attracted to her but I was a little worried about startingto her but I was a little worried about starting book because the ratings are so lowI bought it anyway because I love my friends but sometimes they can be wrong lol and I was so sure I was going to love this Sadly I did not It falls into the trap that a lot of these Harleuin historicals do where it just ind of feels bland and as one of my friends called it condensed It s like the book euivalent of eating oatmeal there s nothing offensive in it but it s also really plain and isn t as satisfying as juicy baconI was going to try to push through anyway
BUT AS I APPROACHED THE HALFWAY MARK I FOUNDas I approached the halfway mark I found growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of chemistry between the two main characters and the slow plodding plot it s basically one of those books where the hero and heroine just wander around and I m not super into travel stories I also bought MY FAIR CONCUBINE by this author so I m hoping I might like that one better as this one was sadly a bust2 stars This was my first Jeannie Lin book and first Asian historical romance and it won t be my last 5 Stars for this breathtaking historical With only two historical novels published to her name Jeannie Lin has shot into my list of favorite authors after being totally and utterly captivated by the tale of love Tang Dynasty politics and the beautiful sensuality that she wields in her stories I picked up Butterfly Swords right after I was done with The Taming of Mei Ling which was just a
teaser into Jeannie Lin s capability in eeping readers enthralled by the magic that she creates withinto Jeannie Lin s capability in eeping readers enthralled by the magic that she creates with words because simply put it was just utter and sheer magic that leaped out from each and every one of these pages as I read alongSet in 758 AD Tang Dynasty China this is the story of the sixth child and only girl of the Emperor of China during the time Ai Li is on her way to meet her husband to be Li Tao a military governor in one of the provinces when she learns that her sense of honor would not let herself marry a traitor to the Emperor Though she Generations and Collective Memory knows that the conseuences of fleeing from Li Tao would be catastrophic with a sense of inborn courage Ai Li is all set to travel back to Changan the Imperial Capital when she comes across the foreigner commonlynown as barbarian amongst the Chinese then who calls himself Ryam19 year old Ai Li has always had a sort of sixth sense when it comes to judging people And although her culture society and decorum demands that she shun the warrior with blond hair and blue eyes her sense of honor and respect for a man who willingly put his. Home with only her delicate butterfly swords for defense she enlists the reluctant protection of a blue eyed warrior Battle scarred embittered Ryam has always held his own li. .
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Was hoping for this to be historical My bad of course and most of it was I rarely read romances but when I caught the words Tang dynasty butterfly swords and woman warrior I decided to give this a go And thankfully there were no damsels in distress in this one Well the damsel has distress but nothing she can t handle with her butterfly swords and just a little bit of help of a blonde barbarian Ai Li aka Aileyis on her way to marry Li Tao when she discovers that her fiance is planning an uprising against her own father She runs away with hired bandits to escape her upcoming nupitals and report her newfound information to her father However Li Tao is not giving her up without a fight and Ai Li finds herself running for her life with a blonde barbarian sidekick The blonde barbarian Ryam is running himself from his own inner demons Despite being chased down constantly by Li Tao s army and sword battling anyone in their path and even fighting each other the two fall in love But Ai Li is an important part of the Tang dynasty Her virtue must remain intact or she will shame her ancestors and her family She must choose between love and honorUpon reaching her home base things do not go as Ai Li hope Her father is no longer than the man she thought he was Once again she faces marriage to Li Tao and once again her and her blonde barbarian are running Can Ai Li deal with the loss of her family tho Can love really conuer all She is now in a situation in which her butterfly swords may not be much helpA good read very entertaining The only reason it doesn t get a five is well Ryam is too horny to be believable From the very first moment he realizes Ai Li is a woman under her robes he has urges Come on she can t be THAT sexy all the time I ve had mixed luck with Jeannie Lin s writing I either highly enjoy it or can t get into it at all This wasn t terrible but it couldn t eep my attention either I would still recommend her as an author but I would suggest some of her other works first As I read Butterfly Swords I felt I was on a balancing act with likes and dislikes Not that I didn t enjoy this book but at the same time I felt there was some glaring weaknesses that made this book falter With the old saying of opposites attract Princess Ai Li and Ryam truly come from different walks of life One of the glittering royalty and the other of just fighting to survive Sparks truly fly when these two meet only burns brighter With Ai Li needing to get back to her family to warn them of danger and Ryam out to protect and make sure Ai gets there safety this on the road romancemartial arts story gets the reader a glimpse at the intrigues and shady allies whom would stab you in the back the moment your guard is down Jeannie Lin did a wonderful job of showing the reading how the silk roads effected the empire at the time while she did go into fantasy when it came to Ai Li family this
didn t bother me as much as the pace and at times thet bother me as much as the pace and at times the themselves Ai Li was feisty honorable swordswoman whom may have been na ve and shelter about the world outside her home but was very much to the point with a great indness about her with Ryam he had a do or die attitude that got him into trouble but also showed great honor to eep his word When it comes
on the road romance tend to expect a lot of talking this gives the reader a chance to learn about the characters have them open up to one another This didn t happen in Butterfly Swords their talks and thoughts were on repeat with Ai worried about her family how she can t be with Ryam Ryam fighting his manly urges about getting Ai into bed how they can t be together lather rinse repeat This goes on through the whole book Making it tedious at times Thrown in a fight scene and the book started to really lag The second part of the book was better when things finally come to head between Ai and Ryam I saw growth between the characters but as if they were scared of going forward their thoughts once again went back to repeat mode While an average read for me still was an enjoyable and a good debut I tried to read this sometime last year but my head was in the wrong place and I couldn t get started This time I was hooked after a few pages in Overall it was a fun read that soothed my desire for geographical and cultural diverse HRs No Dukes hereAiley was a wonderful fierce heroine Brave confident and believed in her and her family s honor Ryam was an interesting hero a skilled fighter though he was a barbarian from land far away I did not feel like I got a great picture of his background He was a nomad from far western lands I liked him but he did have a tendency to feel sorry for himself and to drown his problems in drinkThe writing was engaging and world building well done I liked the romance It had sweet moments and the connection was believable Looking forward to in the series Butterfly Swords is set during a uniue time period in the Tang Dynasty in 758 AD China Ai Li the daughter of an emperor is betrothed to marry Li Tao a warlord This is an arranged marriage and one that Ai Li doesn t want because she has found out that her husband to be has plotted against her family and may have illed one of her brothers Ai Li has always been the dutiful daughter but in this case she will defy her parents wishes and return to them and tell them what she nows regardless if she will be disgraced in their eyes As she s returning home she s set upon by thugs pretending to be bandits thanks to one of her father s lieutenants who wants to help her She runs off with this group of men uncertain of her future She trusts no one and will disguise herself as a boy usin. During China's infamous Tang Dynasty a time awash with luxury yet littered with deadly intrigues and fallen royalty betrayed Princess Ai Li flees before her wedding Miles from. Life on the line to come to her rescue has her reuesting his help in returning to the Imperial cityRyam is a man who has got the wandering swordsman thing down to a pat Following in his father s footsteps who had imbibed in drinking and foolhardy fighting after the loss of his beloved wife had been Ryam s way of life until he is recruited by Adrian a prince by his own rights who admires Ryam s mighty skill with the sword A mission that goes horribly wrong which had nearly illed Ryam in the process has left him with a terrible sense of guilt that clouds all his senses until the beautiful and enchanting Ai Li enlists his help and Ryam agrees against his better judgementFor the first time in Ai Li s life she gets to spend time with a man who listens to her values her opinions and has a way of making her feel things that she shouldn t feel for someone like Ryam and God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School keeps messing with her head Ryam who has all the worldly experience under his belt when it comes to seduction and women finds himself for the first time smitten with a virgin who has no idea what she does to him just by existingThough their attraction and the awareness that springs forth between them is an immediate one the sexual tension of the sizzling variety is a long drawn one whicheeps the reader on tenterhooks awaiting that moment when Ai Li and Ryam would surrender and give themselves to each other Every single touch and look exchanged stokes the fire that burns between them making this a read worth savoring and sinking into just for the web of sensuality that surrounds the reader from the beginningAi Li and Ryam s journey towards happily ever after is not an easy one The intricate details of the politics and the responsibilities that one shoulders in holding a position such as being the Emperor of a country as China comes to light as the story unfolds making this one of the most interesting historical romances that I have read to date It s always refreshing to read a historical that is not based in the UK involving the ton and the patriarch British society and Jeannie Lin has carved a place for herself as one of the uniue voices in the historical romance genreThere were numerous things I loved about this story Both Ai Li and Ryam s characters reel you in from the first encounter itself making you root for their happily ever after all throughout Ai Li has such a sense of honor ingrained into her that she is willing to forgo everything that she holds dear just so that no shame would come to her family Ryam who is the exact opposite to Ai Li in each and every way just turns out to be the man who complements her in every way Though I would have loved to Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) know about Ryam s past and where he came from nevertheless he makes for a pretty well rounded character whom I loved for his undeniable need for Ai Li and her touch that continues to sooth and arouse him at the same time And loved those sword fights between Ai Li and Ryam I didn tnow that fighting could end up being so eroticThe secondary characters that we meet along the journey are all interesting ones that do not distract us from the actual main story I found my interest piued to find out about Adrian and his wife Miya who gave up the throne to become his wife And towards the end I found myself oddly intrigued and a little bit helplessly fascinated with Li Tao who comes out as a villain at the beginning and left me with mixed feelings towards the end I am hoping he would get his own story and that I would love seeing his cold and controlled self brought to his nees by a woman who is his match made in heaven Oh yes I am an evil evil woman who gets her fix from seeing heroes crumble to dust at the feet of the women they loveSince I loved this story so much I couldn t help but feel cheated out of an epilogue which would have done wonders for the story Though the ending as it is is not a bad one I would have loved seeing Ai Li and Ryam actually live through their happily ever after maybe have a couple of babies and experience all that comes along with finding your soul mate to share your life with you foreverI end my review with some of the scenes that just leapt out of the pages at me whilst I was reading that I just can t help but want to share with all of youview spoiler One moment she made him swear not to touch her and the next she was issing him into madness If she made a single move towards him made a single sweet sound he d take hold of her lower her to the ground and make her his right now with the fierce throb of combat and their wild escape still in his veinsSome part of her must have nown it That was why she stayed petrified her only movement the rise and fall of her breasts as she struggled to breatheTell me what it is you want from me and it s yours he promised dangerouslyShe clutched at the front of his tunic and sank against him closing her eyes when his mouth captured hers It was always like this Possessive devastating He new how to make her melt into him how to steal her breath and fold himself around herTo On The Road Romance
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"couldn t think of anything but himthrough the "t think of anything but himThrough the heat and the unbelievable tightness him Ailey was there When he shut his eyes he saw her faceMine he thought as the blood rushed through his skull For as long as she would have him To the ends of the earth if she needed him thereHe was a fool hide spoiler Total romp Kick ass within reason sword wielding Emperor s daughter and white barbarian mercenary on a cross China flight from a warlord Tangle politics interesting culture clash fabulous detail sexy romance Hugely enjoyable highly recommended and this was her first book as well Looking forward to reading. Fe at cheap value Ai Li's innocent trust in him and honorable stubborn nature make him desperate to protect her which means not seducing the first woman he has ever truly want.