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A well-bred lady and lowly street hustler team up in a historical murder mystery set during China's glittering Tang Dynasty. Part of the best-selling Lotus Palace series. Impetuous and well-educated, young Lady Bai has always been the forgotten daughter between two favored sons. However, when Wei-wei's older brother is tasked with investigating a high-profile assassination, A well-bred lady and lowly street hustler team up in a historical murder mystery set during China's glittering Tang Dynasty. Part of the best-selling Lotus Palace series. Impetuous and well-educated, young Lady Bai has always been the forgotten daughter between two favored sons. However, when Wei-wei's older brother is tasked with investigating a high-profile assassination, he turns to his clever younger sister for assistance. Gao is a street-wise scoundrel with a checkered past and a shady reputation. He knows better than to set his sights on the high-born Lady Bai, but when she asks for his help, he can't refuse. As the unlikely pair chase down a conspiracy that reaches from the gutters of the capital to the imperial palace, Wei-wei is intent on seeing justice done, while Gao is determined to solve the mystery just for her – even if the attraction between them can never be more than a moment's longing.


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A well-bred lady and lowly street hustler team up in a historical murder mystery set during China's glittering Tang Dynasty. Part of the best-selling Lotus Palace series. Impetuous and well-educated, young Lady Bai has always been the forgotten daughter between two favored sons. However, when Wei-wei's older brother is tasked with investigating a high-profile assassination, A well-bred lady and lowly street hustler team up in a historical murder mystery set during China's glittering Tang Dynasty. Part of the best-selling Lotus Palace series. Impetuous and well-educated, young Lady Bai has always been the forgotten daughter between two favored sons. However, when Wei-wei's older brother is tasked with investigating a high-profile assassination, he turns to his clever younger sister for assistance. Gao is a street-wise scoundrel with a checkered past and a shady reputation. He knows better than to set his sights on the high-born Lady Bai, but when she asks for his help, he can't refuse. As the unlikely pair chase down a conspiracy that reaches from the gutters of the capital to the imperial palace, Wei-wei is intent on seeing justice done, while Gao is determined to solve the mystery just for her – even if the attraction between them can never be more than a moment's longing.

30 review for The Hidden Moon

  1. 4 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    Oh my goodness I loved this. The Pingkang Li books are among my favourite Jeannie Lins--the historical setting is incredibly well done, the characters are flawed and problematic and come from/live in a brilliantly seedy world of courtesans and crime and everyone scrabbling to make it, the mystery subplots are engaging, the setting is bright and real and vivid, and the romances are stellar. I have wanted this story painfully since The Liar's Dice which introduces high-born, fiercely intelligent W Oh my goodness I loved this. The Pingkang Li books are among my favourite Jeannie Lins--the historical setting is incredibly well done, the characters are flawed and problematic and come from/live in a brilliantly seedy world of courtesans and crime and everyone scrabbling to make it, the mystery subplots are engaging, the setting is bright and real and vivid, and the romances are stellar. I have wanted this story painfully since The Liar's Dice which introduces high-born, fiercely intelligent Wei-wei, who likes to sneak out in her brother's clothes at night, and the gangland enforcer and thug Gao. (You don't *have* to read that, or indeed the other books in the series, to read this, but you'd be a fool not to because they're great.) The Hidden Moon was everything I hoped for--Gao is fantastic, grim and hurt and yearning and a bit scary, Wei-wei is clever, naive, determined for herself but not prepared to let down her family. The romance is fantastic and swoony and full of fabulous pining, the mystery develops really well, and the other characters from the series work really well without unbalancing the book, which is a harder thing to pull off than you might imagine. And the cover is gorgeous, what more do you want?

  2. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    2020 Fall Bingo (#fallintorombingo🍁): ‪Non-Regency Historical A balm to the soul after a hellish month. RTC. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alice Poon

    This novel was an enjoyable breezy read, and I was particularly impressed with the sensitive characterization of Wei Wei and Gao, the two protagonists in the story. A tale of impossible love between Wei Wei, a learned and headstrong maiden from an aristocratic family, and Gao, an illiterate but kind-at-heart street bum, is skillfully braided with the magistrate's investigation of a couple of mysterious and high-profile murders in Chang'An, the glittering capital of the Tang dynasty. The ups and d This novel was an enjoyable breezy read, and I was particularly impressed with the sensitive characterization of Wei Wei and Gao, the two protagonists in the story. A tale of impossible love between Wei Wei, a learned and headstrong maiden from an aristocratic family, and Gao, an illiterate but kind-at-heart street bum, is skillfully braided with the magistrate's investigation of a couple of mysterious and high-profile murders in Chang'An, the glittering capital of the Tang dynasty. The ups and downs in the development of the love story as well as the twists and turns in the murder investigation will keep you turning the pages. I have to admit, though, that I seldom read novels in the historical romance genre. Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised by this well-written and well-researched novel and won't hesitate to recommend it to readers of romance and mysteries. I'm giving it 3.8 stars, rounded up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    The Hidden Moon came on my radar thanks to Aarya on Twitter. I immediately put a hold on it at the library and what a great decision that was. The Hidden Moon was just as lovely as the stunning cover. I'm so excited to have discovered a new author whose backlist I have the opportunity to read. The shining star of The Hidden Moon was the protagonist, Wei-wei, a smart and perceptive young woman, who has grown up being outshined by her brothers. She has helped both her older and younger brothers in The Hidden Moon came on my radar thanks to Aarya on Twitter. I immediately put a hold on it at the library and what a great decision that was. The Hidden Moon was just as lovely as the stunning cover. I'm so excited to have discovered a new author whose backlist I have the opportunity to read. The shining star of The Hidden Moon was the protagonist, Wei-wei, a smart and perceptive young woman, who has grown up being outshined by her brothers. She has helped both her older and younger brothers in their respective education and jobs, but unfortunately, because of the times, she never had the freedom to be the independent woman that she wanted to be. As a result, she has avoided getting married because she knows that it would be an end to her dreams. The Hidden Moon provided her with the opportunity to showcase all her strengths when she becomes embroiled in the investigation of a high-profile murder. I love characters like Wei-wei who possess a quiet but deep strength to them. With how big her heart was, I had no trouble finding her an endearing character whose happiness I rooted for. As she navigated the conspiracies of the case, I grew even more fond of her as her determination to solve the case and resilience came to the forefront of the book. A promise of future happiness arrived in Wei-wei's life in the form of Gao, a man who, at first glance, was the complete opposite of her. He was from the wrong sides of the tracks and had the misfortune to work for some shady characters unlike Wei-wei, who grew up in a wealthy and respected family. Gao, though, was an actual giant softie. I didn't realize how much I loved love interests who are soft criminals. I would very much like to read more of these heroes. Anyways, Gao pined and thirsted for Wei-wei afar. The man was so hopelessly in love with Wei-wei and would hang on to her every word. He knew that because of their very different socioeconomic backgrounds that they could never be together, but that didn't stop this stoic man from dreaming about a life with Wei-wei. The romance between the two was wonderfully crafted and paced. The tension, the yearning, and the connection between the pair were unmistakable. The touch of angst in their relationship made for an incredibly dreamy and swoon-worthy romance. Wei-wei and Gao's love story was the soft and pining romance of my dreams. The secondary cast here was equally compelling, from Wei-wei's investigator brother to the man who her mother wanted her to marry. I loved how nuanced all of the characters were, making them all feel like important players of the story. The backdrop of China in the Tang Dynasty also made The Hidden Moon stand out, in my opinion. It added an extra something special to the already beautiful romance. Jeannie Lin is clearly a very talented writer and she brought the setting and atmosphere to life with her rich prose. The case that Wei-wei and Gao attempt to solve was also brilliantly executed. I appreciated that it was given equal importance as the romance. It was hard not to get invested in the mystery when the author delivered on the conspiracies and political intrigue. The Hidden Moon was breath-taking and I can't recommend this one enough to those of you who love historical romances. It offered something different than what dominates the historical romance market and it truly was a standout novel for me. I'll definitely be revisiting this book as I go back to the start of the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    What jubilee and excitement I felt when I learned of The Hidden Moon's release! I have been wanting this story since meeting Wei Wei and Gao in The Liar's Dice novella. Set in the historical Tang Dynasty of China, author Jeannie Lin masterfully weaves an enchanting forbidden romance and a clever mystery that make one reluctantly set down her book for mundane matters. The Hidden Moon is the fourth entry in the Lotus Palace Mysteries (sometimes referred to as the Pingkang Li Mysteries). The Hidden What jubilee and excitement I felt when I learned of The Hidden Moon's release! I have been wanting this story since meeting Wei Wei and Gao in The Liar's Dice novella. Set in the historical Tang Dynasty of China, author Jeannie Lin masterfully weaves an enchanting forbidden romance and a clever mystery that make one reluctantly set down her book for mundane matters. The Hidden Moon is the fourth entry in the Lotus Palace Mysteries (sometimes referred to as the Pingkang Li Mysteries). The Hidden Moon does work best if it follows The Liar's Dice novella and all the main side characters were introduced in the previous books so I think a reader would get more out of them if they are read in order. A jade chop with the Emperor's etching on it turns up at the same time an aristocrat and his entourage are found assassinated. Not long after, another body turns up at the river. Life in the capital city in some of its wards can get dicey, but this is something else. Gao is not one who draws attention to himself, but if it means spending any time with the lovely, untouchable Lady Bai Wei Ling, he will put his street skills and cunning mind to tracking the assassins and those who sent them right along with her. He aches for their fortunes to be different- to not be nearly destitute and rough and for her not to be an aristocrat's daughter with a clever mind and high education. He tells himself to leave be and to move on, but his heart yearns and their intertwined fate leads them on a dangerous investigation. Wei Wei finds each encounter with Gao stimulating and exciting. Her caged existence behind the walls of her family's mansion and stifling expectations that she marry well when she wishes to remain free and not forced into a certain mold of dutiful wife and mother. Slipping out disguised as her younger brother in the night when the Pleasure District is lively and seeing so much is nearly as exciting as tracking a killer and the conspirator behind it all. She knows his vicious reputation and is warned away from him, but it only with Gao that she can be herself and he respects all aspects and not just the part approved by her class. She knows her duty to family, but her heart cries out for something- someone- else. The Hidden Moon paints an exotic world of the past and it feels authentic from setting to characters. It is obvious the author does her homework down to rituals and customs or clothing, for that matter. I was rather taken with the full-sleeved silk robes that have a hidden pocket up the sleeve. But, where the heart of the story is are the complex and engaging characters. Family and friendship define these stories behind the romances. Even if this means sometimes an unlikely association like Wei Wei and Gao or her brother, Huang, and his low born wife or her extended family who were a former constable and courtesan. This group are loyal and rely on each other for help when called upon. But, it's not just the main group, even the bit parts offer some colorful bit of description or personality. This romance is not a case of do they feel, but the knowledge that it doesn't matter because it can't be. There is even the arranged suitor who is a good man and an honorable one. I loved this pair together and ached for them to find a way because they were equals in all the ways that really count. The sensual attraction was always there and built in the background of other aspects of the story in just such a way that it felt natural when it surged forward. The suspense element had a few twists and was full of political intrigue and exploded with excitement on the streets of the city. I liked the build of tension and felt some breathless moments. Once they had the answers and even a big fight moment, this side of the story was wrapped up off set. I got the impression this was the last book, but I do wish there could be a story for Song Li and a certain someone, pretty please. I'm not ready to leave this series behind, but then I say that about all the author's series. Those who love historical romance in an Asian setting should snatch this series up and get lost in the Tang Dynasty. My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth S.

    So happy that I could return to the world of this series. I've read and re-read the other two books multiple times and I imagine this one will be the same. It's a sweet romance with fascinating characters and I loved it. Also, the dedication at the end got me a little verklempt. So happy that I could return to the world of this series. I've read and re-read the other two books multiple times and I imagine this one will be the same. It's a sweet romance with fascinating characters and I loved it. Also, the dedication at the end got me a little verklempt.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary K

    Wei-Wei feels trapped. As a daughter she can only honor her family by making an advantageous marriage even though she is well educated. Her focus has always been to help her brothers find a good position in the Imperial government, but our heroine has a rebellious streak and often sneaks out to explore the city. On her adventures she often sees Gao, a street hustler. He's a dangerous man who uses his wiles to survive. These two form an unlikely friendship. Wei-Wei is from a wealthy and prosperou Wei-Wei feels trapped. As a daughter she can only honor her family by making an advantageous marriage even though she is well educated. Her focus has always been to help her brothers find a good position in the Imperial government, but our heroine has a rebellious streak and often sneaks out to explore the city. On her adventures she often sees Gao, a street hustler. He's a dangerous man who uses his wiles to survive. These two form an unlikely friendship. Wei-Wei is from a wealthy and prosperous family. GAO works hard to survive and be invisible. A murder that threatens the emperor makes these two allies. Wei-Wei is determined to aid her brother who is involved in a secret investigating. Gao want to protect her as the perpetrator seeks to get rid of anyone who knows what happened. Their continued closeness leads to love. I was heartbroken that they could never be together. Wei-Wei is being forced to marry. Would the love between Wei-Wei and Gao triumph? I hoped so. I cared because their love was real. The Hidden Moon is a wonderful book. The setting is perfect. It's beautiful but deadly. Jeannie Lin's story is filled with treachery and a conspiracy, an unrelenting enemy and a passionate romance. I love this continuation of The Lotus Palace Mystery series. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fedora

    The Hidden Moon by Jeannie Lin is the third in the Pingkang Li Mysteries series, set in Tang Dynasty China. While Liar's Dice is a terrific prequel to this story, it isn't required to fully appreciate and enjoy The Hidden Moon on its own. Lady Bai is a well-bred, well-educated woman who's reaching spinsterhood, which she is quite eager to embrace. As a middle child sandwiched between two cherished sons, she's quite aware that her role will never be as the star or even as the understudy but as the The Hidden Moon by Jeannie Lin is the third in the Pingkang Li Mysteries series, set in Tang Dynasty China. While Liar's Dice is a terrific prequel to this story, it isn't required to fully appreciate and enjoy The Hidden Moon on its own. Lady Bai is a well-bred, well-educated woman who's reaching spinsterhood, which she is quite eager to embrace. As a middle child sandwiched between two cherished sons, she's quite aware that her role will never be as the star or even as the understudy but as the behind-the-scenes jill of all trades. With an agile mind and fierce intellect, she's long supported both her brothers in their studies, and now her elder brother in his investigative work, and knows that while their successes are at least in part hers, she will never receive public recognition. She longs for the freedom to act independently, knowing that marriage will likely cut off even the brief moments of autonomy she's managed to carve out for herself. And as the days pass, her mother is more and more eager to finalize her engagement to a local official to ensure she makes a good match. An acquaintance of Lady Bai's elder brother, Gao is from the wrong side of the tracks, so to speak. He's kept himself alive and well by his wits and strength, but knows he's not appropriate company for the intriguing Wei-wei. But when their paths cross again and again as they work to solve a high-profile assassination, neither can resist the other's allure. While seemingly entirely ill-suited, Gao and Wei-wei actually share more than just attraction. Both are quite familiar with what it means to be overlooked and undervalued. Their stolen moments of conversation give them both the sweet satisfaction of being seen and being understood. Jeannie Lin captures so well their thoughts and emotions, revealing a steadily growing connection that is layered and heartfelt. Beautifully written and completely captivating, The Hidden Moon will keep you turning its pages as its characters linger in your mind long after you set the book down. It's absolutely one for the keeper shelf.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Like the previous books in this very enjoyable series, this is a cross-class romance weaved with a mystery set in Tang Dynasty (9th century) China. Wei-Wei was crying out for her own book and I loved how complex and realistic her situation felt. She’s very clever and feels constrained and bound by society and filial duty. This, combined with her recklessness and naivety, leads to her getting into all manner of trouble. The street thug, Gao, was a good foil for her, and I liked his redemption arc, Like the previous books in this very enjoyable series, this is a cross-class romance weaved with a mystery set in Tang Dynasty (9th century) China. Wei-Wei was crying out for her own book and I loved how complex and realistic her situation felt. She’s very clever and feels constrained and bound by society and filial duty. This, combined with her recklessness and naivety, leads to her getting into all manner of trouble. The street thug, Gao, was a good foil for her, and I liked his redemption arc, but he didn’t jump off the page the way that previous heroes in this series have. Jeannie Lin has a wonderful way of creating romances where the HEA seems impossible due to insurmountable societal pressures, until the final chapter where it’s not only possible, but swoonily romantic.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sidney

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Characters: Wei-Wei is a character introduced in the previous Lotus Palace books. To be honest, Wei-Wei had been one of my favorite characters. Highly educated, outspoken, and breaking the accepted behavior for a woman of her time, Wei-Wei was always interesting. I had hoped that one day she would get her own book. In The Hidden Moon, readers get a look at Wei-Wei's thought processes and desires. Still wanting more than marriage and babies, s I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Characters: Wei-Wei is a character introduced in the previous Lotus Palace books. To be honest, Wei-Wei had been one of my favorite characters. Highly educated, outspoken, and breaking the accepted behavior for a woman of her time, Wei-Wei was always interesting. I had hoped that one day she would get her own book. In The Hidden Moon, readers get a look at Wei-Wei's thought processes and desires. Still wanting more than marriage and babies, she eagerly involves herself in the mystery that makes up the plot. Gao is also a character that had been previously introduced. He had never been someone who had interested me before, so I was indifferent to him being the love interest now. Honestly...nothing in the book really changed my mind about him. He remained kind of flat. The typical rough, lower-class man who falls for the upper-class woman he cannot be with. I found myself setting down the book during his sections. The Plot: Like all of the books in the series, The Hidden Moon is more mystery than romance. There have been murders and there is a conspiracy, connecting Gao, Wei-Wei, her brother, and even the way up to the Emperor himself. Worse, another person is involved: the man Wei-Wei's mother has decided she is to marry. The romance aspect of the plot is two people from different social classes who want to be together but cannot plot. Complicating that even more, Wei-Wei's mother has decided that it is time for her to marry. The Writing: This is not a fast-paced book. I found myself putting down the book a lot in the beginning as my attention wandered. It does not really pick up until the middle. The latter third of the book is where I found myself really invested in the plot and wanting to know what happens. None of this is to say that this is a bad book! It is definitely not. It is simply not the best book of The Lotus Palace series. I do think, however, that it is satisfying for those who have read every book and wondered if Wei-Wei was going to get what she wanted in life or be forced to conform to society.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. At long last, another installment in the Lotus Palace/Pingkang Li series with The Hidden Moon! And while it hasn’t been as long for me between books as it has for everyone else (and, oops, I somehow still haven’t read The Jade Temptress…not that you have to have read any of the prior books to understand this one), it’s still wonderful to see the love story between Wei-wei and Gao first teased in The Liar’ I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. At long last, another installment in the Lotus Palace/Pingkang Li series with The Hidden Moon! And while it hasn’t been as long for me between books as it has for everyone else (and, oops, I somehow still haven’t read The Jade Temptress…not that you have to have read any of the prior books to understand this one), it’s still wonderful to see the love story between Wei-wei and Gao first teased in The Liar’s Dice finally come to fruition. I’ve always liked and rooted for Wei-wei since first meeting her in The Lotus Palace, and could empathize with her situation of being an educated, but superfluous woman in a society where being a man was more valued. I also like how she’s a believable balance of contradictions: intelligent, but not shut away and secluded like many intellectuals (myself included), instead using her intellect to figure out how best to get into and out of mischief, a valuable quality in the conspiracy-laden Tang Dynasty China. Gao represents her perfect partner-in-crime, a scoundrel with a bad reputation, even if they are from different classes. He has his hands full attempting to keep her safe, and I rooted for them to find a way to be together in spite of the odds against them. I adored this book, with its wonderful characters and impeccable historical detail. If you love historical romance and are looking for something set in China as opposed to the typical Regency/Victorian England, you can’t go wrong with Jeannie Lin.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristel Kristel

    Want a historical romance murder-mystery set in China's Tang Dynasty? Then check this one out! The vivid atmosphere of life in the ancient capital of Chang'an sets this novel apart from the books I've read in this genre: the vibrant culture, the traditions... It was like watching those Chinese movies. Add the romantic rich-girl-poor-boy trope and boom... move over, Regency romance. It tells the story of Wei-wei, who comes from a respectable and illustrious Bai family. Through her brother Huang an Want a historical romance murder-mystery set in China's Tang Dynasty? Then check this one out! The vivid atmosphere of life in the ancient capital of Chang'an sets this novel apart from the books I've read in this genre: the vibrant culture, the traditions... It was like watching those Chinese movies. Add the romantic rich-girl-poor-boy trope and boom... move over, Regency romance. It tells the story of Wei-wei, who comes from a respectable and illustrious Bai family. Through her brother Huang and lowly street hustler Gao, she was suddenly thrown into the investigation of a murdered man possessing an imperial seal. Exploring the political intrigues behind the case is beautifully crafted, adding depth to the romantic conflict between Wei-wei and Gao. Wei-wei and Gao's love story is another story. Their sexual tension is off the charts and I love how pragmatic they are with their situation. Both wanted life outside the confines of what fate has bestowed upon them, but doing so has dire consequences. Despite these, I still have issues. I wished that the turning point of the investigation has more action but instead, it was presented like a police report. There were also moments where Wei-wei's practical thinking bordered to underestimating Gao, but in the end she redeemed herself. Overall, this is a unique story that is worth the time and money, and I'm looking forward to more from this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emma Rigby

    I've been looking forward to Wei-Wei and Gao's story since reading the Liar''s Dice and it was worth the wait. I spent the whole book on tenterhooks, wondering how these two would find their happily ever after given how different their backgrounds are (and how constrained Wei-Wei is by her status as a high-born woman), but, I'm sure it's not a spoiler to say, the ending doesn't disappoint.  One thing I really enjoy about this series is the glimpse it gives into life in the Tang Dynasty. This book I've been looking forward to Wei-Wei and Gao's story since reading the Liar''s Dice and it was worth the wait. I spent the whole book on tenterhooks, wondering how these two would find their happily ever after given how different their backgrounds are (and how constrained Wei-Wei is by her status as a high-born woman), but, I'm sure it's not a spoiler to say, the ending doesn't disappoint.  One thing I really enjoy about this series is the glimpse it gives into life in the Tang Dynasty. This book takes that setting & adds murder, conspiracy and disguising yourself as your younger brother so you can sneak out at night to solve mysteries with a certain disreputable man!  I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair review. 

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    I've enjoyed the Lotus Palace Mysteries for their glimpse into a world very different from the usual European or US settings of historical romance. We saw glimmers of a potential relationship between the street hustler Gao and Lady Bai (Wei-Wei) in earlier books, but what I loved most about this story of theirs was feeling they'd never find their HEA. Society was too hidebound, the risks of family disgrace too high, not at all like the more common Western response of "Love conquers all." But Lin I've enjoyed the Lotus Palace Mysteries for their glimpse into a world very different from the usual European or US settings of historical romance. We saw glimmers of a potential relationship between the street hustler Gao and Lady Bai (Wei-Wei) in earlier books, but what I loved most about this story of theirs was feeling they'd never find their HEA. Society was too hidebound, the risks of family disgrace too high, not at all like the more common Western response of "Love conquers all." But Lin pulls it off with skill and verve, weaving in a murder mystery as well. It's all completely believable and completely enjoyable, and I hope there are more historical Chinese romance novels in Ms. Lin's future.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    5/5 heart-melting stars I already fell in love with Wei-wei and Gao in The Liar's Dice, and I was overjoyed to finally see them get their HEA. Their story gave me ALL THE FEELS! I laughed, I cried, I swooned (don't get me started on the swoons... gah!), and I loved every single page of this book - even the ones that broke my heart. I absolutely adore "obediently wild" Wei-wei, who is fierce, and loyal, and lovely, and smart, and funny... *le sigh* And Gao - rational, street-smart, dangerous, all- 5/5 heart-melting stars I already fell in love with Wei-wei and Gao in The Liar's Dice, and I was overjoyed to finally see them get their HEA. Their story gave me ALL THE FEELS! I laughed, I cried, I swooned (don't get me started on the swoons... gah!), and I loved every single page of this book - even the ones that broke my heart. I absolutely adore "obediently wild" Wei-wei, who is fierce, and loyal, and lovely, and smart, and funny... *le sigh* And Gao - rational, street-smart, dangerous, all-around unsuitable - who is her perfect counterpart and has his hands full trying to keep her safe in this tale of murder, mystery, and marriage proposals.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Angel Graham

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. As usual, when it's a Jeannie Lin book, I know it'll be good. I still don't normally read historical, but there's something different about Jeannie's Asian Historicals. This book continues the story of Wei-Wei and Gao. Bit of a mystery with a hint of romance. Even if you haven't read the other books before this, you should have no problem figuring it out. Yes, it's more complete with the others, but can be read as a stand alone. Sorry this isn't I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. As usual, when it's a Jeannie Lin book, I know it'll be good. I still don't normally read historical, but there's something different about Jeannie's Asian Historicals. This book continues the story of Wei-Wei and Gao. Bit of a mystery with a hint of romance. Even if you haven't read the other books before this, you should have no problem figuring it out. Yes, it's more complete with the others, but can be read as a stand alone. Sorry this isn't longer. Been a long, long week. I put Sept. 1 as read dates as I can't remember exactly when I read this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The Hidden Moon was an entertaining read with the perfect blend of romance and mystery. It was satisfying to see Wei-Wei and Gao's story unravel. I would have preferred if Gao had expressed his love with more patience by proving himself worthy for her hand to her family because of their difference in societal status. Even if this is a historical fiction, in the ancient times a person's status was very distinguished. Overall, the novel was an enjoyable quick afternoon read. The narrative and desc The Hidden Moon was an entertaining read with the perfect blend of romance and mystery. It was satisfying to see Wei-Wei and Gao's story unravel. I would have preferred if Gao had expressed his love with more patience by proving himself worthy for her hand to her family because of their difference in societal status. Even if this is a historical fiction, in the ancient times a person's status was very distinguished. Overall, the novel was an enjoyable quick afternoon read. The narrative and descriptions were vivid as if I were watching a movie.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Em

    A high 4, maybe 4.5 stars? I really enjoyed this - definitely read Liar's Dice first, where Wei-wei and Gao first meet though. Even though I think this would stand alone it's a good story and sets up the two MCs really well. This novel is very similar to Liar's Dice both in tone and in the great balance of mystery and romance. I love a forbidden romance and this hit all the right notes for me - she's above his station, they know they can never be together but somehow they keep finding each other A high 4, maybe 4.5 stars? I really enjoyed this - definitely read Liar's Dice first, where Wei-wei and Gao first meet though. Even though I think this would stand alone it's a good story and sets up the two MCs really well. This novel is very similar to Liar's Dice both in tone and in the great balance of mystery and romance. I love a forbidden romance and this hit all the right notes for me - she's above his station, they know they can never be together but somehow they keep finding each other anyway.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    I'm so happy I was able to read The Hidden Moon. The author's note regarding the role of readers' messages etc. (one of which I sent) was quite touching. As for the book itself, We-wei and Gao were a great couple, and I really enjoyed their different perspectives and reading their inner thoughts. The recurring red silk ribbon was lovely. The mystery and suspense were also well done and I liked learning more about the Tang period in Chinese history. I also located a map of Chang'an to refer to wh I'm so happy I was able to read The Hidden Moon. The author's note regarding the role of readers' messages etc. (one of which I sent) was quite touching. As for the book itself, We-wei and Gao were a great couple, and I really enjoyed their different perspectives and reading their inner thoughts. The recurring red silk ribbon was lovely. The mystery and suspense were also well done and I liked learning more about the Tang period in Chinese history. I also located a map of Chang'an to refer to while reading which added to my enjoyment. Edited to add: the cover is goregous.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I liked Wei-wei in The Liar's Dice, and was delighted that she has a full-length story! I love this book! It has the combination of murder mystery and romance I really enjoyed in The Lotus Palace and The Jade Temptress. Wei-wei and Gao's slowburn-ish romance worked really well for me! It was also neat to see Yue-ying and Mingyu again. I liked Wei-wei in The Liar's Dice, and was delighted that she has a full-length story! I love this book! It has the combination of murder mystery and romance I really enjoyed in The Lotus Palace and The Jade Temptress. Wei-wei and Gao's slowburn-ish romance worked really well for me! It was also neat to see Yue-ying and Mingyu again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Willa

    I was surprised by how much I loved this. Both the mystery and romance plots were well developed. Wei-wei might be my favorite heroine ever and her hero Gao is fully up to the challenge. I'm not familiar with the Tang Dynasty at all but Lin added just enough exposition to keep me clued in without it being clunky at all. Seriously so fun!! I was surprised by how much I loved this. Both the mystery and romance plots were well developed. Wei-wei might be my favorite heroine ever and her hero Gao is fully up to the challenge. I'm not familiar with the Tang Dynasty at all but Lin added just enough exposition to keep me clued in without it being clunky at all. Seriously so fun!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I enjoyed this novel a lot - this is an interesting time period, which I'd like to learn more about. And it was great to get a glimpse of previous characters from this series in this book (especially Mingyu and Wu Kaifeng, who are favourites of mine). I enjoyed this novel a lot - this is an interesting time period, which I'd like to learn more about. And it was great to get a glimpse of previous characters from this series in this book (especially Mingyu and Wu Kaifeng, who are favourites of mine).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Parker

    Step back to 9th century China. Murder. Mystery. Forbidden love. Ms. Lin combines all of these and more in the most recent Lotus Palace Mystery. Follow Wei-wei as she sees places and meets people far different from her rich, aristocratic family.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Herzig

    review to come

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pip

    This book felt a lot like The Longest Day in Chang’an in romance novel form which is as if it was specifically tailored to appeal to my interests!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Makoto Kobayashi

    Omg I was waiting for this book! I loved Gao and Weiwei and wanted to have a HEA for them :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    i screamed when i found out that the author was also inspired by 长安十二时辰 :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Egle

    Excellent conclusion to the series! Best mystery from the three, too, I think.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Loved the book

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    What a gripping and emotional tale! And really well-written. Lovely starting point for my 2021 reading challange

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