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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Review of The Last Concubine by Catt Ford

The Last Concubine by Catt Ford 4*
BLURB: When Princess Lan'xiu's brother delivers her under duress into General Hui Wei's harem as a political offering, her only question is how soon her secret will be discovered. She is under no illusions: when the general discovers she is actually a he, death is his only future-though he doesn't plan to make it easy. Lan'xiu has dressed as a woman all his life, but he is no damsel in distress. He can swing a sword with the best of them.
General Hui Wei has everything a man could want: power, wealth, success on the battlefield, and a harem of concubines. At first, he regards Lan'xiu with suspicion, but he finds himself strangely drawn to her. When he discovers the beautiful young woman is actually a man, his first reaction is to draw his sword. Rather than waste such beauty, he decides to enjoy the spirited Lan'xiu's submission-and ignites a passion and desire deeper than anything he's felt with other wives. But court intrigue, political ambitions, and the general's doubts may be too much for their love to overcome.

My Review: Apart from the fact that this was a really sweet and lovely romance, with a wonderful twist of intrigue, I really loved reading a book with a different setting than the norm. No regency London or contemporary America for this couple, oh no, they live in ancient china and Catt does a great job of making that land come alive in her book. Agreed the culture was more fantasy than fact and the verbiage was a little off (such phrases as puppy love for instance) but the whole storyline was more of a fantasy romance anyway so it didn't bother me. However if historical accuracy and facts are your thing you might be a little distracted and not enjoy this.

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