When Princess Lan'xiu's brother delivers her under duress into General Hüi 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 Hüi 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. A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book it was very well written, the story was vey good, I don't agree with previous reviewer about Lan thinking too much of himself as a girl. Upon reading the book the reasons why he refers about himself as a girl become very understandable to the plot and I can guarantee this is a full m/m love story. This book is worth every penny and has become one of my favorites.
The Last Concubine started out with an interesting premise: a (male) princess named Lan'xiu offered to the great General Hui Wei. Hui Wei has many concubines in his palace, and Lan'xiu is his latest addition. The story sets a good pace, but it just didn't really "click" with me as a reader. My first issue with the story is that Lan'xiu feels a bit too in-tuned with his feminine self. So much that he refers himself as a "she" to the point that the story doesn't feel like M/M romance anymore. The plot itself is pretty linear and doesn't lead to much surprises. The "good" characters are likeable and the bad ones are despicable. Nothing too complicating here. Regardless, The Last Concubine is an "okay" book. I wouldn't read it a second time, but it's a nice and simple story that many people will probably enjoy.