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Jeannie Lin

Autore di Butterfly Swords

38 opere 1,473 membri 107 recensioni 3 preferito


Comprende il nome: Liliana Lee


Opere di Jeannie Lin

Butterfly Swords (2010) 219 copie, 19 recensioni
The Lotus Palace (2013) 193 copie, 12 recensioni
Gunpowder Alchemy (2014) 128 copie, 9 recensioni
The Dragon and the Pearl (2011) 123 copie, 9 recensioni
My Fair Concubine (2012) 123 copie, 12 recensioni
The Sword Dancer (2013) 118 copie, 7 recensioni
The Jade Temptress (2014) 63 copie, 7 recensioni
The Hidden Moon (2020) 52 copie, 1 recensione
Capturing the Silken Thief (2012) 50 copie, 4 recensioni
A Dance with Danger (2015) 44 copie, 5 recensioni
The Liar's Dice (2016) 38 copie, 1 recensione
The Taming of Mei Lin (2010) 36 copie, 4 recensioni
Red Blossom in Snow (2022) 32 copie, 1 recensione
Clockwork Samurai (2015) 29 copie, 4 recensioni
Silk, Swords and Surrender (5-in-1) (2016) 27 copie, 2 recensioni


Informazioni generali

Nome legale
Nguyen-Rettig, Chi
Altri nomi
Lee, Liliana
Luogo di residenza
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Los Angeles Area, California, USA
Attività lavorative
technical consultant
Gail Fortune (Talbot Fortune Agency Inc.)
Breve biografia
Jeannie Lin grew up fascinated with stories of Western epic fantasy as well as Eastern martial arts adventures.  When her best friend introduced her to romance novels in middle school, the stage was set.  Jeannie started writing her first romance while working as a high school teacher in South Central Los Angeles.  After four years of trying to break into publishing with an Asian-set historical, her 2009 Gold Heart Award-winning manuscript, Butterfly Swords, sold to Harlequin Mill & Boon.  With two releases and four more upcoming titles, she's keeping her fingers crossed that this hard-sell genre will one day be hard to resist.

As a technical consultant, backpacker, and vacation junkie, she's traveled all over the United States as well as Europe, South Korea, Japan, China and Vietnam.   She's now happily settled in St. Louis with her wonderfully supportive husband and she continues to journey to exotic locations in her stories. [from Pieces of Paper (2011)]



Slow. Uninteresting. Flat characters.
electrascaife | 8 altre recensioni | Jun 13, 2024 |
Through Jeannie Lin I have rediscovered my love of romantic mysteries! This slow burn was so well-paced that I read it in almost one sitting. I really love the setting of this series and I can't wait to read more!
s_carr | 6 altre recensioni | Feb 25, 2024 |
Its important to note that while this is set during the Tang Dynasty, much like Lin's other novels, this could more appropriately be considered a Historical Mystery Romance. The intrigue surrounding the deaths and threats in the Pingkang li (North Hamlet, an infamous pleasure district) are as important, if not more so, then the romance of Yue-ying and Bai Huang.

Its because of these events that the two are able to spend time together at all. Bai Huang, who is more then the affable fool he portrays, ropes Yue-ying into being his accomplice in the investigation because of her keen observational skills. The groundwork for this story--why Bai Huang is at Mingyu's (Yue-ying's mistress) parlor so constantly, how Yue-ying becomes involved through no action of her own, how the stories intertwine around each other--can all be considered a string of coincidences. What if Bai Huang did not pay court to Mingyu--would he have ever gotten involved with the second murder? What if Yue-ying refused to speak to him at all instead of indulging her curiosity? I sometimes felt as if at any moment something could (and would) keep Bai Huang and Yue-ying apart.

There's also a decided lack of judgement in this book on Bai Huang's part. Oh others judge him for the act he puts on, but he doesn't judge Mingyu for her choices or Yue-ying for her past. He is sometimes critical of their choices within the framework of the investigation--he doesn't understand Yue-ying's loyalty to Mingyu (who only seems to treat her dismissively) or Mingyu's reluctance to act in her best interests, but he doesn't judge the lives they live.

Lin is also careful to craft a happy ending for Bai Huang and Yue-ying that isn't based on because romance demands it. Whether they ended up together or not was placed entirely on whether or not the two were strong enough to take that future in their hands. They needed to be able to acknowledge things wouldn't be easy and that a compromise would have to be met.

I recommend this book to not only historical romance fans (Lin captures the dark and light of what it meant to be a courtesan of the Pingkang li with a keen eye to detail, more on this later), but also fans of a good mystery. Huang an Yue-ying make for engaging amateur detectives, and the backdrop offers a landscape rife with red herrings and possibilities.
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lexilewords | 11 altre recensioni | Dec 28, 2023 |
First, its important to note that the brother from "A Lady's Scandalous Night", that betrays Li Tao and who is mysteriously pardoned at the end (off screen) in "Night" is Ru Shan (the bodyguard that Suyin sends to deliver a message for her). Wei Chen does not, to my recollection, show up in this book. Also I'm not entirely certain how the events of "Night" correlate with the timeline for Dragon since the scene when Ru Shan runs off plays out differently then how Wei Chen describes it in "Night".


Suyin is different from Ai Li. Whereas Ai Li was, more or less, sheltered from a lot of the harder aspects of life, Suyin grew up and thrived under such circumstances. She understood better then many of the characters what it meant to be trapped by your reputation and defined by it.

One of the telling scenes is when Li Tao and Suyin have a moment together and a secret is revealed. Its unfathomable to him that such a thing could be possible--both because of who Suyin was and who the Emperor was.

Li Tao wasn't very different from who he was in Butterfly Swords. He was still very controlled and serious, putting aside his wants for a sense of obligation and duty. Occasionally a mischievous spirit would kindle, in subtle jokes and inclinations, but Suyin (intentionally or otherwise) would snuff those moments out more often then not.

Their relationship was rocky and mostly sown with distrust. Neither trusted the other for the majority of the novel. Neither was truthful or forthcoming unless it became absolutely necessary. Suyin intentionally and Li Tao because that's who he was.

Interestingly they're both very damaged people. They wear their flaws like an armor though, challenging everyone to call them on these perceived faults so they can prove themselves better then who they once were. I liked watching them as they peeled back each other's protections, as they gradually grew to understand each other and their motivations.

The most fun for me was during the kidnapping of Suyin, later in the book. Demons of Li Tao's past come to take their pound of flesh, but nothing (and no one) is quite what they seem. Even though we spend a comparatively short amount of time with this group, they were fun and diverting.

It wouldn't be fair to say that Ai Li and Ryam were better people then Suyin and Li Tao, even though on the surface what Ai Li/Ryam do aren't as bad as what Suyin/Li Tao do. Suyin and Li Tao did what they had to in order to survive. Not without remorse or without some regrets, but their purpose wasn't to hurt others. Simply to do what they thought was right.

In many ways I enjoyed this book moreso then the first one, Butterfly Swords. Lin's writing is tighter and flows more fluidly, setting its own tone and drawing the reader in.
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lexilewords | 8 altre recensioni | Dec 28, 2023 |


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