The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin

The dragon and the pearlBlurb:

Former Emperor’s consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty; the ultimate seductress. Now she lives quietly alone—until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away….
Li Tao lives life by the sword, and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics. The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of the web. He must uncover her mystery without falling under her spell—yet her innocence calls out to him. How cruel if she, of all women, can entrance the man behind the legend…





In a nutshell:

I read it in: English

I liked it:     Yes    x  No  The book was a DNF for me.

For people who like: typical romance, ancient China

My thoughts: 

It seems I am having to deal with more DNFs than usual at the moment. Not sure why this is, the books that I did not finish were not at all comparable. Anyway, this one was yet another DNF for me.

I got “The Dragon and the Pearl” because I found the cover adorable. Not a very good reason to get a book (some people might disagree, I know), and it did turn out to be the wrong one here.

The story starts medias in res with Li Tao coming for Suyin and takes her with him to his own mansion deep in the forest. The perfect setting for a blossoming romance, isn’t it. And here we go! From the first moment Suyin was drawn to Li Tao and her heart started beating faster whenever he came near. It is very much possible that Li Tao felt the same way, as  he always got this gleam in his eyes when he set them on her. Needless to say he was muscled, hard as a rock, pure masculine power. I was only waiting for the term “predator” to crop up and I was not disappointed. It was in chapter three and appeared in the form of a “predatory glint” in his eyes. Two lines before that he “prowled” closer, which had me wondering once more why a man who “prowls” seems so desirable to some women (and romance authors).

Very soon after I decided to stop reading. I am sure had I gotten to the love scenes I would have encountered “molten lava” in abundance – or something similar, I am not sure whether Christine Feehan has the monopoly on molten lava or not.

Romance lovers will devour this book I am sure, especially since the setting is interesting and unusual. Maybe I was just disappointed because I expected the story to be different (why, I can’t say) and instead I only got the ordinary romance formula.

Location: Ancient China, capital Chang’an (now: Xi’an)

Map of China, Chang'an Wild Goose Pagoda, 652AD Mount Huashan near Chang'an

Images from wikipedia

Product info and buy link :

Title The Dragon and the Pearl
Author Jeannie Lin
Publisher Harlequin
ISBN 9780373296620
I got this book from Netgalley, because I found the cover very appealing
Buy link Buy The Dragon and the Pearl
More info Jeannie Lin’s website


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

4 Comments Write a comment

  1. I love it that you add the link and pics of the locations in the books 🙂
    I have always been interested in books that dealt with geisha, be they fiction, memoirs or just detailed presentations of their lives, I have seen this book’s cover and I was thinking about getting it since I thought it would involve geisha, but now you made me change my mind 🙂 Thanks!
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    • I also like to read about geishas and everything to do with them. This book is set in China and it is a standard romance, so definitely nothing geisha related.


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