Temptation of the Butterfly (Zhang Dynasty #2) by Michelle M. Pillow

May 15, 2013 Review 1

Temptation of the Butterfly (Zhang Dynasty #2) by Michelle M. Pillow

From the Bestselling Author of Dragon Lords & Lords of the Var!
Futuristic Romance
Part of the Dragon Lords' Series Universe of Books

Zhang Dynasty 2: Temptation of the Butterfly
Futuristic, Multicultural Romance

A princess expected to uphold honor and tradition, a man dishonored and shunned by the very society she rules. Their passion may be hot, their will strong, but how can she fall for the man who might be trying to kill her?

When her life is threatened by mysterious events only she can see, Princess Fen has more to worry about than finding a husband. Too bad her parents don't feel the same way. Desperate to keep her from leaving the planet like her sister, they decide to play matchmaker, inviting wealthy, noble suitors to the palace.

But it's not a rich suitor that catches her eye, it's the commoner, Aaron Piers--a man who's past is clouded with dishonor, a man without family, a man she could never consider marrying. Though her desire for him burns hot, their relationship can never be. Besides, he might just be the one trying to kill her.

Rating: Contains graphic sexual content, adult language, and violence. This novel contains adult content. Must be 18 years or older to read.

Title: Temptation of the Butterfly
Author: Michelle M Pillow
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Stubborn Lord, Seduction of the Phoenix, Frost Maiden, Faire Justice
Series: Zhang Dynasty
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Seduction of the Phoenix
Published by The Raven Books
Source: Publisher
Published: November 3, 2012
Genres: Sci Fi Romance
Pages: 212
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

Princess Zhang Fen has spent her life as the dutiful daughter.  She has been gifted with charm by her ancestors and uses her skills to put people at ease and navigate the nobility.  After her two siblings get married to people from other planets, Fen’s mother decides to take matters into her own hands.  She arranges for Fen to be courted by all the nobles she can find in an effort to keep Fen on planet and married to a Lintian.  However, the man that draws Fen’s attention is a servant, a man of significant lesser rank and therefore unfit for her to marry.

I really enjoyed Fen and Aaron.  There isn’t much conversation between them at first and they are hesitant to show the other how they feel but Pillow does a terrific job of showing the emotions of the characters through their actions and internal dialogue and help the reader feel the love that these two have for one another. Aaron is the definition of the strong silent type.  He has spent his life working in the fields and silk factories but he is still very intelligent.  I loved how Fen grew over the course of the story.  Seeing her blossom was beautiful and when she does stand up for herself at the end, I was cheering her on.

I liked getting a little glimpse of Jin and Francesca from the previous book.  I found it interesting that I didn’t really care for Francesca when I read her book but I thought she was great in this book.  She adds a little humor and girl power to the story that were just right.  The other princes are also in this book as well. We get a little more of an understanding of Haun, the oldest brother that will one day be emperor.  Fen feels a kinship with his when she is being forced into a loveless marriage as that will probably be his fate as well.  I saw a little foreshadowing of his story but I don’t want to spoil anything so we will just have to wait and see.

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