by Jeannie Lin
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Harlequin
Journey to the very edge of honor, loyalty . . . and love
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 home, with only her delicate butterfly swords for a defense, she enlists the reluctant protection of a blue-eyed warrior…
Battle-scarred, embittered Ryam has always held his own life 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 wanted….
Butterfly Swords is set in the tumultuous and highly prosperous Tang Dynasty in China, where Shen Ai Li has run-away from her own wedding to Li Tao, a ruthless Army General. She is believes that Li Tao is the one who killed her brother and is plotting against her father, the King of China. When the guards who are to accompany her back to her palace are drugged and fall far too easily, a barbarian, Ryam comes to her aid. Armed with Butterfly swords and trained in there use by her Grandmother, Princess Ai Li is no delicate thing. Ryam, who has no idea about her identity, promises her to get her home safely, without touching her… but he wants her more than anything. It does not help that both feel this fire between them. Battling Li Tao’s ruthless soldiers at every bend, Ryam is not only going to keep him promise but also find something about himself that he never knew.
There is nothing more awesome about a strong women, armed with Butterfly Swords and a hot Barbarian by your side battling the evil guy like Li Tao. With lush descriptions of a a very turbulent rule, Jeannie Lin has done a wonderful job of keeping me interested in this love story all way through the end. I have not read anything set in the Tang Dynasty. The opening of this book reminded me of the starting of the movie The Myth (starring Jackie Chan), but the similarity ends there. Lin has also captured the time period very beautifully, it gives you enough glimpses into the way people lived and the unrest that was there. I was never bored, the love scenes between Ai Li and Ryam were not overdone, that is it did not look forced or cheap.
I totally enjoyed this one and I loved the two main characters as well, especially Ai Li.
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