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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing (1 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575668076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575668079
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.4 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,985,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No matter how hard I try i'm finding it increasingly harder to enjoy Miss Johnson's novels. And I never thought that would happen, especially with one that is part of the braddock Black series. I loved Blaze, Silver Flame and Forbidden so I was expecting more from Force of Nature.

Susan Johnson's stock plot recipe really doesn't seem to work here. And in all honesty it hasn't been working for a while (I didn't like Seized by Love, Temporary Mistress or Blonde Heat either). The usual strong, silent and arrogant hero is present although he faces an experienced, willful and sophisticated heroine here. I just don't think it works here - not in the way that it worked in Brazen or Pure Sin.

Both the characters of Flynn and Jo were likeable enough but they didn't really grab my imagination. It seemed like johnson had given up on building her characters and just focused on the sex. in previous books she's managed to find the balance between the two but that just isn't acheived in this novel.

I think that the one thing that encapsulates my dislike for this books can be explained with the scene in which Jo is raped. Afterwards Flynn turns away from her and leaves her to go back to Italy alone. Maybe the fact that he chases after her eventually is supposed to appease us but i just didn't like him enough to care.

I think reading this book made me realise how little Johnson's writing has changed over the years, her men are always the same there's rarely anything different about them. They're still the tributes to machoism now as they were in the eighties. And machoism is one thing that i wish had stayed where it started.

If you're thinking of reading a Susan Johnson novel I'd give this one a miss. If you're looking for one of her better reads try Blaze or Brazen, both of which are part of the Braddock Black saga and both of which are infinitely better than this offering.
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This is the story of Jo - the daughter Jon Hasard Black never knew he had until she turns up from Florence now a 24yr old woman.
It was great to read about the Braddock-blacks again - if i had know Force of Nature was part of this series i would never have waited so long to read it.
[although this fits in the series before Trey and Daisy marry - i wish i had read all the book in order - but to read of this family again i don't mind and would welcome more lost children and more books]
This was another excellent book by Susan with ALL the ellements of the other B-black books had - BUY IT - DO NOT MISS THIS ONE
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HASH(0x93e8263c) out of 5 stars Save your money and don't bother 31 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I think I was especially appalled by this book because I used to be a fan of Ms. Johnson's work. I have enjoyed the Braddock / Black series in the past and although the love scenes have been intense, I still feel her books could be called a romance. Not so with this book. Flynn Ito, the 'hero' is a misogynist bastard. When the heroine, Jo is brutally raped, he can't quite bring himself to touch her. When she asks him to hold her in comfort, he turns her down. He needs time, you see, to assimilate all this, and can't bring himself not to blame her 'just a bit' for the rape. To add further insult to our intelligence, when he comes to his senses and tracks her down, Jo takes him back and forgives him. I personally was infuriated by this storyline. I found it sick, and I think Ms. Johnson has forgotten why women read romances. They are an escape. If I want to read about women being raped and further abused by the system, I will pick up a newspaper. To be fair, I have loved some of her other books. "The Outlaw" is on my keeper shelf. Ms. Johnson, a former art historian, is in many ways a brilliant writer. She should write a courtroom thriller, and leave the romance genre to those who understand it. If you want an intense sexy romance, read Lori Foster or Lisa Kleypas. The negative message toward women in "Forces of Nature" was so disturbing, I myself have bought my last Susan Johnson book.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93e82aa4) out of 5 stars still loving Susan Johnson 7 April 2006
By sherrejon - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have read twenty four (I know, I love to read) of Ms. Johnson's book and yet again, I wasn't disappointed. Jo and Flynn, once they meet, have this incredible chemistry and leave a dinner party to "quench their lust." The scenes offered are just what I'm looking for when I read Susan Johnson, although, i wish that there would have been more. There still is history, there still is war, there still is sex and, ubdoubtedly, love. I finished this book in a matter of hours, wanting to see how the book was going to develop and waiting for Jo and Flynn to realize their love for each other. The scene where Jo is being molested and abused is sad, and makes me feel the need for Flynn to hurry his ass up and rescue her, but, luckily, the English men did not get far, and I especially loved it when Flynn got revenge on them.

I liked the fact that the Braddock-Black characters were introduced again (since their books were some of my favorite in her series and the most memorable once, seeing that I still remember them) but, I read that series from Ms.Johnson, and I don't recollect Jo being mentioned, I did read those books about three years ago, so I might have overlooked it or just can't seem to remember, either way, I liked seeing them again, even with the controversy of Jo being the daughter of a previous lover Hazard had, before he met Blaze, whom I have learned to love.

I really liked this book and I definitely recommend it, maybe if it would have been longer in length (it is only 275 pgs), then there would have been more sizzle in it, but, regardless, it was a good, hot read.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93e82ac8) out of 5 stars Save your money ladies 14 Feb. 2006
By M. Johnson - Published on
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I was very disappointed in this book. I have read 10 of Susan Johnson's books and have always found the love scenes extremely stimulating and the characters sexy and intriguing.

I could not find the main characters in this book interesting at all!! The hero and heroine get together in a totally unbelievable and extremely rushed matter. Okay, I'm used to that as an avid romance reader, but let me tell you this introduction to the romance scene was so quick that speed dating would take longer. The hero,(supposedly,)of this book, makes some rather marked sexual suggestions in the beginning bedroom banter, but never makes good on them. I was hoping, but nope. By the way, the love scenes in the beginning of the book are the only ones you're going to get, so don't bother skimming through the rest of the book, trying to get to the juicy parts, cause there aren't any more.

Later in the book the leading lady is sexually assaulted by the bad guys and our main man just can't seem to get passed it. He is unable to comfort this woman he was just days ago deeply attached to and in fact, the jerk let's his bruised and abused lover leave that very night for home.

At the end of the book, yes the two lovers do get together. Was that romance? No, that's when this book turned into a fairytale.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93e82ab0) out of 5 stars dreadful ghost of her former self 25 Mar. 2003
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Format: Paperback
What happened to the wonderful stories intertwined with history that Susan Johnson is known for writing? I am extremely disappointed in this book. I purchased it because several people had stated in their reviews that this was a return to her former writing. Alas, it is not. The story is disappointing and should not be connected to her former stories of Hazard, Trey and Daisy. There is a distinct lack of plot, I was not able to connect with the characters. Hazard and Blaze were not the same strong personalities as in the former books. I think that this will be the last book by Susan Johnson that I purchase. It is sad to see an author of her talent publish this book.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93e829c0) out of 5 stars A force to be reckoned with 20 Mar. 2003
By Desmond Chan - Published on
Format: Paperback
Sensual mistress Susan Johnson's third solo release with Brava sees her reverting to an unadorned romance casted with sharp characters. She subjugates her vulgar style to render poignancy in this sentimental ode to the power of love. Force of Nature summons back Hazard and Blaze from her popular Braddock-Black series along with Trey and Daisy as memorable side characters in this simple romance between Jo Attenburgh and Flynn Ito.
Jo is conceived between Hazard and former mistress Lucy. After squandering her coffers on a lover-boy, Lucy brings her reluctant daughter to exploit on Hazard's wealth. Jo is surprised by her honorable father and his magnanimous wife Blaze who treats her like their own despite her money-grubbing mom. It is Montana she meets the enigmatic rancher Flynn Ito of Japanese-Irish blood and the meeting converges into a lusty amorous interlude. The halcyon days are threatened by repeated sabotages from rival Empire Ranch run by profligate sons of London peerage, who resorts despicably to kidnapping Jo and outraging her modesty.
Readers will flinch at the graphic rape scene and Flynn's lack of tact and possessive rage. Yet all is forgiven under Johnson's careful sculpting of Jo as a graceful survivor and the confused Flynn humbled by the magnitude of his love towards Jo. She achingly lets readers into the bloodshed and solitude endured by the orphaned Flynn who embraces his love for Jo as a salvation.
Flynn's samurai heritage is scrupulously researched by Johnson as she delves into the exotic Orient, ronins and the legendary Musashi. It is at once an irresistible gravitation to Force Of Nature for Johnson's masterful narration, sensuous dialogues and the sweeping emotional core of a turbulent passion.
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