end of my review for Butterfly Swords I mentioned my utter and at times reluctant fascination with Li Tao who served to be at first the villian and then somehow turned the tables around on me. Little did I know t [...]

    2. Throw your expectations out the window, because this is a different kind of romance novel. Having read and loved Butterfly Swords, I expected a plucky heroine adventuring in an exotic time and place with a hero who has a heart of gold. I got something much better. Our heroine, Suyin, was the emperor's concubine. Her weapons are beauty, poise, secrets and intrigue. Our hero is a ruthless warlord who has turned against his master more than once. These are sophisticated characters who are cynical a [...]

    3. 02Main characters: Ling SuyinLi TaoWhat I Liked: The author has created a wonderful world, this is so much better then the other books that I've read by her, it doesn't even compare! I loved reading about China in the Tang dynasty, and then researching it on my own. Chinese traditions and history are very complex and fascinating and Ms. Lin wrote about them beautifully. Her characters are believable and have hopes and dreams and problems, her story line is mysterious and manages to make you ask [...]

    4. I reviewed this book on my blog at bookworm2bookworm.wordpressThis book comes highly recommended by some of my friends and authors that I highly respect, so there was no way in hell I was going to skip on reading it. Besides, I just love all those martial arts movies with sword fights and leaping warriors.Before I sank my teeth into this story, I thought I should read ‘Butterfly Swords’ first as the hero of ‘The Dragon and the Pearl’ makes his début in it. Just a side note, you really d [...]

    5. Review coming. More like 4.5 but said five because I loved this book. Was emotionally connected from the first page and the writing was executed beautifully. The style was lyrical and although a different genre reminded me of Zoe Archer. I liked this much better than her first book.

    6. Further thoughts:The initial impression fades. It's quite masterfully written in its own right; the simple truth is that a relationship based almost 95% on sex just does not resonate with me beyond immediate visceral reaction. My preferences lean toward a mutual nurturing of emotional and intellectual respect, and I didn't really find it here._________For the lover of the steamy sex scene.I must admit, I was not prepared for the fact that the majority of the story's suspense was sexual. It's jus [...]

    7. Wow. Well, apparently I was wrong to be excited to read this book, because it is one hell of a disappointment. Let's go ahead and get the good stuff out of the way: Jeannie Lin's prose is gorgeous, always understated and rarely given to elaborate metaphor. Her skill at evoking emotion and atmosphere in a few, sparing sentences is always a delight, and this book is especially well-written (in this sense). And Li Tao, the villain of Butterfly Swords, did make for an interesting hero. But.This book [...]

    8. Probably the best full length book in the series. Li Tao and Ling Suyin were a great couple and great individual characters (both got a raw deal character development wise in the first book). The plotline was filled with action and political intrigue. Best part, you don't have to read the first book to understand the characters or plot line in this book. One of the best examples of using flashbacks to tell the MCs back stories, like peeling back an onion. Such a great balance between the sexy ti [...]

    9. Good book. I liked both the hero and the heroine. The story is very character driven, she is trapped in the warlord's house. The ending was a twist I didn't see coming but I'm glad they get a happy ending.

    10. This book has flawed pacing. There's three segments to it: the first part when Li Tao takes Suying from her home and she's trying to work out how to survive and free herself, the second extraordinarily boring interlude of sex scenes and agonizing over feelings, and the last third where the plot picks up and things actually start happening again. All three parts are interspersed with flashbacks to their respective pasts. Out of all this the third section and the flashbacks are the only bits reall [...]

    11. My first impressions as I began reading The Dragon and the Pearl were extremely positive. I appreciated that, although it is a historical romance, this book is not set in historical Britain, Europe, or America. I also enjoyed Jeannie Lin's writing, which is understated yet often poetic. Lin writes economically, creating strong impressions with relatively few words. Unfortunately, Lin's weakness appears to be plot pacing. After a promising beginning, very little happens throughout most of the boo [...]

    12. My first Jeanine Lin novel. Damn it was hot. So many steamy love scenes! The sexual chemistry between Li Tao and Suyin was great, they had that slightly antagonistic relationship at the start and that was really fun and also hot. The actual plot confused me a little but I really liked the resolution and how Suyin was the one who figured out a way out of the conflict and saved everyone's asses, essentially, using her wits. She was a pretty great heroine, very stubborn and strong willed.

    13. My God, I loved this book! It's my first Jeannie Lin novel, and I was blown away by her skill and level of craft. A beautifully written story with deep, heart-wrenching emotion. And I was riveted by the setting and the history, and how Lin made it such an integral part of the story. The Dragon and the Pearl was the opposite of a wallpaper historical - can't wait to read the rest of her books!

    14. Originally posted at Romance Around the CornerI’ve been meaning to read this author ever since hearing great things about her previous book, Butterfly Swords, so when I saw this book on Netgalley I jumped to the opportunity to read it. I wasn’t aware that The Dragon and the Pearl was a sequel to Butterfly Swords but I was able to enjoy the book and I think it stands alone quite well.Lady Ling Suyin is in deep trouble. As the late Emperor’s consort she finds herself kidnaped from her home b [...]

    15. Historical romance is my genre of choice and has been for almost ten years. In that time, I have read my fair share of Regency balls, medieval knights, and Scottish hotties. And I have enjoyed them allr the most part. But, I do find myself getting a bit tired of the same old historical settings. Therefore, I was ecstatic when I discovered Jeannie Lin's Imperial China-set romances. I read and enjoyed her debut, Butterfly Swords, about two years ago so I had high expectations for the sequel, The D [...]

    16. This book was nothing but an absolute joy to read. I only started binge-reading this because of my current read Skylark, which I'm finding difficult to finish because of how agonizing boring it is. As of so far, there are interesting ideas (in terms of its setting and magic system) present but the forgettable heroine and sluggish pace is really doing my head in. Not a 'Did Not Finish', but man is it so close to being one.So when Skylark was putting me off reading, this book reminded me of why I [...]

    17. I've heard wonderful things about this series, and I've been meaning to read it since forever. For some reason I started out with the second one, don't ask me why, not even I knowI've read a lot of HR, but never any in this particular setting so, hurrah for a non-eurocentric romance with non-white characters!Jeannie Lin was absolutely masterful when it came to getting the reader into that particular world, every description was incredibly vivid, and that was just so wonderful, since we were expl [...]

    18. Review At: I Read, I Think, I ShareReview Date: 4 Nov 2011Review URL: littlemermybooks/2011/11/dragon-and-pearl-by-jeannie-linmlSummary:This is my first historical romance that take place in China during 8th century. The story is very interesting. It is beautifully written with details description of the settings, places, people and even their emotion. It's mostly about the romance between Ling Suyin and Li Tao with minimum actions. It gives a good insight of the position and role of the women d [...]

    19. I haven't read a Harlequin romance since I was a teenager and my grandmother used to bring them over to our house in grocery bags. I gradually lost interest then and never thought I'd read another. But when a friend recommended this book so highly, I had to try it, and I'm glad I did. Wow, Harlequins have changed with their new lines and I was very impressed with this book. First the gorgeously evoked setting, both the Tang Dynastic details but also the physical landscape were well-done. Lightly [...]

    20. Wow!! What an excellent sequel. I have a lot of time for this series and I'm not at all phased that the storyline doesn't follow the same characters from book to book. I was intrigued by both Li Tao and Ling Suyin in Butterfly Swords and they have given us a formidable story to dive into. I almost didn't like Suyin when I first met her because I felt like she threatened to happiness of the leads from book one, but I see now that her position and demeanour led directly into this exploration of he [...]

    21. 3.5* B+This book was difficult for me to rate and I truly wavered between 3 and 4 stars. Not for the first time I wish either allowed half stars, or used a grade system where you could give "+" and "-" scores for more accuracy. The book started out slow for me, but picked up speed about 70-80 pages into it. Once the Suyin and Tao were getting to know each other, I enjoyed the story and the interactions. Tao remained a hard man even to the end, but I felt convinced of his feelings for Suyin by t [...]

    22. I read both Butterfly Swords and The Taming of Mei Lin and consider myself a fan of this author. Both historical romances took place during the Tang dynasty and those and this one are all very well written, a perfect blend of story and sex, of description and action. All three of them make me feel as though I have stepped back into the Tang dynasty into a world of warriors, swords, emperors, courtesans, paper lantern festivals, and danger.This one is a bit different from the previous two, howeve [...]

    23. I read and loved Butterfly Swords. The Dragon and the Pearl is possibly a tish better. In Butterfly Swords I couldn't help but like Li Tao, even tho he was the bad guy. Actually, he wasn't the bad guy, just not the hero. In this book Li Tao is fully fleshed out. The reader can root for him whole-heartedly. Suyin appears a delicate flower but to survive the life she's been given she has developed an inner core of steel.If you are looking for a love story that is woven through a period of history [...]

    24. Wow.I'd heard good things about Ms. Lin's books and been intrigued by the settings and characters--I'd always wanted to read more about ancient China.The Dragon and the Pearl was a gorgeous and wholly satisfying story--Lady Ling Suyin is a former consort to the late Emperor; Li Tao is a warlord and governor. He whisks her away to save her from a plot against her life but she deeply resents the loss of her freedom. Both extraordinarily disciplined and determined, neither is willing to yield to th [...]

    25. This book is perfect. Every moment is mesmerizing. The tension and growing tenderness is palpable between these two very controlled, yet lonely and vulnerable people. Neither believes they have anything to look forward to, and it was wonderful watching them dragged towards happiness while they squeezed their eyes shut and dug in their heels. I justI can't even talk rationally about this book, I loved it so much. There are so many perfect little moments, and Suyin and Li Tao are brilliant, compel [...]

    26. Not sure how to rate—there's some wonderful, poetic writing here and a very strong sense of setting (which I always appreciate in a novel) but I had a hard time connecting with these characters.

    27. As a romance, this is pretty good. Both protagonists are complex individuals with secrets and their own agendas, which war with their mutual attraction and compatible personalities. The sex scenes are a good blend of explicit without becoming tedious or using silly euphemisms; however, I was disappointed that the physiologically impossible internal hymen made a brief appearance. (Hymens, when they exist, are at the very opening of the vagina, not halfway up- a notion that has somehow caught on i [...]

    28. SO GOOD! still, the end felt a tiny bit rushed, but I'm seeing a pattern from this author/this series.Great world building or showing, an inside into the Tang dinasty era.It worked well to turn a villain into the romantic lead. Both characters were interesting and had various layers of story and personality.Intriguing and slow paces at the beginning, but the threat looming over them felt very real.Recommended for people who like historical romance, great world building/showing and thrilling char [...]

    29. better than the first in this series (motivations more clear and f lead not quite such a child) but still quite repetitive and dragged on a the end

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