Sara Wang moved back to an Asian community in California after a divorce. In the pool she had swum as a child she met the gorgeous lifeguard Mateo, and the two were instantly attracted to each other. But Sara was still haunted by the shadow of her last unhappy marriage and the thought of her possessive ex-husband made her paranoid. She wanted to heal and wasn’t ready for another relationship, but Mateo was hard to resist… For twenty years Mateo could not forget Yingying, the girl who had taught him how to swim. A major sponsor of the Y, and an attractive bachelor, Mateo was called Prince of the Y by the women around him. No one had been able to stir his heart until the arrival of Sara, who bore a striking resemblance to Yingying, and who was circumspect about starting a new relationship… After a series unavoidable sensual encounters, Sara was brought closer and closer to Mateo, but was still reluctant to consider the relationship seriously until Bill, Sara’s ex-husband that had been haunting her in her imagination, suddenly materialized in her house… Editorial Reviews Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite Sara Wang simply wants to get on with her life as a college instructor in a new town in Jade Orchid Lovers by Mei Silk. Moving back to where she had grown up after a nasty divorce, Sara returns to the pool at the Y where she had spent so much time as a teen and had developed into a championship swimmer. Surprisingly attracted to the lifeguard, Sara fights her natural desire because she is not ready for a new relationship. Yet, there is something so comforting and familiar about this man; and he is also drop dead gorgeous. Mateo is more than a lifeguard. He is a successful real estate agent and has taken over the Y to keep it from closing, making it more profitable than it had been in years. He is also strangely attracted to the new member swimming effortlessly lap after lap, reminding him of someone he knew long ago as a boy learning to swim. The attraction between Sara and Mateo is too strong to overcome and the flames they kindle spark a firestorm of activity as Sara’s unbalanced ex-husband comes from Oregon and tries to take control of her life. Just as Sara accepts her need for Mateo, will it all be taken away? An enduring love is something that not many people get to experience. Mei Silk tenderly explores this lucky coincidence between Sara and Mateo in Jade Orchid Lovers, demonstrating tremendous depth of emotion and genuine caring between the characters. The touches of culture make it interesting and the ‘mystery’ of Bill added excitement. Well written with informative cultural references and evocative descriptions, Jade Orchid Lovers is a heartwarming story sure to please any contemporary romance reader. Thoroughly enjoyable!
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Mei Silk enjoys writing and cooking. The two activities are very similar since both require the right recipe, careful planning, and skillful chopping and stirring!
Mei believes that a good romance novel is like a delicious dish that not only satisfies the appetite, but also ignites passion. It has to be artistically crafted and masterly seasoned.