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Summary

Both the emperor and a criminal want the contents of a lord's safe, and only the Black Lotus Clan can retrieve it.

Contains on-screen sex.

©2019 Dragonstone Press, LLC (P)2019 Dragonstone Press, LLC

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Another fantastic part of this series!

Temptress of Fates is the fourth part of the Scions of the Black Lotus series, and here we get deeper into the investigation of Lilian's betrayal and what might be behind it all. Things are coming together, and Jie and her fellow Black Lotuses are closing in on the truth behind an intricately woven web of deception and treachery.

And as the story progresses, the female spies/assassins are forced to use their alter egos as courtesans to bring about the means they need to further their investigation. There is thus a lot more sex in this instalment, but the scenes are not distracting in any way (minor graphic, with no intention of being steamy), and they are depicted as one might expect for women in these situations.

I love the different POVs and what they bring to the table, such as how different they are to one another, but also how important each of them is in bringing this story forward.

Another great part of the Scions of the Black Lotus series, and I will most definitely continue reading the next!

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The assassins get sexy in book 4

JC Kang ramps up the sexy time in the fourth installment of his novella series about assassins posing as whores.

We get another new PoV character in this one and she goes by the name of Wen. It's a much more somber point of view than before, with much of the on-page time given over to the mourning of a lost character. It's actually quite refreshing when most of the deaths have been pretty much glossed over, and gives a good emotional anchor.

There's a lot more sex in this one. A LOT more. But it's not graphic and it feels genuine. The main characters are posing as prostitutes and they don't lend much significance to the role they have to play, but make a note of the rare moments of intimacy that they find often between each other.

The 4th installment does feel a little episodic as it starts to fall into the trap of being resolved in the same way as the previous installments. Jie does some cool assassin stuff and gets the job done, Tian saves the day by putting all the clues together and figuring out the mystery. And the bad guy would have gotten away with it if not for those pesky kids! It's a pattern and not necessarily a bad one as it involves all the characters playing to their strengths, and the twists and turns are twisty and turny enough that they're not obvious. However, this one feels like the first episode in a 2 parter. The ending isn't as neat as the previous novellas. There's a lot of balls still in the air. Now I guess I'll just have to wait for book 5.

The narration, as before, is excellent.

3.5 stars.

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  • trufriends
  • 14-11-19

excellent addition

excellent addition to the series that gives insight into Jie, Tian and other members of the black lotus clan. To discover the truth about the many unanswered questions have lead to more questions than answers.

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  • 🎧Johnny🎧
  • 13-11-19

More awesomeness!

These series of novellas just keeps getting better and better with each installment. In this fourth title there's more intrigue, more twists, more sex, more characters who are not what they appear to be and more Jie and Tien. The narration like with the first three is excellent!

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 08-09-20

Seduction, intrigue and fast action

This is another great, action packed story in the Scions of the Black Lotus series. When a straightforward heist becomes more complex, the clan Night Blossoms use their trade and skills to execute the mission and to help Jie try to discover why Lillian betrayed her sisters. I loved how this story twists and turns and that even though some secrets are revealed, there are still mysteries to uncovered about Lillian, and a secret conspirator to find. Tian’s nativity was sweet and amusing and I adored how the clan blossoms looked out for him and finally had to educate him on the ways of the adult world. Natalie Naudus, the narrator, did a great job of bringing out the tension and sensual nature of the blossoms in this book. Her pace was just right and her well crafted voices are consistent from one book to the next. The plots and subplots continue to surprise and confound you and the characters all grow in depth with each story. The suspense, manipulation, seduction, intrigue and fast action in this audiobook will keep you enthralled and definitely leave you wanting more.

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  • Sara
  • 07-07-20

A Most Complicated Safe

While I'm loving the story, and I understand the need for sex to be discussed and described (these are all courtesan/assassins after all), in my personal taste, it was a bit much. Also, while I understand this is just a job and they are trained to lack modestly, I can't help feeling sorry for the Black Lotuses and what they have to go through for their job. Still, these girls know how to work a situation to get what they need, from information to actual keys.

Jie is still trying to find more information about Lillian and her betrayal, but is now up against the clock, racing a crime lord to crack a safe - a very complicated safe. With the help of Tian's skill of piecing things together (who sadly has to be filled in on some of the less innocent things in life) and Wen's skills of seduction, she manages to access the safe, although getting in is an entirely different story, as well as what she finds when she does.

I received a free ARC audiobook from the author and have reviewed it willingly.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-06-20

Getting what you want!

Loving this series! To be trained in pick pockets, and a lady of the evening! Find out what she is up to next! Narrator was good!

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  • Jocelyne
  • 21-04-20

Great addition to the Series

Temptress of Fates is the fourth novella in the Scions of Black Lotus Series. This is a great addition to the Series. The storyline is original, complex, steamy, and fascinating. Natalie Naudus did a great job with the narration. Looking forward to listen to the next book in the Series, Last Heir of the North. #AudiobookUnleashed

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  • Willis Burns
  • 13-02-20

Steamy

These books are so well-written and steamy. I just can’t get enough! Keep them coming.... 😏

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  • Peachesnbeal
  • 07-02-20

good read

still not connecting with the characters. continually fast paced action at every turn.

I recieved this book for an honest review

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  • Kevin Potter
  • 05-02-20

They just keep getting better!

Oh, man. Things are really heating up and coming together now!

As before, Natalie Naudus provides a fantastic audio performance complete with fantastic voices, near-perfect vocal inflections, and excellent shifts in tempo throughout.

Once more we dive even deeper into the plots and counter plots, and dig deeper into the major characters that I'm really coming to love.

This one takes an upward turn in complexity, with quite a bit more going on than the previous books.

There is so much that's gone before that comes into play in this one. It was an absolute joy to see how everything played out.

As before, lots of twists and turns keep you guessing about what's really going on and what's going to happen while still building the overarching mystery that I feel hasn't even truly been revealed yet.

And that bombshell at the end!
Oh, man.
I can't wait to see where this is all going!