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My Fair Concubine (The Tang Dynasty Book 3) (2012 original; edició 2012)

de Jeannie Lin (Autor)

Sèrie: Tang Dynasty (3)

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"Yan Ling tries hard to be servile-it's what's expected of a girl of her class. Being intelligent and strong-minded, she finds it a constant battle. Proud Fei Long is unimpressed by her spirit - until he realizes she's the answer to his problems. He has to deliver the emperor a "princess." In two months can he train a tea girl to pass as a noblewoman? Yet it's hard to teach good etiquette when all Fei Long wants to do is break it, by taking this tea girl for his own"-- Cover verso… (més)
Membre:MichelleJB
Títol:My Fair Concubine (The Tang Dynasty Book 3)
Autors:Jeannie Lin (Autor)
Informació:Harlequin Historical (2012), 281 pages
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My Fair Concubine de Jeannie Lin (2012)

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This was a buddy read that I had with Melissa's Book Musings. You can find her final review of the book here. Suffice it to say that we both gave it three stars.

My Fair Concubine was a riff off of My Fair Lady and honestly, this should have just been called "My Fair Tea House Girl" since there was no concubine in this book besides for a couple minutes appearance, and she's not the main focus of this book. Ahem. Excuse the rant.

I am going to echo Melissa's Book Musings here with the fact that I found the heroine, Yan Ling just okay. I would also add in a seriously bored by her too. The hero Chang Fei Long I was more intrigued by, but who wouldn't love the Tang Dynasty version of Henry Higgins.

Plot is that because Fei Long has decided to not force his sister to come back and be wedded as per Imperial decree, he needs someone to take her place. So he of course sets his sights on the tea house girl who threw tea on him (just go with it). I mean you suspend your belief when you read romance, but in this case I really had to suspend my belief. The whole plan (make Yan Ling over in order to pass for someone who was brought up learning proper etiquette along with writing and the proper way in which to walk and talk) was hare-brained as hell. I was just wondering how they were going to pull it off.

So instead of some madcap scenes, we get a lot and I do mean a lot of Ms. Lin describing all of Yan Ling's lessons. I felt like I was slowly being beaten to death with a palm frond. I was just bored throughout anytime the book (which was about 80 percent of it) going into how Yan was learning how to write calligraphy or to spell and read certain words.

I really did love the character of Li Bai Shen (an old friend of Fei Long's) who is an actor who portrays women quite often in plays who is tapped to get Yan Ling to walk and move like a woman. I wish we had focused on him a bit more and also included more of his training, because those were the only parts that I found intriguing.

Other characters we don't get to see developed much, Yan Ling's current personal maid Dao and others such as Fei Long's servants. Frankly I can't believe no servants anywhere would not have been gossiping about what he was trying to pull off under the Emperor's nose.

I thought the flow could have been improved if we hadn't focused so much on the training aspect. And I can't lie, the constant stealing of glances by Yan Ling when she decides out of nowhere she has fallen for Fei Long or when Fei Long who has been right and proper the whole time, decides, screw it, he';s going to run away with Yan Ling rang false. The actual sex scenes took me completely out of the book, they were done well (except for the whole the first time was the best time ever nonsense which I wish would die a quick death in romance books everywhere) but once again didn't ring true of how right and proper Fei Long had been the entire book.

I wish I could say more about the Tang Dynasty setting. I did not feel fully immersed in the culture. I really wish that we had gotten more insights into other homes, tea houses, how the courts were set up, etc.

The ending I rolled my eyes at. The simplest solution ever in order for the hero and heroine to have their happily ever after. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Loved loved loved this book!

Set in Tang Dynasty, China, this version of My Fair Lady is pure comfort reading. Yan Ling is a tea house serving girl, hard-working with a fiery streak. Fei Long is the perfect composed, elegant gentleman, always in control. When they meet, they seem like the answer to each other's problem Fei Long needs a woman to prepare as a bride for a neighboring nation after he allows his sister to run away with her true love, and Yan Ling needs to escape to an environment that suits her intelligent, romantic, lively spirit., but somewhere along the way, feelings happen.

I loved the contrast of the subtle, outward interactions with the tumultuous inner battles. Although light on history, there was enough to flavour the story nicely. I was hooked from the beginning straight through to the end. I had not read Jeannie Lin before, and My Fair Concubine was so enjoyable, I must read more or her work.

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  Critterbee | Apr 16, 2018 |
Readable but ultimately boring. A historical romance set in China during the Tang Dynasty? Sure, why not. This is a spin on 'My Fair Lady' where a nobleman must find a replacement for his sister who was betrothed to be married. There are consequences if no one shows up. The story opens up with Fei Long attempting to "rescue" his sister (she doesn't want to be) and deciding he must find a woman (no, not for THAT reason). He stumbles upon a local teahouse girl Yan Ling who is conveniently thrown out of her job and has nowhere else to go. She'll do.
 
And we're off. If you know the basic premise of MFL then you have a gist of how this story goes. Of course Yan Ling and Fei Long don't like each other. Of course poor Yan Ling is a fish out of water and must navigate dealing with Fei Long and trying to be come a noble lady for this marriage. Will Yan Ling succeed? Will the marriage happen? What about how each of our main characters are noticing each other, despite the rather strange circumstances of how they met? Stay tuned!
 
Aaaand...not so much. Initially I found the book really interesting. I had never read anything by Lin before and originally wasn't going to bother with this (it's only available by eBook now and I lucked out by finding a relatively good paperback copy and getting it basically for free via gift card). But I was intrigued by the premise and since I like historical fiction I thought this might be worth a go. 
 
But the story just kinda drags. I suppose the MFL storyline is just too familiar to me so there wasn't much tension as to whether they'd get together in the end. I was intrigued with how this type of story could work in this time and setting but while that part was interesting I didn't really feel much one way or the other about whether these two got together. 
 
However, I did appreciate the historical fiction aspect. I also liked how the romance was gradual (looks and thoughts and building up to it) and it wasn't an insta-lust with hormones raging and a porn without plot sort of story (I'm not sure if I've read much Harlequin or if this is my first one so I didn't know what to expect). But in retrospect I could see how the seeds were planted for a happy ending and managing the arranged marriage plot point with a rather convenient out. 
 
So...it wasn't terrible. If I had a commute or a plane ride where I had to sit and reading was one of the few options of "escape) I probably would have liked this more. As it was I just found it was too easy to be distracted and to put the book down as it wasn't exactly a turn pager (but not dreadful either). It was a change of pace book for me but I don't think I'll be seeking out any of her other books even if I've got a gift card. I'd consider this a library borrow and you're in the mood for a historical romance. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
To truly enjoy this novel to its fullest, you have to not just like the time it’s set in, but you have to love it, or at least be intrigued by it. The setting is a character in itself. China’s Tang Dynasty is a period regarded as a high point in Chinese civilization: a golden age of cosmopolitan culture and was largely a period of progress and stability.

Ms. Lin has this wonderful way of taking you on an adventure you’ll be hard pressed to leave at the end of the telling of the tale. And that’s only the beginning! You’ll love the characterization of not just the main characters but all the people that come in and out of their adventure.

For a fun, clever and sweeping romance, this one is a must!

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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  bookworm2bookworm | Mar 30, 2017 |
My fair lady set in China. Meh. I didn't really get into it. Fei Long hides everything. He can't let anyone in. I liked the resolution at the end ( )
  nx74defiant | Jul 25, 2016 |
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"Yan Ling tries hard to be servile-it's what's expected of a girl of her class. Being intelligent and strong-minded, she finds it a constant battle. Proud Fei Long is unimpressed by her spirit - until he realizes she's the answer to his problems. He has to deliver the emperor a "princess." In two months can he train a tea girl to pass as a noblewoman? Yet it's hard to teach good etiquette when all Fei Long wants to do is break it, by taking this tea girl for his own"-- Cover verso

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