Friday, June 17, 2011
Book Review of #1 the Tao of Sex by Jade Lee
Author Name: Jade Lee
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Type of book: Adult, contemporary, interracial, white female/Asian male relationship
Year it was published: 2008
Sort of a sequel: Getting Physical
Discovering that she's a Tantric sex goddess has given Tracy Williams a new mantra: more, more, more...And the source of that divine revelation is her hunky Chinese-born erotica instructor. When her yin bumps up against his yang, she's literally communing with heaven. Now that he has awoken her inner power, Nathan Gao is obligated to bring Tracy to the sacred Hong Kong temple for a life of training and devotion. No matter how much he wants her for himself. But when he makes her choose-sex or love-is he ready for the consequences?
I really have enjoyed reading about Tracy and Nathan. Tracy is a strong female character who is struggling with life, trying to be a mother placement for her brother and at the same time doing an admirable job of managing the apartment building. Nathan has been burned by women too many times, Tigresses in particular, and he is struggling with his growing love towards Tracy. Both characters are round and despite Tracy's inner Tigress, she can stay true to herself. I do wish that the author would expand a little more on Nathan and the family. But still, one can't help but feel sorry for Nathan and the situation he is in. I used to be with someone who is an international student which is what Nathan is, and I am curious whether or not the temple is paying for his education, or else he is paying for it himself along with the food.
The theme is basically taking an easy way out or else choosing the hard way but the one that is filled with love. In this book as well another character, Stephen Chu (and yes there is visible chemistry between the two of them,) comes into the picture when he offers Tracy a choice of being a Tigress or else she could stay with Nathan and remain on earth.
One thing that I am puzzled about is if Nathan is trying to get a job, why didn't he have any Chinese friends or acquaintances who could have helped him out? I used to be with someone who is an international student and there was pretty much no excuse for not working. This person had a huge network connection and always had a job. Being an international student is not a picnic in the park; there is tuition, work, etc. and as mentioned, I do wish that the author would have talked more about hero. Oh, the novel is also written in third place omniscient, in particular from Tracy's and Nathan's point of view.
Children of mixed races have their own set of rules. As the daughter of a Shanghai native and a staunch Indiana Hoosier, Jade Lee struggled to find her own identity somewhere between America and China. Her search took her to Regency England, where the formality of culture hid a secret sensuality that fascinated her. But Devil's Bargain was just the beginning. That same search adds a mystical element in her Tigress series beginning with White Tigress. In those books, Jade delves into the hidden sensuality of the Dragon/Tigress sect in pre-revolutionary China.
Jade is a USA Today Bestseller, 5 time PRISM award winner, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice winner (and 4 time nominee), and a state racquetball champion! Sheï¿½s been a RITA finalist twice, 6 time RT KISS award winner, and the recipient of multiple glorious racquetball bruises and injuries. But her favorite accolade comes from reader emails. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your wonderful emails! I couldn't do it without you!
At home, her husband and two daughters try to ignore her stacks of Zen sexual texts. Instead, they brag about her award-winning humor pseudonym, Katherine Greyle. (From freshfiction.com)
I have to admit that this novel is well...way too sexual in many parts and a little too graphic. This is another novel that I enjoy reading year after year and so on. In a way this is a sequel to the Tigress series. (I really would have liked to know if Nathan Gao is a descendant of Joanna Crane or Zou Tun or of any other Tigress couples)
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)