Call me a feminist, but obedient wives and feminine submission have just never done it for me -cutting me, sadly, off from a large selection of romance novels, I might add- so imagine my surprise when, finishing this roughly eight hours after I started, I set it down and exclaimed out loud, "That was a Really good book!" I even bounced up and down in my seat a little.
Okay, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, which was some vague notion of our heroine languishing on stuffed pillows being pleasured endlessly by a devoted priest while making the occasional ritual protest.
What I got was a remarkably touching story of characters with genuine faults, and people who still love them anyway. Well, alright, the sex scenes were a little disappointing and Lydia was just a tiny bit too perfect, I would have been more touched if it hadn't been so danged easy for her to forgive Ru Shan Every. Single. Time. But, it did impress me that their actions were their actions, and no extenuating circumstances were revealed to make it all better. They had their problems, (or, rather, he had his- boy oh boy did he have his!) and in the end they truly loved each other anyway.
This is much more romantic than it is erotic, and if I weren't such an incredible sap, I might have rolled my eyes at the "the power of love solves all" bit at the end, but isn't that what romances are for? I have to admit, I just kind of melted into a gooey puddle...=D
Interesting premise...Didn't like it, though. I can see why it would appeal to a lot of women, but I guess I have some serious mental blocks when it comes to certain themes because when it came down to it, I really couldn't get invested in this couple and therefore I ended up skimming to the end.
The setting is Shanghai, 1897.The main character Lydia wants to surprise her fiance' by showing up at his door. She falls prey to trickery and winds up being sold as a slave to Ru Shan who wants her for her yin. Which is where it gets a little...weird. Yin in this context means (as I am understanding it) female sexual energy. He promises that he will let her go, with her virginity in tact, if she does as he says so that he can extract her yin. Thus follows a muddled series of somewhat erotic/interesting/disturbing encounters. Personally, submissive females tend to irritate me. I couldn't get into that.
Whether you like this book or not depends on taste. For me, it was minimally romantic and erotic.
An unusual love story set in 19th century Shanghai. The Chinese hate the "white ghosts" and the English hate the Chinese. An English woman is thrust into the politics of China and sold into a brothel. She is bought by a strange young man trying to attain immortality through a strange sect of Taoism.I liked this story it was a different setting not too many romance books are set in China. The characters are interesting.I would give it 4 stars
The dragon:the Chinese symbol of maleness, virility, power. The tiger:femininity, fortune, desire. Two symbols. Two people. One all-consuming passion. Englishwoman Lydia Smith sailed to the Orient seeking her fiance. She found treachery instead. In seedy Shanghai, she was drugged, sold, and made to a dark-eyed dragon of a man. But while her captor purchased her body, was that what he truly sought? He demanded not her virginity but her yin--the essence of her ecstasy--and there seemed no choice but to consent. What harm, Lydia wondered, was there in allowing him to pleasure her, to teach her, until she could flee? It was the danger--and reward--of taking the first step on a journey to heaven, and her feet were already on the path to becoming a radiant and joyous... /// I absolutely LOVED this book!! Jane S.
Englishwoman Lydia Smith sailed to the Orient seeking her fiancé. She found treachery instead. In seedy Shanghai, she was drugged, sold, made a slave to a dark-eyed dragon of a man. But while her captor purchased her body, was that what he truly sought? He demanded not her virginity but her yinthe essence of her ecstasyand there seemed no choice but to consent. What harm, Lydia wondered, was there in allowing him to pleasure her, to teach her, until she could flee? It was the dangerand rewardof taking the first step on a journey to heaven, and her feet were already on the path to becoming a radiant and joyousWHITE TIGRESS
This is an interesting romance between an innocent Englishwoman sold into slavery and the Chinese man who buys her. In a different take on the "hostage" romance theme, he's not a great prince or lord. He's a merchant trying to follow an obscure religion whose goal is immortality.
Englishwoman Lydia smith sailed to the Orient seeking her fiance,she found treachery instead in seedy shanghai she was drugged sold and made a slave to a dark eyed dragon of a man but while her captor purchased her body was that wah he truly sought he demanded not her virginity but her yin the essence of her ecstasy and there seemed no choice but to consent,what harm lydia wondered was there in allowing him to pleasure her to teach her until she could flee it was the danger and reward of taking ther first step on a journey to heaven and her feet were already on the path to becoming a radiant and joyous