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review 2018-08-11 20:34
The Lotus Palace
The Lotus Palace - Jeannie Lin

This needs to be said first. A historical romance NOT set in England or during the Regency! And the main (and I should say all) characters are not white!
I enjoyed this one. A bit slow at times. I found the romance a very nice, slow burn. Yue-ying and her sister Ming-yu were sold as children into slavery. Ming-yu was beautiful, so she became a courtesan. Yue-ying has a red birthmark on her left cheek. This marked her as unlucky and people would stare at her. As a result, she was forced into prostitution. In this world, a courtesan is educated and her patrons are wealthy, well known. 
Ming-yu is able to find and buy Yue-ying. Yue-ying becomes her maidservant. At the beginning, I really didn't care for Ming-yu. I thought she was cold. IMO, she did a complete 180 and her coldness was a result of the events that were unfolding. 
Bai Huang was from an old, rich, well known and respected family. He made many bad mistakes and choices. Having conquered (mostly) and learned from his mistakes, he spies for his father, playing the idiot. He notices Yue-ying and very gradually empowers her to come out of her shell and speak her mind.
I don't think the mystery/murder was the strongest aspect of the story. What made this excellent IMO was the romance, acceptance, and trust between Yue-ling and Huang. I was also wondering how J.L. was going to pull off the HEA. Nice.
Looking forward to Ming-yu's story.
For Ripped Bodice Bingo: the pre-renaissance square!

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review 2018-06-05 15:13
You Send Me - Jeannie Moon

You Send Me by Jeannie Moon
Love hearing about connection with the compass-we have many in our possession.
Jordan is about to get married but...she had found him with another woman...
Story also follows Nicky who's staying at his grandparents house at the beach who also rent out the house Jordan lives in. She found her new pet helped fill the void.
He's recuperating from surgeries to his hip and there are more to come.
Love the very descriptive details of the area-love the ocean and water scenes.
He, an ex Navy doctor came to her resuce during the storm when she had just left her car with supplies to help make her better, when the oak tree fell on the car.
She not only had a chest cold but bronchitiis. He helps take care of her and her dog during the storm.
Love how she treasures her dog and father and allows Nick to help her out with both.
There is a lot to this story! Such tender caring moments shared. Major misunderstandings occur after Nick's visit with her father...he's attracted to her and she to him but they are still hiding things from one another.
She wants her father in hospice to die happy and to show him how she will be loved after he's gone. Adult situations, swearing and sex scenes. Love how realistic this is, the location and learning new things. Would love to read more from this author. Love hearing of the connection the compass has to this whole story-priceless! Funny scenes and hilarious ones when she meets his whole family for dinner and she stays longer...and yes very tragic teary eyed scenes as well.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end along with 'about the author'.
Didn't realize this was a series because I read it as a stand alone and it was perfect. Will probably get my hands on the first book.
Received this review copy from Tule Publishing via Negalley and this is my honest opinion.

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review 2018-05-27 00:00
You Send Me
You Send Me - Jeannie Moon You Send Me has just enough angst to draw readers in and the perfect pitch of heart to never let go. Moon is a soul whisperer. Her tales of bruised hearts move me to tears, even as they uplift my heart. Jordan and Nick could be anyone. The ever winding road has not always been kind to either, yet it manages to guide them to each other. At their most vulnerable, they have much to teach each other. She has to find the strength to be weak and he has to find the courage to heal. You Send Me is about accepting weakness and gaining strength because not despite of it.
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review 2018-02-04 16:17
The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li Mystery #2) by Jeannie Lin
The Jade Temptress - Jeannie Lin

I liked this book just a smidge more than I liked book one in the series. Mingyu has now seen Yue-ying happily married to Bai Huaung and is feeling the shackles of her life as property of the Lotus Palace. She is looking for a way out; funny her most ardent patron, General Deng of the Imperial Army is also looking for a way out...although he is trying to get out of a coup of his own making. Wu Kaifeng, the constable, is looking at all this corruption and thinking that it has to be easier making money as a host of a tea house than deal with the pleasure quarter. Mingyu and Wu get together to solve Deng's death and fall in love.

 

I love Mingyu and Wu! This couple just had that "X" factor that makes their story seem seamless. The foresenic skills of Wu were very interesting to read about, and Mingyu's "analysis" of Wu's findings was a great twist to the story. The mystery was much more involved and interesting than the last book. This is my favorite book of the series and can be read as a stand alone.

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review 2018-02-04 15:58
The Lotus Palace (Pingkang Li Mystery #1) by Jeannie Lin
The Lotus Palace - Jeannie Lin

Yue-ying is the personal servant to the most beautiful and accomplished song girl in the pleasure center, Mingyu. As such, she is not owned by the madam and can come and go as she pleases. Her birthmark (a read cresent on her left cheek) makes her noticeable in town, but her association with the Lotus Palace protects her as well. I liked Yue-ying - she is observant, practical, and a sweet heart without being overly sweet or fake.

 

Bai Huaung is one of Mingyu's admirers/constant patron (minus the sex part), and the flower prince of the pleasure quarter. His reputation as a flakey, shallow man who enjoys life's pleasures over his responsibilities (such as passing the imperial exams and getting a job); he is fine with this reputation, as it allows him to do his real job without notice. When two dead bodies turn up a connection with Mingyu, Yue-ying and Huaung partner to solve the mystery and fall in love.

 

The murders are the kind you find in cozy mystery series - light on gory details, the focus is on the motivations and who-dunit. Also the mystery takes a back seat to the romance. There isn't any suspenseful scenes, it is a mellow kind of mystery. I found it was just enough mystery to give the book a fresh take on the historical romance subgenre.

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