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"A sizzling hot story in an exotic time and place. A good read!"

In Book 3 of the Shunga Chronicles, Lady Kinshiro Yukiko vows to avenge the death of her sister Sadae. To achieve this, she pretends to be a celebrated courtesan in order to gain access to daimyo Lord Tsunemoto Matsushita, who was reported to have murdered her sister. He becomes enamored of her and purchases her contract to install her as a concubine in his household. It is not long before Yukiko was fighting her dizzying attraction to Matsushita and her heart vacillates between wanting to keep him safe and killing him to fulfill the promise she made at her sister's shrine.

I have not read a lot of books in this particular setting (the era of the shoguns in Japan, particularly in Edo), but I love what the author has done to draw me in to the time period and culture of her story. She gave just enough descriptions to make you feel as though you're really there without being tedious in her depictions of the place.

The love scenes between Yukiko and Matsushita are both sweet and sizzling hot, but I would've liked to see more romance and relationship development between the two of them. The mystery and suspense added depth to the main characters' relationship, and I love the surprising twist at the end of the story. I look forward to the author's next installment in this series.

Reviewed by Silver Winters
Posted June 17, 2009

SUMMARY

It's hard to kill your enemy when you fall in love with him...

Haunted by the shameful death of her older sister Sadae, Lady Kinshiro Yukiko goes undercover as a tay in Yoshiwara pleasure quarter to ensnare patronage of daimyo Tsunemoto Matsushita, the man who is responsible for Sadae's death.

When Yukiko finally meets the handsome lord up close and personal, she finds out that he isn't the man she believed him to be. And what makes the matter more complicated, Lord Matsushita is also smitten with Yukiko. Head over heels in love, he purchases Yukiko's contract and elevates her status to his concubine.

Torn between her newfound love and her sacred oath to restore her family honor, Yukiko is unwillingly swept into a tangled web of deceit, betrayal, and intricate political schemes in Tokugawa's exotic shogunate court, where one wrong move can cost her life and the life she holds most dear.

Genre(s): Action/Adventure, Dark Fantasy, The Fetish Club
Theme(s): Shunga
Series: Shunga Chronicles
Length: Novella

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Flight of the Heron
(Shunga Chronicles: Book 3)
by Lizzie Lyn Lee

Changeling Press
June 1, 2009
Available: June 5, 2009
ISBN #1605212024
EAN #9781605212029
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