The Jade Temptress (The Pingkang Li Mysteries #2) by Jeannie Lin
Welcome to the infamous Pingkang Li—home of the celebrated Lotus Palace courtesans, and a place of beauty and treachery...
Charming and seductive, Mingyu is the most sought-after hostess in the pleasure quarter. She has all men wrapped around her finger—except Constable Wu Kaifeng, the one man she can't resist, the only man to have placed her in chains.
Wu Kaifeng's outwardly intimidating demeanor hides a reluctant, fierce attraction to beautiful Mingyu. But the passionate temptation she presents threatens to destroy them both when a powerful official is murdered and they find themselves on a deadly trail. Amid the chaos, a forbidden affair could change Mingyu's fate forever, for following her heart is bound to have consequences..
* Minor Spoilers
While reading The Jade Temptress two things became apparent this book was a part of a series and that I was going to invest more time (and money) to the rest of this series.
Having said that I must add I didn’t find any difficulties reading this second book of the Pingkang Li Mysteries and Jeannie Lin has managed to create an engaging, lyrical and so very different historical romance / mystery world in the mist of all the English regency books; so no more petticoats and English tone and yes to courtesans and teahouses.
Lady Mingyu is a popular courtesan, an asset to her house because she has a generous patron General Deng. But when the General is found dead in his own home and all of his guards missing Mingyu is seeking the help of Constable Wu Kaifeng!!!! Constable Wu is a mysterious man, balancing his dark past and the stability of his present Wu is aware just how precious Lady Mingyu and how precarious is her situation. Despite their differences Mingyu and Wu are an exceptional couple and the mystery that surrounds them is surprisingly intriguing.
Overall The Jade Temptress is a fresh and unique book, with interesting interactions and a beautiful world and I’m really looking forward to the next of the series!!!!!
*Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review.
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