Force of Nature Paperback – 1 Mar 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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.
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.
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.