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I'm an ex-English Major who, sick of reading classics after college, decided to read all the trashy books I didn't before because I was too snobby. Since graduating, I've entertained myself with comics, YA, and romance novels, finding out they can not only be decently written, but superbly written. I've since recovered from my classics aversion, but I'm now more open-minded reader willing to read from any genre. If a book has kick-ass heroines and/or witty banter and/or takes place in a different time or place (including fantasy settings), I will most likely fall in love with it. My favorite authors are Jane Austen, Shakespeare, E.M. Forster, Meljean Brook, Sarah Rees Brennan, Rachel Hartman, Catherynne M. Valente, and Aliette de Bodard.
4.5 out of 5 Stars
In the colorful capital of the Tang Dynasty, Musician Jia needs to steal a book by a famous courtesan to pay for her freedom. However, she has to steal it from the handsome Cheng!
It is truely amazing how much detail and character Lin fits in this well-plotted 57-page story. Chang'an comes alive, as do the character's of Jia and Cheng. Jia is determined and tough, yet vulnerable without being weak. She never plays the victim and, despite being a servant, is willfully in charge of her own destiny. Her Cheng is reserved and kind, yet as determined and playful as Jia underneath. Despite such a short page count, their story and attraction didn't feel rushed (although the very end resolved things a bit quickly and easily). I loved both these characters and their sweet sexy story very much. Jeannie Lin is definitely a gem among Harlequin authors.