Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Book Review: Comanche Woman by Joan Johnston
It's a romance novel. Set in the 1800's in Texas Territory. There are historical tidbits woven throughout. In the sister series, each book covers the story of one of three sisters. Each is named for the son their father hoped for and raised like sons. There is interplay between whites and Nativive Americans.
In this series "half-breed", Long Quiet is in search of one of the sisters (Bay) who was taken captive by Comanches three years earlier. He has to negotiate her release. Of course, they fall in love.
The book (and which ever one I read prior), are not bad reads. I do have to say, though, that while I can appreciate a steamy, sexy romance novel as well as the next gal, the romance and sex in these books are predictable, and contrived. They don't ring true. You can see it all coming a mile away and the books would read just fine without the scenes. Meaning, they don't add anything to the story. It's as though the scenes are gratuitously shoved in and they seem out of place. And holy cow, when was the last time you heard the term "man root"?? Some of the language and descriptors for body parts, acts, and physical descriptions made me laugh in a sort of embarrassed way.
The overall writing is excellent, the book was entertaining, but I give it a D- for how the romance and sex scenes were developed. Most of it just isn't believable...that a romance and sexual relationship would have happened in the time frame or manner in which they are portrayed. I enjoyed the primary story line but wouldn't go out of my way to read more of this author's works (unless my mom sends another my way) because of the out of place and awkward sex and romance scene development.