Tuesday, October 30, 2012

E-Reading: Book Review of #3 Forbidden Ecstasy by Janelle Taylor

Name of Book: Forbidden Ecstasy

Author: Janelle Taylor

ISBN: 9780821752784

Publisher: Zebra Kensington

Part of a Series: Gray Eagle/ Ecstasy Series

Type of book: Inaccurate, ridiculous, sadistic love, fear, racist, adult, 1776?-1777?, repititious, implausible endings

Year it was published: 1982

Summary:

Never before did the possession of a man fill Alisha with such excitement as when she held her handsome Indian lover in her arms. That she was a white woman living in the red man's world did not matter. They had promised each other their hearts forever - nothing could keep them apart. But when Alisha awoke to dawn's first light her bronze-skinned warrior was gone. Her lips were tender from his fiery kisses; her body throbbed from his fierce passion - and still she longed for him. Lost between two worlds, she was desperate and alone. Betrayed by her savage lover, she hungered for their forbidden love!

Characters:

Boring idiotic characters, aside from Jeffry. Powchutu became one dimensional and he and Joe became Gray Hawk worshipers, wondering what's he doing and plotting. Maybe it was wrong of me, but I wanted to see Jeffry take his sadism really far and bring this kind of spark into the novel. Alisha is her usual foolish self; Powchutu has some more common sense, but the author makes him unlikable because he lied to Gray Hawk and to Alisha about one another; Joe is a cool character but not enough time spent with him; Jeffry is a cool villain (didn't like the way he treated Mary O'Hara.) That would be it.

Theme:

Indians are very virile men while white men can't match up to them. (Reminds me of "yellow peril")

Plot:

In third person narrative omniscient point of view from everyone. Historical inaccuracies abound such as the bubbles during that time, the Dakota territory, shampoo (1904 anyone?!) incorrect view of christmas, the blue coat which means yankees. Darling, again, you have wrong century and war. She tries to show off that she knows some history, but she doesn't bother exploring why Alisha is for Britain and history reads like a textbook history. (A lot of Native Americans fought for the British because they didn't want for white men to encroach into their lands.) Also, southern accent? Darling, honey, booboo, there were some differences between northern and southern states then, but I doubt accent was one of them.

Author Information:
(from goodreads.com)

born
June 28, 1944 in Athens, Georgia, The United States

gender
female

website
http://www.janelletaylor.com/


About this author

The legendary Janelle Taylor was born on June 28, 1944 in Athens, GA. In 1965, she married Michael Taylor with whom she had two children, Angela Taylor-MacIntyre and Alisha Taylor Thurmond. Ms. Taylor attended the Medical College of Georgia from 1977 to 1979 and Augusta State University from 1980-1981. She withdrew from the latter after she sold her first two novels. Today, she is the author of thirty-nine novels, three novellas, and many contributions to other collections. There are thirty-nine million copies of her works in print worldwide and she has made The New York Times Bestseller List eight times. Ms. Taylor's works have also been featured ten times on the "1 million +" bestseller's list at Publisher's Weekly.

Some of Ms. Taylor's most recent books include By Candlelight, Someday Soon, Lakota Dawn, and Lakota Winds (due out in paperback in May 1999). She has also made contributions to other books including The Leukemia Society Cookbook, Christmas Rendezvous, and Summer Love. In addition, readers can see her as co-host of the QVC/TV Romance Book Club Show.

Ms. Taylor's interests include collecting spoons, coins from around the world, ship models, dolls, and old books. She loves to fish, ride horses, play chess, target-shoot, travel (especially in her motorhome and out West), hunt for Indian relics, and take long walks with her husband. Reading, in particular books set before 1900 and current Biographies, Thrillers, Horror, or Fantasy novels, is also one of Ms. Taylor's favorite activities. She is also extremely active with charity work and was even featured on the cover of Diabetes Forecast in February of 1998.

She lives in the country on seventy-nine acres of woods and pasture with a lake and a catfish pond. She writes her novels in a Spanish cottage which overlooks a five-acre lake, a working water mill, gazebo, and covered bridge.

Opinion:

Oh my Powchutu! How dare the author make you evil! Oh my heart breaks! I sense that the author's writing and story telling is slightly improving, but still like the previous books, this is inaccurate: bubbles? How is that possible? Checked and it was 20th century. Christmas was a solemn fast and occasion, not a fun time for singing. It only became fun during Victorian Era (Santa Clause was invented in mid 1800s...) And wealthy hotels in Indian outposts? Not possible either. Wouldn't they be more concerned about surviving rather than importing wealth? Aphrodisiac for women? Slightly possible but still. And what scar or battle can cause permanent impotency in a man? The penis is a muscle and unless the man is using a wheel chair, that is not impossible. Also, possible rapes can cause miscarriage? I've heard over and over that it's safe to have sex during pregnancy. Also, why in nine hells does Gray Hawk believe Powchutu if he hates the guy? Why does Alisha believe Jeffry about stuff when he's been proven to be a bad guy? I have this meh feeling about the book and don't really care about it. I also would have liked to see more romance build up between Mary and Joe instead of this "hey, I need to give them happy endings so let me invent a reason these two can be together." The book again focused great deal more on Alisha than on Gray Hawk who only showed up in ten percent of the novel. Alisha again became the idiotic naive, foolish dolt who constantly cried all the time. I have a hard time understanding what is the difference between Gray Hawk and Jeffry. I wish she could have loved Powchutu instead of Gray Hawk.

0 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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