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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (16 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843955058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843955057
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,631,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shi Po, a nineteenth-century abbess, has sought the Taoist ideal, enlightenment through ecstasy, all her life, and only one man, Tan Ku Yui, stands in her way of attaining Heaven or Immortality. Original.

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yes, there are erotic sand the family structures are described very wellcenes in the book, but this writer says much more than just that - the scenes of life
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Interesting and Sensual 2 Nov. 2005
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In presenting an interesting premise for a sensual read, the plot centers around the Taoist ideal of `enlightenment through ectasy, through rigid control of the body and mind, etc.'. With this in mind, the reader will not be disappointed.

In 1898 China, Shi Po had devoted her life to that Taoist ideal. As a tantric sex teacher, and a famous Tigress, she had aspired to that ideal of immortality, yet it was two of her students who seemed to have found their way to immortality and heaven. What disturbed her more than anything was that these two former students were white barbarians! Feeling a complete failure, as well as having brought danger to her family by sheltering a monk, her greatest wish was to die. One man would deny her final wish - her husband Tan Kui Yu.

Kui Yu wasn't quite sure why it was so important to him but he knew that he and Shi Po had to attain Heaven together, in spite of the threat of a powerful General who threatened their lives. Being jailed together, gave them the chance to discover that happiness and heaven could only be attained through discovering and admitting to their own secret of love.

*** The portrayal of a woman's life in China was an eye opener and some of the practices of the wealthy, specifically binding a female childs feet was so barbaric that it seemed to take away some of the enjoyment from the romance aspects. Kui Yu, was a strong lead and while he had the utmost respect for his wife - an unusual aspect for an oriental man - he was that rare and unusual type of husband, gentle and kind who would do anything to save his family. The growth of the relationship between Shi Po and Kui Yu was brilliantly built to a satisfying conclusion as he strived to probe the mind of Shi Po. This was very sensual and a good story, but as a stand alone I feel it would have been much more enjoyable and easier to follow if I'd read the prequels first.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
terrific late nineteenth century historical tale 25 Oct. 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1898 China, tantric sex teacher Shi Po has devoted her life to the Taoist dictum of obtaining enlightenment and immortality through ecstasy by strict control of the body and mind. However, Shi is upset that two white heathen students of hers seem to have gained what she strives to achieve. Feeling she has brought shame by her failure and danger to her family by sheltering a monk, Shi wants to die.

Shi's husband Tan Kui Yu believes that together they reach Heaven, but separately never. When the duo is imprisoned, Kui trusts that they can overcome adversity with one another, but first they must accept the love they have for another that is a major step towards reaching Heaven.

DESPERATE TIGRESS is a terrific late nineteenth century historical tale that provides a deep look at Chinese society through the changing relationship between the lead couple and to a lesser degree the general who jails them. The story line focuses on the interactions between a humiliated Shi who believes she is a failure and has shamed her family and Kui a kind gentle soul respecting his wife. Though Jade Lee's tale can be read by itself, reading the previous two related tales (see HUNGRY TIGRESS and WHITE TIGRESS) first will give a more complete picture of the society. Still this is a superb work.

Harriet Klausner
it's was just ok 28 Dec. 2012
By shellynn - Published on Amazon.com
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I dont know what I was looking for but it's not really here. I hate to buy one book and not read a whole series but I havent made it past this one yet.
Desperate Tigress 21 Oct. 2012
By Jen Yates - Published on Amazon.com
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Thank you Jade Lee, for another thought-provoking read! Your knowledge of China and the period when she was being forced to open her borders to the west is excellent. I love history but the best way to learn it is through an entertaining read. I really enjoy your depth of characterisation and being taken into a world that is so different from anything I know. This book is very sexy but with a delightfully different approach. Highly recommended.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dull Tantric Romance 9 May 2007
By Sires - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Technically the writing isn't bad and if I had read the other books in the series I might have enjoyed this one more. For the most part though, I thought the story of Tantric guru Shi Po and her husband Kui Yu was bland. This is not the first book I have read that used Tantric practices as a jumping off point, but it is the first by Jade Lee.

While the back story is complex and Shi Po and her husband are in danger of their lives I honestly never grew interested in their characters or the story. I like books set in different cultures or even complex imaginary cultures. But most of this book seems to involve the two main characters imprisoned together so it is mostly in flashback that they interact with other characters or their cultures. A cabin romance! But it isn't that exciting. It just seems to drag on and on as Shi Po comes to terms with what she starts out regarding as her failure to attain spiritual transcedence through sex.
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