The Reckless Bride: Number 4 in series (Black Cobra Quartet)

Quite frankly, when I finally got to Chapter 1, I wasn't certain I was going to continue reading; but I kept reminding myself that it was Stephanie Laurens and surely it would get better Even the premise of the plot seems goofy Even Deliah's involvement seems contrived What heroic man would deliberately put his woman in that kind of jeopardy and then get annoyed when she whips out a sword and saves him from an attacker they draw out -- he even has the nerve to repeatedly "remind" her that she is supposed to sit still and not get involved.

Yes, let's talk about contrived True, Laurens' sexual descriptions are always interesting, but even these seem more contrived in this book Come on, Stephanie, all your books don't have to be linked, and all your characters don't have to know each other. We know you can! I am a long-time fan of Stephanie Laurens' books, but this one is not worth the cover price.

To me, there's a middle ground between a namby-pamby heroine who sits around waiting to get saved, and one who is so idiotically head-strong you kind of hope something bad happens to her. Unfortunately, with this book, Laurens took the second path. Her family arranged this without notifying him, naturally. When he shows up at the appointed meeting spot to tell her he can't take her, because he's on a government mission, she insists that he take her anyway. And then spoiler alert , in her presence, someone tries to kill him, and she STILL wants to go with him.

Even though she could have died just as easily as he could have. And she also badgers him to tell her every detail of his super-secret spy mission. And he obliges her, even after she wanders outside alone like a complete twit and almost gets herself kidnapped, because she "didn't realize she was in any danger. And worse, she volunteers to be the bait to draw out the villains.

The Brazen Bride

What kind of nitwit inserts herself into the middle of a military operation? And has the gall to tell the commander you know, the guy trained to fight and survive by the military that he's just as easy to kill as she is? I'll tell you what kind. The kind that rushes outside into a fight between soldiers and mercenaries, because she thinks she can help.

All of which reads less as spunky and more as annoying and arrogant. So, to sum up, whatever intrigue the plot created, the heroine killed this book for me. I wanted to strangle her myself, and save the Black Cobra cult the trouble. See all 83 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 11 days ago. Published 6 months ago. Published 11 months ago. Published 1 year ago. First in the series. Published on June 17, Published on March 25, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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East Dane Designer Men's Fashion. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Way to go, Ms. I enjoyed this book very much except the portion where Lillet was having doubts as to if she could marry Logan or not. Logan is for sure a keeper! Now for the bad news. There are specific rules as to where commas belong. This drove me crazy while reading this book! Looking forward to book 4. Having read many negative reviews before I started this book, I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it so much.

I am glad I did not let them keep me from reading it. I was very glad this h did not keep a juvenileish diary like the one in book 2 did.

This h was a fully realized competent adult. I do have to agree that the sex scenes are overdone and tend to go on and on. Surely they can do something besides "shatter" when they reach climax. It did take me a minute to realize that these books cover the same time period so during the course of the book, some things that had happened in book 2 had not happened yet in book 3 caught me off guard and for a moment I thought someone had forgotten the plot but time advances and things get caught up. Whoever proof read this book needs to go back and look at the extraneous commas.

I have already started the last one and am hoping I like it as well. One person found this helpful. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Stephanie Laurens is one of my favorite authors but in writing this series of books I felt the story fizzled out in the third book. I am not interested in going further and reading the last book in the series just from reading all the reviews of that one. Book four seems to suffer from the same problem, wasting the readers time through half the book before going forward with the story. The fact that "The Brazen Bride" had pages half the book of the two main characters making love wihout any other plot "action" going on was disappointing.

The storyline was slow after that and the ending did not lead me into wanting to read the last book. Definitely not a "keeper"!


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I love romance, especially when placed in a different context, be it futuristic or in a castle and from centuries ago. Here we have a hated Black Cobra cult that attempts to prevent our heroes' mission from success, challenges that must be overcome with the help of amazing and extremely competent women who just happen to be beautiful yet who are NOT seeking love or a relationships. I find this to be an amazing series; captivating given the mission of the four heroes to deliver an incriminating letter to their superior.

Knowing the risks these individuals would face, the superior had devised a scheme that had three of the four messengers carrying only copies of the actual letter, with each person taken a very different route to their leader's location. Interestingly, the story is about much more than the mission itself. It is also what a particular messenger, Logan Montieth, encounters along the way and the beautiful, resourceful and capable companion the messenger comes to know, admire, and respect along the way.

This book opens with the messenger, Logan on board the ship Helois Leger as it travels the English Channel. Unknown to Major Montieth, three assassins of the Black Cobra cult are on board. The three assassins attack the major. Although he kills one, he fails to kill the others. He takes a deep sword slash and ends up overboard clinging to a piece of the ship that has just sunk. The two surviving assassins also end up overboard. There was no debris for them to cling to and neither of them could swim.

This is the third book in the Black Cobra Quartet but only the second I have read. Previously, I read the previous book in the series, Elusive Bride. That book compelled me to follow the remaining swashbuckling books in the Quartet. One thing I loved in this book and the previous book is how the woman companion is portrayed. As people become aware of the progress of the four former military people who serve as messengers, the people learn there is a woman accompanying the messenger.

Without knowing anything about the woman involved they question why would the messenger take on the "burden" of having to protect a woman as they carry out the mission! I like the portrayal of the women because, in truth none of these women are a burden and actually protect and occasionally save the life of the messenger. Each woman plays a critical role in the messenger's success. Each woman defends herself and protects her man.

Each woman is inventive and intelligent. As a character in the book indicates, none of these women fit the mold of "conventional ladies". Linnet Trevission, the heroine of this book, fits the "non-conventional" description perfectly; not only does she have medical skills, fighting skills, leadership skills, and; the reader is very surprised to learn, she is also captain of an outstanding crew and wonderful ship.

Our hero in this book is Major Logan Monteith. He and the other messengers is challenged at every turn by the Black Cobra, the vicious cult of assassins that are sent after each of the messengers but on a larger scale wreaks havoc in India.


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This cult is led by a powerful, vicious, and titled but unknown set of individuals from England. The letter is important because the messengers' leader believes the letter contains the name or names of the Black Cobra himself.

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Many adventures occur on land and sea and several people die in the various battles. Without giving away the book's outcome and resolution of the book, I will say the book is a wonderfully entertaining read. Many questions will come to mind as you read on. Will Linnet overcome any doubts she has on every needing a man, let alone the possibility of marrying one?

Will the Black Cobra succeed in obtaining Logan's letter? Is the letter he carries the original or a copy? Will Logan and Linnet live to overcome the many traps the Black Cobra set to ensnare them? What becomes of the remaining three messengers and those women who accompany them? I look forward to reading the fourth and final book in this series so that I can answer some of these questions! There is also a plot forming, whereas the previous two books seemed to be quite similar.

I love a good plot line! I generally like Ms. She usually writes about two strong adults who need to find common ground, and there is nothing new here in that respect. I also usually enjoy the mystery subplots in her novels. I did enjoy the characters in this story, very much, except for the villain s. The villains and the mystery were kind of thinly drawn and a little bit okay maybe a lot implausible. So much felt contrived with this series not just this book, all four books in the series. And there were plot holes in the mystery which usually doesn't happen in this author's books.

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Overall if you like Ms. Laurens' books, you'll enjoy this one for the expected relationship and characteristics of the hero and heroine. The mystery is not up to her usual though. Great book in a good series. See all 75 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 6 months ago. Published 10 months ago. Published 1 year ago. Published on June 10, Published on March 12, Published on March 3, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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