花龙戏凤 (Hua Long Xi Feng)

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No of Episodes:  41 + 1 Epilogue

Author: 席绢 (Xí Juàn)

Female Voice: 风儿 (Fēng er)

Audiobook      Ebook

Comment:

Please take note that there are two stories in one audiobook.  The first book is Hua Long Xi Feng.  I do not know about the title of the second book.  It seems that the second book has no relation to the first book.  I suspected that it was just a technical error that one audiobook has two stories.

Hua Long Xi Feng is similar to 皇上说的是 (Huáng Shàng Shuō De Shì) by the same author.  It is quite realistic for an emperor to have few women in his life compared to the preferred romance story where the emperor ended up with only one woman.  For those that like the fairy tale of everlasting love between one man and one woman, this is definitely not your cup of tea.  The ML in this story loves FL and yet he continues to have other women in his life and beget children with them.

Summary:

In the Liu family, there are 2 daughters.  The eldest Miss Liu has beauty but no intelligence.  Meanwhile, the youngest Miss Liu has intelligence but no beauty.  Miss Liu the eldest has received many marriage proposals and was later married to a top official’s son.  When the crown prince saw youngest Mss Liu, he commented on her lack of beauty.  This has resulted into Liu Ji You (FL) for not getting any marriage proposals hence ended up as a spinster.

When FL turned 20 years old, the crown prince already ascended the throne for 3 years.   FL’s father asked a close friend who was in charge in the consort selection exercise to include FL in the list.  His intention is hoping that the Emperor will give his daughter in marriage to other young officials, which is a common practice in the past when the candidate was not selected as royal consort.  However, this is not what FL wanted.  FL wanted to stay single or to pass her remaining life in a nunnery.

FL met 3rd Prince during an outing and they became friends.  3rd Prince likes spending time with FL because she is different from the rest of the Misses from the affluent family and appreciated her intelligence.  When 3rd Prince got to know that FL was selected as a consort, he tried to get ML to take notice of FL but was not successful.  FL kept to herself within her courtyard waiting for time to pass until she is released from the palace.  FL was assigned to the furthest courtyard next to the cold palace.  3rd Prince asked for ML’s approval to allow him to find a man who will appreciate FL’s intelligence instead of her look.  ML agreed.

One day, ML walked into FL’s courtyard and saw her.   Even though FL looks very plain, ML could not stop himself from wanting to see FL again.  ML overheard FL’s conversation with 3rd Prince where she rejected the offer from 3rd Prince to find her a husband.  FL said she preferred to enter nunnery instead.   By then, ML was already attracted to FL and forced her to sleep with him.

ML arranged FL to go with him on a trip.  ML tried to make FL jealous but found out that she was indifferent when there was another woman that appeared by his side.  They argued and out of anger, ML seconded FL in that city and prevented her from returning to the palace.  FL did not argue and continue her life as normal.

When 3rd Prince mentioned that he will visit FL during his holiday, ML stopped him and went to fetch FL back to the palace.  ML wanted to promote FL to royal consort but was rejected by FL.  FL angered ML many times and at last ML locked her up in the upper floor in his study room.   The empress dowager went to see FL and offer to set her free once she has given birth to a crown prince.  ML asked 3rd Prince for advice on how to make FL submits to him.  3rd Prince asked ML to release FL instead because keeping her in the palace would eventually kill her.

ML made a compromise and arranged for FL to stay in another residence away from the palace.  FL agreed to the arrangement as she can continue to love ML and yet did not need to face his other consorts and concubines.  ML visited her once every month.  When FL gave birth to a boy, the boy was immediately promoted as crown prince.  The story ended with FL pregnant with their second child.

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