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Savage Ecstasy (Gray Eagle #1)

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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  605 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Savage Ecstasy by Janelle Taylor. It was like lightning, the first time they looked into each other's eyes: Gray Eagle, the captured Indian brave, and Alisha, the beautiful young settler. As the proud Oglala warrior was being tortured by his white captors, only Alsiha seemed to notice he was a human being - handsome and strong, and one who took her breath away.

But if Alish
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 12th 1996 by Zebra (first published 1982)
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Kerrie
Mar 02, 2014 Kerrie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like infodumpy backstories, telling not showing
I don't even know where to start with this mess of a book. The parts I loved I LOVED and the parts I hated I really really HATED.

Alisha Williams, the beautiful and pure vision of sweetness and light (and did I mention she's also an orphan?) comes to the rescue of Gray Eagle, an Oglala brave whose awesomeness skills took a brief vacation when he managed to get caught in a white man's snare and dragged back to the white man's fort for some good old fashioned torture. Our diminutive heroine, in an
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Karla
(Sorry it's so long. Some books really get me going. LOL)
Oh, the inevitable disappointment that lies under a flashy cover. The "Caucasian-looking Indian brave staring at the white woman's boobs" artwork was burned into my 8-year old brain and only within the last year did I discover just what book it graced. I was psyched and was going to keep this one, fersure! Well, I'm going to be swapping it out because I doubt I'll ever want to read it again. It's not an excruciatingly bad book, but it's ve
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Kathryn
There is so many things in this book which i disliked.
I cant understand how the characters could claim to love each other when all they did was torment and torture each other (there are somethings love cannot conquer); but what really annoyed me was the way in which the heroine would declare her hatred of the hero in one sentence then go off and speak of her love for him - talk about mood swings.
Similarly many of their problems could have been solved straight away if Grey Eagle just explained w
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Janice
This book is clearly politically incorrect, but that is what a good BR is all about. They are not for the faint of heart or anyone who is easily offended. I enjoyed it but understand it's not for everyone.
Sharon
Excellent story, one I’ll keep to read again.

1st in the Gray Eagle family saga which takes place in the late 1700’s. Events primarily revolve around Gray Eagle (H), a fierce Oglala warrior who is the son of the great chief Running Wolf; Alisha Williams (h), a young English woman who left her home in Liverpool with her parents after taxes and threats of war forced her father to make the decision to journey to the new world at the encouragement of his brother. Within 5 months after arriving in th
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Antoinette
Well, to begin I must say that I read it the whole way through. Just as Gray Eagle had some strange hold over Alisha in spite of all of the abuse, so to did this book have over me. There were so many WTF moments I lost count.

The abuse was probably the best part of the book, because it wasn't the sex scenes, which were a little vanilla. I actually liked the predicament that Gray Eagle is in. It seems realistic that there would be these real obstacles of cultural/political/social barriers and I fe
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Brooke
There were two major problems with this book: The characters, and the writing.

The characters were developed horribly. Who wants to read a book in the 'romance' genre, that is in fact about a sadistic man and an overpowered and pathetic woman? Yes, perhaps it is a portrayal of Stockholm Syndrome, but I'm sorry - that kind of book does not belong in this genre. I read romance novels for a bit of an escape, not to get angry at society. BUT - it's not even an intelligent, literary portrayal of Stock
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Carrie
This book started out being horrible for me because of the violent nature and harsh issues that came up. But, then I realized that sometimes life is ugly and painful and that Ms. Taylor was doing a good job of making the story as realistic as possible.
Sue Lyndon
One of the things I loved about this book was that even though Alisha and Grey Eagle come from two different worlds, they both try desperately to understand one another. Sure, Alisha probably spends a great deal of time more trying to understand Grey Eagle, but that doesn't mean he doesn't make an effort because of the unanticipated feelings she stirs within him. Yes, it's true, Grey Eagle is harsh with Alisha on quite a few occasions. He'll be the next chief of the Oglala and so appearances are ...more
librarygirl
This is one brutal, realistic book and not for those looking for a typical romance. I read this almost a year ago so details are hazy now. We have torture, murder, rape, prostitution and a love/hate story in the middle. The main characters weren't very likeable at all. Gray Eagle is one tough brute of a guy and Alisha is just frustrating. They seem to hate more than love each other and are constantly pushing and pulling between those emotions. I don't remember any tenderness between the two at a ...more
April Brookshire
I know it's not very feminist of me, but I love how vicious the hero (Gray Eagle) is to the heroine (Alisha) in this book. Especially the part where he bites her hand and won't let go. And Alisha takes it like a champ! If I were in that situation, I would have planted my foot in his face. He is grade-A asshole and I got the impression that he was using Alisha as the whipping girl for the entire white race. Poor girl, his tribe hates her and her only friend is Gray Eagle's BFF, White Arrow. After ...more
Gabbi
I am not sure if I liked this book. I had some problems with Gray Eagle's treatment of his captive Alicia. I understand he has a reputation to uphold, but he gets pretty brutal at times. He makes her life a living hell throughout this book. Somehow, she overlooks it all and falls in love with him. Definately was written in the 80's. I don't know if I will read the sequel. I need a break from all of the violence and sexual abuse.
Anna Wilkinson
This is atrocious. The story of Gray Eagle, a fearsome Indian warrior and Alisha, his white captive should make for good reading. After all, there is the true tale of Cynthia Parker who was abducted at the age of 9 and became the wife of Necona, a Comanche leader. Unfortunately, this story isn't it. Grey Eagle is a rapist, who for some reason is raping Alisha for her OWN GOOD. He also speaks English but will not own up to it and this leads to massive misunderstandings and lengthy, cumbersome mus ...more
Finn
Couldn't finish it. Only got halfway through it. Seriously long-winded and Alicia is just immensely stupid and annoying. If she is such a saint then why does she not even spare a second thought to all her friends and uncle who were killed, and some even tortured, by her Indian guy and his tribe. A perfunctory "Oh how awful, my poor friends and uncle" and in the next breath "Oooh he is so clever and masterful *sigh*". Unreal.
Maggie Spry
I don't know what to say about this book. It is my first by Janelle Taylor, and after reading this I have no plans to pick up another of her books.

To sum up this book it is a classic tale of "HE HITS ME BECAUSE HE LOVES ME". Through the whole book our pathetic heroine aka Alisha aka punching bag, is repeatedly raped, hit, bitten, forced to submit by almost breaking her hand and at one point she is whipped with a bull whip till she is near death! And it is all done by a man she claims to love (ou
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Kandy
read this series back pre mission and pre marriage. a bit on the descriptive side of the sex issue, but when it comes to characters you can love and want to follow their family, this story line did it for me. takes place during the time when the indians were being chased onto the reservations.
Anon
I enjoyed this book. It was a well fleshed out story. The writing is a little unpolished but far from amateur. The only thing I didn't like was Grey Eagle, the so-called hero. I usually have a high tolerance for emotionally abusive cads, but the hero batters her both mentally and physically. Every other male character in the book was kinder than him, certainly White Arrow and Powchutu, but even Lieutenant Gordon and the despicable Horace. They lusted after the heroine for sure but what did they ...more
Danielle
Melodramatic waste of a good few hours. I found this whole book very displeasing. The heroine was a doormat and the hero was a dominating boor.
Lady C
I have read every book in the Ecstasy series. I love Gray Eagle and Alisha. Janelle Taylor is an excellent story teller.
Darlene Daniel
I've readed the hole 9 books a great love story a must read
Shannon Jensen
Wow talk about a turn on.
Maura
First off, I admit that I didn't read it fully. I skimmed. Thank God too. If I'd actually wasted hours on this shit, I'd have torn my hair out. I'd heard that this book was awful and worth a laugh or too. I was not laughing much. This story is tragic. It's not a romance, it's a cold-hearted sadist trying to beat (and rape!) the spirit out of a girl he refuses to love and the poor girl who quite rightfully hates him, but loves him in the same breath. He keeps trying to think up punishments that w ...more
July
This is a re-read for me. I read this book when it first came out and I remember that I loved it. Well over 30 years later reading it again I really liked it, but find that I wonder how in the world Alisha fell in love with a man who treated her so cruelly. I get the opinion that she just doesn't understand the different culture so the behavior to her is put into the back of her mind for awhile. And then she finds herself falling in love with her captor.
Grey Eagle is the son of the chief of the
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Sadie Grubor
Let me first say that I went into this book knowing it was not a HEA Romance perse. Having said that, this book was so 'over written' I wanted to get out a red pen. LOL

There was so much back story about the heroines parents and her wishy washy hate him/love him thoughts, after awhile I skimmed through it.

Overall, this book was okay. I understood the Hero's reasons for what he did to the heroine - not that I agreed with it at all. I even understood her love/hate feelings toward him. But the const
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Megan
I'm sad to say no book has ever mad me so mad that I didn't want to finish it until this book. I'm not against brutality in historical novels especially if it's realistic. However the fact that the " heroine" was raped by the " hero" and she still proceeds to fall in love with him angers me on so many levels. When a person falls for their abusive captor it's called Stockholm syndrome! Not real love. A physiologically balanced woman does not fall in love with her rapist. It also can't be chalked ...more
Yambem
It is one of the erotica i will never forget. The story is harsh and brutal which makes it more real and appealing since it has to depict the anxious war between the red indians and the early settlers in North America continent. That is the core idea of this brutal and horrifying romance between the two kindred spirits from two different culture.

I wouldn't exactly labelled this book as an erotica. Now, Fifty Shades is clearly an erotica. This one is more of..... i don't which genre it belongs. I
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Joni
I don't know why but I have read this book over 15 times. I first picked it up when I was in my early 20's....and on a rainy day, would bring it out to read it again. I'm now 38 and I stil love this book. But by the 3rd book, I was getting sick of the "misunderstandings" between them. I mean get over it already. But I LOVE IT!

Classic case of Stockholm Syndrome....she loves him and holds on to him,even with all the abuse. Fine line between love and hate.....
Ladyacct
It is a story that starts a 'family' telling. The first book starts at a bad time in our history when the 'hate' of those who were native to this land and those who meant to conquer and not live side by side in tolerance was coming to a head....It is not for the faint at heart as some scenes can be explicit. I first read this book in the 80's when it first came out and I still enjoy the story and the family's continuing saga.
elaisa
Janelle writes wonderfully! The words I can describe it are: intense, romantic, emotional, painful, disgust, euphoric, lustful, infinite. :)
Mary23nm
Sorry to disagree with some-Hated the hero for most of the book. He was cruel. Hated how she loved him even though he was terrible to her. I was hoping there would be some great ending that would make reading this book worthwhile, but that was a huge disappointment! From other reviews I've read-no reason to read the rest of the series as it is much of the same.
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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 th ...more
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